When Urban Decay first announced that they were teaming up with music icon Gwen Stefani to create a limited edition eyeshadow palette for holiday I was bouncing off the walls. YAAAAAAS! Gwen Stefani is known for her colorful, eccentric style so I was expecting this bright, fun-packed palette filled to the brim with bold colors, glitz and glamour.
Well, there’s definitely some quirky old school glamour! The adorable packaging is like an ode to old Hollywood itself with the retro black and white polka dots and antique gold lining. I immediately went crazy over this beauty once Urban Decay started releasing sneak peeks. It’s so darn cute!
Then Urban Decay finally released a sneak peek of the inside of the palette and I was a bit disappointed. I thought to myself, “Where’s the Gwen?!” Then I remembered that Urban Decay is a makeup brand and not a fashion house–then it all made sense. Gwen’s clothes, shoes and accessories are usually bold and out of this world unique but her makeup is usually very simple, understated and neutral. With her signature red lip, of course.
So it makes sense that her hand-picked palette would look like something she’d normally reach for everyday. A heap of neutrals with some fun colors here and there. At first glance, half of the palette seems way too pale for anyone darker than Ms, Stefani herself. However, I can assure that the Gwen Stefani Palette is quite workable for all skintones. I spent quite some time playing with it at work before I was completely convinced that it was worth adding to my holiday list. There’s a great transition (Zone) and crease shade (Punk) that are right up my alley and I’m loving the pops of color in the bottom row along with the glittery shades like Pop and Baby. The Gwen Stefani Palette seems is actually a great neutral palette for beginners or makeup junkies who like to hoard eyeshadow. I got to try it out over the weekend on a few guests and everything was nicely pigmented and blendable. Don’t judge this palette by its cover!
Along with those 15 shadows and cute packaging, Urban Decay tossed in a sample card of Gwen’s upcoming limited edition lipsticks, too. There’s no word on a solid release date yet but Urban Decay is aiming for Spring release that I’m guessing will be limited edition too. Judging by the card, the packaging is going to be just as chic and tempting as the palette so I know I’m going to end up with at least one of them. Which probably end up being Firebird because it’s one pretty lipstick!
What do you think of the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette?
Blonde, Bathwater, Skimp, Steady, Punk, Baby, Anaheim, Stark, Zone, Serious
Pop, Harajuku, Danger, 1987, Blackout
Firebird, Ex-Girlfriend, 714, Rock Steady