Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette Review

You may or may not know this, but I have been a HUGE fan of Gwen Stefani since I was about 13 years old. And when I say huge, I mean it. I bleached my hair platinum blonde to look like her, was forever trying to imitate her perfect pillarbox red lips and had all of her merchandise - the perfumes, the clothes, even the camera! Gwen was and still is a huge inspiration to me, so when I heard she was teaming up with Urban Decay (one of my all-time favourite brands) I was completely over the moon.

Gwen was definitely the first big beauty icon for me growing up - with her immaculate brows, flawless skin, striking red lips and tousled ringlets, she's never seen without looking completely dolled up, and I love that about her. To be honest, I'm really surprised a brand hasn't snapped her up earlier to collaborate with, but I couldn't be happier than Urban Decay is who she chose to team up with.

Although when I think of Gwen's beauty look I immediately think of her bold lips, the first product to be unveiled from her collaboration with Urban Decay was an eye shadow palette - which makes sense, considering eye shadows are what Urban Decay do so well. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the beautiful palette and after using it for a couple of months now, I've got to say - I'm completely, totally and utterly in love.

From the oh-so-Gwen gold packaging to the perfect mix of nudes, brights and smoky shades, this palette has it all. There are matte neutral shadows, which are Gwen's go-to when it comes to rocking her rouge lips, a range of smokier shades perfect to pair with a nude lip, and a trio of super bright, bold colours that definitely complete the palette - after all, Gwen is never one to shy away when it comes to makeup. Speaking of which, I love the big mirror on this palette and how it has 'Magic's in the makeup' emblazoned on it - if you've not heard this No Doubt song - go and listen, it's one of my favourites.

Like all of Urban Decay's shadows, these are an absolute breeze to apply and what I really love about this palette is there are just so many different combinations you can get creative with. Whilst I usually shy away from the darker smoky shades, I've actually been experimenting a bit more with them since getting this palette and I absolutely love them.

Whereas the Naked palettes are very much all about the neutrals, I love that this palette has a little something for everyone - and it means that those who usually shy away from 'out there' shades can give them a go, whilst also having the option to try some seriously fierce nude shades too.

Overall I absolutely adore this palette and have been reaching for it every day since I got it. I would totally recommend it both to Gwen fans, Urban Decay fans and for anyone who is looking for a palette that covers all bases.

Have you tried any of Gwen's Urban Decay products yet? Lipsticks, lip pencils, a blush palette and a brow palette were recently added to the range - purses at the ready! You can check out the rest of the Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay collection here, or click the link above to see the palette.


  1. This is definitely worth buying! And it looks so pretty!


  2. This palette definitely seems worthy of all the hype it's been receiving. I'm so tempted to cave in and get it, but I'm trying to be good and reign in my eyeshadow palette weakness! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

  3. Looks like such a pretty palette, although I think i'd still prefer to buy their Naked palettes.

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