I have to admit I have such a soft spot when it comes to makeup collaboration, and let's be honest who can resist a good celebrity inspired makeup collaboration. When the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette was released I went a little weak at the knees with the news of a new eyeshadow palette. I wasn't too sure what to expect from the palette as I normally think of Gwen's statement brows and bold lips not necessarily the eyeshadows she uses, but this release has left my Naked palettes a little lonely.
The limited edition Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow palette contains 15 must-have eyeshadows with a range of neutrals and jewel tones to help create Gwen's most iconic looks. Each eyeshadow contains a blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich colour, serious staying power and blendability. With 12 new shades created by the queen of pop herself and three from Urban Decay's shadow collection.
Packed with 15 gorgeous shades, ranging from neutrals to brights, mattes to shimmers there is a mix of shadows to suit every taste. I actually imagined this palette to be full of vibrant colours but instead this is mixed with a gorgeous array of nudes, taupes and only a couple of bolds. To be honest I'm so glad they went down this path as the shades are so versatile and you can create so many different looks, from natural hues for daytime to a smokey eye for night and I can see myself getting so much use from this palette . One thing I love about a product is the names given to the shades, and the fact that each eyeshadow name has been chosen by her is such a cool little touch that for me really embodies Gwen and her style and sound.
The eyeshadow formula is typical of Urban Decay shadows, with the exception of Blonde and Pop the shades are so pigmented, the buttery texture makes for easy blending and there's little to no fallout for glitters. Some of my favourites from the palette include Punk, Steady, Danger and 1987. This palette wears for around 8 hours on my lid and that's without an eye primer, so these pack some serious punch and are great for long lasting wear.
Packaging wise this is definitely a keeper, encased in the most gorgeous black, gold and white box this is one of those items to be proudly displayed on your vanity. This is a little on the bulkier side which means that this isn't really the best eyeshadow palette to be taking on holiday with you, but on the other side if this did fall off my dresser I would feel a little more confident that the shadows would be intact compared to other palettes - fingers crossed I won't drop it though. I love the addition of the 'Magic's in the Makeup' that's written on the inside mirror, it's just little touches like this that make me love the design of the palette.
Overall this palette is a beauty lovers dream, with a great range of wearable shades. For £40 this works out really good value for money as the palette does contain 15 eyeshadows, and personally I can say I will get use out of all the shades (yes even Harajuku and Danger). I do wish that Urban Decay had included a brush in the palette, just like they do with their other palettes but beggars can't be choosers. This palette would be great for anyone wanting to experiment with eyeshadows as there's a great range of colours to play with.
Have you tried the Gwen Stefani Urban Decay palette?