My first and certainly won’t be my last D&G: Eyeshadow Quad in Smoky

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The Sephora package that contained my much-anticipated Dolce & Gabbana eyeshadow quad arrived last week  — right on time for this coincidental eyeshadow week I’ve been having. I was so excited to play with this palette that all other items I’ve been thinking of writing about had to take a backseat first. I haven’t seen a lot of reviews about D&G makeup which I think means that it’s one of the more underrated brands in the beauty world.  This is me dipping my toes into Dolce & Gabbana makeup which will determine if I will wade further into deeper waters. My mind is set onto wading, but my wallet is silently but strongly praying for a no. b7 b3 b4


Yes, another brand that loves gold casing — a tiny bit more yellow than Guerlain’s gold, but way less than YSL‘s. The exterior is also less shiny than the two mentioned — it has a faded gold finish that is not as fingerprint-attractive as Guerlain’s and YSL’s. I actually like it, simple yet strongly-built. It doesn’t feel as flimsy as Chanel’s quads but it isn’t that heavy either. b5 b6


I picked yet another neutral palette, surprise surprise. I just think it’s the best entry to any brand’s collection. I’m torn between these two thoughts, though — “it’s hard to mess up neutrals” OR  “it’s hard to perfect neutrals“. What do you think? Either way, I’m hoping to gauge the quality of the rest of the makeup selection with this.


While the shade selection isn’t unique — cos I’m fairly certain I already have matte blacks, shimmery chocolate browns, shimmery sandy beiges and pearly whites in my other palettes  — all other features besides color are nothing short of perfection. The texture is ultra smooth, creamy and almost buttery (the Lorac Pro palette is my definition of buttery but it does crumble a bit so that’s the trade-off) but not at all crumbly which translates to zero fallout. Best thing is — every single shade blends like a dream!! Like it practically blends itself. Can you believe there is a matte black shade that does not have any problems with patchiness and blendability!? Definitely impressed with this. Pigmentation is bold without being too strong so you won’t need primers to make them pop. wore it for a full 8 hours without creasing or fading. Impressive stuff, really. B8


My poor swatches don’t do this beauty justice so I will refer you to Sabrina’s swatches on these because she does the best swatches evurrrr — complete with comparisons to other quads in her bountiful & beautiful makeup collection. I absolutely love all four shades that I can’t choose a favorite. Yes, they’re dupeable but they have taken a soft spot in my heart due to their beautiful formulation. Forgive my gushing – I’m really in love. I wish all eyeshadows were formulated as perfectly as this. 14


I used all four shades. My amateur blending skills didn’t encounter problems at all. I believe the four shades go perfectly well for that super sexy yet subtle smokey eye. You can tone it down with just the two brown shades, but adding the black gives that added oomph. It’s also versatile enough to create something more office-friendly dainty and demure kind of look. 3

I’m impressed, Dolce & Gabbana

NO WORDS. I’m afraid I’ll be wading into treacherous waters with this brand soon. I’m already eyeing on their blushes and other eye palettes. Please pray I don’t drown, lol.

I’d have to say that, hands down, this may trump my devotion to my Guerlain palettes. I’ve swatched all other palettes in the Guerlain counter and no other shades are calling out to me. Plus, some of them aren’t as beautifully formuated as Turandot and Le Bois de Rose.

Naturally pigmented resulting in great color pay-off, topnotch blendability and impressive wear time with no creasing or fading easily makes this palette worth every cent it costs. Add to that its minimal but luxe-looking packaging — easily makes this a true winner in my book. I’ll end this entry by saying that D&G is probably one of the more underrated brands in the beauty world.

Price: $59

Purchased at Sephora through GCASH-AMex Virtual Pay
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  1. September 18, 2013 / 1:28 am

    Oooh Shari, this palette is a gem!!!! I currently did a review on my blog about ‘Vulcano’ my 1st D&G eye shadow palette and I agree with you, it won’t be my last!! the quality is great, isnt it?
    and I love the look you created with the quad, lovely!

