Dolce & Gabbana The Khol Collection Peacock Khol and Peacock Nail Lacquer (+ new Intense Khol Eye Crayon swatches)
It has now become customary for me to get something from the Dolce&Gabbana counter every time I venture into the centre of Milan, which is exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately whenever I go I'm so rushed that I never really get the chance to play with eyeshadows and blushes and such, I just run there, grab a couple of things that don't need too much consideration and thought and then I'm out of the department store in a matter of minutes! I think I mentioned this before, but I really wish they had friendlier SAs there, usually they just look at you suspiciously if you start swatching more than one product on your hand and follow your every move.
Anyway, rant aside, I picked up two items, the Intense Khol Eye Crayon in Peacock from The Khol Collection, and the Intense Nail Lacquer also in Peacock, one of 5 new nail lacquers. Of course, being me, they just had to be blue!I'll start by saying I have mixed feelings about both products. I would love to love them unconditionally but sadly they're not perfect!
The first thing I picked up, without hesitation, was the Khol Pencil #3 Peacock (21 euros), a gorgeous shiny teal. Being a khol, it is soft and glides on really smoothly. When applied, the pigmentation is great, the colour is vivid and full.
Unfortunately, as time passes it tends to fade and smudge quite easily, especially under the eyes. Of course, it's a khol, you can't really expect it to last intact forever, but still...However, if your aim is to create a lovely smokey smudged rock'n'roll look, then this khol will definitely provide a nice vibrant contrast to black/dark grey/dark brown .
And you know what's funny? It took me hours before figuring out that one of the reasons I was drawn to this colour was...that I was already wearing it on my face!! In January I decided to add to my glasses collection with this pair of new D&Gs (they look huge on the photo, must have been the angle!)...
Khol Pencil Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polyisobutane, Mica, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate / Hexastearate / Hexarosinate, Synthetic Wax, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Cera Alba / Beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Carnauba Wax), Ozokerite, Propylparaben, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Tin Oxide.
Risking the wrath of the SA, I managed to swatch all five khols from The Khol Collection (unfortunately the black and the white ones got smudged almost immediately against my sleeve, the other three were pretty indelible!). From left to right: True Black, True White, Chocolate, Dahlia, Peacock.
in natural light
in direct sunlight
Excluding the black and the white, I thought both Chocolate and Dahlia were great colours, although I was hoping Dahlia would be more cranberry than purple. In the end, I decided I already had similar shades so I only bought Peacock.
As part of the Spring The Khol Collection, Dolce&Gabbana also included five shades of nail lacquers, some "old" some new: Chocolate, Dahlia, Wild Green, True White and Peacock.
Although it shares its name with the Intense Khol Eye Crayon, the Intense Nail Lacquer #172 Peacock is not teal (unfortunately, as I'd like to have a similar colour for my nails!) but a truly dark inky blue, with no shimmer whatsoever. I really like this colour. I also really love the packaging of the Dolce&Gabbana nail lacquers: I think it's sleek and elegant, and so it should be for 23 euros!
When applied to the nails, the colour is so dark that in photos it appears almost black, although in reality, you can still tell it's dark blue. The finish is really glossy, as you can see from the photo below, where I'm just wearing one or two coats of Peacock and no top coat.
You're probably wondering why I said "one or two coats". My problem with this nail lacquer is that the formula is a bit thick and at times gloopy, while other times it tend to be a bit runny (while testing it, I accidentally splashed it all over the D&G counter at La Rinascente and trust, the SA wasn't impressed!!). This is the first time this has happened to me with Dolce&Gabbana lacquers (I own three), so I'm hoping the formula improves with age, you know as it often happens with mascaras! Or perhaps I just need to get the hang of it. In any case, it mercifully applies with no streaks and like all of the brand's lacquers that I've tried it lasts for a long long time (a week or more) without chipping or losing its distinct glossiness, something that totally redeems this nail varnish in my eyes, as I have a lot of trouble finding polishes that last more than a couple of days on my nails.
I pulled out all my blue nail varnishes (I have around 10/12...), but none of them are exactly the same. The closest is Chanel's Blue Satin, though it is a bit lighter and does have fine shimmer, not really discernible on nails. I applied the varnishes really badly, however I intentionally left a lot of space near the nail bed so that you would be able to see the shades in their lighter, more diluted form as well.
What do you think, will you be picking anything from Dolce&Gabbana's The Khol Collection? I suspect the main attractions will be the three shiny coloured khol crayons. I'm not a green nail varnish wearer at all, but if I were, I would definitely grab the lovely emerald Wild Green Nail Lacquer!