Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette: Worth The Hype?

Yes yes, I realise that this palette has been available for quite some but I thought I’d share my thoughts on it regardless, after all if you know me you will know that I love all things Urban Decay and I couldn't pass the opportunity to write about this beauty. I confess, when I first heard about this collaboration I instantly thought that the shades would be too wild and non-wearable for my liking but surprise surprise, this was not the case at all. Pictures started to emerge in the blogging world and it was like love at first sight. Despite containing mostly neutrals shades, which I already had tons of; I still went ahead and placed it on my Christmas wishlist (thanks for getting it for me daddy!). 

The Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette (£40 for 0.60 oz.) contains 15 eyeshadows of which 12 are brand new and 3 are existing shades, all placed in a compact gold and cream (and gorgeous may I add) palette case, which sadly (and this is my only complaint) does not include a dual-ended brush like we are used to with other Urban Decay palettes. Shades vary between light and medium warm-toned neutrals, with 2 shades bringing pops of colour to the scene; Harajuku and Danger. All shades are described as follows:

First Row L to R:
Blonde: Pale beige with pink iridescent shiftBathwater: Pale beige with gold pearlSkimp: Pale nude satinSteady: Medium rose with metallic gold shiftPunk: Reddish brown matte
Second Row L to R:
Baby: Cool metallic roseAnaheim: Light taupe-brown matte/ Stark: Nude-pink matteZone: Medium brown matteSeriousSmoky gray with iridescent floating pearl
Third Row L to R:
Pop: Pale Coral with iridescent sparkleHarajukuMetallic blue-pink with iridescent micro-shimmerDanger: Deep metallic royal blue with blue micro-sparkle1987: Bright metallic yellow goldBlackout: Blackest black matte
As per Urban Decay standard, shades are all equally pigmented, buttery, soft and easy to work with. I find that they apply and blend well, with minimal fall out and last 8 hours when worn with an eyeshadow primer. I particularly like how, despite having 2 unusual shades, this is an ideal every day palette with many neutrals shades to mix and match and create wearable nude make-up looks. This palette also effortlessly takes you from daytime to nigh-time thanks to its darker shades, Punk and Blackout that yield that smoky evening look we all love. If I had to pick my favourite shades I’d go for Harajuku and Danger, which I know aren't everyone’s favourites but this girl loves colour, the yellowy gold 1987 and the highlighting shade Pop. This is one of those palettes I feel like I will be wearing every single colour, not something I can say very often.

All in all, did I need another neutral palette? No, I most certainly did not. But believe me when I say that this is one of those amazingly high quality palettes you simply have to have in your stash. Packaging and shade wise, I have nothing but high praises for Urban Decay and Gwen, and I am already looking forward to the launch of the rest of this collab which will include lipsticks, lip liners and a blush palette. Anyone else super excited for that?

The UrbanDecay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette will set you back £40 but being a limited edition and worth more than £150 it is totally worth the hype and money, so I’d hurry and get one.

What do you think of this palette? Excited for the other releases coming soon? Let me know below! 

Thanks for reading beauties!




  1. I love the mix of colours, great for everyday and for nights out too, great pictures!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  2. I love Urban Decay and the shades here look fab! I just can't justify spending that much though ha! I don't usually go for LE products xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

  3. I got this palette for Christmas and I've not tried it yet but I can't wait! I'm not sure how to use the Harajuku pink though - I'd love to see some bloggers try it out in a look!
    JH |

  4. OMG! I need this in my life! I can't wait for my Guam trip next month so I can hoard Western makeup brands! Thanks for letting me know about this. The colors are gorgeous! :)

    The Pink Lemonade Girl

  5. Love this review Pam, the swatches were so helpful too! Every single colour on the second row is something that I would wear. But in fact I just love all of the shades, even the pink and blue, they're just really pretty. Hmm I think I need to invest in this using my Christmas money, so I don't feel too bad haha.

    - - What I Got For Christmas 2015

  6. I'm actually a bit disappointed when it first came out because it was so neutral - but then again it makes a lot of sense because Gwen's makeup is usually neutral. One of my blogger friends (hi Shireen, if you're reading this) has it and I saw it on her instagram and I just decided that I needed it?? And now you're fueling that even more? I don't even know how my brain works sometimes?

    becky ♡ star violet

  7. Lovely review, I have this palette but haven't used it yet, I was in doubt whether to get it or not since the many neutral shades, but it was too pretty to leave it and I love both UD and Gwen :) Kisses

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion blog

  8. I have been wanting to get this palette since it already has all the shades that you'll need to create a variety of day and night looks.

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  9. wow, looks like the perfect palette to have in the beauty-case....
    great review, my dear

  10. Love the color selection:)

    Cat Kock

  11. Stark, Zone and Steady are the best colours for me, very natural. Pretty palette.

  12. I love the colours. So beautiful

  13. love the palette such gorgeous color, I'm loving the blue most of all.

