Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Review


So I almost passed up this palette but let me tell you why I am so glad that I didn't..........

Yes, I was one of the people that said that this palette was boring.  Yes, I was one of the people that said that this was not Gwen Stefani style.  And yes, I was the one that said I wasn't going to grab this because this was not brown girl friendly.

Now, let me state why I changed my mind, first, I really looked at Gwen Stefani makeup throughout the years:

What I noticed was that Gwen always had bold lipstick (which is mostly red) and always had neutral or a smoky eyeshadow look. This lead me to look at the palette again and I realized that this was the perfect eyeshadow palette inspired for her.

Second, I really thought the colors would be ashy or too light for my skin tone but I checked out a YouTube review from The Fancy Face (Tina) and actually seen the colors swatched on someone who is about my skin tone, I was sold (I almost passed this up for the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette - which I will pick up on a later date).

Okay, so now lets get into the palette....according to Urban Decay:

"This is the beauty collaboration you’ve been waiting for! We partnered with Gwen to create her ultimate eyeshadow collection. From her 15 can’t-live-without shades to the super-luxe case, Gwen designed and developed her perfect palette.

We spent countless hours at Gwen’s house, talking makeup and working closely with her on every detail. We carefully crafted the shadows with Gwen filling a void by creating the exact shades she always wished she had in her collection. We loaded this palette with her 15 must-have shades of Eyeshadow (12 are NEW, and three are from the UD shadow collection). With an insane range of neutrals and a few jewel tones to mix things up, this is Gwen’s go-to kit to achieve her most iconic looks. And with these shades in your arsenal, you’ll have everything you need to recreate these signature looks for yourself."

First, let me say that the packaging is beautiful with a black, white, and gold theme.....great detail and quality:

As for the palette, it comes in 15 shades which most of them are neutral shades with some pop of colors:

The shades has great pigmentation and I had little to no problems with applying the shades.  There were some fallout with some of the shades but the eyeshadows are great for a anytime look (night out, work, church, everyday, and etc.)  The eyeshadows range from Matte, Shimmer, and Satin with 12 new shades and 3 being from previous UD eyeshadow collection.  When I used this, I used about 4 shades that blended beautifully together:

Underbrow shade: Zone
Crease and outer corner shade: Punk
Lid: Steady
Highlighter: Bathwater

(Sorry about my Oiliness)
Now the big question is should you get it.........

If you are like me and love a neutral eyeshadow palette that you could use everyday, I would say go for it.  I'm a neutral girl and only wear bold colors every blue moon, so this was a hit for me.  With the colors in this palette, you can create a natural or smoky eye look with no problems.  I would not recommend this palette to anyone that is not looking for neutral eyeshadow palette (if you want bold colors, I would go with the Urban Decay Electric Palette) or you have too many neutral or natural eyeshadow palettes already.

Another con about this eyeshadow is the price.......it cost $58 (which you can pay from Urban Decay, Ulta, and Sephora).  I was able to get this cheaper by using my Ulta Reward Points to get this at a discount (I only paid $29).  I think $58 dollars is kind of high and I also think you can find other neutral eyeshadow palettes a little cheaper (like Tarte, Too Faced, and etc.)  But with that being said, you have to remember that this is a limited edition and a collector's palette, so that usually runs a little higher than their regular palette.

If you missed my review for the Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette, please click HERE.

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Until Next Time,

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  1. I was excited when I heard she was doing a collab with them but I saw the palette and thought it was okay. A lot of the shades look the same to me but I like the packaging.


    1. I do agree with you but I'm a sucker for neutral palettes. Since I used my points at Ulta, I was able to get this cheaper so I decided to pick it up, but I would tell anyone if they have a lot or already have a great neutral palette, you can pass on it.


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