It's finally here! I'm talking both about this beautiful palette and my blog post, as these pictures have been patiently waiting to be published for about two weeks now. The past weeks have definitely been the busiest of the year work wise and it seems that the first thing I have to cancel on in order to still get some much needed sleep is my social life & my blog. Sorry! Good news though: I'm having a small holiday break coming up and I won't be traveling abroad, so I'll mainly be chilling out, attending Christmas parties and catching up on some much needed blog work. Better days ahead! On to today's object of makeup affection now: Urban Decay's Gwen Stefani palette. Isn't it just.. beautiful. Stunning even! I couldn't contain my excitement when it landed on my desk - this is definitely the makeup palette I've been most excited about in 2015. No doubt about it! (Yes, see what I did there..)
|Gwen Stefani & Wende Zomnir (Urban Decay's chief creative officer)|
Pretty much all the shades are on point in terms of pigmentation and formula. I am perhaps a little disappointed with the super glittery shade Pop as it's very crumbly, but that's my only complaint. All the metallic shades in the palette are super buttery and insanely pigmented. Even the matte shades are very blendable and pigmented which is definitely not easy with matte eyeshadows as very often these are a pain to blend.. There's nothing worse than trying to fix a patchy matte eyeshadow on the lids, so these make me happy! There's no base or primer under these swatches, so you can imagine how amped up these shades would look with a Primer Potion or other base underneath. Mental!
In the first look I am wearing Punk, Baby & Harajuku. The pink shade might be a little frightening on its own but combined with other shades it's really beautiful. In the second look I am wearing a few of the natural shades, but I can't remember which.. Eek! I wanted to demonstrate how versatile the palette is - from a purple/pink metallic look to a semi-matte natural daytime look.. It's all in there. With a base underneath all neutral shades wore all day on me without creasing. I haven't worn any of the bolder shades for a full day, but they do last an evening without much fallout.
I feel like the value for money here is on point, almost all of the shades are amazing in quality (14 out of 15) and the packaging is pretty and sturdy. I know I'll get a lot of use and love out of this palette, I've been reaching for it a lot and either creating looks within the palette or combining with other shades I own. It's fun! So at €52.00, with this quality and knowing Urban Decay's price for single eyeshadows.. this is a pretty good deal.
And a small extra gift and a sneak peek preview for next year: you'll also find a few samples of four of the lipsticks Gwen is launching in 2016! How beautiful doe Rock Steady & Ex-Girlfriend look? The excitement!
Courtesy of Urban Decay:
Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette - €52,00