Apr 01 2015

Dolce and Gabbana Colour Explosion Quad Spring/Summer 2015


The Dolce and Gabbana Colour Explosion Eyeshadow Quad or palette is definitely a bold choice, to say the least. It was released as part of D&G’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, along with an additional neutral eyeshadow quad, a blush, two lipsticks, a lip gloss and four nail lacquers. All of which, I believe, are limited edition. Trust me, I wanted several items from the collection but at the end of the day I settled for the most “explosive” product out of the bunch. 🙂


dolce and gabbana colour explosion eyeshadow palette


dolce and gabbana colour explosion


dolce and gabbana colour explosion eyeshadow quad


To borrow a few lines from the press information, Dolce and Gabbana invites you to “experiment with colour with the #dgcolourspring playfully feminine spring look. Intense eyes are contrasted with subtle rose lips and bold fuchsia nails.” The contrasting tones of the Colour Explosion palette are definitely eye-catching. And perhaps, some might say, more a thing of beauty than utility. But I beg to differ.

Dolce and Gabbana’s colour cosmetics have been on my list of brands to try for ages. I almost took the plunge early this year but managed to keep my budget in check. However, when this collection released, I couldn’t be stopped.  Yes, I was initially drawn in by the bold, bright unapologetic colours in the palette. How dare they? Lol. Now that I have it, though, I not only appreciate its composition but the formula of the eyeshadows has truly impressed me as well. Oh, and the gold packaging definitely feels luxe (has some weight to it), which is always a bonus!

The Colour Explosion quad consists of 4 matte eyeshadows (another unique feature): raspberry red (the star in this collections colour story), a bright, mustard yellow, a black and a pale cream. The cream is showing whiter in the photos but truer to colour in the swatches. I have no other colours like the red and yellow in my collection.


dolce and gabbana colour explosion quad


dolce and gabbana colour explosion swatches

Swatches – Dolce and Gabbana Colour Explosion Quad 175


The shadows are soft, buttery and smooth to the touch – rivaling my beloved Viseart Neutral Matte Palette in texture. In fact, they’re actually softer and creamier. While the delicate nature of the formula does mean that they can be slightly “powdery”, lending themselves to some minor fall out, it’s certainly nothing to write home about. Especially when, in my experience, the eyeshadows in this quad offer exceptional true to pan pigment-delivery and such smoothness of application to the eye.

Mr. Bear said two things about this palette. When he first saw it, he said “Oh that’s like the German flag”. 🙂 Minus the cream shade, this is true – but it’s also the colours of the flags of Angola, Belgium, East Timor, and probably a number of others that I’ve missed. Fun facts.

A few days later, after he saw the actually photo of the eye look, he said “It looks like a sunset”. I thought this was so sweet – do you think it looks like a sunset?


dolce and gabbana colour explosion eye look


I deliberately used a lighter hand with the red, but you could certainly pack it on if you wish. Also, I did not use a primer. I thought this was important to note because I usually do use a primer, but somehow forgot to. Considering this, I imagine one could achieve an even brighter eye look with a primer – especially a white-based one – though the shadows certainly don’t need it to perform well.

Now the real question is – how much use do I think I’ll get out of the palette? To be honest, I’ll rarely sport all four of these shades together. However, I certainly see myself using the red, paired with black and cream. And the yellow makes a lovely crease. The quad is truly unique and definitely a lovely addition to my (ever growing) collection.

The Dolce and Gabbana Colour Explosion Eyeshadow Quad is on the pricey side, retailing for $60.00 USD or £42.00. You can find it, as well as other items from the Spring/Summer 2015 collection at Sephora, Harrods and similar retailers.



Would you ever consider a palette this bright and bold? Does Dolce and Gabbana feature in your collection and, if so, which products would you recommend?





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  1. I would never wear these colours, totally not my thing. Except for haha a football game to cheer for my country!
    The colours do seem very pigmented!

    1. Totally appropriate for a football game! Lol. I’m interested to try the other quads now, based on the formula of this one. They do have some great neutral ones by the looks of the collection online. 🙂

  2. That is such a cool eye look! 🙂 xo

    1. Thank you sweetie! I tried. Lol. 🙂 xo

  3. Ohh so pretty!I do like the shades for sure but yes it’s a bit of one where I don’t know how much wear I would get out of it. I really love the eye look you did though, it does remind me of a sunset! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

    1. Aww, thank you Jasmine! I’m having fun thinking of creative ways to use the red. 🙂

  4. Oooo, that is such a gorgeous palette! I’ll need to check if they have neutrals because there is just no way I can pull off these colourful eyeshadows. I am seriously impressed by the pigmentation too, your swatches are crazy good! And yes, I agree with Mr. Bear, your eye makeup does look like a gorgeous sunset, good job with it!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. Thank you, Shireen. I’ve been working on the swatches, lol. Dolce and Gabbana does have quite a few neutral palettes. I’m thinking of adding a few to my collection as well based on how much I’m loving this formula.

  5. It’s like a sunset in eyeshadow form 😀 I like it. Especially that red, oh my.

    1. Hehe. Thanks, Melissa! xo

  6. Love the luxe packaging and even though the shades are gorgeous I’m not sure I could pull it off. You created a gorgeous look with it too x

    Beauty with charm

    1. Thank you, Alina. I’m still not sure if I can pull it off to be honest – but I can’t help but love this palette. 🙂

  7. Oh wow, this is very daring to say the least! Great job, Kimmy! I really don’t think I can pull this quad off, like AT ALL LOL

    1. We all like to be a little daring now and again, right? Hehe. 🙂

    • elleseesyou on April 3, 2015 at 6:45 am
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    great look! very pigmented. they have some great shadows

    1. Thank you, Elle. I’m definitely eyeing a couple of the other quads!

  8. :O Beautiful quad! Seems super pigmented and the look you did is stunning <3

    Pink Frenzy

    1. Thank you, Laura. Your comment put a big smile on my face! xo

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