Dolce & Gabbana Autumn 2011: Cinnamon Eyeshadow Duo & Shimmer Illuminator Powder

July 31, 2011

Dolce & Gabbana has released soft angelic shades for eyes and cheeks in their Autumn/Winter 2011 collection called Sweet Temptations. Cinnamon # 80 Eyeshadow Duo has a shimmery combination of soft opal pink and soft beige-gold. Shimmer #6 Illuminator is a soft finely milled sheer glowy pink-beige. The shades are soft and neutral and make the skin glow with a subtle sheen. Each shade has this beautiful multi-color reflective quality which makes the product look either more beige or more pink depending on how the light hits the shimmer particles. Above is more pinkish, below in different lighting you see more warm beige tones. Both items are very neutral, nude and sheer. On my medium skintone, these blend in with my skin for a barely-there glow.

Cinnamon Eyeshadow duo has a soft opal pink and a soft champagne beige gold. Both are shimmery neutrals. On the fingers and arms you can clearly see the difference in color. On the eyes for me, they both look the same (whether they are layered or applied separately). These give just the slightest glimmer to the lids. Layering actually makes these look chalky but then I reminded myself other duos like this did the same. The best way for me to apply duos like Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon is to put on a dewy eye base first, mix both shades by swirling a brush and then dusting lash to brow in a back-and-forth sweeping motion. Just add liner (like a bronze) and mascara. Cinnamon no doubt is a stunner when you see the compact. On my skin it doesn’t translate the same – it’s very similar to the colors you get with others like Stila Kitten, MAC Deckchair Pigment, Bobbi Brown Seashell, Chanel Island, just more subtle and not quite as frosty.

Swatch comparisons: Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon, NARS New Delight, MAC Shimmertime Pigment, MAC Deckchair Pigment, Bobbi Brown Seashell Shimmerwash Eyeshadow

Shimmer Illuminator is a soft neutral nude pink. I’m not sure what to make of this one. I had anticipated a glowy highlighter because in the compact you can see a soft luminous glow. On the skin however it goes on darker and the shimmer is non-detectable. Fair skinned ladies who are looking for a good contour shade for your cheeks, Dolce & Gabbana Shimmer is the answer to your prayers. The grey undertones of most contour shades that make us look ashy are non-existent here. It does have some brownish qualities but they are soft-nude-browns meaning this will go well with your natural skintone. What I swatched on the fingers was very true-to-pan. What I applied on my arm and face was just completely different. Hence my confusion on the name “Shimmer” for this product. I can’t say whether or not it will show up on darker skins. This one is hard to tell for me.

Comparisons to MAC, NARS and YSL

Overall thoughts: I fell in love with these the moment I saw them at Beverly Hills. Upon finger-swiping my heart skipped a beat. However, after playing with these at home, I think while these are gorgeous, they are just not must-haves for me. I believe I that my skintone is at that point (slightly tanned) where these blend into my skin so well they barely show up. Granted, they are neutrals intended for a “natural look” I find them a bit too natural for me. They are beautiful and high quality products though. Lighter skin ladies, if you can get to a Dolce & Gabbana counter, you must try Shimmer on your cheeks. Given the fact that it’s less brown than NARS Douceur (for some reason this one turns brownish on me), I think many will love Dolce & Gabbana Shimmer and find it a wonderful natural contour. As for Cinnamon, it’s so pretty in the compact, nothing would have stopped me from owning this. However, most light pearly shades end up looking the same on me no matter what variation. The shimmer is subtle so those who have found other brands too frosty will like Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon.

Have you been to Saks lately to see these or try these in person yet?

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  • Really helpful review, I think I could use the Illuminator as a blush on my very pale skin and the shadows look great for a no fuss natural look paired with a dark liner.

  • DJ

    the illuminator looks lovely. the eye duo also reminds me a bit of NARS Alahambra (from memory, I don't own it)

    I really enjoy your blog. πŸ™‚

  • I don't really feel the love for the eye shadows, but that Illuminator is gorgeous! I don't own any D&G… ugh… I don't need another brand love! EEP. lol

  • Replica, glad this helped!

    DJ – OOOH! I knew I was missing a NARS duo that was similar. You're right, Alhambra is very similar. It's MIA in my stash. Must organize!

    BlushingNoir – Yeah, the eyeshadows are hit or miss. I like the texture of the quads better. This duo just doesn't show up so well on my lids.

    Thank you ladies for stopping by!

  • Claire

    That D&G shimmer is gorgeous! Another want! Thanks Sabrina. I love your commentary and pictures. I commend you. It must be a lot of work, but you make it seem effortless and fun!

  • This collection looks so luminous and natural! I was going to say it looked like Alhambra too, but DJ beat me to it =P

  • Thanks for this helpful review! I was surprised to see that the highlighter is not very shimmery–it does look pretty though, but very subtle. I like that the eyeshadow duo is not overly frosty, like Stila Kitten can be. πŸ™‚

  • I still find it funny that I started out trying to find that one "perfect" highlighter and now have amassed several favourites. I need to pace myself! Everything looks lovely but luckily D&G is not accessible to me. Money saved!

  • The Cinnamon Eyeshadow Duo looks stunning, but the swatches come off much too pink for my taste!

    On the other hand, I REALLY love how the Shimmer looks! You could use it with a light hand and have a nice highlight, or even use it as a blusher since it has that nice brown color to it, definitely something I will be investing in!

  • Cinnamon looks too similar to UD sin for me to purchase (although D&G not available here anyway) and also is in a similar vein to Dior rosy nude which is proving a great staple.

  • Ooh, I want to try the Illuminator as a contour! Do you know if these are limited edition?

  • The Shimmer illuminator is unlike any other product I own: I find that the shimmer/illuminating effect is very sheer or almost non-existent if I use a natural hair brush! Nikki suggested I use a Chanel foundation brush to pack the color on, since I don't have the Chanel or any other brand's synthetic foundation brush I'm going to use the MAC 128 split fiber face brush's synthetic side. Hope that helps any of you who may have tried using this product. I find that using my finger also works well to not diffuse the illuminating effect. The Cinnamon duo looks gorgeous, I passed on it but might get it later! Hope you are well Sabrina! πŸ™‚

  • LuckyRedLisa

    Oh, dear. Based on the earlier photos of the Cinnamon Duo, I was SURE I'd be ordering it straight away. Now I'm conflicted. I love shimmery neutrals, but I guess I don't need to own them all? Or do I…
    Anyway, THANK YOU so much for your reviews. Yours is the only blog I read regularly.