At the top of this Christmas’ wish list was the UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette and you can bet that Santa (ahem, my sister) did indeed provide. Not only am I a major Urban Decay fan (who isn’t though?) but I’m also a long-term Gwen Stefani fan, too. Needless to say, the unwrapping of the UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Christmas morning had me (and still does) feelin’ hella good.
Of course, first impressions lend to a whole lot of oohs and ahhs. The case design is so very Gwen-esque – it’s utterly superb. But let’s be honest – it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? Even so, I can’t help but to admire all the little details that went into the design of the UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette.
Embossed on the mirror’s lower right hand corner are the words “Magic’s in the makeup”, reminding me of all the reasons why I do, in fact, love makeup (cue Sonnet 43).
The palette itself consists of 15 shades, all of which are very wearable for any and every skin tone. I’ll admit that I was expecting a greater range of colourful hues and was somewhat disappointed to find most of them in the neutral family, however upon a few uses of the palette I’ve got to say that the neutral shades really make the palette appropriate for daily use and I’m all for that, ya feel?
But let’s get to swatchin’, shall we? The UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette consists of the following shades:
Top row (in palette) – left to right (on arm)
- Blonde, a pale iridescent beige/pink with pink iridescent shift
- Bathwater, a pale beige with gold pearl
- Skimp, a pale nude satin (from the original UD collection)
- Steady, a medium rose with metallic gold shift
- Punk, a matte brown with burgundy tones
Middle row (in palette) – left to right (on arm)
- Baby, a cool metallic rose
- Anaheim, a light taupe-brown
- Stark, a nude pink matte (from the original UD collection)
- Zone, a medium brown matte
- Serious, a smoky gray with iridescent floating pearl
Bottom row (in palette) – bottom to top (on arm)
- Pop, a pale coral with iridescent sparkle
- Harajuku, a metallic blue-pink with iridescent micro-shimmer
- Danger, a deep metallic royal blue with blue micro-sparkle
- 1987, a bright metallic yellow-gold
- Blackout, a matte blackest black (from the original UD collection)
If, like me, you’re a Gwen fan you’ll likely recognize the significance behind the names of every eyeshadow in this palette (with the exception of Skimp, Stark and Blackout). For example, Bathwater is the name of a No Doubt song (even if you don’t recognize the name, you’ve heard the lyrics, I promise). Anaheim is where Gwen grew up and 1987 is the year No Doubt was founded – you get the picture.
And, like the true makeup junkie I am, I couldn’t resist creating a makeup look ASAP with the UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette. I used Zone as a transition shade, Punk as a crease shade and Danger as a lid shade. Along the lower lash line I used a combination of Punk and 1987. The colour payoff is, of course, excellent – but no less is to be expected from Urban Decay.
All and all, if you’re searching for a relatively neutral eyeshadow palette with some pops of colour, the UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette is definitely for you. Or, you know, if you love makeup, love Urban Decay and love Gwen Stefani (or at least one of the three) then YAAAS, my friend, YAAAS this palette is a must-buy.