Late last year saw the celeb pairing of the decade with Gwen Stefani teaming up alongside Urban Decay to create a little beauty magic. One of the pillar products from the partnership Is the UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette. Palettes are so my thing. Does anyone else find there’s something reminiscent of being a kid with a paintbox about them? Not to mention you generally get such better value per colour than buying separately (even taking into account the two or three colours nobody ever uses).
Having overindulged in my palette habit over the years, it’s been quite a while since a must-have option has arisen on beauty counters. Urban Decay’s Gwen Stefani palette was that very must-have palette. Beautifully packaged in black and white with glossy gold hardware, I first got my hands on this before Christmas but wanted to give it a good test run before reviewing. I’ve used it pretty much every-day since and think it’s safe to say I love.
It’s pretty much one of the most versatile and wearable eyeshadow palette’s from any brand to date. There’s a really creative flair to the whole thing, with a variety of matte and pearlescent shadows in very wearable nudes teamed up with unlikely jewel-toned pops of colour – perfect for subtle accents. Out of the fifteen shades, a whopping twelve are never before seen shadows, all carrying quirky names handpicked by queen Gwennie herself.
The eyeshadow’s themselves have decent pigmentation and great staying power, particularly when teamed up with UD primer potion on lids. Teaming up with a good primer really intensifies the colour as well as helping it stay put all day long. This limited edition number will set you back €46.00 which is insanely good value, especially when you consider an individual UD eyeshadow pot will set you back €18.00 (0.04oz palette shadows V’s 0.05oz individual pots, so very little in the difference).
Daylight swatches look something like this:
Top Row: Eye shadow in Blonde (pale beige/pink iridescent shift) | Bathwater (pale beige with gold pearl) | Skimp (pale nude satin) | Steady (medium rose/metallic gold shift) | Punk (reddish brown matte)
Middle Row: Baby (cool metallic rose) | Anaheim (light taupe-brown matte) | Stark (nude-pink matte) | Zone (medium brown matte) | Serious (smoky gray with iridescent floating pearl)
Bottom Row: Pop (pale coral with iridescent sparkle) | Harajuku (metallic blue-pink/iridescent micro-shimmer) | Danger (deep metallic royal blue/blue micro-sparkle) | 1987 (bright metallic yellow-gold) | Blackout (blackest black matte)
Urban Decay’s Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette is now nothing short of a staple in my makeup bag and the limited edition status is something I’m hoping will change; it’s definitely one I’d repurchase.
UD’s Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette is available from Debenhams stores & UD counters nationwide.