Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Taking a Long, Windy Drive with Ocean Eyeshadow Duo

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.

I’m sad to report that using the eyeshadows wet for the Divine eyeshadow quad I reviewed a few weeks ago didn’t do much for improving the color, but it did make the color apply more evenly and look smoother–so I did go back and amend the review briefly and raised the grade up two notches.

But I think what really killed me was that even though I called to ask, the artist (at least the one working that day) explicitly told me to NOT use these wet or else I would ruin the eyeshadow.  If I had paid for this, I don’t think I would have ever risked it.

The one problem I did encounter by using the duo wet was that it made it more difficult to blend out–you have to work really quickly, because once it dries, it sets and stays as vibrant as it went on initially, but it’s a pain to diffuse after that.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you don’t mind using your eyeshadows wet, then I think this could be a really good duo–they’re two shades I feel like I don’t see that often.


Check out the look done dry… and wet!  Plus more photos and swatches!

You will need the following (dry version)…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply the periwinkle eyeshadow on the lid. Next, apply the teal-blue eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Blend Trench eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Deviant liner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Buxom Lash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Sugarbomb blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Giny lipstick first, and then layer Insouciance gloss for a complementing lip.













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Where can I purchase Ocean? How much is it?

Saks, $36

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

The darker blue is almost like MAC Prussian but has a touch of teal. I couldn't think of a great dupe for the lilac/periwinkle shade.

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35 thoughts on “Dolce & Gabbana Ocean Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Natalia

    Whoa, such a pretty colour!

  2. Cintamani

    its really stunning on you. really gorgeous colors especially the periwinkle. would you say this is suited for someone more experienced with eyeshadows or can a person with average skills work with it?

  3. Kathy

    Looks wonderful! I’m usually scared of wearing blue eyeshadows, but this particular look of yours is very wearable and pretty!

  4. Steph

    Wow these are gorgeous when wet!

  5. baby in a corner

    This looks really pretty! they are quite unusual colours!

  6. So lovely colors. When does D&G make up, come in France? So a long time we ear about it…and we are waiting, waiting and waiting…

  7. wow, you look super in blue eye shadow! love the look! :)

  8. Brooke

    I love these shades. It looks so pretty on you!

  9. Hiromi

    this combo looks gorgeous on you christine! your skin looks flawless, i’m so jealous!

  10. Rae

    D: So. Pretty. Foiled. Thanks for the review/FOTD!

  11. That looks great on you! I wonder if using them over a blue cream shadow would help?

  12. Maeve

    These colors are GORGEOUS! Too bad they are way too expensive for me and suck at application.

  13. Verna

    That looks gorgeous on you.I have a Dolce & Gabbana eye shadow duo and I find the texture to be very smooth.I wonder why this one is different? Thanks for a great review.

  14. Kellie

    The color in this shadow is AWESOME! But, I was more impressed with how beautiful your eyes are! :) Such a pretty color and the camera you used helped a bit too. Do you have a professional do your make up or do it yourself? Either way, it looked great. :)

  15. Alex

    I blended pencil really sheer across my lids and then applied this shadow dry. The color really pops! I used white,black,and blue pencils to get different effects.

  16. Hey Christine, what’s the secret to blending your shadows when wet? I’ve been having a terrible time (esp with the new Disney Mac shadows) blending them. Is it about dabbing? Because that’s not always easy when it’s a wet but dark shadow. HELP!

  17. Naheeda

    Wow, its fantastic! Will try wet one!
    Really love the colour!

  18. Caroline

    It’s absolutely gorgeous on you!

  19. Linnea

    Christine.. This was a great post.

    Dry.. Wet.. Dry.. Wet.

    You sure did a lot of work.. Thank you so much!

  20. Crystal

    Love this look! I normally don’t go for blue’s but that periwinkle-ish color is great! & I love tan Christine! I wish I looked better in dark hair b/c your dark hair & bronzy skin is beautiful!! :)

  21. Kat

    LMAO you are adorable :)
    And I agree, it’s sooooo pretty wet! I don’t know if I can make myself spend that much on eyeshadow…But since it’s permanent, I can just wait till the holidays and buy it for myself as a present. I mean I buy my family gifts, and I’m clearly related to myself? Right? Thought so :p

  22. callie

    Pretty, but far too similar to cheaper brands!