Gwen Stefani recently did a collobaration with Urban Decay to create a line of makeup and I’m here to give you my thoughts on the much hyped Eyeshadow Palette.
It seems collaborations are becoming more and more popular among brands and people are lapping them up, whether you need it or not the temptation of a ‘limited edition’ is something that I personally struggle with recently. It’s as if the child in me wants it because everyone else has it too. I think this has been out for quite some time now, especially for a limited edition collaboration and as far as I’m aware, it is still available. Which is great! But also quite annoying as it doesn’t feel quite so limited after all.
For your monies, you get a beautiful AND sturdy palette in the colours white, gold, black and a kind of bronze metal plate embossed with the Urban Decay brand and Gwen Stefani. I like this packaging in particular as something about it makes me feel quite grown up with the white and the black spots where the shadows are. Even though it looks a bit fancy pants, it’s all plastic and as far as I’ve seen so far, it scratches like a biatch so I tend to keep mine in the box (which has made a total difference of none). It’s only noticeable if you look closely though, so not a massive issue in my opinion. The open/close mechanism is magnetic and seems to be pretty strong *tries to shake it open whilst holding lid* it doesn’t.
There are a total of 15 shades in this palette, each shadow weighs approximately 1.4g (full size UD shadows are 1.5g), so your getting nearly a full sized shadow! Definitely a bargain!
The shadows (L-R/Top-bottom):
- Blonde – pale beige with a pink iridescent shift
- Bathwater – pale beige with a gold pearl
- Skimp – pale nude satin
- Steady – medium rose with a 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 grey with iridescent floating pearl)
- Pop – pale coral with iridescent sparkle
- Harajuku – metallic blue/pink with iridescent micro-shimmer
- Danger – deep metallic royal blue with blue micro-sparkle
- 1987 – bright metallic yellow-gold
- Blackout – blackest black matte
There are 5 matte shadows; Punk, Anaheim, Stark, Zone and Blackout (Blackout and Stark are permanent in their collection). Then the rest are a mix of Satin, shimmer some with iridescence, some with ‘micro glitter’ and some that are almost a satin with a hint of shimmer in them (probably the micro glitter, whatever the hell that is). The only shade I haven’t gotten any use out of yet is the pink one (Harajuku) as I just can’t seem to pull it off, but I think I will maybe try something this week and give it a go. If it’s a success I’ll post a pic on my Instagram so you can take a look.
As someone who ‘collects’ makeup, I can see why this palette didn’t appeal to quite a few people and where Gwen was going with the collection of shadows she chose (and named by the way). There are predominantly browns and very easy to wear shades in here, which most people would have in their collection. But I must say, I get way more use out of this than you would think. The shadows blend so effortlessly, there is hardly any fallout on the shimmer shades and the only one that I was a little disappointed with was ‘pop’, as the colour payoff wasn’t what I was expecting. Everything you need for nearly any everyday or even night look is in this palette. The blue, pink and yellow shade give you the option to make it a bit more fun and vibrant without needing to do too much work. Colours can be difficult to work with, but this palette is so soft that its easy to add a pop of colour to you lower lash line and get away with it. Even at work. So basically, if you haven’t had a look at this palette, I would definitely check it out. Because even if your not a makeup head like me, this might be exactly what your looking for in life to make it complete.. As I said before, you can still get this online but be quick now as I doubt it will be around for much longer. You can’t go wrong with a palette full of mostly neutral shades, can you?.. If I have persuaded you to take a quick peek, its available here for £40.00 and there is normally a code flying round for free delivery. If you do miss out, then Urban Decay are at the top of their game with their collaborations and I will endevaour to keep you updated on any future launches over on my instagram, so make sure your following me.
I do actually believe the magic is in the makeup ♥
This is not a sponsored post and all PR samples will be marked with an asterisk (*)