UDxGwen Palette: Review and Swatches

Hello everyone! I had no intentions of buying another eyeshadow palette – my collection is extensive and includes some key pieces (Naked, Lorac Pro, Lorac Mega Pro, Nude Tude, etc.) Everything changed however when I saw the new Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani palette was available at Shoppers Drug Mart AND I had enough points to take advantage of the latest Spend Your Points event. Urban Decay is known for their well pigmented and easily blendable eyeshadows. They have developed quite the cult following throughout the years, and almost every beauty blogger has at least one variation of the iconic Naked palette. Gwen Stefani was the epitome of cool when I was growing up (and she is still a style icon.) Through her wild and wacky colours and costumes when she performed with No Doubt to developing her own unique style as a solo artist, Gwen Stefani has maintained the status of being that ultra hip SoCal chick.

From UrbanDecay.ca: “This is the beauty collaboration you’ve been waiting for! We partnered with Gwen to create her ultimate eyeshadow collection. From her 15 can’t-live-without shades to the super-luxe case, Gwen designed and developed her perfect palette.
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.”The outer packaging is stunning with the gold striped pattern and the palette itself is in a hard plastic case adorned with whimsical polka dots and accented by the old-gold tag and shiny gold border. It also comes with a sample card of the lipsticks that are not due out until early 2016. One of the nicest little details is on the interior mirror where “Magic’s in the Makeup” is printed on the bottom right corner. For those of you who are unfamiliar, that is a title of a No Doubt song.  I must admit that I assumed that the entire palette would consist of crazy colours, however I was pleasantly surprised to see a majority-neutral collection when swatches and photos started appearing online and on social media. While there are a few nice pops of colour for those times you want to live it up, this palette is extremely wearable for everyday and easy to amp up for a sultry nighttime look. In my opinion, this is perfect for us neutral eyeshadow lovers who still occasionally like to go a more whimsical route.
As expected, most of these shadows are buttery and beautifully pigmented. The only underwhelming shade is Pop, which is very chunky and therefore produces a lot of fall-out. I’ve read that other bloggers have foiled this shade to make it more workable (ie: pick it up on an eyeshadow brush, then spray with either Mac Fix+ or water.) Here are the swatches…I apologize for Blackout being first instead of last – my creasey wrist did not do the texture justice!Bottom to top (descriptions from UD): Blackout* (blackest black matte),  Blonde (pale beige w/pink iridescent shift), Bathwater (pale beige w/gold pearl), Skimp* (pale nude satin), Steady (medium rose w/metallic gold shift), Punk (reddish brown matte), Baby (cool metallic rose), Anaheim (light taupe-brown matte), Stark* (nude-pink matte), Zone (medium brown matte), Serious (smoky gray w/iridescent floating pearl), Pop (pale coral w/iridescent sparkle), Harajuku (metallic blue-pink w/iridescent micro-shimmer), Danger (deep metallic royal blue w/blue micro-sparkle), 1987 (bright metallic yellow-gold). Asterisks denote the shades that are part of the UD permanent collection so all the rest are signature Gwen shades. Each shadow is 0.04oz which is just 0.01oz shy of full size.This is the first look that I came up with when playing with this palette. Of course, I opted for an enhanced neutral eye using Stark, Steady, Anaheim, Punk, Skimp, and Bathwater. I love how the reddish brown Punk makes the typical neutral eye a bit more interesting.
I paired it with the sample of UDxGwen lipstick in Ex-Girlfriend (Sheer formula) which is the perfect MLBB colour. It was hydrating and comfortable to wear and applied very smoothly. I will definitely be picking it up when it is finally released.

The Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani limited edition palette ($70 CDN) is available now at Sephora, Sephora.com, select Shoppers Drug Mart stores, and UrbanDecay.ca.

What do you think of this new palette? Are you surprised that it is predominately neutral? Let me know your thoughts on this collaboration! Thank you so much for stopping by!


13 thoughts on “UDxGwen Palette: Review and Swatches

  1. Crystal Holmes says:

    Your makeup looks great in these pictures. I came across your pics in a Google Search for Urban Decay colors. That lip color works really well for you. None of the sheer colors work for me, but it’s good to see they’re great for someone.

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