It's amusing to think that until not that long ago cream eye shadows were among the most questionable items on the makeup market. Remember the day of creasing, melting, and migrating? Nowadays some of the best formulas and colors one can find come in cream form, and most premium lines offer them (as well as many drugstore brands). I haven't had a bad experience with a cream eye shadow in ages (if you've had one, please share), and have to admit that the ease of application and blending makes me reach for them more often than not.
As a result, it's become harder to choose new cream eye shadows in colors that I don't already own, but I recently used up a couple of old Bobbi Brown ones, so these Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Mono Cream Eye Colour in Cocoa and Nude were designated as their replacement.
The creamy formula of Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Mono has a modern matte finish looks and feels fabulous. However, I'm not sure I made the best choice of color, which is totally my fault. I should have gone with the bolder signature D&G colors such as Dahlia & Stromboli and left the neutrals for Bobbi Brown.
Primer is not necessary here. Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Mono cream shadows adhere to the lids smoothly (brushes or fingers, it doesn't matter. I love working with a MAC 127, but that's just me), set quickly, and do not move. The promised 12-hour longevity is dependent on skin and weather, so this might not be the best time of the year to tell (late August in NYC is the ultimate test for makeup), but I can tell you that the eye shadows resist rubbing, and other than a slight fading of Cocoa they stay put til kingdom comes.
The names Cocoa and Nude are pretty telling, though Nude has a pink leaning that does not occur naturally in my skin. Thus, I'm still trying to figure out a good use for it (mostly as a base and not on its own). Cocoa is a classic crease color, not very interesting, and on my skin it lacks a little life and is not a replacement for my discontinued Ash (Bobbi Brown). As I said: the fabulous
Bottom Line: I should have bought the blue one, Indaco.