SHE’S HERE, SHE’S HERE, SHE’S HERE!!! That was me this morning when Fedex showed up with my sneak peek of the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette. I was so excited to share pictures and swatches with you guys that I literally dropped everything I was doing so I could get a post up right away. I’ll admit, when I first saw pictures of this palette, I was a bit iffy on whether I’d like it or not. The light shades appeared to all be very similar, and there looked to be a lot of them. Well, no more “iffy” over here, because this could be the palette that takes the place of my current absolute fave palette, the Too Faced Stardust by Vegas Nay palette.
Let’s start with packaging. It comes in a box with a super fun geometric print, and then on the actual palette itself, there is another neat geometric print. I love that this stands out from my other palettes! The palette feels very sturdy and the mirror inside is a good size. Size wise, there is 0.6oz worth of product in here, split between fifteen different shadows (of which 12 are new and 3 are from the existing UD shadow collection).
As I mentioned before, I was feeling a bit hesistant about this palette because preview photos had shown many similar colored light shades. I’m happy to say that some of those photos I’d seen were washed out, because while there are a lot of neutrals in this palette, they are all their own kind of special. There is such a great mix of neutrals vs. fun jewel tones, mattes vs. shimmers and satins, and lights vs. darks in this palette that I think it’s pretty safe to say I will be reaching for this for a LOT of different looks. It also doesn’t hurt that nearly all these shadows are great to work with (with an exception that I’ll address in the swatches below)- super buildable, blendable and buttery. Okay…. SWATCHES! That’s what we are all here for, right? These were all swatched over top of Urban Decay Primer Potion.
I’m going with Urban Decay descriptions on all of these shadows, because we already know I tend to suck at describing colors, haha. Blonde is described as a pale beige with pink iridescent shift, Bathwater is described as a pale beige with gold pearl, Skimp is described as a pale nude satin, Steady is described as a medium rose with metallic gold shift, Punk is described as a reddish brown matte, Baby is described as a cool metallic rose, Anaheim is described as a light taupe-brown matte and Stark is described as a nude pink matte.
Surprisingly, Punk is one of my very favorite shades in this palette. It’s so perfect to deepen up the outer-v and crease in a rosy smokey eye look. Baby is also just straight up stunning. I’ve been so obsessed with metallic shadows lately!
Zone is described as a medium brown matte, Serious is described as a smoky gray with iridescent floating pearl, Pop is described as a pale coral with iridescent sparkle, Harajuku is described as a metallic blue-pink with iridescent micro-shimmer, Danger is described as a deep metallic royal blue with blue micro-sparkle, 1987 is described as a bright metallic yellow-gold and Blackout is described as a blackest black matte.
Pop is the shadow I found the hardest to work with in this palette. It’s hard to pick up and it has quite a lot of fall out. I used it as part of my eye look below and found the easiest way to apply it without getting shimmer everywhere was to spray a stiff synthetic brush with some setting spray and then press the shadow onto the lid.
My absolute favorite from this palette would have to be 1987- it is like actual butter to apply. It kind of freaks me out how smooth it is, haha. Why can’t all eyeshadows be like this beauty?! Harajuku is a close second… look at that gorgeous pink!
Excuse my flyaways as I just got out of the shower, but of course I HAD to do a look with these shadows as soon as the palette arrived. I blended Zone into the crease as my transition shade, and then started working Punk into my outer-v, crease and a little bit into the inner third of my lid so I could create a halo effect. I kept applying this shadow and blending it out until it was the intensity that I wanted while still being well blended, and then I used a stiff synthetic brush that I had spritzed with MAC Fix+ to pick up Pop and pressed that into the center of my lid. I then blended the edges of Punk and Pop into eachother before applying a little bit of a Blonde and Bathwater mix to my browbone and inner corner. I smudged a bit of Harajuku onto my lower lashline for a pop of color, and then added a bit of Punk on the lower lashline, but only to the outer corner. I lined my waterline with a nude liner so my eyes wouldn’t look pink from the pink shadow, created a dramatic wing using the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and then followed with two coats of L’Oreal Miss Manga Rock Mascara (this stuff is amazing). Voila!
The Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette retails for $58 and will be available for purchase on the Urban Decay site at 12:00am PDT on November 22nd, so make sure you’re ready and waiting when the clock ticks over, because something tells me this gorgeous palette is going to sell out FAST. It will be available at Sephora on December 1st, and I haven’t heard anything yet about availability at ULTA, but I’ll be sure to update when and if I do! (edit: it’s now available at Sephora!!)
Is this palette on your wishlist?