We admit that we were drawn to Dolce & Gabbana's new compact for its leopard print exterior, but all three of us editors who tested it were surprised at how much we loved what was inside. Dolce offers two quads in the wild print, but our favorite is called Desert, with colors that are inspired by the brand's signature leopard print itself.
From Dolce tops to Jeremy Scott sneakers our web team is no stranger to this color palette, so we put them up to the task of finding three completely different looks using these four colors--Rebecca and Ali went straight for the shimmer while I stayed away from it. Here's what we came up with:
The Product: Dolce & Gabbana Eyeshadow Quad in Desert
: Ray Siegel, senior web editor
: Theyskens Theory Spring '13 (minus the wig)
: Dr. Jart Premium BB Cream
, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil
, CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascar
, Kiehl's Lip Balm
"I'll go out on a limb say that this is the best eyeshadow I've ever used. I was shocked at how pigmented the colors were. The color you see in the palette is the actual shade that shows up once you apply--which is rarely the case. Plus, it stays in place, which makes it easy to use if you're not an eye makeup application expert. I used the lightest color as the base and used a bit under my brows to give them a lift. Then I used three coats of the chestnut color below it all the way up to my brow bone. I wanted the look to be warm and matte--without even the slightest hint of shimmer. I used my eyeliner underneath my top lash line only and CoverGirl mascara on my top lashes. I left my skin and lips bare, so the only color on my face was from the shadow."
Rebecca Willa Davis, executive web editor
'70s hippie-disco queen
The Products: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer
, Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner in Cosmic Black
, MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Dark Deed
, Benefit They're Real! Mascara in Black
The Process: "I find that a lot of compacts in the nude-brown range tend to go on really sheer, so was surprised--in the best way possible--when the lightest shade from this Dolce & Gabbana quad went on really bright. Like, you-can-tell-I-have-eyeshadow-on bright. So I made that shade the base, brushing it across my entire lid to brighten my eyes, before adding the shimmer-y khaki shadow in a sideways arrow along my crease. To finish off the eyes, I applied a black liner and then smudged it a bit to get it smokey (I like Neutrogena's pencil because it comes with a smudger--so easy). To add a bit more drama I applied two coats of MAC's purple Dark Deed lipstick, and then brightened up my cheeks with a smear of their ultra-illuminating primer."
The Editor: Ali Hoffman, web editor
Inspiration: Young Lauren Hutton
The Products: Dolce & Gabbana Eyeshadow Quad in Desert, Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35, Nars Eyelash Curler, Dior Addict 'Lip Glow' Color Reviver Galm
The Process: "Wanting to keep it pretty clean and natural, I used a touch of the flaxen gold color as a shadow. Next, I applied (with my pinky finger) the lightest shade to the inner corners of my eye, which gives it that icy bright color I love. Lastly, I used an eyeliner brush and used the camel-brown hue to line my bottom lashes. Once finished, I didn't even feel the need to use any mascara!"