Monday, 18 January 2016

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Review

I'm not one to battle Boxing Day crowds but more and more beauty releases are launching the day after Christmas and selling out really quickly. This year it was the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eye Palette that caught my eye and rather than trek into a store I placed an online order with Mecca and had the palette just a couple of days later.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

The packaging of this palette is really lovely. It is a reasonably weighted case with a magnetic shutter and black, white and gold finishes. The mirror inside is huge, taking up the whole lid which I love, and it hinges all the way back so you can lay it flat on your bench.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

Now for what really matter, the shadows.

What I love about the fifteen colour selection in this palette is that if you ignore the bottom row of shades what you have is a gorgeous selection of ten beautiful, mostly warm toned neutrals which are my absolute favourites to wear. When you consider the bottom row, although they look incredibly bright, you have a wonderful highlight colour, a black (which every palette should have) and a couple of brights that are incredibly easy to incorporate into more wearable looks with the above neutrals or to create more dramatic coloured looks.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

As for the formula, they are true to Urban Decay standard; blendable and highly pigmented. There are some that are more pigmented than others and some which leave a bit of fallout but I will go through them all below individually.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

As swatched right to left:

Blonde - is a barely there, pale yellow-toned beige shimmer. This swatch too two swipes to build up the colour, the shimmer was immediate but the beige tone took an extra swipe.

Bathwater - is a light, golden beige shimmer that makes a perfect inner corner highlight colour.

Skimp - is a peach tone with a slight sheen.

Steady - is a warm copper shade with more shimmer in person than shown in the swatch. It looks beautiful as an all over the lid colour.

Punk - is a matte, warm toned, dark brown with a hint of a burgundy undertone.

Baby - is a rosy champagne colour with a silver shimmer, it is cooler toned than Steady although they look quite similar in the pan.

Anaheim - this is my favourite colour in the palette. Boring, I know, as it's a simple matte brown but it has a lovely tone which is not too warm and not too cool making it a perfect pairing for most of the colours in this palette.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Stark - is a warm toned, matte beige colour.

Zone - is a medium toned, matte brown shade.

Serious - is a lovely dark charcoal shade. This is perfect for darkening up the outer corner when you think black may be too harsh. This has a slight silver/purple shimmer.

Pop - is a true champagne shade with silver shimmer. It makes a beautiful cheek highlight for more pale skin tones too.

Harajuku - is my least favourite colour in the palette simply because I'm not a fan of pink eye looks on myself. This is a cool toned pink with a silver shimmer.

Danger - this colour is a gorgeous rich navy with a blue shimmer. It does leave a bit of fallout so consider doing your eye look before your base if you were thinking of using this.

1987 - is a true yellow toned gold.

Blackout - is a classic matte black but this one does leave a little fallout.

I really like palettes that give you a range of different options by offering a range of colours, tones and finishes, and this palette delivers on all of that.

My favourite combination for a quick and easy work look these last two weeks has been to use Bathwater on the inner third, Anaheim over the outer two-thirds blended up into the crease and then using Punk to add some depth to the outer v.

Another favourite combo I wore the other night was Baby all over the lid with Danger used to smoke out the outer corner and lots of black liner. The combination of rosy metallic and navy is one of my all time favourites.

If you can still get your hands on this palette and are looking for a predominately neutral palette with some extras I think this would fit the bill perfectly. I can definitely see this palette coming on holidays with me and not needing anything else to create a wide range of beautiful eyeshadow looks.


  1. This looks like a beautiful palette. I've never been a big eye shadow person but have been trying out new ones recently and this looks like something I would like :)
    Great post!
    Aimee |

    1. Thanks Aimee! It really is a great palette, so versatile and easy to wear, especially if you are kind of new to eyeshadows x