I love the new neutral Dolce & Gabbana Smoky Smooth Eye Colour Quad ($59) like…like Mariah loves wind machines. Like Iron Man loves tinkering. Like Portlandia loves bird motifs (“Put a bird on it!”). Like Ben Affleck loves beards. Like drag queens love contouring…
For me, good neutral quads are like tropical vacations. They just make everything better.
When I’m stumped for what to wear with crazy colors like that hot pink glitter over there (ooh!) or that matte red blush over there (ah!), I’ll go with one, two — or when I’m feeling more adventurous — three or four neutrals on my eyes.
Because they go with everything!
…not all neutral quads get it right.
Sometimes, there are problems with the powders, and the shadows end up on my cheeks. Other times, they’re way too pigmented, or not pigmented enough, or they pull a David Copperfield and disappear right before my eyes, or they’re just annoyingly chalky.
But the matte black, pearly neutral gold, shimmery chocolate brown and shimmery golden beige in Dolce & Gabbana’s Smoky Quad do WERK!
These bunny soft textures would probably impress Peter Cottontail, and all of the easy-to-blend colors contain just the right amount of pigment, making them ideal for a wide range of eye looks from demure and dainty to smokey and sassy.
And because the shadows last as long as they do — all day long for me with barely any creasing or fading — you don’t have to carry the quad around with you while you go about your day plotting cosmetics conquests and beauty world domination.
The quad does cost a few tacos… About 50 of them at Taco Bell prices, plus tax (it’s $59), but Dolce & Gabbana knows a thing or two about pigment, texture and wear time when it comes to their high-end eye quads. Smoky isn’t all that flashy, but its shades should look great with just about everything (picture: a pair of black Manolo patent-leather pumps).
I could happily wear it a dozen days in a row.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Dolce & Gabbana counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A (so many tacos!)
Wednesday mental wanderings…
Two things that I believe every girl needs: a pair of really great dangly earrings and her very own “intro” theme song (the music that plays in your head when you walk, very often in slow motion, into a crowded room).
My intro theme song changes fairly often, but it’s been the chorus of this song by Imagine Dragons for quite some time…
Man, that’s catchy.
Hope you had a lovely Wednesday.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,