Are you guys ready to see the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani swatches? I was lucky enough to grab the palette as soon as it was released on the UD Canada website. I’ve tried this palette as part of my tutorial, which will be posted in a couple of days. I won’t be doing an in-depth review, but will do a quick first impression instead. I haven’t tried this palette long enough to actually do an in-depth review, but so far, I’m loving it!
Have you bought this palette, or are you thinking of buying it (for yourself or as a gift)? What are your thoughts/concerns regarding this palette? Comment below!
At first, I wasn’t going to buy this Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette, since I do have a lot (A LOT) of neutral palettes on my makeup kit already. However, since it is Gwen Stefani, I decided why not and I thought if I didn’t like it I could always return it, right? Oh boy, when this palette arrived at my doorstep, I knew I was going to keep it. The palette’s packaging is so gorgeous, and how cute is that “Magic’s in the Makeup” quote on the mirror? So adorable!
As you know, Gwen Stefani has this very quirky Japanese inspired fashion style, yet at the same time she has a vintage look for her makeup – winged liners, red lips, etc. It was no surprise to see most of the colors on this palette are neutrals since she does use a lot of neutrals on her eyes (watch her on The Voice and see for yourself). I love how she adds some colors like Pink, Blue and Gold, I wish she has added a Purple, but hey these colors are gorgeous too!
Let’s get going to the swatches! All description of the eyeshadows are from Sephora’s website (not an affiliated link).
Top Row – this row is mostly highlighter colors (except for Punk), but the shades on this row also have more of a warmer undertone.
- Blonde – pale beige/pink iridescent shift
- Bathwater – pale beige with gold pearl
- Skimp – pale nude satin
- Steady – medium rose/metallic gold shift
- Punk – reddish brown matte
Middle Row – this row has mostly matte shades, except for Baby and Serious. It’s slightly darker than the first row, and the shades are a bit more cool toned.
- Baby – cool metallic rose
- Anaheim – light taupe-brown matte
- Stark – nude-pink matte
- Zone – medium brown matte
- Serious – smoky gray with iridescent floating pearl
Bottom Row – most of the shades on this row are jewel tone shadows, except for Blackout which is just a matte black.
- Pop – pale coral with iridescent sparkle
- Harajuku – metallic blue-pink/iridescent micro-shimmer
- Danger – deep metallic royal blue/blue micro-sparkle
- 1987 – bright metallic yellow-gold
- Blackout – blackest black matte
- Gorgeous packaging
- Beautiful pigmentation
- Easy to blend
- Long lasting
- 12 new shades
- Large range of textures and neutral shades
- Might not work for those with darker skin since most of the colors are pretty light (can look ashy if it is too light)
- The colors are not unique, you can definitely find dupes of these eyeshadows
- Sparkle eyeshadows have a lot of fall out, as usual. For this palette, watch out for “Pop”