Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay is still a relatively new brand in my collection. I bought my first product from them around this time last year but was so impressed that I’ve bought a fair few of their products since. My favourites up until this point have to be their Naked 2, their All Nighter Setting Spray and their Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Although I have a new addition to my ever-growing Urban Decay stash which could change everything.

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I’ve had a couple of weeks to give the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette a fair shot and today I’m sharing my thoughts on it.

If you follow me on twitter you’ll know that I had a struggle to get this palette. I ordered it as part of my last ever student loan splurge, and at the time it was a toss up between this and the original Naked palette. Feel Unique had 15% off and since this was slightly more pricey at the £40 mark and it’s limited edition, I thought that this was the right palette to go for (especially as I can get the Naked palette at any time). However, it took a bloody long time to arrive. It was shipped by courier and although it was marked as delivered it was nowhere to be seen. I have no idea what happened to the original delivery, but a week and a half later I had the palette firmly in my grasp.

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In terms of packaging, it isn’t my favourite of the UD palettes I have. This reminds me of the Naked On The Run packaging, which I find to be quite bulky. My personal favourite is the Naked 2 packaging, although this does still feel luxurious. I love the huge mirror that comes in this palette so it’s perfect for travel, although I’m always afraid that anything with more of a magnetic hold will pop open.

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In theory, this palette is totally up my street as it is full of neutrals with the odd pop of colour. I love that matte browns have been included as they make great crease shades and I definitely don’t have enough in my collection. This palette is actually a lot warmer than I thought it would be but that suits me just fine as I’m a huge warm eyeshadow fan (I’m very tempted to save up for the MAC Warm Neutrals palette).

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Blonde – Bathwater – Skimp – Steady – Punk
The first row is the least pigmented of the three rows, particularly the first three shades. Steady and punk are both absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to play with them some more.

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Baby – Anaheim – Stark – Zone – Serious
Baby is beautifully pigmented, and makes an incredible all over shade. I love having access to matte browns in this palette, and one of these browns may have to become my new eyebrow shade since I’ve hit pan on my favourite Smashbox shade.

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Pop – Harajuku – Danger – 1987 – Blackout
I’m actually a little annoyed that this is the most beautiful row, but at the same time I love that I have great versions of a little more ‘out there’ colours. I do have similar shadows to the other, less pigmented shades so I can sort of accept that these are the best.

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Personally I don’t find it to be the most pigmented of palettes. I can see myself reaching for it a lot as we’re heading into spring/summer due to the pink tones, but my heart lies with the Naked 2 and Zoeva Cocoa Blend palettes. The colours are definitely more beautiful in that pan than they are when swatched, with some of the powders feeling quite chalky (I’m not too impressed with around a third of the shades in the palette, which is a shame since usually I’m super happy with almost every shadow in an Urban Decay palette). At the time of writing this, I have only tried them with dry brushes but I’m hoping the less pigmented colours will become more vibrant when use with a wet brush, if I can be bothered to try it that way. I can definitely see myself using this more than my Naked Smoky, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve forgotten about it by this time next year.

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