I love Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes, like really really love them! I consider myself a collector, or at least that’s the excuse I tell myself when I hand over my credit card to purchase their latest offering. 😉 So of course I couldn’t leave this little beauty sitting on the shelves in my local Debenhams now…could I?
First let’s look at the box. It’s stunning. So stunning that I have yet to throw it away, and I usually throw ALL packaging away. The white and gold looks so classy and festive. I think any makeup aficionado would love to see this box beneath the tree tied with a gold ribbon!
As for the actual outer casing of the palette itself…now this is beautiful. The gold, white and black is so classic, the casing is sturdy and it’s nice and weighty in the hand. It’s compact enough to fit in your makeup bag or handbag and the magnetic closure is nice and firm meaning it won’t pop open.
Now for the actual eyeshadows! All the shades are more cool toned and relatively neutral with pops of colour coming from 3 of the shades: Harajuki (pink), Danger (blue) and 1987 (yellow). There are plenty of mattes in this palette ranging from white to black as well as some nice sheens and a glitter shadow (Pop – bottom left). The texture of almost all of the shades is creamy (apart from Pop which is rough with chunky glitter…bleugh!) and they are all really pigmented (apart from Pop which blends away to nothing).
So should you splurge on the UD Gwen Stefani palette? If you have a lot of neutrals in your collection already I would save your cash, unless you are a collector (like me…*ahem*) then splurge away! For the neutral lover who is looking to purchase a higher-end eyeshadow palette then go for it! I definitely recommend that you visit an UD counter, dip your fingers in the pans and see what you think and maybe ask one of the lovely MUAs there to paint you up. The pops of colour and the cool tones make it preferable to me than an UD Naked palette, and it’s limited edition…which is irresistible to me.