  14. lovely colors <3
    great review *-*

  15. This looks so beaut! Great swatches!

  16. Cool post honey, love your stylre!
    and lovely pics!

    Alice Cerea,
    Alice Cerea blogger

  17. Urban Decay é uma marca de topo, pena que não é para a minha carteira, pelo menos para já. Mas claro, adoro ler sobre e ver também.


  18. It's nice that this palette has some fun vibrant shades along with the neutrals. Glad to hear you like it so much. Thanks for the detailed review!

  19. Danger looks like my favourite shade, it is such a stand out colour! I definitely would pay for the palette it's gorgeous xxx

  20. Nice palette!!

    xx L.

  21. Yay, you got it! This palette is so perfect isn't it!

    Samio x

  22. Surprisingly I have been using every shade in this palette, yes even the metallic blue! 100% agree with you on this a great quality palette. I need another neutral palette as much as my thighs need that extra slice of New York pizza but this has been the one palette that I can't stop using!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  23. Também pensei que dessa colaboração fosse sair algo mais extravagante, mas estou surpreendida!
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  24. Wow, I love it! Sure, probably it's not the first color palette that comes to our minds when we think of Gwen Stefani but still, they are all gorgeous: from the most toned down ones to the edgiest. <3

  25. Oh yes, yes, yes! Those seem perfect. I'm a bit unsure on the blue shade, but I think I'd pretty much wear all of the other shades. Ok, scratch that. I endeavour to be more experimental with my makeup, so I might as well try that one out. And the colours look so pretty - I feel like I've been a bit obsessed with the shimmer in eyeshadows. They make me feel like a princess if that makes sense.

    Ella Pinto xx

  26. I absolutely love the look of this!! I can not wait to try it myself. Top of my wishlist!

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.comd

  27. I'm glad I have this in my life! The blush palette, brow kit and lipsticks/liners have me swooning!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  28. I've seen this everywhere, but I have way too many palettes, so I have to control myself and not buy it. but its gorgeous!!!


  29. Gorgeous colors! Thanks for commenting on Qing's Style. I hope you keep in touch!

  30. The metallic/shimmery shades really do seem to pop! Love all the colors, it's such a unique palette! xx

    McKenzie |

  31. Love these shades!! Beautiful colors!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  32. I love the price rollback
    Definitely a good purchase dear!

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  33. I love this palette, so many gorgeous neutral shades and I love the last row with some more bright colours. I definitely don't need more eyeshadows which is why I haven't got this but i will definitely check out the blush palette from the same collab when it's released x

    Beauty with charm

  34. As cores são muito giras.

    Isabel Sá

  35. I don't NEED more eyeshadow shades, yes - but I WANT them :D the palette looks so beautiful and UD has such a fabulous quality in their products, so that I think you can't go wrong with such a palette, especially since you can use it for day and night/party makeup :) the swatches are so beautiful :)
    wishing you a wonderful thursday :)

  36. So glad to hear you're a fan of it, and you'd wear every colour! I just keep looking at that harajuku colour and thinking there's no way in hell that's ever going on my face, haha x Rebecca -

  37. Great colors <3


  38. These colors are beautiful. Seems like such a great palette.

  39. All of these colours are gorgeous! Steady is definitely my favourite I would wear that down so fast!xx

  40. I have this palette and I just love it! The shades are all so beautiful, and pigmented xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  41. Ahhh this is so pretty! It's one of those palettes where I'd worry about even finger printing the mirror haha. Zone and Punk look amazing especially

  42. They're so pretty! My faves are Steady and Anaheim. I was Umm-ing and Haww-ing about getting this palette for the longest time but I'm holding off. I'm really trying to find a nice neutrals palette that is a bit smaller and compact! And I have a lot of these colours in other palettes.. Nevertheless it is gorgeous.

    Samantha Series | bloglovin

  43. This is so pretty! I would love it but I decided to save my money because I have so many palettes that I can't fit them in my draws haha!
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  44. Que paleta linda. Adorei as cores mais sóbrias, são perfeitas demais.

  45. Pam why do you do this to me?! I am already addicted to eye shadow palettes, lol. Beautiful beautiful shades, girl. I need to pop into Sephora...........

  46. Love the shades of this palette! It definitely seems worth the hype :)

  47. Oh man, I was just in Sephora the other day and came THIS close to picking this palette up! After reading youor review, I feel as if I need to go back! It really is a gorgeous product, I jusst hate splurging that much money when I have so many neutral palettes...but it's so prettyyyyyy -_- Lol

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  48. Quite a beautiful palette :). Nice review! -Maireem

    My Fair Autumn | Instagram

  49. love that dark sparkly blue!

  50. Paleta com cores maravilhosas amei, bom final de semana.
    Vídeo novo:

  51. This is a great product -fingers crossed!!

  52. I'm still trying to figure out if I want to purchase this palette mainly cause I have my eye on the lipsticks from her collection but the packaging and the pigment are definitely catching my attention!

    Maz :)

  53. I really love the look of this palette but haven't bought it as I wouldn't wear all of the shades, only about 5 but it's still a third I suppose, I do love it though it's a beautiful palette and the swatches look stunning :) xxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo


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