I was super excited to recieve this palette in the post!! When I heard Urban decay was collaborating with Gwen stefani I couldn’t wait to see what would be created! and here it is….absolutely gorgeous 👌❤!
First and foremost, just take a look at the packaging!! In person it is actually more beautifully crafted then as seen in pictures and feels quite compact and sturdy!Gwen apparently had a hand in everything with the palette; giving all attention to detail, including the case which was inspired by her love for black-and-white graphic prints and antique gold accents.
It is also said that the names of the eyeshadows were handpicked by her, inspired by the names of her songs and moreover, what I thought made it even more unique was that there’s a line written on the huge palette mirror; ‘magic in the makeup’ taken from her no doubt song! To me, that just makes it a collectors items for those makeup lovers who love to get hold of limited edition pieces and even more so if your a Gwen fan!!
There are 15 eyeshadows in total,. of which 5 are matte shades and 10 are shimmery. A good balance between mattes and shimmer shades in my opinion.👍The eyeshadows in the palette consists of a range of neutrals and a few pops of jewel tone colours. I do like that there is a few matte blending shades, many lighter shades to put on the eyelid, a highlight shade for the brow bone and even darker shades to smoke out any look!
One may find this palette as less exciting because of the neutrals in this palette, but personally I feel as though it’s a palette that you can get a lot of use out of, and use everyday and if you want some colour you have your pink, blues and Gold.
from left to right: 1987, Danger, harajuku, & pop.
My absolute favourite shade from the palette is 1987- an antique gold shade with a hint of khaki/or olive undertones and Danger – a creamy navy blue that has some sheen. The other shades swatched above: pop- light pale champagne colour and harajuku- a shimmer light pink shade are gorgeous but seemed less pigmented. However I do need to use the palette more and most significantly on the eyelids to test it’s quality and wearability. I have used it twice and so far, and with the colours I have used I am impressed with the staying power and as usual the UD shadows are a dream to blend.👌
I also love that the matte lighter shades are pigmented, rich and creamy enough to show up on darker pigmented eyelids!! so this will be use-able on warmer deeper skintones!!
As Urban decay describe, I do find the eyeshadows to be creamy, with a rich velvet texture and amazing blendability due to the UD pigment Infusion System.
I do think this palette is amazing and feel that so many of Gwen’s iconic looks can be created. I totally understand why it’s already out of stock on Urbandecay.co.uk!
This retails for £40 and can be purchased on www.urbandecay.co.uk
Gwen has also collaborated with UD and bought out some lipsticks ( the packaging looks beautiful 😲). I have 4 samples shades, which were sent along with this palette (I think there is 10 in total and they have different finishes). I will definitely test them out and report back. 💄
I will be creating some looks using this palette along with swatches so keep a look out for that. 👍
Thank for reading!!
(*items were sent for review but all opinions are 100% honest and completely how I feel about the products)