Are you ready? The Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette ($58 US/$70 CAD) is launching November 22nd on UrbanDecay.com and UrbanDecay.ca and will launch at other UD retailers, like Sephora, on December 1st. I am so excited about this collaboration because Gwen is such a beauty and style icon and inspiration, and her partnership with Urban Decay is a match made in heaven.
Gwen was very much a part of every step of the process designing this palette, including the absolutely stunning packaging. The palette was inspired by her love of black and white graphic prints and antique gold accents. It may look like it is simply a polka dot pattern but it is actually a raised white panel with circular cutouts revealing a black inlay beneath. All this is recessed behind a clear plastic overly and bordered in antique gold. The palette is very solid and sturdy with a magnetic closure.
The engraved antique gold plaque with rivet details that is mounted on the front of the palette is such a gorgeous detail. I am in love with it! The inside of the box is lined with a hot pink with white polka dot pattern, and the shade labels are also in hot pink, selected by Gwen. The bottom right corner of the mirror has a quote from one of Gwen’s songs “Magic’s in the Makeup”. How fitting!
I am so incredibly happy with the shade selections Gwen has made for this palette. It is, of course, perfection for those with fair skin. I love that there are so many light to medium shades included. At first glance you might think that there are too many similar shades in this palette but they are all actually quite unique. Skimp, Stark, and Blackout are all favourites of Gwen’s from the existing Urban Decay line. The remaining 12 shades are all newly created shades for this palette with shade names inspired by Gwen’s life and music. Gwen was very involved in creating the shades for this palette and created the shades she always wished she had in her collection.
The shades are:
- Blonde – pale beige w/pink iridescent shift. The pink iridescence in this is what makes it so special. It’s one of my faves.
- Bathwater – pale beige w/gold pearl. So pretty and with just the right touch of gold tone.
- Skimp – pale nude satin. This peachy pink nude satin is lovely.
- Steady – medium rose w/metallic gold shift. A gorgeous lid shade.
- Punk – reddish brown matte. One of my favourites in the palette. Love the strong red tone for bringing out blue eyes.
- Baby – cool metallic rose. Another perfect lid shade.
- Anaheim – light taupe-brown matte. An ideal cooler toned crease shade.
- Stark – nude-pink matte. A great shade for blending out the crease or for a subtle crease.
- Zone – medium brown matte. The perfect warm counterpart crease shade to Anaheim.
- Serious – smoky gray w/iridescent floating pearl. Great gray for smoking out any look.
- Pop – pale coral w/iridescent sparkle. This intensley glittery shade is perfect for the inner corner or for an eye-catching lid shade. I did experience some fallout with this shade.
- Harajuku – metallic blue-pink w/iridescent micro-shimmer. Beautiful cool toned pink. A little bit on the sheer side.
- Danger – deep metallic royal blue w/blue micro-sparkle. I am not one to wear blues but damn! this one is gorgeous.
- 1987 – bright metallic yellow-gold. A stunning, slightly antiqued, metallic gold.
- Blackout – blackest black matte. A beautiful and necessary black matte.
I truly love this palette and I think I will get a lot of use out of it. More so than a lot of the really colourful releases of late. This palette goes so far beyond just creating Gwen’s iconic looks like her nude eye with winged liner. The eyeshadows are fantastic quality as I expect from Urban Decay. I only experienced the mild issues with Pop and Harajuku and they weren’t troublesome enough to keep me from loving how beautiful they are. They lasted all day during testing for me with no issue.
Look posts coming soon!
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