Friday, November 20, 2015

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches

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Just when you thought Urban Decay has put out enough amazing palettes this year, the brand is releasing an exclusive palette collaboration with Gwen Stefani. With 12 brand new shades and three of Gwen's favorite pre-existing UD shades, the Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette ($70 CAD) is available just in time for your Christmas shopping list. To see some swatches and my thoughts on the formulation, click........
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette
Packaging:
Urban Decay has been consistently coming up with amazing packagings these last few years but I think this Gwen Stefani collab tops them all! With a graphically mod black, white and gold design, the eyeshadow palette comes in a very well-made case. The lid alone features some of the most beautiful designs I've seen; with white cutouts over a black background it's actually triple-layered to create a unique three-dimensional feel.
Inside is a huge mirror with the words "Magic's in the Makeup" (which is actually a No Doubt song) embossed on the corner of the mirror. The shadows are round and 1.4 grams each. Last but not least, the palette has a convenient and snazzy magnetic closure.
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette
Formulation:
When I first heard about the UD x Gwen Stefani collaboration, I was expecting to see a lot of bold and bright colors so I was really shocked when I actually saw the first picture previews of this palette. Out of the 15 colors, pretty much 12 of them are neutral, everyday colors (and a lot of them are mattes)! Gwen actually spent a long time working on the palette with Urban Decay, so 12 of the eyeshadows are brand new, never-before-seen shades.
In terms of formulation, I feel like there are quite a few hits, but also a handful of misses, especially with the mattes. Read on below to see my review of each of the shades.
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette
Name:
Inspiration
Color
Texture
Pigmentation
Blonde
Gwen’s platinum blood hair
Moonshine satin with pale pink iridescence
Excellent
Good
Bathwater
A No Doubt song
Pale beige gold shimmer
Excellent
Good
Skimp
Pre-existing shade
Pale nude satin
Excellent
Excellent
Steady
No Doubt’s “Rock Steady Album”
Soft rosy peach shimmer
Excellent
Excellent
Punk
Gwen’s earlier music genre
Chocolate plum matte
Slightly chalky
Sheer/patchy
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette
Name:
Inspiration
Color
Texture
Pigmentation
Baby
Homage to Gwen’s L.A.M.B. line
Metallic rose gold
Excellent
Excellent
Anaheim
Where Gwen grew up
Matte soft taupe
Slightly chalky
Very sheer and patchy
Stark
Pre-existing shade
Nude peachy beige matte
Good
Good
Zone
After the song “Danger Zone”
Soft matte brown
Excellent
Good
Serious
Another song of Gwen’s
Dark gray iridescent satin
Good
Sheer/slightly patchy
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette
Name:
Inspiration
Color
Texture
Pigmentation
Pop
Gwen’s current music genre
Peachy nude with chunky glitters
Very fallout-prone
Good
Harajuku
Gwen’s style influence
Cool tone pink shimmer
Fallout-prone
Good
Danger
Because UD/Gwen likes a little danger
Dark royal blue shimmer
Excellent
Excellent
1987
The year No Doubt formed
Pale metallic yellow
Excellent
Excellent
Blackout
Pre-existing shade
Carbon black
Excellent
Excellent

Overall:
If you love neutrals then you are going to love a lot of the shades from this palette. There are some great finish variations so you have lots of options to choose from.
"Danger", "Baby", and "Steady" are a few of my favorites but unfortunately I found "Anaheim", "Punk", "Serious", and "Pop" to be a tad underwhelming in terms of formulation.
With all of that said though, the packaging alone has pretty much won me over. I am not a big fan of the overall color selection but if you like the colors you see, then definitely check this out!

Availability:
Urban Decay is available in stores and online at Sephora (November 22nd) and select Shoppers (December 1st).
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