There's no one like Sophia Loren. None. At eighty one she's still a beauty icon with a coveted style and energy. "Would Sophia wear this?" has been my mantra when looking at clothes for years, even though she's significantly taller than me. So it makes sense that Dolce & Gabbana makeup created a lipstick in collaboration with the divine Ms. Loren. From it's name, Sophia Loren No.1 we can hope that it's a first from several. Especially since No.1 has been selling quickly. This Dolce & Gabbana lipstick received more press and PR overseas, but even with this relatively soft launch stores in the US that got it last month are nearly out of it by now. It sold out on Sephora before I even knew it was already in stock, so I bought mine at Macy's. as of this morning, Saks 5th Avenue flagship store still has it, as are probably various counters around the country, so my advice is to give them a call. Like right now.
With or without Sophia Loren's embossed signature, this Dolce & Gabbana lipstick is excellent. I don't know why the promotional materials call it "cherry red" when this is a rich and deep rose color that for me (and I'm guessing for Sophia as well) as is the perfect "my lips but way way way better" color. On me it's very close to neutral that goes with anything and looks very polished and beautiful. I adore this color and it stands out even my not so small collection.
The lipstick has a very strong classic makeupy fragrance that you either love or hate. I'm a fan, especially in this context. While looking at the lipstick in the tube the finish appears matte, but it isn't. The texture is lightweight and creamy and the finish is a true satin. Again, a classic. Longevity is average (survives a cup of tea, fades after a meal), and performance is great: no pooling into lines and scars, and no bleeding beyond the lip line even when applied directly from the tube.
Bottom Line: get it while you still can (unless you hate heavily scented lip products).
Dolce & Gabbana Sophia Loren N°1 Lipstick ($35.50) is a limited edition item, available at select Saks, Macy's, and Sephora location. You'll need to call them individually to find where it's still in stock. NYC area seems like the best bet, but please comment if you manage to locate it elsewhere.
Book in the background is Classic Beauty- The History of Makeup by Gabriela Hernandez.