Ahhh! I can hardly contain myself because today, we will be discussing the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani eye-shadow palette. I bought this as my Christmas present to myself.
I'll admit that as I walked into House Of Fraser I had butterflies in my stomach. For some strange reason I felt nervous?!
This palette contains fifteen shades, mostly shimmery. There are 12 shades exclusive to this palette and three that are favourites among Urban Decay lovers.
This is a limited edition palette (so drop whatever you're doing and go out and get this!).
This is also the first collaboration that UD have ever done with a celebrity.
Gwen's choice of packaging is perfection! This palette certainly stands out in my collection as the best packaged. The polka dot design is gorgeous. Gwen described it as being futuristic but also retro at the same time.
The palette has black polka dots on a white background. Surrounding the black and white is a gold border. It is very reminiscent of an empty eyeshadow palette.
The casing is sturdy and durable. No worries of corners being cut!
Many people were expecting a more extravagant palette from Gwen. Instead of a palette with bright shades she gave us a mainly neutral palette. She is and was well known for her daring outfits and hairstyles but she generally sticks to a neutral eye, winged liner and a red lip. In fact, I think this palette represents her very well
I originally thought that there were far too many light shades but I now think they each serve a different purpose.
Each of these shades are pigmented when swatched. The only shade with issues is the shade "Pop". I found that the glitter in this particular shade was chunkier and there was a tiny bit of fallout.
I will go as far as saying that these eyeshadows are very blendable. With the slight exception of "Pop" each shade is very finely milled.
The best thing about this palette are matte shades. They are extremely pigmented and are very very blendable. When applied to the lid, the shimmery shades seem to sheer out. I personally like this as a subtle wash of shimmer can tie a whole look together.
I absolutely love this palette! This is my idea of the perfect day-to-day palette. It has every shade that I would want or need on a daily basis.
This palette retails at 46 euro and can be bought here: