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. 🙂
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.
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?
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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