Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette || Review
No lie, there was a little squeal of excitement when this arrived in my postbox a couple of weeks ago. Mostly because of the amazing advertising put forth by Urban Decay, how damn pretty it looks, and how freaking amazing Gwen looks.
Now, let's get into this little beauty.
This is a limited edition UD | Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette. (Limited Edition makes it even more exciting let's be real) There are 15 shades in this palette, 12 new ones and 3 urban decay staples. There are a HUGE amount of neutrals, way more than I expected from Gwen who is kind of known for her daring looks, but this is what makes it really wearable. Then there are 3 jewel tones just to spice things up (which are not actually as scary as they seem).
Now, I have tested all of these guys out, as you can see in my terrible attempt at showing you all the swatches, and I don't know but the colour pay off is just not what I expected. Maybe you can blame it on my super super almost translucent skin tone, but they just don't have as much impact as I thought they would.
There are a lot of shimmery shades, primarily shimmery actually, so if that's not what you're into, then maybe this is not for you.
I will say though that all of these shades are very very build-able (except for maybe the three very very lightest shades (blonde, bathwater and skimp). Also, important to note that the jewel tones are actually not nearly as high impact as they seem. Especially the pink one, which I expected that I would run away from, it is actually quite wearable. If you were up for something fun, or perhaps if you have gone with a pinky hair colour (which is so in at the moment) this would be really cool to mess around with.
One more cool thing about the shades themselves, all the names relate back to Gwen herself. For example, there is a colour called 1987, because that's the year that No Doubt formed or there is a colour called Anaheim because that's were Gwen grew up.
So if you're a Gwen fan, this one is for you.
The case itself was inspired by Gwen's love of black and white graphic prints and antique gold accents. I love the metal detailing at the front, and the packaging is generally amazingly made. It's actual quite a weight, but it just shows it's quality.
Packaging wise, it has to be one of my favourites from Urban Decay. Even though the Vice 4 palette is a close contender, this one has to take the biscuit.
It gets major brownie points for the HUGE mirror on the inside, which also features a nod to the No Doubt song "Magic's in the Makeup". Very cute idea, and very well thought through. All in all, this is definitely one of the prettiest palettes I own, and something that you could whip out of your makeup bag with pride.
Even down to the inside of outer packaging with the cute polka dots, along with the testers for the lipsticks that are coming out next year.
All in all, so well done, and so PRETTY.
This palette is very different from what I expected. A lot more everyday and wearable than I could have imagined from a Gwen palette.
There are a couple of flaws, but it's all down to preference really.
For a limited edition palette, it's quite a good price for something that is so well made. It comes in at 46 euro, which if you wish to splash out on a Christmas present for someone (or for yourself) then it is pretty perfect.
But let's be real isn't anything that Urban Decay releases pretty perfect?