Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Test-driving Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall Collection:  Attempt #1

Don’t let that preview image fool you, this look did not make it past my front door.  I’m sure you’re thinking, “Well, why bother showing us?” Because inevitably, I’ll be reviewing the products I used in this look, and it’s proof positive of my experience.  Loved the lips, but the eyeshadows just weren’t working.  They didn’t seem sheer, and they felt soft and smooth, but I couldn’t get them to stick for the life of me.  I packed on three or four layers in a futile attempt to get the colors to look true-to-the-pan.  A tackier base (like a creamy eyeshadow) helps, but you’ll need to get creative to get these to work.

I will also admit fully to giving up at a certain point and not even bothering to fully blend it out–everything just kept blending away into a faded, slightly muddied mess.  But you know what’s funny?  In reality, few people would really notice anything was amiss, especially since your eyes remain open for longer intervals than closed.

This my process when I review products, even product types I may have tried before, even from brands I enjoy.  I may not always share the process (I often wear a mash up of all sorts of products in disarray, so it’s not exactly pretty, LOL!), but I had originally aimed to create and share a look around the collection in addition to testing wear and application.  It didn’t work out as a look, but perhaps sharing the process will also help (and help you understand my review, which will follow shortly).

What I used…

  • Eyes: NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base (neutral eyeshadow base), Dolce & Gabbana Divine Eyeshadow Quad (soft nude, medium beige, medium pink, dark purple), Dolce & Gabbana #11 Eyeliner (silvery gray), Bare Escentuals Buxom Mascara
  • Face: MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NC30), Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (translucent)
  • Cheeks: Korres #15 Natural Blush (pink-nude)
  • Lips: Dolce & Gabbana Orchid Lipstick (fuchsia-purple), Dolce & Gabbana Vibrant Lipgloss (fuchsia)
  • 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 pink on the inner half of the lid and pull upwards along the inner crease. Lightly blend the medium beige eyeshadow on the outer half of the lid with the 239. Next, apply the dark purple eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Blend the nude eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying #11 eyeliner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Buxom mascara.

For cheeks, apply #15 Natural blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Orchid lipstick first, and then layer Vibrant lipgloss for a complementing lip.

Check out more photos!

Blending, schmending!  I gave up!

Do you see how… almost patchy the color is?


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36 thoughts on “Test-driving Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall Collection: Attempt #1

  1. jennSda26

    pretty as always…. my first ever comment and wont be the last.

  2. The lips look GORGEOUS! But the eyeshadow is indeed a bit dissapointing :/

  3. S

    You look gorgeous, despite the difficulty w/the eye shadow. Will you be reviewing the pro longwear foundation & concealer soon? Thanks!

  4. Rebecca

    beautiful!! :-)
    i like the eyes =)

  5. Miss Silver

    I love the subtle colours; love it, love it, love it!

  6. The lips are gorgeous, but I can see what you mean about the eyeshadows. Hm, not great for so much money!

  7. baby in a corner

    The lipstick is gorge! Can’t wait for the review even D&G isn’t available here, I’m putting it on my have-to-go-makeup-shopping-in-London wishlist!

  8. Livia

    That’s disappointing:( At least the lipstick seems to be pretty:) By the way how do you like the new MAC foundation?

  9. Steph

    The shadow does look patchy and muddy! You are such a trooper for attempting to do a look with them :) Very pretty lipcolour.

  10. Amanda

    Not a big fan of those shadows, but the lips! oh the lips are outstanding, you look sooo beautiful! :)

  11. Rae

    *struggles* Well, the… lip is really pretty! :/ And I mean, in theory the eye would have been really cute, too, if only the quad had been less of a flake.

    [Optimistic smile is smiling at you.]

  12. Charlotte

    That lip combo makes your teeth look SO white!

  13. I really love the lipcolor.

  14. abby


  15. Vijaya

    BE Buxom mascara is my favorite. It looks so great on you, by the way!

  16. Suzanne

    OMG those lips are lovely! Not too sure about the colours of the shadow though – they look grey and washed out. Great review! I see exactly what you mean now.

  17. I hope D&G havent changed their formula,but anywho ill be happy to take it off your hands and try it out(wink)!

  18. Işıl

    Still… Your eyes look gorgeous with that pink, too…