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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Urban Decay | Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette | Review & Swatches


I was so lucky this birthday, my family spoiled me with a big family meal, lust-worthy cosmetics and interior accessories. Among some amazing products I received, was this absolute b-e-a-uty of a palette by Urban Decay that I have been coveting for absolutely ages since it's initial release.

Their collaboration with Gwen Stefani on this eyeshadow palette saw both bloggers and beauty enthusiasts alike flock to the shops and online in order to get their hands on the new range. 


Kirsty very generously bought me this palette, and I cannot thank her enough. The shades are beautiful! A combination of 9 must-have neutral shades and 6 bold jewel tones which were hand-picked by Gwen Stefani and unique to this palette.


I can't wait to try out some looks with this palette with the nudes, pinks and bolder shades. I tried to get the image above as true to colour as possible, so this is what they look like!

Below I've swatched the shades for you to see how they come up on medium skin tone (well, light-medium pre-summer!) Row by row, these ultra pigmented shadows pick up and transfer easily to the skin and are just as easy to wipe off. I definitely think they'll require an eyelid primer, such as the Benefit Air Patrol or Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion. 


L-R: Blonde, Bathwater, Skimp, Steady and Punk

These are the more pinky shades with a bolder burgundy Punk shade. I'm most looking forward to experimenting with these!


L-R: Baby, Anaheim, Stark, Zone and Serious

These are the nudes and would be great for a smoky eye! Taking it easily from day to night with the darker brown Serious shade.


L-R: Pop, Harajuku, Danger, 1987 and Blackout.

These are the bolder shades inspired by jewels. The pigment on these is amazing, especially the 1987 shade. Someone needs to teach me, however, to create a smokey eye with the Blackout shade without looking like I've been punched!

If you have a tutorial, do share it! I'd love to learn more and increase my shadowing skills. 

Do you have this palette? Which is your favourite shade?


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  1. I loved this palette but much more of it's neutral shades than the brighter ones (I don't think I'm experimental enough!) but the swatches look stunning and I love how luxurious the palette is! I have to agree that most of the UD eyeshadows I use do need primers to make them longer-lasting! xx

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    1. I agree about the bolder shades, I've got to be after a daring look to give them a try! I just love the packaging, you're right, it looks luxurious and good quality. It's a shame the shadows aren't longer lasting, as that would make this palette my favourite! xx

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