    • September 18, 2013 / 1:30 am

      Pam!! Thanks for the heads up. i’m heading to your blog now to check your review on Vulcano!! And yes, definitely impressed and happy with this buy!!

  2. September 18, 2013 / 6:16 am

    Oh really beautiful pigmentation!
    Lovely package!

    • September 19, 2013 / 3:12 pm

      Great color payoff, indeed 🙂

  3. September 18, 2013 / 11:07 am

    Teh,yung wallet mo! Kamusta siyaaaaaaa!!! Paging Enzo!!! Hahahaha This quad looks amazing! I’m such a sucker for neutrals too hahaha. And I love the lipstick you’re wearing here!!!

    • September 19, 2013 / 3:15 pm

      Anong wallet teeehh? Binenta ko na pambili ng makeup. Haha!

      Aw thanks gurrl! The lipchook is Lancome L’Absolu Nu pero check ko yung shade, di ko maalala eh!

  4. September 18, 2013 / 11:18 am

    How beautiful the shades are. I wish i could put my hands on that brand soon.

    • September 19, 2013 / 3:16 pm

      If you do get one, try Smoky first – you won’t go wrong 🙂

  5. September 19, 2013 / 2:09 am

    I’ve never been exposed to luxury eye shadow.. All I’ve ever had are cheap palettes and chalky pots. But hearing everyone talk about creamy, buttery eyeshadow makes me so gigil about getting my first serious eye palette!

    • September 19, 2013 / 3:17 pm

      I recommend LORAC PRO for a first serious eye palette! I like it more than the NAKEDS! 🙂 Wider variety in shades plus equal amount of mattes and shimmers.

  6. September 19, 2013 / 4:37 am

    You certainly just made me want to go grab a palette myself. Damn, this seems sooooo good.

    • September 19, 2013 / 3:18 pm

      It’s really good – too bad di locally available! But then again, GCASH-Amex made it possible 🙂

  7. September 19, 2013 / 6:12 am

    Wow, this is so gorgeous!! 😀 I love the colours and the luxe packaging!!
    I found your blog on a really old blog hop (hehe) and am now following! 😀

    • September 19, 2013 / 3:19 pm

      Ooh, thanks Ashesela! Will check your blog out now 🙂

      • September 19, 2013 / 4:39 pm

        Thank you so much for stopping by!! 😀

  8. September 19, 2013 / 9:17 am

    Wow! This is impressive! I love the packaging. As well as the swatches! ^^

    • September 19, 2013 / 3:31 pm

      Thank you, Rhia!

  9. September 19, 2013 / 3:02 pm

    this palette is gorgeous! elegant packaging and I love that it has all the basic colors we need for an everyday makeup! Random Beauty by Hollie

    • September 19, 2013 / 3:33 pm

      Gorgeous, indeed! Thanks Hollie 🙂

  10. September 21, 2013 / 11:53 pm

    Wa! The packaging is just so pretty! It’s looks so exquisite and EXPENSIVE!

  11. silverkis
    November 1, 2013 / 5:00 pm

    LOVE!!! Looks sooo hot on you!!!

    • November 23, 2013 / 8:05 pm

      Thanks Linda!!

  12. Maria
    March 25, 2014 / 9:54 am

    Omg I’ve been looking into Dolce&Gabbana quads and your post just tipped me over into buying them! -shakes fist at you- (just kidding! :)) But I’ve been meaning to tell you this from stalking your blog so much, you’re so pretty!!!!! Your eyes are so perfect and your double eyelids have ample space to put eyeliner on and not look like a monolid (unlike mine) :(. I’m so jealous! And you rock eyeshadow like it’s nobody’s business! I’ll look forward to stalking your blog some more haha! I’ve been totally loving your detailed posts and descriptions!!

    • April 2, 2014 / 3:09 am

      Hi Maria!!! OH GOSH! Thank you,thank you so much for the kinds words, love 🙂 I appreciate it!! And it takes a lot of practice – perfecting eye makeup. My sister ( has monolids but she does better eye makeup than me. 😉

      Stalk away, babe! I am honored to be of service 😉 Thanks for the super sweet words!

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