Review - Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani

Hello everyone! Welcome to the beauty section of Seamingly. Today I will be reviewing the recently released eye shadow palette from the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani collection! So if you are anything like me, when you saw that Urban Decay is collaborating with Gwen Stefani, you had no doubt (lol) that you had to get something from the collection. Not to mention the packaging of the products are beautiful! The blush palette seemed a bit too warm for me and the brow box only comes in a blonde shade, so I went with the eye shadow palette. Right away, I was a bit bummed out by the majority of neutral shades. Gwen has been so iconic for her eccentric fashion that I thought everything would have a bit more oomph to it. While her clothing is generally off the wall, her makeup is normally toned down. So I guess it makes sense. Let’s move on to the quality of the palette.

Pigmentation: These shades greatly vary when it comes to pigmentation. Some of the shades show up wonderfully and some are way too weak. Most of the shimmer shades show up pretty well (Steady, Baby, 1987, and Danger) and the majority of the mattes (Punk, Anaheim, Zone, Serious, and Blackout) are heavily pigmented. The lighter shades (Blonde, Bathwater, Skimp, and Stark) are what I am really disappointed with. I had a lot of trouble getting these to show up on my arm, most of them required multiple swipes in order to have just a little bit of pigmentation. The shade that let me down the most was Harajuku. Since this palette is heavily lacking color, I was hoping this pink shade would be bright, sassy, and beautiful. In reality, it took about six swipes to get this to actually show up pink. On the bright side, you could use Harajuku and still maintain a natural look. 

Top to bottom: Anaheim, Baby, Punk, Steady, Skimp, Bathwater, and Blonde.

Top to bottom: Anaheim, Baby, Punk, Steady, Skimp, Bathwater, and Blonde.

Texture: I think that overall, most of these shadows are pretty creamy and easy to apply, as well as blend. For the brow bone, Blonde is a creamy shade that is easy to blend out. For a lid color, Steady and Baby are the winners in this palette. As far as crease goes, Anaheim and Zone kill it. They are both absolutely buttery and totally blendable, which is exactly what you need in a crease shade. While Punk is one of my favorite shades in the palette, it can definitely be a bit chalky. Punk is a great color if you want to darken your outer V but it does not stand well on its own. If you are going for a smoked out color, I would go with Serious or Blackout because they go on smoother and are easier to blend. The worst shade in this palette (as far as texture goes) would have to be Pop. It seems to almost separate when it is applied, definitely does not go on evenly, and is the messiest shade in the palette.

Top to bottom: Stark, Zone, Serious, Pop, Harajuku, Danger, 1987, and Blackout.

Top to bottom: Stark, Zone, Serious, Pop, Harajuku, Danger, 1987, and Blackout.

Overall: I give this palette a 7.5/10 because of the varying quality. I'm happy I purchased this because some of the shades are my HG (Holy Grail) but I wish the quality was more consistent throughout. If you are looking for a neutral palette with shimmer and matte shades, I would consider this. It is not limited edition so it is easy to get your hands on if you decide you want it. Although some of the shades lack in pigmentation and texture, there are a total of 15 shades with a majority of them worth the $58 price tag. I am also a huge fan of packaging and I love the simple design of the palette. The details, such as the gold plate on the front or the "Magics in the Makeup" printed on the mirror of the palette, make it a beautiful piece to add to my collection. 

Shades featured: Skimp, Baby, Anaheim, Zone, and Punk. 

Shades featured: Skimp, Baby, Anaheim, Zone, and Punk. 

Shades featured: Skimp, Baby, Anaheim, Zone, and Punk. 

Shades featured: Skimp, Baby, Anaheim, Zone, and Punk. 

Shades featured: Skimp, Baby, Anaheim, Zone, and Punk. 

Shades featured: Skimp, Baby, Anaheim, Zone, and Punk. 

Since this is a neutral palette, I wanted to create a day-to-day look that anyone could recreate and rock. With a fluffy brush, I lightly applied Skimp to the brow bone. I went in with a small, tapered blending brush and blended Anaheim into my crease. Then I applied Baby onto my lid with a flat brush. After that I used a blending brush (217 MAC) and blended Zone out. I came in with a crease brush and gently applied Punk in the outer V. I also applied Punk to the lower lash line, only about 3/4. Then I used a fluffy blending brush to light blend it all together. 

 

And that concludes my review of the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani eye shadow palette! I hope you all enjoyed reading and I can't wait to post more in the future. Please comment below or on our instagram account (@seaminglyblog) with questions about makeup! I plan on doing a Q&A post in a couple of weeks and would love to answer anything on your mind. Thanks for reading. :)

-Carly