Hey Baby Hey Baby Hey!
There was never No Doubt (see what I did there?) in my mind that whatever collaboration Gwen Stefani was going to start with Urban Decay, I was going to have it. Without even seeing it first.
I have always loved Gwen Stefani, for her music, for her tough pretty look, and for her make up – reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe, with her platinum hair, minimal eye make up and punchy red or berry lips. She has a fascination with Harajuku Girls and has recently become one of the judges of The Voice in the US sporting a new make up look! Smokey dark eyes and nude lips are her standard now.
This is one of my favourite songs:
Here is what it says on the Urban Decay Website:
We spent countless hours at Gwen’s house, talking makeup and working closely with her on every detail. We carefully crafted the shadows with Gwen filling a void by creating the exact shades she always wished she had in her collection. We loaded this palette with her 15 must-have shades of Eyeshadow (12 are NEW, and three are from the UD shadow collection). With an insane range of neutrals and a few jewel tones to mix things up, this is Gwen’s go-to kit to achieve her most iconic looks. And with these shades in your arsenal, you’ll have everything you need to recreate these signature looks for yourself.
When we say Gwen collaborated with us on every detail of this palette, we mean it—right down to the case, which was inspired by her love of black-and-white graphic prints and antique gold accents. She also handpicked most of the shade names, which were based on her songs. There’s even a nod to the No Doubt song “Magic’s in the Makeup” on the palette’s huge mirror.
Down to business.
I adore the Urban Decay shadows, and I happen to own the Naked, Naked 2 and Smokey Eye Palette. This palette is a welcome addition, bought with Christmas money!
The case is stunning and really heavy and sturdy.
15 beautiful colours. Loads of naturals, matts and shimmers.
The mirror is beautiful and large, but interestingly enough there are no brushes. I usually recommend to use your own brushes, but I actually don’t mind the Urban Decay brushes that come with the palettes. So I was a little disappointed there was no brush.
Top row swatches:
Blonde is a pale beige with a hint of pink iridescence, Bathwater is a pale beige with a hint of gold iridescence, Skimp – a shimmery pale nude, Steady – a stunning rose gold, and Punk – a matte brown with pink undertones. You have won me already UD and Gwen!
Middle Row Swatches
Baby – very similar to Steady, maybe a touch lighter, Anaheim – Matte taupe brown (LOVE), Stark – Matte pale, beige pink (excellent base for me), Zone – Matte caramel brown, Serious is a stunning dark grey with a little pearl.
Bottom Row Swatches
The fun row!
Pop is a pale coral with an iridescent sparkle, Harajuku – a metallic blue pink with a very fine shimmer, Danger is a delicious deep metallic blue with a micro shimmer, 1987 – the epitome of the 80s disco – bright metallic gold and the blackest of matte black: Blackout. (all swatched with my fingers)
The shadows, like all of the Urban Decay shadows are creamy, soft and very finely milled. There is a slight fall out with the metallic colours, but are easily removed. All very easy to blend.
I decided to do a look with each row, and then could not help myself and did an über dramatic 4th look. I can think of a million different looks that I can create with this palette! I used the Urban Decay Eden Eyeshadow Primer on the lid before applying the eyeshadows.
[Please note, photos have been edited for aesthetic reasons.]
I am over the moon with this palette. There are so many mixed reports about this palette, some love it, and some feel it is too safe. This is very much a wearable selection: Various shades of neutrals in matte and shimmers to really sculpt the eye. Some great accent colours and colours that are strong enough to use as eyeliner. A totally versatile palette I am very happy to own. Dare I say it? These eyeshadows are HELLA GOOD!
The Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette is $95 from Mecca stores in Australia.
What you waitin what you waitin for…
Til next time,