Dolce & Gabbana The Illuminator in Eva From the Holiday 2014 Collection

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Dolce & Gabbana Illuminator in Eva

Wearing Dolce & Gabbana’s The Illuminator in Eva on my upper cheekbones, and MAC Satin Lipstick in Toxic Tale from the MAC Red, Red, Red Collection on my lips

To think that once upon a time, many, many moons ago, gorgeously glowing skin was just something that happened sometimes on one of Mother Nature’s whims.

“Ooh! My cheeks are a little oilier than usual today? Woot! That means my skin will glow like Sheila’s, the cave-girl who lives down the way.”


Well, OK, that’s probably not exactly how it went down back in prehistoric days…but throw a girl a bone here please! I had awful insomnia last night (stayed up too late watching TV), so it’s the best I can do under the circumstances.

I did have a point though…

Now that we’re modern women living in modern times, we have access to a much wider range of illuminators than ever before, from frosty highlighters that leave your cheekbones lookin’ like Rihanna’s in a video (shine bright like a diamond!), to shimmers so soft that you can barely see their candlelit glow on your skin, and everything in between.

Dolce & Gabbana’s new six-piece holiday 2014 collection has a very interesting illuminator named Eva ($51, called The Illuminator in Eva; there’s also a bronzer in the collection called Desert), a creamy beige face powder blended with tiny flecks of gold glitter. It has a soft, sheen-like finish that reminds me of the Hourglass Ambient Powders, only the sparkly flecks seem finer…

They create a slightly different effect that’s flat-out gorgeous.


Available now in a limited edition holiday version with a pretty design on the pan (but also available in the permanent line) online and at Dolce & Gabbana counters.

Dolce & Gabbana Holiday 2014

Three of six pieces in the Dolce & Gabbana holiday 2014 makeup collection

Dolce & Gabbana Illuminator in Eva

The Illuminator in Eva

Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Mono Eyeshadow in Pure Gold, $36

Perfect Mono Eyeshadow in Pure Gold ($36)

Dolce & Gabbana Nail Lacquer in Lover

Nail Lacquer in Lover ($25)

The Illuminator in Eva, Perfect Mono Eyeshadow in Pure Gold and Nail Lacquer in Lover

Mighty lovely… I don’t know why, but I always crave Dolce & Gabbana more this time of year. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Elena says:

    OMG! So glad you did a review on this. Take my money! The price point isn’t too bad (I was thinking it would be way more).

    I love the pretty pattern on it!

    • Karen says:

      Hi, Elena. Dolce does amazing holiday collections. They’re really great about nuanced finishes too. Hope you had a nice day! What are your plans for the weekend?

  2. Elena says:

    The bronzer and highlighter are like a work of art. I love the classical influences too. I studied a little Greek and Roman art as electives in college! Not that I need another highlighter…or bronzer.

    As for the weekend, I work part of the weekend and have Sunday off so I will probably relax. I hope you have a great weekend Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Oh that’s neat! You’ll appreciate the beauty of the pan, for sure. It broke my heart a little to dig into it, le sigh.

      Thank you, enjoy your day off! 🙂 I am visiting family this weekend. Tabs is happy to be hanging with his pet sitter. LOL

  3. Divya says:

    Classic Red and Gold! Gorgeous collection at a sane price point! Love that lip color on you! 🙂
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  4. You’re looking lovely Karen! Love the glow of the illuminator!
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  5. That packaging and the print is very pretty. Feels a lot like holiday.
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  6. Gauri says:

    Such a pretty illuminator, Karen!

    You’re looking so pretty!!
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  7. Agata says:

    The illuminator looks so pretty, I love the red packaging! I also like how sparkly that Pure Gold eyeshadow is!
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  8. gio says:

    What a gorgeous illuminator! And it gives such a lovely glow.
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  9. Fancie says:

    Meh. Love the packaging but Eva looks terrible swatched. It looks beautiful on you but I think it may be too pale and chalky for darker skin tones. If I didn’t know any better I would have thought it was a setting powder lol
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  10. I literally let out a little ‘oh!’ at the sight of that highlighter! It’s sooooo pretty :-O
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  11. The The Illuminator in Eva is gorgeous. I haven’t tried this but have been wanting to. I will now!

  12. Rachel R. says:

    Gorgeous in the pan and on the skin.

  13. Dee says:

    HOW gorgeous is this combo of makeup! You are glowing Karen 🙂 Love the photos in this post too…so festive!Toxic tale looks so pretty on you too! What do you have on for eyeshadow in this pic?
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  14. Icequeen81 says:

    The nailpolish and the pure gold are pretty

  15. Kim says:

    This is gorgeous. I’m not sure what Eva has to do with a Roman-looking coin but whatever it is, I like it! And I love your eye look, too. 🙂

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