Review: Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

As some of you may know, I recently purchased the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette. I’m a big fan of Urban Decay eyeshadows, they are really pigmented, have great holding power, and their palettes last for ages. So naturally, when they released this limited edition range, I was super excited to get my hands on it.

There is a lot of hype surrounding this palette at the moment, so I’m sure you’ve read many great reviews by now. But I thought, what the hell, I’ll add another one into the mix. I love it so much, I couldn’t not write about it!

The shades in this palette are just gorgeous, there is a good mix of matte and shimmer shadows so it’s perfect for both day and night time makeup looks. I tend to wear more matte shadows, particularly in day time, but you can’t beat a bit of shimmer for a night out on the town so this is a winner all round really.

The first row is mostly base colours, it has several nude shimmers, and a great matte burgundy shade at the end called Punk. This is, hands down, my favourite eyeshadow in the palette, and my new go-to shade. I’ve used it several times already and am totally obsessed.

The second row is a mix of matte and shimmer nudes, moving more towards brown tones so great for a soft daytime look. They are great staple shades, and the dark grey shade Serious at the end, would add some good smokiness to any eye look.

And finally the third row is where the colour pop comes. I mean look at that pink and gold! Shimmer, shimmer, shimmer… It has the feel of an 80’s throwback which I’m loving and the pigment on these is just amazing (as with all the colours in the palette).

I have yet to get adventurous with these particular colours, but I can’t wait to channel my inner 80’s child and get playing around with that pink, and the blue could be great with the black for a very dramatic eye too. So I’ll get sharing a post on some colourful, playful looks soon. For now however, as Punk is my favourite shade, I’ve put together a look using this, along with Bathwater and Zone.

To achieve this look, I lightly coated my eyes all over with Bathwater as a base. I then added Zone to my upper eyelid, leaving just the very inner part of my eye free of colour. To blend these, I added a generous layer of Punk, and using my blending brush, blended it into the crease of my eyelid, the eyelid itself, and under my waterline.

To add a little extra drama, I then applied a thin layer of Urban Decay Ink for Eyes eyeliner on my upper and lower eyelid, and finished it off by applying my Benefit They’re Real mascara to my eyelashes.

So there you go, a simple and quick smokey eye look.

If you’re a beauty lover then this is a must in your makeup bag. The palettes aren’t cheap, this one will set you back €46.00. However, the palette will last you for months so definitely a good investment. I’ve used it nearly every day since I bought it three weeks ago, so much so, I’m wondering should I buy another one before it goes off the market!

Have you tried this yet? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Happy hump day!

Sorcha x

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