Dolce and Gabbana Luminous Foundation Swatches!

My trip to Francisco last month yielded many wonderful things…good times with my family, a lovely stay at the Fairmont and some fantastic Black Friday shopping spoils.  It also yielded a bevy of swatches that I am happy to share! 
Below are swatches of the Dolce and Gabbana Luminous Foundation which was released a few months ago.  I own and sporadically use the Dolce and Gabbana Perfect Finish Creme Foundation in Natural Glow (#100) but haven’t yet tried this latest installment (although the buzz online seems quite positive!).  
Here’s what Saks Fifth Avenue has to say about this foundation…
For the woman who desires to enhance her natural beauty with a complexion that gleams with lustrous radiance. Dolce & Gabbana presents a sophisticated, modern fluid format for foundation that is silken and sensuous. Dressing the skin with radiant, golden light, the complexion appears perfected with a flawless, dewy finish and impalpable coverage. Each shade offers skin an amazing natural looking coverage with skin conditioning and hydrating benefits. Made in Italy. 
I hope these swatches are helpful…enjoy and Merry Christmas!!

Dolce and Gabbana Luminous Foundation Swatches
Above: Swatches in indoor lighting. 

Dolce and Gabbana Luminous Foundation Swatches
Above: Swatches with a flash.

Dolce and Gabbana Luminous Foundation Swatches
Above: Swatches in natural sunlight.

The Dolce and Gabbana Luminous Foundation can be purchased at Saks, Sephora and Harrod’s.

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  • Unknown Reply

    That looks great!! Wanna get my hands on that!!

    December 24, 2012 at 4:18 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thanks, Jezz!! Merry Christmas!!


      –The Beauty Professor

      December 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm
  • Kate Reply

    I was looking forward to the review on this foundation. Are you going to do the full review on this one? 🙂 Is this good for oily/combination skin?

    Merry Christmas!

    December 24, 2012 at 4:11 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Kate!

      I am hoping to do a full review in the next week or two…thanks for your interest…from my nominal experience with this foundation thus far, it is indeed lighter in texture than the creme version (which I own) and therefore feels like it might be friendlier to combination skin. Have a wonderfully blessed Christmas!


      –The Beauty Professor

      December 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm
  • Chris El Reply

    I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this foundation. I haven't ventured into D&G yet. Just discovered your blog and love it so far. Check me out sometime 🙂

    Happy Holidays, Chris

    December 25, 2012 at 3:50 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you for stopping by, Chris El!! I will be doing a full review soon…the D & G line has yet to disappoint me!

      Thanks for reading…I will make sure to take a peek at your blog as well…


      –The Beauty Professor

      December 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm
  • Anonymous Reply

    Can't wait for your full review. I watched your youtube video on the Revlon Colorstay Whipped and couldn't agree with you more. It's giving all my higher end foundations a run for their money (pun not intended… but I like it!) 😉

    December 28, 2012 at 7:18 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello BBB!

      I am working on the review…up soon (along with the D&G Perfect Finish foundation)! Thanks for watching my video…happy to hear that we are of like mind with this; truly, this foundation has completely surprised me with its finish and performance…insane!

      Enjoy the weekend…xoxo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      December 28, 2012 at 11:00 pm
  • Lee Young Hyun Reply

    Many colors to choose from! love it!
    Great review

    January 7, 2013 at 3:10 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you, Lee, for stopping by!!


      –The Beauty Professor

      January 7, 2013 at 5:55 am
  • Unknown Reply

    I'm interested in this foundation by Dolce & Gabbana. In MAC I'm a NW 35 and what to know if the Amber one would worked for me. my undertone is warm with golden if thats helpful.

    January 7, 2013 at 4:12 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Deanna!

      I am thinking that Bronze #144 might be a better match for you…I would be concerned that Amber could oxidize to be too dark.

      Hope that helps!!

      I will be posting some swatches of the D and G cream foundation very soon (very similar color lineup)…that might shed some additional light on your best match!

      Take care and have a wonderful week…xoxo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      January 7, 2013 at 5:59 am
  • Unknown Reply

    Okay! Thank you!

    January 7, 2013 at 11:25 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      My pleasure…xo!!

      –The Beauty Professor

      January 8, 2013 at 5:46 am
  • Rebekah Reply

    Thank you so much for posting these!! I wanted so badly to order this foundation (the closest D&G counter is 8 hours from me) and all the swatches on merchant websites were sooooo bad! Thank you again, because I was about to make a huge mistake and go WAY too light! We have no Sephora nearby either so I was so sad! LoL! Awesome swatches, you're the best!

    January 20, 2013 at 11:34 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello DocSmitty,

      So glad to hear that my swatches were helpful for you! Ordering online can be so daunting without seeing some true to life images of the product (especially when that product is foundation!). I hope you love what you ordered…please keep me posted and have a lovely week.


