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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Review: Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette #UD #UrbanDecay #GwenStefani #EyeshadowPalette

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UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette
Everyone wants the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette. It is another huge success for Urban Decay. It sold out fast, as most of their palettes do. I bought it the first few hours it was on the site, because I was excited about it. Heck, I am a huge fan of Urban Decay eye shadows and a huge fan of Gwen Stefani. I am always on the site quickly to get the newest palette, as I am a HUGE fan of their eye shadows, their shades are legendary and are some of the best on the market.

When I first saw the palette in my hands though, I was hesitant about the shades in this palette. There are 15 shades in this palette and about 7 of them are pretty light shades. And 6 of those are matte/satin shades that you would think have lighter pigmentation. I thought that they would be too light to be worth seeing on my pale skin. I was wrong. The shadows in this palette are actually pretty pigmented. Much more than I thought they would be. They are very pretty and I got some good looks out the palette. There should have been more medium shades for transitional colors and one or two more dark shades for shading but all in all, I am very happy with this palette. Notice below in the swatches how pigmented the light shades are on my pale skin. It is very surprising how well they show up. 

Here are swatches of the shades in the palette:

swatches of Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

(above, left to right: Blonde, Bathwater, Skimp, Steady, Punk, Baby, Anaheim, Stark, Zone, Serious, Pop, Harajuku, Danger, 1987 and Blackout)

Okay let’s get down to the actual palette itself. The shades in the palette are as follows: Blonde (pale beige w/pink iridescent shift), Bathwater (pale beige w/gold pearl), Skimp (pale nude satin), Steady (medium rose w/metallic gold shift), Punk (reddish brown matte), Baby (cool metallic rose), Anaheim (light taupe-brown matte), Stark (nude-pink matte), Zone (medium brown matte), Serious (smoky gray w/iridescent floating pearl), Pop (pale coral w/iridescent sparkle), Harajuku (metallic blue-pink w/iridescent micro-shimmer), Danger (deep metallic royal blue w/blue micro-sparkle), 1987 (bright metallic yellow-gold) and Blackout (blackest black matte). The shades all have Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System. And I believe it because I was pleasantly surprised that they actually were not chalky and blended fairly well. I think the matte shades are a tad bit harder to blend. The matte shades all have excellent pigment, as do the pearl/satin shades However the shimmers are much easier to blend and are fairly pigmented. All of the shades are pretty good, surprisingly. 
UD Gwen Stefani Look 1UD Gwen Stefani Look 2UD Gwen Stefani Look 3

Here are some looks I did with the palette and I posted these on Instagram. First photo, above left, I am wearing Blackout on lid and crease then Skimp under brow blended into Blackout. In second photo, in the middle, I am wearing Blackout on lid, Danger in crease and Blonde under brow blended into that. In the third photo on the right, I am wearing Zone in the crease, Punk below that and on the outer edge of the upper lid and then also on the lower lid. I then used Pop on the upper lid and Bathwater under the brow.

This is a great palette if you want to do a lot of neutral eye looks. Granted, the looks above are mostly smoky eye looks but I love the neutral shades in this palette. I also did some neutral eye looks and they came out very nice. This is a great all around palette to have for just about any look, the jewel tones are cute too. This palette comes with a pleasant array of colors that make for a good mix and match of looks that you can accomplish.

The Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette is $58.00 and is available from www.urbandecay.com when in stock. It is worth the wait for the palette. 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

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