Dolce & Gabbana Divine Eyeshadow Quad
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.
I’m also mildly amused that the Eyeshadow Duos contain 0.17 oz. of product for $36, while the quads hold 0.16 oz. and go for $59. This quad was a total miss for me, and I really wanted to love it. It’s stunning when you first open the compact, but it’s such a let-down in practice. Nothing will get a product onto my skip list faster than requiring me to give it three tries just to yield decent results. As they say, three strikes and you’re out!
I mentioned it previously, but the nude shades worked just fine; they’re soft, smooth, and apply the same. I don’t think they’re going to work well on anyone that’s medium-dark to dark in skin tone–they’re just going to be way too light and look chalky rather than subtle. These shades would work well on light to medium skin tones for a contoured nude eye. So in a sense, half the palette is… palatable (ha, ha). I already spoke on the pink shade, and the purplish shade is so-so; it applies smoothly, but it seems to go sheer and fade pretty quickly.
Edited 10/01: Despite calling the Saks’ Dolce & Gabbana counter and being told not to use these eyeshadows wet or else I would ruin them, I did use them wet–it did solve a lot of smoothness/evenness of the eyeshadows on the lid, though the colors were still a bit faded and flat. I changed the product grade from 20 to 23 as a result, which raised the overall grade from a C- to a C+. A new issue, as a result of using them wet, was a bit of difficulty in blending out the darker shade.
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- Product: 23/30
- Value: 7/10
- Ease of Use: 4/5
- Packaging: 4/5
RECOMMENDATION: I’d rather get two lipsticks for the price of one eyeshadow quad. (I have reviewed many of Dolce & Gabbana’s lipsticks with happy results!)