Unsung Makeup Heroes: The Dolce & Gabbana Desert Quad

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Dolce & Gabbana Desert Quad

Wearing the Dolce & Gabbana Desert Quad on my lids and daydreaming about succulent saguaros…

It was hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk.

That’s how how hot it gets in Davis, California, where I went to school. I can’t believe I’d go jogging in the middle of the day back then at the height of summer. It would be 110 degrees outside, with waves of heat rippling off the sidewalk and vultures circling high overhead, and there’d I’d be, jogging my steaming buns off between classes.


In parts of the California Central Valley, it gets hotter than Death Valley. I’m serious. A whole swath of the state basically turns into a desert every summer, which reminds me…

I’ve liked Dolce & Gabbana’s Eyeshadow Quad in Desert ($60) ever since I started wearing it off and on in 2010, but I only recently fell Beyonce-crazy-in-love with it.

I noticed that I was bringing it with me on all of my trips this summer. I literally wasn’t leaving the house without it, and I think the mattes have everything to do with it.

Dolce & Gabbana Desert Eyeshadow Quad

The Dolce & Gabbana Eyeshadow Quad in Desert ($60)

There are three of them in this quad — a beige, a golden brown and a dark chocolate brown, all of which are the freakin’ ish — as well as a hit-the-pan worthy golden shade, which we’ll get to in a minute.

Dolce & Gabbana Desert Quad Swatches

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned (multiple times) this summer, me and matte eyeshadows have been like this lately (they’re so kind to my fine lines!). I’ve also been diving full-on into the current ’90s makeup revival, and have been wearing a lot of mattes, especially Dolce & Gabbana’s, which I think are some of the easiest, most forgiving high-end mattes around.

First, zero fallout. When I wear these shadows, I don’t see any. At all. So that’s one thing. Second, they’re silkier than silk, so they don’t look or feel like tiny anvils on my lids. And third, they don’t look dry or flat, unlike many other mattes.

With a primer, these shadows last 10-11 hours on me, and they blend like room temperature, full-fat butter.

Mmmm, butter…

No, seriously. Even when I’m totally non-functional first thing in the morning, which is about 99.9% of my mornings, I know I can grab this quad and do a quickie defined classic eye look without having to dedicate too many neurons to blending.

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Most of the time when I use this, I’ll sweep the golden brown in the crease, blend the chocolate brown in the outer corners, buff the beige on my brown bone and lid, and add a touch of the gold in the inner corner — you know, to break up the mattes and brighten the eyes.

So, that gold shade? Bomb. It has a subtle sheen to it, but nothing too frosty. For instance, it’s nowhere near a high-shine shimmer, so you can get a soft glow similar to the Hourglass Ambient Face Powders — just a subtle reflection where you place it. Nothing too in your face, like “HAAAY GURL, HAAAY!”

Even if you usually avoid wearing shimmers on your lids, I think you might like this gold, for reals.

Dolce & Gabbana Desert Quad

Additional makeup up in this mix: Dolce & Gabbana’s Lipstick in Scarlett (lips) and Blush in Rosebud (cheeks); Guerlain Teracotta 4 Seasons in Brunettes (below cheekbones), Hourglass Ambient Powder in Radiant (upper cheekbones, bridge of the nose and Cupid’s bow); MAC Smolder Eye Kohl (water lines) and 34 Lash (false lashes); and Chanel Ecriture De Chanel Eyeliner Pen in Noir (upper lash lines)

And when I feel like turning things up, I’ll add black liner, false lashes and a red lip, like I did here for these pics. Easy-peasy, classically chic.

Between this quad and the Smoky quad (another favorite of mine from the line), my lids have been lovin’ Dolce & Gabbana these days. 🙂

You can find the $60 Desert Quad sizzling now at Dolce & Gabbana counters, Sephora and online.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Fancie says:

    That’s how it’s feeling today here in Michigan! I usually like to ride with my windows down for a little bit to catch the breeze but it’s like melt your face hot today lol. This quad is gorgeous though! The colors are perfect for everyday use. I could see myself using the third shade a lot
    Fancie recently posted … Ruby Kisses Lively Hot Pink Lip Lacquer Review

  2. Alison says:

    Hot, hot, hot, Karen! You look like a sexy leopard in this eyeshadow look, like WOW!

  3. Agata says:

    This look is so beautiful, Karen. Today I did my makeup using only matte finishes and I have to admit, I really like it!
    Agata recently posted … Color Me- Flawless in a Flash

  4. Chelsea says:

    I’ve been wanting to pick up more matte shadows. I like shimmers, but when I wear them, I always mix it up with some matte or at least satin shades.

  5. Amanda says:

    Hi Karen, I’ve been liking mattes too. But sometimes they look kinda muddy on me. Is the trick just blending like crazy? Or am I not wearing the right colors and that’s why they’re kinda muddy? Help!!! (Please)

  6. Dee says:

    WOW. All the products here go so well together Karen. Love it! The quad is gorgeous but that lipstick tho…SO pretty!!
    Dee recently posted … Summertime neutrals – bronze, copper, chocolate, khaki and gold with a pop of colour!

  7. Kwmechelle says:

    Beautiful quad. And such a stunning makeup look!

  8. Gillian says:

    This look is totally stunning on you.

  9. Ericca says:

    I love the entire look but to me that palette is so dupeable. Great look!

  10. Indya says:

    Wow Karen, you look absolutely stunning!

  11. Tatiana says:

    Hmm, never thought about Dolce & Gabbana makeup before. But lately I’ve been wanting to find some seriously satin to matt shadows. So tired of the overly shimmery, frosty, sparkly teen thing. In NYC this week, so I think I’ll try and hunt D&G down somewhere. Saks? Bergodorfs?

  12. MizzJ says:

    Ooo this palette is beautiful! Do you think it would work well on lighter skin tones? What other matte neutral palettes would you recommend?

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