Monday, September 26th, 2011

Dolce & Gabbana Candied Crayon Intense Eyeliner

Dolce & Gabbana Sweet Temptations: Candied & Green Almond

Dolce & Gabbana’s fall collection–Sweet Temptations–includes two new shades of their Crayon Intense Eyeliner ($29.00 for 0.04 oz.). The new shades are Candied (light gold) and Green Almond (olive).

  • Candied is a metallic finished pale yellowed gold. The pigmentation on this shade is sheer; you definitely won’t get an opaque line of color in one pass. I couldn’t really build it up to opaque color for the heavier swatch. Make Up For Ever #9L is a darker yellow, while tokidoki Unicorno is less yellow and has coppery glitter in it.
  • Green Almond is a dark forest green over a olive brown base. Again, the color payoff leaves something to be desired–it loses a lot of depth because it doesn’t deliver much color in a single pass (or even a couple of them–you really have to go back and forth several times to yield decent color payoff). It’s a dead ringer for Urban Decay Mildew. MAC Jade Way is a little greener.

I’m not a huge fan of this eyeliner formula because of the texture; it’s stiff and dry, so it doesn’t glide on easily and can pull and tug at the lid. The wear is so-so, where I get around six hours with a darker and drier shade like Green Almond but lighter shades like Candied seem to vanish after four or five hours (this is on the lower lash line, not water line!). Some shades are creamier (like their White) but the majority don’t wear longer than six hours. It’s frustrating when a formula is so inconsistent, because you can’t bank on it performing as good as previous shades.

The Glossover


Dolce & Gabbana Sweet Temptations: Candied & Green Almond Crayon Intense Eyeliner Swatches, Photos, Reviews

The flaws in this product render it rather unacceptable, and with the $29 price tag, nearly unbelievable. There are so many formulas available that perform well, but this is not one of them. Normally, a drier eyeliner would wear better than a creamier one but that is not the case here.











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Dolce & Gabbana Candied Crayon Intense Eyeliner

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Dolce & Gabbana Candied Crayon Intense Eyeliner

Dolce & Gabbana Green Almond Crayon Intense Eyeliner

Dolce & Gabbana Green Almond Crayon Intense Eyeliner

Dolce & Gabbana Green Almond Crayon Intense Eyeliner

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23 thoughts on “Dolce & Gabbana Sweet Temptations: Candied & Green Almond Crayon Intense Eyeliner Swatches, Photos, Reviews

  1. Lauren

    Wow- what a disappointment. It’s sad that a company with such a prestigious name, will allow a product like this to go out because they know, despite it’s flaws, those into designer labels will purchase it. This allows them to come out with less than mediocre products and yet, make good money off of it. For this reason, I’d stick to a cosmetic company that specializes in cosmetics and not a slew of other products for a quick buck.

    • Dolce & Gabbana does better lip products, IMO, than they do eyeliner and eyeshadow. Some products are nice, but I’ve reviewed a fair amount of flops.

      • Thank you for reviewing D and G. I know this brand is not your cup of tea, but I own their red lipsticks and love them all. Yes, I agree the eyeshadows and pencils are not consistent and great, but I do like the lipsticks.

      • Luka

        I have to add that their nail polishes are awesome. I find their wear to be on par with Rescue Beauty Lounge and the Lippmann polishes. I love the Rose color, it’s super stunning.

    • The mica’s they used are so pretty as well it’s disappointing the the formulation is below Dollar store level.

  2. t_zwiggy

    Love that these have “intense” in their product names. Nothing intense about them at all!

  3. Amanda

    Wow, an F on a luxury item? Green Almond looks gorgeous, but I’m so glad I didn’t fork over the $29 for a poorly performing product! Thanks for writing such honest reviews!

  4. cydoniac

    that’a a disgrace…how do they even let these products find their way into shops in the first place?! I guess D&G don’t care much if their brand is losing face because of these awful things that cost an arm and a leg to buy…pitiful…and to think I was thrilled when I first heard they were having a makeup line…

    • I like their lipsticks & glosses (though the glosses don’t have a lot of product in them) a lot :)

      • cydoniac

        they may be a bit better than their eyeliner pencils but for the same price (or even less) you can buy better products from other brands…I have drooled over many lipsticks and lipglosses in here,but I have never felt the urge to buy a D&G one. and trust me,I wanted to so bad…! :(

  5. BooBooNinja

    It’s shocking how a high profile company can let products of this calibre pass their QA levels. What kind of thought (or thoughtlessness) went into product development?!

  6. Mariella

    The green one looks gorgeous – like MAC Club in a pencil – but who wants to have to “scrub” a pencil back and forth, back and forth on their lids just to get the colour to show. And like you said, Christine, at that price, it should deliver much better.

  7. That is the craziest price tag for an eyeliner. Very disappointing from a company like this. We need need more products we can all afford. Every woman deserves beauty.

  8. Blue

    What a shame! I really liked the look of these and thought they would be gorgeous – but *sigh* alas, it was not meant to be. D:

  9. Deb

    Wow! That’s some crap! I’ll have no trouble sticking to my Urban Decay 24/7 liners.

  10. Veronica

    What a shame, the green looks so pretty in the swatches. :( Definitely not worth it for the price tag.

  11. Already have Unicorno and Mildew… SKIP!

  12. Kathryn

    Why is it that when it gets 1/2 of the possible rating, it’s an F? Shouldn’t the numbers be lower for an F?

  13. Both eyeliners are absolutely amazing colors! I definitely am going to have to check out some liners that are similar in color!