      –The Beauty Professor

      January 21, 2013 at 8:02 pm
  • Anonymous Reply

    I can not find a store in my area that carries this line. I am trying to find a color match to Armani Maestro 5.5. Can you help? Thank you,

    February 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Anon,

      Thanks for the question…if you are a perfect 5.5 in Maestro, then I think you would be #120 (Natural Beige) in the Dolce and Gabbana Luminous. Of course, this is all without seeing your face, so I always suggest purchasing from a retailer that has a flexible return/exchange policy just in case ; )

      Keep me posted on what you decide and have a lovely weekend,

      –The Beauty Professor

      February 9, 2013 at 1:03 am
  • Anonymous Reply

    only just discovered your blog and i really want to try this foundation,
    i have very pale skin but just not sure whether i would be the palest shade or
    not as theres always a thin line between the palest shade and just plain white. aha
    what did the colours look like to you when you bought this foundation?
    i cant see for myself as no where near me sells this so i would have to buy online..

    really looking forward to reading more of your blog! 🙂

    March 2, 2013 at 4:31 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Anon,

      Thank you for your comment! I am glad you found your way here. The palest shade in the shades above (#78) is not plain white, so it may be what you are looking for. If possible, consider calling a Saks counter D&G to order this (versus ordering online at Saks). That way, you can request that they send you a sample of it as well, so you can try the sample first without opening the actual product, just in case you end up having to return or exchange. I always find this is helpful when ordering something as important as foundation, sight unseen ; ) I know that Saks in NYC, Beverly Hills and San Francisco all have D & G counters…perhaps there are some in the middle of the country as well…I just haven't been to them : )

      I hope this information is helpful…keep me posted on what you decide and do take care!


      –The Beauty Professor

      March 3, 2013 at 5:55 am
    • Anonymous Reply

      thankyou for your reply,
      unfortunately i live in Australia, and we do no have Saks here,
      however i think i may order the shade #78 and take my chances if
      i cant find a store that sells it.
      thank you for your suggestions though i really appreciate it!:)

      March 3, 2013 at 8:01 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      My pleasure…I hope the shade you choose is absolutely perfect for you!!

      Take care and have a wonderful week,

      –The Beauty Professor

      March 4, 2013 at 5:01 am
  • Jennifer K. Reply

    I just found your site and I love how you show the foundation colors on your skin – its just fabulous and very helpful! I found you by searching google for the new D&G matte foundation – do you plan on reviewing this new foundation sometime? I would really like to see the colors on the skin because the closest Sax to me is over an hour away and the Sephoras near me don't have it in the stores 🙁

    I currently use YSL Teint Resist foundation in 7 (pink beige) in the winter & 9 (honey) in the summer and I mix them the rest of the year. 7 is the perfect match to my skin but I use tanner a lot because I hate being pale so it is too light for the warmer months.

    If you are familiar with those YSL foundation shades what would you recommend as equivalents in the D&G matte foundation? Rose beige maybe?


    May 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for your comment! I am so glad you found your way here : ) I have such an obsession with foundation, that I aim to swatch as much as I can for my readers. I don't yet own the D&G Matte foundation, but will review it as soon as I pick it up or get a sample.

      Based on your current shade matches in YSL and my experience with D&G, Rose Beige would definitely be your best match in this line.

      I hope that helps…take care and have a wonderful weekend…xo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      May 11, 2013 at 6:20 am
    • Jennifer Reply

      Thank you sooooo much – I ordered it in the rose beige like you suggested and it is a perfect match to my skin! Now I just need a darker color for summer when I tan – I was thinking "warm rose" but I would love to hear your suggestion! I believe it comes in a "bronze" and "tan" color as well but I'm not sure if those are too yellow for my skin tone. When I looked on the Sax website the color of rose beige looks darker then warm rose so it's very confusing. What I want is just a shade or two darker then rose beige in the same tone but bronzier or tanner if that makes sense 🙂 Thanks again – you are the best!

      May 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Jennifer…my pleasure! I am so glad that my color suggestion was a match for you!! Warm Rose is actually a shade lighter than Rose Beige so I don't think it will be your perfect summer shade. Bronze, however, is a neutral to rosy tan shade that is one step up from Rose Beige…that would be what I would choose!

      I hope that helps…take care and have a wonderful weekend…xoxo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      May 17, 2013 at 8:12 pm
  • Boonatnat Reply

    Great blog! Thank u for the swatches! What shade would you recommend for me? NC40 in studiofix/estee lauder double wear in 4w1 shell beige? Im asian with tan, yellow warm skintone…

    September 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply


      Thanks so much and happy to help! I would recommend the Bronze shade for you based on your current foundation matches.

      Hope that helps!


