Swatch Me I’m Falling for Dolce & Gabbana Secret Garden

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Greetings, young lady. I wanted to show some swatches of the Dolce & Gabbana Secret Garden collection this afternoon (lip, eye and face shots are coming soon).


Some observations from the swatches…

  • The white eyeliner, one of two liners in the collection, feels harder than usual for Dolce & Gabbana. It’s much creamier than most of them are, but the purple one’s just as tough as usual.
  • Platinum, the one solitary nail polish, looks much greener on NW20 skin than than it does on me (I’m an NC35). I think it’ll look straight up silver on yours truly, but on NW20 it’s more of a greenish gray.
  • There are just two lipsticks and glosses in the release. The coral-ish lip gloss seemed very out of place to me at first (straight out of Mad Men), but, um, after I thought about it a little, I think I can see what Dolce & Gabbana was going for. I like the way it contrasts with the pale pastels. As for the other gloss, the pale pinkish violet, it has micro bits of silver glitter that you have to look closely at to see.
  • Of the lipsticks, one’s a shiny light violet, and the other’s a shiny pink. Oh, and did I mention they’re shiny. I mean VERY shiny. I can’t tell much from my arm (I have yet to try ’em on my lips), but I do detect a scent. I haven’t tasted them yet, but they do smell pretty good… It’s that classic rose lipstick scent.
  • And then there’s the Illuminator in Eva, a powder highlighter. It may be too light for me, but on NW20 it looks like a lovely gold. It might be better for lighter lasses than brown gals. I think it’s just gonna look chalky on me. I mean, I suppose tanned lovelies could use it underneath the arch of their brows (the brow bone) as a highlight color, but that’s really a limited use.

Dolce & Gabbana Secret Garden Swatches on NC35 Skin

dolce gabbana secret garden swatches eden romance
Swatches from the left to the right: Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Eden (first four); Eye Colour Duo in Romance (fifth and sixth); Crayon Intense in White (seventh) and Crayon Intense (eighth)

dolce gabbana secret garden swatches lipsticks glosses
Shine Lipstick in Romance, Shine Lipstick in Love, Ultra Shine Lipgloss in Bon Bon and Ultra Shine Lipgloss in Secret

dolce gabbana secret garden swatches eva platinum
Illuminator in Eva on the left and Intense Nail Lacquer in Platinum on the right

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Swatches with the flash

dolce gabbana secret garden swatches no flash
Swatches without the flash

Swatches on NW20 Skin

Intense Nail Lacquer in Platinum; Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Eden (second through fifth); Eye Colour Duo in Romance (sixth and seventh); Crayon Intense in White (eighth) and Crayon Intense (ninth)

Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Eden (first four); Eye Colour Duo in Romance (fifth and sixth); Crayon Intense in White (seventh) and Crayon Intense (eighth)


Shine Lipstick in Romance, Shine Lipstick in Love, Ultra Shine Lipgloss in Bon Bon and Ultra Shine Lipgloss in Secret and the Illuminator in Eva

Swatches with the flash

Swatches without the flash

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  1. Katie says:

    It’s crazy how the different skin tones make the purple eye liner look like completely different colors!
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  2. i agree with katie! the purple liner has a duo-chrome quality to it that’s apparent on darker skin but it just looks straight up purple on the lighter skin.

    also, i REALLY like the lip products. especially Love and Secret.
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  3. Rae says:

    Okay, this collection is… ridiculous. Ridiculous! It’s SO pretty! D: The quad is too sheer for my tastes, but the lip colours all look incredible.

    Thanks for the swatches, Karen (& Mrs. Mysterious Arm!)

  4. Tracy says:

    Wow-I agree with Katie too about that purple liner! So weird that it’s completely different on the two skin tones. The lippies look lovely!
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  5. Tania says:

    Was the title of this post a reference to Pretty Poison’s “Catch Me I’m Falling?” If you don’t know what I’m talkin’ about then youtube it sistah!! You won’t be disappointed. Plus the gal in the video has big hair and a fringe jacket.

  6. mint says:

    it might also be the lighting and camera angle that effects the swatch colours too.
    anyhow those look amazing, I love the nail lacquers.
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  7. Chris25 says:

    The purple liner looking different on different skin tones is why I swatched so many nail polishes on my own blog. I already know that a certain shade on a fair lady will look majorly different on a golden goddess. Back to the D&G collection: Shine Lipstick in Love looks lovely!
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  8. Can’t wait to see the look you create!!
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  9. Kana says:

    I LOVE the colors! Oh my, this will definitely set me back on my trip to Japan. *sigh* I have to save every penny I can. I always look forward to all the things i cannot get.. hehe πŸ˜› I guess you can say I’m somewhat living through your makeup devotion. I think i’ll have to grab a few of the ilpglosses, though they’re to die for! πŸ˜€

  10. Jen W says:

    I’m loving the look of the ultrashine lipgloss in Secret. very Prada 2010.

    not such a fan of the pale pastels- I think they would look a bit silly on me.
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    • Karen says:

      Ya know, at first I wasn’t sure if I would be able to rock these either, but I think if you just do one shade on the lid, and then perhaps add a pop of liner it could be very wearable.

  11. Sarah says:

    These are a lot more grey than I thought they’d be. Still soo pretty for spring though!
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  12. gio says:

    Thank you for the swatches. The Shine Lipstick in Love looks gorgeous!
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  13. Olga says:

    great swatches, now I want the whole collection! πŸ˜€
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  14. Nina says:

    the lip products – <33333 !!!!

  15. Kim says:

    Please thank Mystery Arm for the help here! These colors look great on you and I’m sure your FOTD is going to be beautiful. I’m a bit bummed about the white liner. Have you tried UD’s Yeyo? I think that might be the winner for me since I love the UD texture. πŸ™‚

  16. Jackie says:

    Any dupes for the nailpolish? Is it silver?

    • Karen says:

      Hey Jackie,

      I’ll have a swatch up in a little bit. It’s a very interesting color — not a straight up silver, but more like a silver/taupe/green. I can’t think of any dupes off the top of my head…

  17. Dea says:

    OMG – the eye colour quad is sooo pretty for spring!!! But I can’t and I won’t affort it… Can I?! *hhhmmmm* No, I can’t… But I would if I could!
    -> Does anybody know what I’m talking about?! πŸ˜‰

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