A limited edition beauty collaboration is something a girl has to invest in. So when Urban Decay teamed up with Gwen Stefani – I just had to buy something. Everything about these palettes are perfect!
Whether you’ve had anything from Urban Decay or not, there’s no compromise that their packaging is nothing less than stunning. I’ve been a fan of UD for quite some time now and its amazing to see how their packaging and quality just don’t seem to match up to any other brand. I know they are known for their Naked palettes but everything else in their collection is worth talking about too, especially their lipsticks and face products.
So my first impressions of the Gwen Stefani collection seemed really luxurious. I love the idea of the plaque on the front of the palettes with the engraving. The shades are protected in a sturdy box that’s light to carry and just a nice size to fit in most bags. Especially the blush palette, my first thought was this is perfect for travelling, it has all the highlighters and a bronzer you need for contouring!
The packaging on the cases were inspired by her love of black and white graphic prints and antique gold accents. This collection sets itself apart from anything else in the makeup industry I think. Most of the shade names were inspired by her songs, even the quote on the mirrors ‘Magic’s in the makeup‘.
The blush palette (£35) features 6 shades with a matte blush, shimmer blush, two shimmer highlighters, a matte highlight and a light-medium bronze.
The Eyeshadow palette (£40) features 15 shades with 6 matte, 3 sheen and 6 metallic.
To no surprise, All the shades are highly pigmented like their other shadow palettes. They all feature UD’s Pigment Infusion System™, allowing staying power and blend-ability.
The special thing about this collection is how close UD worked with Gwen. She created the exact shades she always wished she had in her own makeup collection. 12 eyeshadows are new and only three are in the UD shadow collection.
Eyeshadow Palette £40 (Shop here)
I got this palette for Christmas and what a perfect time it was, the festive season meant my eye looks could be as sparkly and shimmery as I wanted. This palette has the perfect balance of shimmer, metallic and matte. I’m gonna be honest I haven’t tried all the shades yet, but for someone who isn’t normally daring with bright colours, this palette has definitely changed my mind on this. This box is that little step you need to go for the ‘out there’ colours.
I team the shadows with my Smoky one and the shades in both offer subtle and daring eye looks certain to turn heads!
- Blonde (pale beige & pink iridescent shift)
- Bathwater (pale beige & gold pearl)
- Skimp (pale nude satin)
- Steady (medium rose & metallic gold shift)
- Punk (reddish brown matte)
- Baby (cool metallic rose)
- Anaheim (light taupe-brown matte)
- Stark (nude-pink matte)
- Zone (medium brown matte)
- Serious (smoky gray & iridescent floating pearl)
- Pop (pale coral & iridescent sparkle)
- Harajuku (metallic blue-pink & iridescent micro-shimmer)
- Danger (deep metallic royal blue & micro-sparkle)
- 1987 (bright metallic yellow-gold)
- Blackout (blackest black matte).
Blush Palette £35 (Shop here)
Now I only bought this last week but I just had to share this asap. I had seen a lot of people raving this and when I finally seen it in person, I snatched it up immediately. My readers know how much I love a good highlighter and in this palette you’re getting three with the perfect shimmer and sheen. Urban Decay specialised in these shades so they are versatile enough for any skin tone.
The afterglow formula provides long-lasting wearable color and I think just spells luxurious! Each shade is creamy and just feels amazing. Theres not one shade I wouldn’t wear myself. The bronzer is not orange toned so gives a justifiable contour.
- Cherry (light pink satin)
- Easy (deep rose & gold shimmer)
- Angel (champagne-nude shimmer)
- Lo-Fi (soft bronze matte)
- Hush (medium pink & gold shimmer)
- OC (soft pink & peach shift)
Easy, Angel and Hush are my go-to shade choices at the moment in the palette. Angel is very similar with Mary-Lou Manizer with a light golden sheen whereas Hush is more of a pinky/peach shade. Easy reminds me of Nars Super Orgasm, a rose pink blush with golden shimmer.
Two perfect palettes that are just needed in every girls collection if you ask me! I’m so happy I bought the blush palette, its everything I thought it would be and the eyeshadows create such stunning eye looks for day and night.
Have you bought any of the Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani collection? What are your thoughts?