I was so excited to see that Gwen Stefani was doing a collaboration with Urban Decay. I adore Gwen, her style is impeccable and she is not afraid of being herself…and then Urban Decay, my current favourite makeup brand! A match made in heaven, in my opinion.
The Gwen palette contains 15 eyeshadows, a mix of naturals, darker shades and some bright colours, with mattes and shimmers a plenty! I half expected the colours to be a little wild, like Gwen herself, but I’m so pleasantly surprised that all the colours seem amazingly wearable and I think I’m going to get a lot of wear out of all of them. While I’ve not had chance to try all the shades yet, the ones I have tried are stunning, with great coverage and very stylish. Punk (the plum-brown shade) and danger (the electric blue) are more adventurous than I’d usually buy myself but I love them both. I was worried I’d look like a kid playing with makeup with those shades but they’re very classy and beautiful on, even with my limited application skills. I can imagine they’d look dramatic with a wet application and lots of eyeliner.
The case itself is also a thing of beauty – metal hardware and a lot of weight to it. It’s very substantial and hefty, a piece of art in itself. The tiny touches like the mirror which reads “magic’s in the makeup” is a lovely detail, along with the colours named after significant Gwen-isms, such as song titles (hello, bathwater!).
In an attempt to try my hand at contouring, I’ve also purchased the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Native, which I’m looking forward to trying out and reviewing also!
Hopefully (photography selfie skills allowing) I’ll get some photos on of my Gwen inspired looks when I have more of a play with the eyeshadows. I got majorly excited when I found the samples of the Urban Decay x Gwen lipsticks…they will be amazing, I just know it!