Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Palette - Swatches & Review


I've got another Urban Decay item to share today, and that is the Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow palette!  I purchased mine from Macy's last month since I had a gift card that would cover a good portion of the purchase.  It's also available at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom and, of course, Urban Decay's site.

The palette is a bit smaller than the Vice palettes, both the height and length, but it feels like heavier/more substantial packaging.  Like the Vice palettes, it has a huge mirror (entire size of the lid), but unlike the Vice palettes, there's no included brush.  However, there was a 4-blister lipstick sampler of the upcoming Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani lipstick collection inside the box.  I did not open those.

There's quite a few matte shades, 5 or 6 I believe, and all of them blend super easily.  Pop is the most glittery of the shades, while the rest are shimmery/metallic.  If I remember correctly, only 3 shadows are repromotes.
I've swatched these in their columns of 3.  As usual, no primer or anything on my hands.  I did do a bit of building on the lightest shades to make them stronger for pictures.
top row: Blonde, Baby, Pop
bottom row: Bathwater, Anaheim, Harajuku
top row: Skimp, Stark, Danger
bottom row: Steady, Zone, 1987 
Punk, Serious, Blackout

I've used the Gwen Stefani palette for several eye looks...but they were all on days that I literally had no time to attempt any pictures.  I've been re-organizing and destashing some of my makeup today and I ended up moving a couple of eye shadows to the highlight and blush drawer.  I'm saying this because the very first column (Blonde, Baby, Pop) all look like they could be used as a beautiful cheek highlights as well.  Harajuku could potentially be used as a blush in a pinch, but it would be very shimmery.  And if you're really desperate, Anaheim or Zone could be used for a little contour.  So technically, this could be an all-in-one palette if you're really being creative.

I realize that a lot of people think the palette is too neutral and/or too pale, but I happen to love it.  For some reason, I have yet to purchase any of the Naked palettes (other than both the Naked Basics 1 & 2) and I'm also on the more fair-side of the skin tone spectrum.  So for me, I'm thoroughly enjoying this palette.

I feel like this is a good palette for every day use because it is loaded with neutrals, but it's also got everything from light to dark and neutral to fun pops of color.  I can't wait to get my hands on the blush palette!  The blush palette is available at Sephora now, but I'm trying to wait until it hits Ulta in-store so there's no shipping fees.  I cleared out half a dozen blushes today, so that means I've got room for the new blush palette, right?

Did you, or will you, purchase the Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette?  How about the newly released Blush Palette, or lip products?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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