Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette

Urban Decay Gewn Stefani Eye Shadow Palette Neutral Favourite Swatch Packaging

First things first - I've broken up for Christmas! Woohooo! The run-up to Christmas in a Primary School is pretty stressful, so these two weeks off are being welcomed with open arms! I'm heading home to Wales to spend the holidays with my family and I can't wait to spend some time with everyone.

At the start of December I was celebrating some good news at the same time as the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette was released, which I had been eyeing up on instagram, so I bought myself a little celebratory present (here).

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette Neutral Favourite Swatch Box

I am a big Urban Decay palette fan - I adore the original Naked palette and the Naked Basics palette, and I also own a build-your-own palette with a few hand-picked shades in.  Their pigmentation and formulation have never let me down before, so I had pretty high hopes for this palette.
 
Even before I opened the packaging I was in love - look how beautiful the box is! I actually still have it and I'm still keeping the palette inside it; I can't bring myself to put the box in the bin!

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette Neutral Favourite Swatch Flat Lay

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette Neutral Favourite Swatch  Flat Lay Primer Zoeva Brush

The palette itself is completely different to any of the Naked palettes; the fifteen shadows are in round pans in a 5x3 layout which is shown on the lid of the palette with a monochrome pattern.  I love how it's different to the Naked style of a line of rectangular pans to show that it's clearly designed by someone else.  I adore the tarnished gold accents on the palette which make it feel luxurious and high end.  In a nutshell: it's beautiful.

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette Neutral Favourite Swatch Shades Flat lay

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette Neutral Favourite Swatch Shades

Admittedly, when it comes to eye shadow I'm not particularly brave.  I go for the usual neutral shades and once in a blue moon I'll break out of my comfort zone and try something different before going straight back to my beloved browns and golds.  Because of this, the UDxGwen palette is perfect for me - most of the shades are neutral; they range from a matte cream to a shimmery gold to a matte black and pretty much everything in between.  There's a variety of sparkle, glitter and matte shades which are perfect for every occassion.  Then, to mix up the shades a bit, there is a super shimmery barbie pink and bright blue for days when you're feeling brave.

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette Neutral Favourite Swatch Shades Flat Lay Open

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette Neutral Favourite Swatch Arm

I have to admit, I love all of the shades, but these are four of my favourites.  The top swatch is Baby; a shimmery peachy champagne shade.  Punk is a matte deep chocolate brown with a hint of purple which is so different to any other dark shades I own - perfect for a smokey eye. The gorgeous gold shimmey shade is 1987; the ultimate festive colour.  I also adore Pop - it isn't very pigmented but it's a pale champagne shade with pink, gold and silver shimmer and glitter running through it.  The name of this shade is ideal, because adding a dab of glitter to the center of my lid really makes my eyes pop!

In a nutshell, I adore this.  I honestly think this might have shot to the top of my favourite palettes list, this is the only palette I've bought home with me this Christmas, and I'm usually attached to my Naked palette in the festive season!

12 comments:

  1. I had a swatch of this in Debemhams earlier and was so tempted but I didn't give in! Such a gorgeous palette though I can see why you bought it!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. I couldn't resist - it's beautiful!
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  2. Your pictures of this are stunning. I currently have this wrapped up under my tree as my brother bought it for me and I can't wait to start playing with it. I'm a huge UD fan too, their eyeshadows are insanely good.

    Sarah | sarahinwonderland.co.uk <3

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    1. Ahhh thats made my day! Thank you! :)))) You are going to LOVE the palette, it's a beauty!
      xx

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  3. It's so pretty!! I love Urban Decay so much - it's amazing! & I must say your photos are fabulous hun. xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. Ahh thank you! It's even more gorgeous in real life :)
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  4. Everybody has been raving about this palette, I would love it! Maybe after Christmas x

    Martha Jane | www.marthajanemusic.com

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  5. Dying to get my hands on this eyeshadow palette!! Such lovely photography too :)

    Karishma | http://www.beneaththebrush.com

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    1. Ahh this has made my day, thank you!!

      xx

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  6. I bought this palette as my xmas gift! she is so gorgeous! cant wait for blushes and lippies!

    http://villemo20.blogspot.com/

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    1. Isn't it even more beautiful in real life?!
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