Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Stromboli 110 Eye Shadow Duo

Stromboli #110 Smooth Eye Colour Duo from Dolce & Gabbana's makeup line is an excellent option for a quick but dramatic evening look. The concept is pretty close to NARS Tzarine, but both I think the colors are better.

This Dolce & Gabbana duo offers a golden pink champagne color and a contrasting smoky black that looks more glittery in the pan and in the swatch than the way it applies on lid. It's still full of glitter, but the final result is more sophisticated than what I had initially expected, as long as used sparingly.

The light side is especially great when applied over a cream shadow that gives it the extra depth and velvety appearance. The color is a mild neutral beige, so if I'm after more drama I add a highlighter in the corner (Edward Bess highlighter or NARS chubby pencil in Goddess). Blending the dark shadow right above the lash line and in the outer corner (go lightly. It can create a charcoaly mess) completes an evening look. Even if I do some enhancing, the entire process takes only a minute and one good brush for blending.

Do take note that the dark side of Stromboli is baked (most of D&G eye shadow duo aren't), so the texture isn't the best one out there-- see the difference in the swatches. It looks better on the lid, though, and was probably born to be applied damp.

Bottom Line: Glam.

Dolce & Gabbana Stromboli #110 Smooth Eye Colour Duo ($36) is a Saks exclusive. Online and in select locations.

All photos are mine, taken with Sophie's help.

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