Review: Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeshadow Quad in Champagne/Femme Fatale
This quad was my first foray into Dolce & Gabbana’s beauty line. I hadn’t heard a ton about D&G eyeshadows before, so I was sort of taking a chance on this one. I love being a makeup guinea pig, so in that spirit, here, have a review. Just so you know, I have the version of the quad from when its name was Champagne; since then it’s been rebranded as Femme Fatale. To my knowledge there’s no difference in the formula or colors.
The compact is pretty high on the bling scale – solid gold-colored with the brand name etched on top. It’s encased by a thin metal sheath with plastic inner trays and a mirror that covers the inside of the lid. Very sturdy, but it doesn’t feel quite as luxurious as quads in a similar price range like Burberry or Guerlain. It is small and light, which I always appreciate for easy travel. It contains .16oz/4.5g total, which is a little less than similarly-priced quads (Burberry has .19oz/5.4g, Chanel and Guerlain have .24oz/6.8g).
Overall this quad is quite cool-toned, which I love – I feel like a lot of quads are warmer than I’d like. This one contains-
- Neutral white shimmer
- A shimmer that’s either a greyed lavender, or grey with a slight purple pull. I can never decide which.
- A matte milk-chocolate brown
- Matte black
The colors work really well together for a basic everyday neutral eye, or you can make it more dramatic by building up the darker colors. This is often my quad of choice for weekend trips because it transitions really well from day to night looks.
Texture & Wear
All of the shadows apply smoothly and blend beautifully. The texture is a bit on the drier side, but not powdery. The two mattes are very nicely pigmented, but the shimmers apply a bit more sheerly than I’d like, particularly the grey one. They wear well even on long days over primer; without primer I’ve noticed a little bit of creasing after about 6 hours (which is still really decent wear time on my oily lids).
In Short: This is a gorgeous and versatile quad, but I wish the lighter colors were a bit more pigmented. At the price point, there are other eyeshadow formulas I prefer a bit more.
Dolce & Gabbana Eyeshadow quads ($59) are available at sephora.com
JillianOctober 15, 2013 at 10:23 pm
What are some of your favorite eye shadow formulas? I keep looking at your pictures of Orchid Haze and thinking about picking it up… I’m just thinking I’ve got similar shades already. I’ve heard that the darkest shade in it isn’t as buttery/pigmented too. What do you think?
niccigillandOctober 15, 2013 at 10:51 pm
I wouldn’t say the darkest shade in Orchid Haze is unpigmented. It definitely has a drier texture than the other colors in the quad, but I think that’s true of a lot of mattes. It’s similar in texture/pigmentation to the matte shades in my other TF quads.
If I had to pick one favorite eyeshadow formula it would be Burberry. Tom Ford and Laura Mercier are high on the list too.