Dolce & Gabbana Divine Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.16 oz.) looks like a beautiful, elegant mix of feminine colors that seem neutral–not too cool, not too warm. I’ve always liked Dolce & Gabbana’s eyeshadows in the past (like Dazzling, Gold, Laguna), and I really haven’t had trouble with application of them.
In addition to having trouble with this palette, I also found similar issues with Ocean eyeshadow duo (also from fall, to be reviewed separately). I thought perhaps it was due to my usage of NARS’ Smudgeproof as a base, so I tried Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, and I experienced the exact same issues: sheer, faded colors that looked lovely at first but seemed to fade away as quickly as I applied them; slight muddying of color when blended. It’s like there was nothing to bind the shadow to my lid, despite the eyeshadow base.
The best solution I was able to come up with was to use a shimmery, white gold cream shadow base (Shiseido Lemon Sugar). Cream bases can sometimes be more adhesive, which can help softer or more difficult shadows stay on better, and shimmery bases always seem to emphasize colors in my experience. It’s better–decent to just below good–but it’s not fabulous.
Divine consists of a barely-there beige with a subtle cool tone; medium mauve-tinged beige; frosted cotton candy pink; and darkened blue-toned purple with a semi-matte finish. After using the quad in three look attempts, the lightest shade was my favorite, because it worked really well as a highlighter on my skin tone. Though the pink shade swatches the best, it is the worst performer of the bunch, because despite its brightness in the swatch, it looks faded and flat on the lid. The other three shades are more on the matte/satin side, so they already have a softer look and don’t fall flat when used.