Sunday, 7 February 2016

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette Swatches
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette £35.00 - Link

Gwen Stefani is back with her second part of her Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani collaboration, this time releasing a stunning range of lipsticks and lipliners, an eyebrow kit and blush palette. As I'm trying to be good I knew I couldn't spend anymore money on lipsticks but instantly fell in love with the blush palette. 

The limited edition Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush Palette contains six must-have shades of blush, bronzer and highlighter that are versatile enough for any skin tone and perfect for channelling Gwen's glowing, contoured skin. Urban Decay's extremely blendable, finely milled Afterglow formula goes on sheer and provides up to eight long hours of wearable, streak-free colour. Luxurious and lightweight, it has a soft, creamy texture that always applies beautifully and feels amazing. 

Packed with six gorgeous shades, including three blushers, two highlighters and a bronzer this really caters for a range of looks. I think the real struggle when it comes to any palette is coming across several shades that you know are no use to you as you'll never wear, but luckily enough I've found all shades to be really wearable, for day and night which I find to be a rarity - or I'm just picky, I haven't decided yet. I have to admit when I first saw pictures of this online I wasn't too sure as I wasn't sure how wearable this palette would be, but I'd definitely recommend going and having a look as you'll be pleasantly surprised. 

Cherry is described as a light pink satin blush with a soft, pearly sheen. For me this was one of those shades that I wasn't too sure about as it's one of those barbie-esque pinks, yet when applied I found that this left a healthy glow to my cheeks and thankfully nothing too pink as it seems to look slightly darker than in the pan. Easy is described as a deep rose with gold shimmer, and definitely my favourite shade from this palette. This is a rather rosy plum shade that compliments the skin well thanks to the golden speckles, however you do need to be careful with this shade because it is so pigmented, and a little definitely goes a long way. Angel is described as a champagne-nude shimmer and is a light golden shade with warm undertones. I'd say if you missed out on MAC's Oh Darling buy the palette just for this as it would probably cost you the same if you were to buy Oh Darling from eBay. This is such a gorgeous shade that gives a healthy glow to the skin, and is very blendable so if you are a little heavy handed you can smooth this out so it doesn't look over the top. 

Lo-Fi is described as a soft bronze matte, with warm undertones and a matte finish. When I first saw this shade I was a little worried that this would look too orange against my skintone but luckily doesn't apply as dark as this is on the sheerer side. The only thing I have found with this shade is that it does take a little more working into the skin so that it looks more natural in comparison to the other shades. Hush is described as a medium pink with gold shimmer, with rosy undertones which works well as a highlighter or blush depending on your skin tone. This falls on the sheerer side of things but definitely a buildable shade and looks gorgeous over bronzer, I cannot wait to wear this with a tan. I like to wear this as an eyeshadow also, nothing beats a multi-use product. OC is described as a soft pink with peachy undertones, I would say this is the one blush that will take a bit of getting used to and knowing where I want to apply. This is a gorgeous highlighter that I imagine will look gorgeous with a tan, and at the moment I'm liking to apply over a matte bronzer if I'm looking for a little shimmer. 

I would say the only negative about this palette I would say is that it's more suited for paler skin tones as some of the shades so appear quite cool on the skin, but I still think think you could rock these shades if you do have more medium or darker skin tones. All of these shades have lasted really well on my skin and surprisingly last the eight hours they suggest, which many of you will know is a rarity when brands claim a product will last so many hours. I've only ever tried the Naked Flushed palettes from Urban Decay so I didn't really know what to expect in terms of quality. However the formula is really soft and buttery and despite Urban Decay saying the formula was sheer I've found them to be rather opaque so a little goes a long way, and blend really easily. 

Packaging wise I love how it's practically the same as the eyeshadow palette as that is honestly one of my favourite packaging designs from a makeup brand. Inspired by her love of black and white graphic prints and gold accents it's just gorgeous. However this time the packaging is more white based with the black background and gold trim being replaced for a simplistic white - which let's be honest makes life a lot easier so you're not picking the eyeshadow palette up when you're wanting to apply blush and vice versa. Again 'Magic's in the Makeup' has been embossed on the corner of the mirror, and I like that she's continued with these small touches through the range. 

Overall this is a welcomed addition to my makeup collection, and if you're a fan of the eyeshadow palette I can guarantee you'll love this just as much! For £35 this works out at just over £5 per pan which is really great value for money. Whilst these shadows are suited more towards paler complexions I can definitely see myself getting a lot of use out of all the shades, especially the blushers as these are great for everyday use. I'm just hoping there is more to come from this exciting collaboration!

Have you tried anything from the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani range?

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