Howdy! I’ve got the highly anticipated Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette for you, which is set to release on November 22nd.
This is the first-ever collaboration with a celebrity designer, and I think they picked the perfect person to collaborate with, I heart Gwen! Gwen was VERY involved in the creation of this palette and the colors. Wendi Zomnir (the CCO and Founding Partner of UD, who has known Gwen for years) and Gwen worked together at Gwen’s house coming up with the design. From the case, which was inspired by Gwen’s love of black and white graphic prints and antique gold accents, to the shade names, which were inspired by her songs, everything was thought of.
The palette contains 15 eyeshadows, 12 of which are new, and a large mirror. For me this design might be one of my favorites ever by any brand. I love the dots, black, white and gold colors and the sturdiness. It’s just very pleasing to look at for me. 🙂
Blonde (because Gwen is) is a pale beige with pink iridescent shift.
Bathwater (a No Doubt song) is a pale beige with gold pearl.
Skimp (a favorite shade of Gwen’s from the UD line) is a pale nude satin.
Steady (named after the No Doubt album “Rock Steady”) is a medium rose with metallic gold shift.
Punk (the music genre which Gwen got started in) is a reddish/brown matte.
All these shades here swatched really nicely over a primer except for Punk. I found Punk to be rather patchy even after quite a few swipes.
Baby (an homage to her fashion line L.A.M.B.) is a cool metallic rose.
Anaheim (where Gwen grew up) is a light taupe/brown matte.
Stark (another of her favorite shades from the UD line) is a nude/pink matte.
Zone (after the song “Dangerous zone”) is a medium brown matte.
Serious (another of her songs) is a smoked out grey with iridescent pearl.
Most of these were mattes, but they felt softer and much better than Punk did. Nice pigmentation and I love the shade Serious.
Pop (her current music style) is a pale coral with iridescent sparkle.
Harajuku (one of her style influences) is a metallic blue toned pink with iridescent micro-shimmer.
Danger (because they like a little danger) is a deep metallic blue with blue micro-sparkle.
1987 (the year No Doubt formed) is a bright metallic yellow/gold.
Blackout (Gwen’s favorite black shade) is a jet black matte.
These five shades were some of the most pigmented and intense of all the shades in the palette. Pop is very glittery and probably prone to a lot of fall-out. Danger and 1987 were AMAZINGLY pigmented and smooth. Blackout is a nice jet black, a wee bit chalky but not too bad at all.
There are a lot of neutral shades in this palette so if you are looking for something more unique and/or brighter, this one might not work for you. However if you don’t have many neutrals yet, and want something good for day with a few deeper, intense colors, this could be the one. I personally love the design of the palette and think the colors are nice, but it’s not quite as unique as I hoped it would be.
This will be available on November 22nd for $58.00 on Urban Decay’s site and also at Sephora, ULTA and select Macy’s.
Are you into it or passing?