Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Limited Edition PaletteTuesday, November 17, 2015
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani limited edition palette* (released November 22nd)
If there's one brand that knows how to do a good eyeshadow palette, it's Urban Decay. They never fail to cause an absolute storm with their new releases and this is no exception, this limited edition piece has already generated massive interest in the beauty world and it's not even available to buy yet! But I can promise you it's 100% worth the wait, this collaboration with Gwen Stefani features stunning packaging and a beautiful mix of shades- it's certainly one to pop on your Christmas list if you're after some new eyeshadow to play with. It's a joy to look at and even more of a joy to use, Urban Decay really have nailed it with this!
Known for her signature neutral eyes and bright red lips, I think this palette is the perfect reflection of Gwen Stefani; it's a neutral eyeshadow lovers dream but has a couple of really fun brights thrown in for good measure. It contains fifteen shades, twelve of which are new and exclusive to this palette which is always nice to see and means you're not stuck with a tonne of repeat shades from previous collections. The exclusive shades were chosen and named by Gwen after aspects of her career. For example 1987 after the year she started No Doubt, Bathwater after the song and Pop, Blonde and Punk for obvious reasons. Anaheim is the name of the city she grew up in, and where No Doubt used to rehearse in their early years. Some of the standout shades for me are Steady, Baby and Pop which make the most beautiful lid colours, and I also especially like 1987 which is an unusual gold with almost green undertones but is still very wearable as part of a neutral smokey eye. In true Urban Decay style the shadows are soft and blendable with amazing colour payoff, and and there's a good mixture of mattes, satins and more shimmery shades making it extremely versatile for both day and night. Gwen was influenced by a piece of art that she owns, and worked with the founder of Urban Decay to create the swoon worthy packaging. The metal-look plastic is weighty, sturdy, has a big mirror in the lid and a magnetic closure. I love the gold trim around the outside and it just looks and feels really well made.
This palette will retail at $58 (around £38), so the same price point as the Naked palettes. I actually think this is a great price seeing as not only is it limited edition, but you get more shadows than in the Naked palettes. While the palette is dominated by light and mid toned neutrals, you can see from the swatches that the finishes are all different giving you a good mixture for a wide variety of looks- especially when paired up with the deeper and brighter colours. All in all you can tell that this is a really well thought out collaboration, you get something that's truly been designed by Gwen and isn't simply a name stamped on the front. The palette will be available HERE, you can also sign up to be notified as soon as it's out.
Will you be buying the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani palette?