I really loved the coloring of Dolce & Gabbana’s Ocean Eyeshadow Duo ($36.00 for 0.17 oz.) LOVED! ON SIGHT! It’s a mix of lilac-periwinkle and dusty, navy blue. And so I was greatly disappointed when my first attempt to use it proved as difficult as the Divine Eyeshadow Quad. Instead, Ocean did this weird thing where it clumped up in spots and went really sheer in others. I also packed on the color FIVE times before throwing up my makeup brushes in frustration.
Oh, yes, I finally found the key to success with these more finicky eyeshadows, but I’m pretty frustrated at how I did find it–which was completely by accident. I had the compact open by my bathroom sink, and I accidentally splashed water on it. Since I was about ready to throw in the towel, and there was already a wet spot, I figured let’s try it–let’s dare to use it wet. TA-DA! VOILA! LIGHTBULB FLASHFLASH!
I don’t typically use powder products wet unless I know it’s designed with that in mind, because some powder products will have a “wet spot” left behind, which just hardens and looks gross. Mind you, I had previously called the Dolce & Gabbana counter at Saks NY and the artist on the phone said that these could not be used wet.
So I started to hunt around on the ol’ interweb to see if I could find more insight on using these eyeshadows wet, since it worked a treat. Buried on the Dolce & Gabbana website–but only under the eyeshadow duos–within the “application” tab is a quote from Pat McGrath: “Achieve multiple looks from a single colour: applied dry, the shadows appear softer and more transparent, but with a wet brush, they become opaque and intense.” This information doesn’t appear on Saks’ website nor under the eyeshadow quad area of Dolce & Gabbana’s website at all.