One thing that’s surely been taking the beauty world by storm is the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani collaboration, and it’s not just because it bares the name of the Gwen Stefani. It’s because the products are truly wonderful too!
I’ve had the eyeshadow palette for a while and needless to say I’m glad I ended up getting one after putting it off for so long. They recently released the blush palette too and oh my word these were sold out everywhere in LA. I had to go to the freestanding Urban Decay store in Newport, CA (yes, waaay down there) to get my hands on this. Was it worth it though?
Check out my Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush & Eyeshadow Palettes review and swatches below!
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush Palette Review (US$45)
The blush palette consists of six colors with a variety of colors and finishes.
All colors have smooth textures and are very easy to apply evenly on the skin.
Cherry is a pale, cool-toned pink with a soft, pearlescent sheen. This is the only blush in the whole palette that doesn’t work for me because I prefer neutral and warm toned colors, but this will work great for people with pale skin!
Easy, described as a “deep rose with gold shimmer”, is a cool plummy rose shade with hints of gold. This lasted on me for about 6-8 hours and is pretty easy to blend. It’s definitely the most pigmented out of the bunch, so make sure you use a light hand when applying this on your skin.
Angel, my favorite, is a warm-toned “champagne nude shimmer” with a frosty sheen. This works amazingly well as a highlighter (which I’ve been using it for)! However, on paler skin tones, this will be more of a shimmery blush than a highlighter. So gorgeous and angelic on the skin! This reminds me of Becca’s Opal and The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer.
Lo-Fi is a “soft bronze matte” and is a bit too orange-toned for a bronzer. This will work great as a slight pop of color on the cheeks for a natural look, but this should definitely not be used for contouring purposes. I’ve actually been loving this for “no makeup” makeup looks!
Hush is similar to Angel, except it has more of a pink tone to it. It is also slightly more opaque than Angel. It really reminds me of Benefit’s Coralista and Becca’s Rose Gold. I love using this on its own because it’s like a soft blush and a highlighter in one.
OC is a very unique peach-pink duochrome with a gorgeous satin finish. When over-applied, it looked a bit too muddy on me, but when lightly dusted it looks so natural and gives the skin a soft sheen or reflection.
The packaging is white and gold and has the same design as the eyeshadow palette.
The box that it comes with, however, is black and gold. The white and gold stripes box below is the box for the eyeshadow palette.
(I made a mistake in the photo below, the box that the blush comes with is actually the one with black and gold stripes.)
So, I think it’s debatable whether this US$45 palette is worth it – it all depends on your preferences. I personally love the two highliter shades (Angel and Hush), but I honestly wish the other blush colors were more unique and edgy. There aren’t any warm toned pinks in this and I think it’d be amazing if they had one!
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Review (US$58)
The eyeshadow palette, however, is a must-have.
I initially wanted to pass, but I’m glad I finally gave in to the hype and got myself one.
I wanted to skip on this palette because it seems to have so many neutral colors, and I own a plethora of neutral palettes already. So it didn’t seem worth it for me.
Long story short I went in store and swatched these. I was immediately sold.
The colors are so buttery, satin smooth like silk and they are so bright and pigmented.
Once I started using it, I realized that I don’t have any special or limited edition palettes that are wearable on a daily basis! Most of them consist of crazy, edgy, and bright colors. So it’s fun to have a limited edition palette that is wearable like this.
The variety of colors and finishes in this palette in incredible!
This palette contains amazing transition shades for all skin tones such as Anaheim (cool toned), Stark (for really pale skin) and Zone (warm toned). The lid colors like Bathwater, Steady, Baby and 1987 are also gorgeous and long wearing on the lids. There are brown (Punk), grey (Serious) and pitch black (Blackout) contour shades to choose from. There’s a pop-of-glitter called Pop for a little pop of bling on the lids. Then there are two highlight shades to choose from: Blonde and Skimp, which is a bit pinkier than Blonde. Oh, and let’s not forget the two pop of colors in this oh-so-neutral palette – a bright metallic pink (Harajuku) and a metallic royal blue (Danger).
Seriously, what more can you ask for in a palette? They all last on average for about 7-9 hours with a base (primer or cream shadow) before fading, but there were no creases or fallouts throughout the day.
If I were you, I’d give this palette a shot.
This palette was featured in my Sephora Favorites: Makeup post, check it out!
So have you given these palettes a try?
Let me know what your thoughts are!