I love Gwen Stefani. I think she is fantastic in every way and a while ago she was my Monday Make-up Muse so I was incredibly excited when Urban Decay launched their collaboration palette with her. It looked amazing, and I was lucky enough to be sent one and it is fantastic. Does it shove Naked off the top spot of Urban Decay palettes for me? No but its a very close second and I just love, love, love the packaging. All of it, and regular readers will know how much it pains me to say that (I hate to pay for fancy schmancy cardboard and packaging).
Every single last detail of this has had an amazing amount of thought put into it. And it shows. The exterior of the cardboard box, even the the interior, the mirror is engraved and the colours are all wearable and work well together. I received this before Christmas and loved it but made sure if was the only eye palette I took away with me for the festive fortnight at my mums so it got a proper try out and I stand my original 'I love it'. There are two colours I haven't used - the pink and the blue - but that's more a reflection of my cold that started on the 22nd December and is still bloody present, than the palette itself.
As with all the Urban Decay eye colours I've tried it is best to use a primer, there is drop down with these, but you can either buy the Primer Potion from Urban Decay or if you have a slightly tighter budget the one from NYX is very good too (you can see my full review of it here). I use Anaheim, Stark, Stone, Steady and Serious to do a subtle, basic smokey eye for daytime. In fact all of the colours are very wearable, buildable and would suit a lot of skin tones. Out of the 15 shades, 12 are new and designed with the lady herself while three are from the Urban Decay collection, these are Gwen Stefani's go-to colours and the ones she uses to create some of her most iconic looks.
If you want to do crazy looks then this isn't the one for you. If you want wearable, blendable colours to wear everyday - some matte, some jewel, nothing to shiny - then this could be the only palette you ever need.
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