As a massive Gwen Stefani fan while growing up, when I heard that she had teamed up with Urban Decay (one of my favourite makeup brands) to release her own products, I was expecting big things. However, when I first saw pictures of this palette I wasn’t blown away by the design or the eyeshadows, I’m not sure why. But that all changed when I stepped foot into House of Fraser and saw it sitting there on display, in all it’s glory.
I had a few reservations about some of the colours in the palette, but the lady working on the Urban Decay counter swatched all of the eyeshadows and gave me inspiration on how to use them – customer service done right! Let’s just say I was an easy customer to persuade.
What do you get?
There are 15 shadows in the palette which are a mixture of matte, pearl, satin, metallic, sparkle and shimmer shades – so in my opinion you really get a lot for your money!
Colour Palette & Pigmentation
In general I would say this is a neutral palette which is great for everyday use, and it is mostly made up of soft brown and nude shades, so as you can probably guess, they are not super pigmented. However, the darker colours, ‘Punk‘, ‘Serious‘ and ‘Blackout‘, are more pigmented and are great for intensifying your look. There are also three not-so-neutral shades; ‘Harajuku‘, ‘Danger‘ and ‘1987‘ if you want a pop of colour, but these are still surprisingly wearable and are actually not very pigmented.
So if you enjoy experimenting with crazy, vibrant colours, this product may not be for you. But if you prefer subtle, pretty, and easily wearable eyeshadows, then this is the perfect palette!
I also want to mention that I love how the colours look with fair skin like mine – this is probably intentional as I know Gwen Stefani often rocks the pale, blonde look! My personal palette favs are ‘Steady‘ and ‘Baby‘ which are beautiful shimmery rose gold shades.
Most of the eyeshadows in the palette are silky smooth and are very easy to apply. Just for a bit of comparison, and for any Urban Decay fans out there, I think these shadows have a much nicer consistency than the Naked Palette eyeshadows. My only criticism is that, for me, the sparkle shades don’t sit well on my skin and the glitter seems to just fall down onto my face, which is kind of annoying, but maybe I just need a better eyelid primer!
The palette itself is big, sturdy and good quality, so it’s not going to break easily, and the large mirror comes in very handy! The size of the palette means the eyeshadows are nicely spaced out and there is no danger of picking up any unwanted colour on your brush. Although it might not fit in your makeup bag, I think it’s still compact enough to take travelling, so it strikes a nice balance.
When reviewing a product, I like to acknowledge the design, because for me it can really make or break a product. The overall gold theme of the palette gives it a very regal and expensive feel, however, I am not a fan of the black and white circle design on the front – someone please explain it! But that’s easily overlooked because the actual product is amazing!
Ever since I bought this palette, it has basically not left my side – I use it for all occasions and find myself reaching for it every single day. I could honestly go on and on about how much I love it, but I’d like to know your opinions – leave a comment below!