Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette review and swatches

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Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette shades:

Top row L-R – Blonde, Bathwater, Skimp, Steady, Punk, Baby, Anaheim, Stark, Zone

Bottom row L-R- Serious, Pop, Harajuku, Danger, 1987, Blackout

Another predominantly neutral eyeshadow palette is not something I need in my makeup collection but I couldn’t resist the new Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette having seen pictures all over Instagram. Just look at the colours!! The fact that there’s such a wearable mix of shimmers and mattes had me sold.

The Naked Palettes by UD are some of the most popular out there and they’re known for their fantastic formula and blendability at a fairly reasonable price. My original Naked palette is still one of my most used, years after I bought it. Another thing that intrigued me about this was it’s the first product collaboration the brand has ever done with a celebrity. Apparently Gwen had a huge input into every aspect of this palette, from the packaging to the colours, but with the fantastic quality of UD eyeshadows.

The packaging is definitely worth a mention first of all. The palette is  weighty and feels like good quality and the packaging is monochrome (white with black circles) with a gold rim as seen in the pics. When I looked inside I wasn’t disappointed either. At first glance it covers all bases for a neutral palette with a good mix of mattes and shimmers  as well a a few bolder shades to set it apart. 12 of the 15 shades are brand new to Urban Decay and limited edition. Only skimp, blackout and stark are from their permanent line.

I’m much more of a matte shadow fan. I find them more flattering on me and find shimmers can be aging. The mattes in this palette are beautiful in colour and diversity. You can create any look from a natural everyday makeup look to something much more smokey at night using Punk, Serious and Blackout. When I first applied the shadows the first thing I noticed was the formula was pretty much the same as my Naked palette with the exception of the majority of the shimmers. UD palettes are usually  quite shimmery and glittery overall, even some of the shimmers in the naked palette are too chunky for me. A huge plus with this palette in my opinion is the shimmers are much more subtle and refined. They didn’t settle in fine lines or make my skin look crepey. It’s unusual to find shimmers with such a smooth, creamy formula.

Even ‘Danger’, the blue shade that at first look I thought I’d never wear looks gorgeous worn as an a dark navy eyeliner. Especially on blue eyes. The one shade that stood out to me as not being as good as the rest is  Pop (bottom row on the left) . It has chunkier glitter in it that didn’t really cling onto my skin, had a lot of fall down and then just sort of disappeared shortly after. The pink shade ‘Harajuku’ is similar aswell, although less shimmery. I was disappointed with that as it’s such a standout beautiful shade.

Overall this is a gorgeous neutral palette and I actually prefer it to the Naked palette mostly due to the fact that there are more mattes and more subtle shimmers. Having said that if you already have a neutral palette that you’re happy with, I don’t think this is different enough to be a must have!

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