Now if you haven’t heard about this palette yet I will be very surprised; almost as soon as it was released reviews erupted on blogs and I had to get it. This was the biggest case of blogger enabling I’d ever been a part of, so you guys made me buy this, I hope you’re happy, I certainly am: the Gwen Stefani Urban Decay Palette is mine!
This palette is actually my first entry into Urban Decay and it was a good choice, even if I do say so myself. Now I won’t lie, this palette isn’t exactly in my usual price range, it’s £40! However, I had a £30 Debenhams voucher from Christmas so took the chance to basically get it for just £10, well at least that’s how I justified it to myself. I have never loved a palette more than I love this one, I’d say it’s the perfect palette for blondes like myself, not to mention everyone else!
The palette contains 15 velvety eye shadows in a range of colours that Gwen chose and formulated and can I just say that she did an amazing job! I mean look at the range: matte, shimmer, pale to blue, it is such a versatile palette. This will have you covered from day to night, what’s not to love!?
Firstly the packaging. It’s so rock chick glam, the gold, white and black compliment each other gorgeously. Also I’m really glad that it’s quite a sturdy plastic so should be able withstand my clumsiness. I would have liked to have seen another type of closure as well as the magnet but we can’t have everything now can we? The best thing about this palette though, other than the eye shadows themselves, is the mirror! It spans the whole of the lid and it is such a good quality mirror too, I could do all my makeup in the one mirror it’s that good.
The first column of shadows are Blonde, Baby and Pop. Blonde is a gorgeous satin off white with a subtle pink look when it’s under the light. Baby is a rose gold, more pink than gold, but with gold shimmer in certain lights. Pop is the only shadow that I find slightly disappointing as it has a much less impressive colour pay off than the other shades. It’s a pale orangey pink shimmer but it’s a little bitty which doesn’t show up in the picture too much.
The next three are Bathwater, Anaheim and Harajuku. I am in love with Bathwater, (that sounded weirder than I thought it would,) I’m a sucker for pretty gold shadows and this one is no exception. It’s such a delicate, pale gold, almost vintage looking. This is probably my most used shade from the palette so far! Then there is Anaheim, a matte, light orangey brown, it is a great crease colour. Finally in the trio is Harajuku, a light candy pink, inspired (probably) by Gwen’s love of Japan and a mention to her perfume line: Harajuku Lovers.
Up next are Skimp, Stark and Danger. Skimp is another pale satin shade, I’ve been using it as an inner corner highlight and it works so well. Stark is another matte, a great transition shade as it is quite neutral, it also works well as a base colour shadow. Then there is Danger, and this is a wow shade; it’s such a difference from the rest, it’s a dark blue almost a blue/black crossover, I think it would be great as an alternative smokey eye.
These three shadows are a beautiful combination to wear together; Steady, Zone and 1987. Steady is a darker version of Baby, so in effect a darker rose gold, it’s satin and it’s nice placed in the centre of the lid. Then is Zone, a darker matte, a great go to crease colour and it blends out so well. Then there’s 1987, I’ve already said I love golds and this one is loved too. It works nicely blended into Steady for a gradual change.
The last three are all matte and all dark. They are Punk, Serious and Blackout. The swatch of Punk does it no justice at all, it’s so much more red than the swatch and it is amazing in the outer v blended out. Serious is a dark grey matte, ideal for a smokey eye. Finally is Blackout, the darkest, matte-est black I own. I’ve so far used this as an eyeliner and it looks so good and stays for ages.
Overall, this palette gets a thumbs up from me. It caters to all my needs, day and night, yes it has quite a high price tag but boy it is worth every penny. Have you given in the words of the bloggers yet, or are you still staying strong?