Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Mono Cream Eye Colour In Cocoa & Nude

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.


  1. I've had these on my wish list for some time. It looks like they might be worth a try!

  2. I have oily lids and I've never found a shadow primer that can hold a candle to MAC's paint pot in Painterly - it's the perfect base color for me, but oddly, I've never branched out into other cream shadows (probably because I always buy eyeshadow palettes, never individual shadows). I wish they could make cream shadow palette (probably not even possible, but still!).

  3. Hi Gaia,

    So glad you are reviewing D&G cream eyeshadow. I got Dahlia last year and really really like the color and the texture. I was surprised that not many bloggers have reviewed them.

    Thanks again

  4. I do wish designers would stop shooting their mouths off and concentrate on designing. D&G' s recent comments do put me off spending cash on their products and lining their pockets - I'm not sure why they think anyone cares about their views on life and morality - it's never good business sense to alienate customers

    1. David, I fully agree. Obviously, I bought these eye shadows and published the review before the offending comments went public, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered. I won't spend any more money with a company bearing their names and will not review other products.

    2. I'm sure many other designers hold views I wouldnt agree with but they tend to have the common sense to keep any controversial views out of the public arena as they realise its not good business sense, especially when you're commenting on such personal areas. On a lighter note, I'm hoping that Tom Ford shoots his mouth off soon too as it'll save me a fortune If I could boycott his fragrances ! Lol


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