Just How Smooth Is the New Dolce & Gabbana Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Eden?

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Amid the deluge of gray falling on eye palettes this spring, Dolce & Gabbana stands out. In the pan, their Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Eden ($59) looks like a garden with pretty pastels in mint green and pink.


Dolce & Gabbana usually scores with their quads — hitting them out of the park with rich pigmentation, a buttery, easy-to-blend texture, and shadows that exhibit very little fallout, but I think this new one falls a little short.

As the one and only quad in the new Secret Garden Collection, Eden’s shadows are uncharacteristically uneven when applied.

I wore the colors in the palette today and kinda struggled to blend them together. They weren’t as smooth as I’m used to from the brand and looked patchier then I would’ve liked.

Dolce Gabbana Secret Garden Eden Smooth Eye Colour Quad

That said, it isn’t all bad. I kinda like how sheer they are. In fact, I can see that coming in handy for single washes of color over the lids, but it might be an issue for fans of the brand accustomed to bold eyeshadow pigments.

PRICE: $59
AVAILABILITY: At Saks Fifth Avenue stores and online

For more on the Dolce & Gabbana Secret Garden Collection, check out…

Watch out boy, she’ll chew you up!

Much to the relief of El Hub and Tabs, I’ve finally moved on from my most recent Wham phase.

I can’t blame the boys for complaining; I can see how I’m Your Man can get a little annoying to hear after the two hundredth consecutive time. 🙂


Now I’m jamming to another outstanding ’80s duo: Hall and Oates! Remember hits like Man Eater, I Can’t Go For That and One on One? Pure. Awesome.

No can do!

Perfect material for an ’80s karaoke night, am I right? 🙂

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  1. kelley says:

    OMG ur concealer looks AWESOME! 😀
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  2. ki says:

    Meh. Too sheer and too pastel for my nc44 skin!

  3. Amber says:

    Haha, I LOVE Hall & Oates. Maneater is my jam!
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    • Karen says:

      I love to add Tabs’ name into that song:

      Tabs only comes out at night; the lean and hungry type.
      Nothing is new I’ve seen Tabs here before.
      Watching and waiting…
      Ooh, Tabs’ sitting with you, but his eyes are on the door.

      LOL! Clearly I have too much time on my hands.

  4. lexi says:

    I am HUGE fan of the song Sara Smile…makes me weepy just thinking of it!

    I’ll pass the D&G Quartet – not a fan of patchy and it would probably look chalky on me. I still want the Platinum nail polish though.

    I’m all for making my shopping list shorter!
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  5. Heidi says:

    Stay on that 80s music wave, Karen — you know I love it! I like to make Missy dance to You Make My Dreams.

    • Karen says:

      Aw, that must be so cute! Tabs is sleeping in his cat tower right now… maybe I need to make him dance with me.

      I hope you’re feeling better today. Enjoy the sunshine! 🙂

  6. Jen says:

    Love Hall and Oates! They’re coming to Honolulu for a concert in March! I know I’m about 10 years too young, but I’m so going. Haha.

    • Karen says:

      SHUT IT DOWN! If I lived there I’d be in the front row in a hot second.

      You better take out your glow stick and wave it in the air when they sing One on One.

  7. Saffron says:

    These colors look TOUGH to wear – I imagine folks who aren’t super pale risk all kinds of ashy action from these. That being said, I bet they’d look wicked cool as a heavy wash over the lid with a thick black cat eye line.

  8. I’m going to pick up the lippies and nail polish ,they can keep the quad!!
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  9. gio says:

    The colors are pretty but not the easiest to wear. And it’s a shame they are so sheer and kinda hard to blend. I think I’ll pass…
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  10. Nina says:

    that quad might be a bit too light for me — i still want the duo though!

    did you watch top chef??

  11. Kim says:

    I’m actually pleasantly surprised by how much nicer they look on you than what I’d imagined from just seeing the pans/swatches. I’d be terrified of a highly pigmented hot pink or sea foam green, though. I know not everyone has those irrational fears. 🙂

    • Kim says:

      Oh, shoot, can you believe I forgot to comment on Hall & Oates? One of my first 45 purchases as a very young gal was Kiss On My List. I just realized that 90% of the people reading this are probably like “what’s a 45?”. Gracious, I’m old. 🙂

      • Karen says:

        Do you ever wonder what happened to all your old music? I still have some of my vinyl from back in the day — Madonna’s Like A Virgin, The Bangles Different Light and maybe even some Whitesnake (LOL)! I’ve got some tapes too.

        Anywho, you could SO do mint green. Do not fear the pastel, woman!

        • Kim says:

          Believe it or not, we still have boxes of vinyl. My parents even have some old Elvis (and 45s like Palisades Park). Of course, we haven’t had a turntable hooked up in almost 20 years, but no matter. I do still have some tapes in the boxes too – how can you really get rid of the “mixed tapes”? 🙂

          Well, you haven’t steered me wrong yet, so I guess I’ll have to reconsider the sea foam green!

  12. Dea says:

    Honestly I’m kind of delighted that the quality of the palette isn’t A+! The price was to high for me anyway, but it still looked so absolutely beautiful, plus I’m very pale – all the colours would show up on my skin… But a product that’s not “excellent” for a price like this – naaah, thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dea,

      If you get the chance you might still want to check out the other Dolce & Gabbana eyeshadows quads and duos some of them are really, really beautiful.

      Have a great day!

  13. Sara says:

    I love Hall and Oates- Um Sara Smile(LOL) and Rich Girl.

    • Karen says:

      I loooove the intro to Rich Girl!

      I wish there was a way for us to do virtual Hall & Oates karaoke, LOL!

      • Haha, there is!! Have you ever heard of singsnap.com? Its a live streaming karaoke website. You can just sing along, or if you have a microphone and webcam, you can invite your friends into a private chatroom and sing for each other, its like a virtual karaoke party!! You can also record yourself and post it for others to hear. They have a decent free song selection but if you pay a little for a year, you get WAY more songs and options like changing the key. I’m hooked! (especially since I have my stereo and my roomie’s LCD bigscreen hooked to my laptop, so its like a karaoke studio in my apartment. 🙂

        • Karen says:

          WANT! I’ve been bumping Erasure all morning and keep thinking to myself that I need an audience to torture, LOL!

          I’m so in love with yoooooou… I’ll be forever blue….

  14. Lily says:

    I’m sorry, but for $60, I expect it so so much more than this. You could have bought Loreal or Covergirl for a sheer wash of color.

  15. Lisa S. says:

    Ya know, I’ve heard and seen multiple complaints about how even high end shadows are much sheerer than most people are used to lately. And this across multiple brands. I think there is a shift right now in makeup trend to a more “washed” look. As make-up fiends we all want the most highly pigmented, bright (or deep) makeup-y looks we can find. I just think there is a trend toward more sheer pastel colors right now and I’m not sure it’s just for spring.
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  16. I’m not convinced by these pastel shades – they look a tad washed out and for the amount you pay, a bit of a let down!

    Hopefully D&G will right their wrongs before they lose an army of loyal followers!

  17. Sarah says:

    Seeing Tabs in the background made my day! Thanks again for the great reviews!

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