Dolce & Gabbana’s epic eyeshadow quads are total limelight hogs that often steal the show in the brand’s seasonal makeup launches, but in this fall’s Sweet Temptations collection, the Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Cinnamon ($36) and Crayon Intense Eyeliners in Green Almond ($29) and Candied ($29) are giving the Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Cocoa ($59) a run for its money.
Nothing against Cocoa’s warm, cozy chocolate, cream and orange, but I’m liking the fresh, sweet glow I get from these pieces even more.
Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Cinnamon ($36)
For a bright-eyed look, I’ve been mixing this neutral, shimmery pink, and its partner, a sophisticated tan with a subtle sheen, together and applying them both to my lids from lash line to brow bone. If you’re the type of gal who likes brightening washes of easy, breezy color, you might like this duo a lot.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Crayon Intense Eyeliners in Green Almond and Candied ($29)
Both have that firm, stiff texture typical of Dolce & Gabbana pencils. Even though I usually prefer softer liners than these, I do love how refreshing Green Almond’s shimmery khaki and Candied’s shimmery gold look when worn with the Cinnamon Duo.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Clockwise from the eyeshadow duo: Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Cinnamon, Crayon Intense Eyeliner in Candied, Crayon Intense Eyeliner in Green Almond
Swatches on the left: Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Cinnamon; on the right: Crayon Intense Eyeliner in Green Almond and Crayon Intense Eyeliner in Candied
Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Cinnamon on lid, Crayon Intense Eyeliner in Green Almond along the upper lash line and Crayon Intense Eyeliner in Candied along the lower lash line
I do feel that these shades are much easier to wear than the colors in the quad (gosh, that orange is tricky!), and I can see them looking lovely on women on all ages — from younger gals just getting into makeup, to experienced beauty fanatics who’ve been collecting cosmetics for years. Sure, the quiet colors may not excite gals who crave crazy, bold looks, but if you’re interested in easy, wearable eye makeup, these pieces would love to make your eyes glow.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,