      —The Beauty Professor

      September 29, 2013 at 11:23 pm
    • Boonatnat Reply

      Thank u sooo much for your reply..100% excitement at the moment !!! I thought bronze would be the right shade however a month ago i bought some D&G foundations online. Im from australia and it was so hard to find the right shade without seeing it in person.

      I took my chances and bought the creamy foundation and the powder in caramel and perfect matte foundation in natural beige. They looked slightly light on my face…but the texture of foundation! My oh my…luvvvvvve it!…especially the matte foundation thats why this time id like to research before i buy the product…sillly me..i have been in your blog reading your reviews but never had the guts to ask u questions. Anyhow…i love the matte foundation it doesnt feel like u have it on your face! Im so amaze! I was wondering with the natural beige shade..i use medium dark mineral skin finish by MAC to set it..and i get good feedback from it…so if i get bronze..would that be a tad dark on my face?…or should i use a lighter shade of powder to set it? Sorry i have too many questions…i am addicted to make ups…i target high end make ups now…geez i cant get enough of it!

      Which is better the perfect matte or the luminous in D&G? Im soo happy i found your blog….OMG I sound creepy now…sorry…im just excuted…thank u once again! Keep blogging!!!!

      September 30, 2013 at 12:28 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      You are welcome! If Natural Beige is a good match for you in the Matte, then I am guessing it should be OK for you in this formula as well (it is a little sheerer so it should seamlessly blend). I'd hate for you to get the Bronze and have it be too dark!

      I like both formulas for different looks…so glad you found my blog and are enjoying it! I know what you mean about loving high end makeup…I feel the same exact way ; )

      xoxo and I wish you the best in finding your perfect shade,

      –The Beauty Professor

      October 1, 2013 at 3:58 am
  • MG Reply

    Hi Rachel,

    I'm so excited to find that you reviewed this foundation. I recently fell in love with Kanebo Sensai CP thanks to you, but am always on the hunt for something different to widen my options. I've been looking into the D&G luminous foundation, and was wondering what you thought about the wear time about this foundation? And how does the wear time compare to other luminous foundations like Kanebo Sensai and GA luminous? Thanks!!

    October 15, 2013 at 1:19 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello MG,

      Thanks for your comment…I am glad you found the treasure that is the Kanebo Sensai CP…it's divine! I've only tried this particular D&G formula in sample form and found that the coverage is slightly lighter than that of the KS but more than the GA Luminous. Wear time is average overall, but I think it might wear a bit better than the GA Luminous but not as well as the KS Sensai, at least in my experience.

      I hope that helps!


      –The Beauty Professor

      October 18, 2013 at 5:36 am
  • Anonymous Reply


    Lovely post and blog 🙂

    I have been trying to figure out which shade to get in this foundation for months. I do not have a Dolce & Gabbana counter anywhere near me, so I will have to order online. I am typically an NC43 in MAC Foundations and a 040 in DiorSkin Forever Flawless Perfection Liquid Foundation. Would you be kind enough to let me know which shade you recommend for me please?

    Thank you.

    April 26, 2014 at 7:44 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello and thank you!

      I would suggest the Bronze 144 as a similar match to the Dior 040!

      I hope that helps…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      April 30, 2014 at 3:29 am
  • secret_garden Reply

    hello….i use nars punjab,mac studio fix c4 ,urban decay naked 4, chanel aqua vitalimier b30-b40 ….what shade should i choose ? thank you !!!!

    July 5, 2014 at 11:39 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply


      I would suggest Caramel or Natural Beige!


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 8, 2014 at 10:17 pm
  • Rana Reply

    Since i have been waiting for a very long time for the matte review would you please help me to pick my shade in both matte and lumi
    I wear Illamasqua SB 5.5
    Laura merceire SC in beige ivory
    Kat Von D medium 52


    July 29, 2014 at 3:13 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Rana,

      I would suggest Natural Glow #100!

      Hope that helps,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 31, 2014 at 6:01 pm
  • LilJeJa Reply

    Thank you for posting swatches. Extremely helpful since I would have to order online without trying it first. I am MAC NC20, Dior 021, Nars deuvile, Lancome teint miracle buff 6w… do you think 100 would be a good match?

    August 22, 2014 at 8:11 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply


      Thanks for your kind words…yes, shade #100 is a great match for the other shades you wear!


      –The Beauty Professor

      September 2, 2014 at 11:12 pm
  • mimi Reply

    Hey I'm nc30 what shade would suit me the most? I thought I would be 120 looking at the swatches but a youtuber I just watched said he was nc35 and Natural Beige 120 was perfect for him :S

    January 24, 2015 at 4:01 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Gen,

      I would suggest #120…to me, it is closest to NC 30!

      Hope that helps…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      January 30, 2015 at 5:44 am

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