Friday, 8 January 2016

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette | Review & Swatches

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette, review, swatches

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette, review, swatches

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette, review, swatches

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette, review, swatches

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette, review, swatches
From left to right: Blonde, Bathwater, Skimp, Steady, Punk, Baby, Anaheim, Stark, Zone, Serious, Pop, Harajuku, Danger, 1987, Blackout.

So it's Friday and I'm hitting you with another review; this time it's all about the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette. This was another gift I was lucky enough to receive for Christmas and I've been using it a lot lately. When I heard about Gwen Stefani's collaboration with Urban Decay, I can't say I was too bothered. Knowing her bright and quirky style, I assumed the palette would be filled with an array of bright colours that, whilst beautiful to look at, wouldn't be much use to a neutral-loving gal like me. Boy was I wrong about that one! True to Gwen Stefani's style, there are a few brighter shades in here, but mostly it's a gorgeous collection of nudes. Because this is a palette I've been reaching for a lot in the last few weeks, I thought I'd share my thoughts on it and do a bit of swatching!

First thing's first, let's talk shades. The palette houses 15 different eyeshadows, 12 of which are new and three of which are from the permanent collection. Urban Decay's website sums up the shades in this palette as follows:

Blonde (pale beige w/pink iridescent shift), Bathwater (pale beige w/gold pearl), Skimp (pale nude satin), Steady (medium rose w/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 w/iridescent floating pearl), Pop (pale coral w/iridescent sparkle), Harajuku (metallic blue-pink w/iridescent micro-shimmer), Danger (deep metallic royal blue w/blue micro-sparkle), 1987 (bright metallic yellow-gold) and Blackout (blackest black matte).

As you can see, there's quite a bit of variety in formulation of the shades; five of the shades are matte, whilst the others are more of a satin finish, with the exception of Pop, which is more glittery in formula. I really like that there's a bit more of a mix between shimmers and mattes in this palette because I find that a lot of other palettes fall a bit short when it comes to that. Some of the mattes in this palette make great transition shades and are absolutely fantastic for adding a bit of dimension to the eye. The more shimmery colours look gorgeous on the lid and I find that almost all of these colours complement each other and look lovely when worn together.

My favourite shades: Steady, Punk, Anaheim, Stark, and Zone.

Onto the formula! Urban Decay is renowned for their amazing eyeshadow quality. They have a reputation for being buttery, blendable and generally a pleasure to work with. I feel like that's pretty much the case with this palette too. The pigmentation is on point (as you can see from the swatches), however predictably the glitter shade didn't swatch quite as well as some of the others, but then again that's often the case with glittery shades. One thing I did notice was that I had a bit of trouble blending out the darker matte shade Punk. It took a whole lot of elbow grease to get things looking nice and even, but then again that may be down to the brushes I'm using. Aside from those few hiccups, I have nothing bad to say about the performance of these eyeshadows. Used with an eyeshadow primer these don't crease and they stay put for around 7 to 8 hours before any fading becomes apparent. There are perhaps a few shades I won't be getting much use out of (Harajuku, Danger, 1987 and Blackout) but considering the number of shadows in here, that's definitely something I can deal with.

Overall, I think it's fairly clear that I'm a fan of this palette. It's a super versatile one with a great mix of different shades and formulas and the eyeshadows are almost all very wearable. The performance of the shadows is, as is typical for Urban Decay, very good and it's clear that they are of high quality. Yes, there are a few duds in here for me, but who knows, maybe I'll crack out some of the more daring shades in here at some point! Until then, I'll be continuing to make a dent in the neutrals! Do you have this palette? What are some of your thoughts on it? I hope you all have a great weekend! Happy Friday!



  1. I love this palette its stunning! There are a few colours in there I personally would never touch, but who knows!
    I think there is some other things coming out in the range, the lipsticks look gorgeous!

    Parie x

  2. What a great palette! The shades are gorgeous..

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  3. I realllyyy want this palette! It's gorgeous! I think I just might have I purchase it.


  4. I really want this palette. It looks so gorgeous and Urban Decay makes such great products!

    xo, Liz

  5. This palette looks great!Too bad I don't plan to buy any eye shadow palette at the moment! I think i have too many! lol

     Miriam ♥ A whole lot of serendipity

  6. I really like the neutral colors of this palette. Urban decay always has such beautiful palettes.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

  7. I got this palette for Christmas too! I used it pretty much everyday since! I looooveeee it! And I'm so excited for the rest of her range. Zone and Punk, 1987 are my favourite shades. I'm determined to make the blue shade some how work for me haha. xx

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