Dolce & Gabbana Ocean Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches
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.
AHH, AHH. I FOUND THE KEY. BURIED. LIKE TREASURE!
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)…
- Eyes: NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base (neutral eyeshadow base), Dolce & Gabbana Ocean Eyeshadow DuoBurberry Trench Eyeshadow (periwinkle / dark teal-blue), (highlighter), Urban Decay Deviant 24/7 Liner (bright medium blue), Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash (black)
- Face: MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NC30), Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (translucent)
- Cheeks: Benefit Sugarbomb Blush (pink-peach)
- Lips: Guerlain Giny Rouge G Lipstick (nude), Chanel Insouciance Extrait de Gloss (nude)
- Brushes: 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 116 (dense blush brush)
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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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.