The Eyeshadow Smooth Eye Color Quad
This fragrance-free powder eyeshadow quad offers a silky-soft texture that blends smoothly across the eye area and holds up well throughout the day without flaking or fading.
The color combos are hit or miss, but there are some attractive options to explore. Opacity varies among the four shades in each set, but most of them consistently offer what's best described as a mid-level sheerness that can be layered for more intensity. There is also a contrast among the finish of the colors in each quad, ranging from matte to metallic or satin.
Smooth Eye Color Quad beams with elegance from the outside with its decadent, golden Dolce & Gabbana case and performs adequately, but is it really worth paying this much? That's a subjective question, but keep in mind that no one can tell the difference once you've got it on—overpaying doesn't make you look several dollars more chic.
Given that you don't get any more product than with most eyeshadows, the price is hard to justify, especially considering there are plenty of other eyeshadow quads that perform equally or better for just a nibble of the price. Still, if the expense doesn't hold you back, this is a decent option.
- Silky-soft pressed-powder texture blends on smoothly.
- Colors are buildable for more intensity.
- Variety of finishes, including matte and shimmer.
- Some of the quad color combos land on the dud list.
Strengths: Luxuriously smooth powder textures; excellent bronzer and blush; an impressive foundation and concealer; outstanding cream eyeshadow and eyebrow-shaping pencil; a good volumizing mascara; excellent liquid concealer; most of the face makeup products are fragrance-free.
Weaknesses: Unjustifiably expensive in many cases; several mediocre products, including eyeliner, mascara, and foundation; nearly all of the lip products contain potentially irritating fragrance; a few old-school pencils that require inconvenient manual sharpening.
Italian brand Dolce & Gabbana is renowned for luxuriously crafted fashions, innovative designs, fragrances, and rich fabrics. The fashion brands foray into cosmetics follows suit, with opulent packaging adorned with golden accents and couture-like details. If thats not enough to lure you in, D&Gs stunning celebrity spokeswomen will. With gorgeous muses like Scarlett Johansson and Monica Belluci headlining campaigns for their makeup collections, its hard not to get caught up in the seductive poses and the promise of prestige.
Just like their clothing line, D&Gs makeup products come with a designer price tag. Thats not to say they dont have some great productsthey absolutely dobut most of what youre paying for is the upscale brand name, lavish packaging, and celebrity endorsements.
Most of D&Gs self-proclaimed advanced formulas tend to be quite basic in terms of any added benefit for your skin, though perhaps that will change now that the brand is owned by Shiseido.
Whether you find this brands prices acceptable or deplorable, D&Gs makeup line has its share of high points, texture being one of them. D&Gs powder makeup products offer a luxurious silky feel, velvety-smooth wear, and seamless application. There are several other standout products you may want to consider splurging on, too, including an impressive mascara, blush, foundation, liquid concealer, eyebrow pencil, and cream eyeshadow (see the individual reviews for details).
Of course, as with many brands, there are also instances where the products fall short in terms of performance, ingredients, and design. For those products, the high price point might seem unjustified and, well, it is! Nonetheless, D&G offers enough appealing makeup options to warrant a perusal. Just avoid the disappointments so you can be sure youre spending your beauty dollars wisely.
Although not widely distributed in the United States, D&G makeup has a presence at some department stores in major cities, as well as at select Sephora locations around the world and online at Sephora.com.
For more information about Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics, visit www.dolcegabbana.com/beauty/makeup.
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