When I walked into Ulta, and saw the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette sitting out (and it was the last one they had in stock), I knew that I had to have it. I saw that beautiful Black and white packaging with the gold accents and my heart just clenched. It needed this palette in it’s life. My life needed those beautiful neutral shades, those pops of colors, the perfect mixture between matte and shimmer, and it needed to have a little piece of Gwen Stefani in it’s life. Quite frankly, this palette is B-A-N-A-N-A-S, and I will be a Hollaback girl for this palette. Without further ado, let’s get into the pros and cons.
- Variety of shades for a variety of looks: Some people are complaining about this palette,saying that it has far too many neutral shades in it. I highly disagree because any and every eye look you will create requires some sort of neutral shade at least in the crease so that it blends nicely with your natural skin tone. They also give you a variety of different toned matte shades so you can really build up colors. The matte shades in the palette are: Punk, Anaheim, Stark, Zone and Blackout. The shimmer shades are: blonde, Bathwater, Skimp, Baby, Serious, and Pop. Finally, the metallic shades are: Steady, Harajuku, Danger and 1987 (see below photo for close ups). You can combine all of these shades in so many different ways to get so many different of looks. Quite frankly, I think if you were traveling, you could travel with this palette as your only eyeshadows and still be able to make a look for any occasion. My favorite shades in this palette are Punk, Danger and Anaheim.
- Pigmentation: The pigmentation on almost all of these shadows is phenomenal, just like almost all Urban Decay shadows. The only one that I would potentially consider “iffy” is Pop, which I find to be far more glittery than the other shades, with less pigmentation, and more fallout, but it is still great for layering with other shades.
- Packaging: The packaging on this palette is so pretty that I feel guilty putting it in a drawer. I want to keep it sitting out on display so everyone can see it. Although it is pretty thick, The packaging is extremely durable, it doesn’t feel like cheap plastic, and if my 4 year old cousin can’t break it, I’m pretty sure it is well constructed. On top of all of that, in the bottom right hand corner of the mirror, it says “Magic’s in the Makeup”, which all of us beauty lovers know to be true.
- Not as long-lasting as I would like: Before I say this, I will say that this was before I changed my eyeshadow primer routine, as now I wear Benefit Air Patrol (which just ran out and I am sad) with my Mac Soft Ochre paint pot on top of it (it truly makes things last all day). But when I wore Danger last, just with Benefit Air Patrol, about four or five hours after wearing it, it started getting patchy, and then I was just sad. So I will try it again, but so far, my experience with longevity of the brighter shades has not been excellent.
- Decent bit of fallout: For some reason in comparison to other Urban Decay shadows I have used, I have quite a bit of fallout when using this palette. I’m not sure what it is about the formulation of these, but you probably will have to sweep up your face when you are done.
- Price: This palette comes in at a whopping $58, but you are getting a decent bit of product for that amount, as each shadow is .6 oz, where as each shadow in the Naked palettes is only .5 oz (and cost $54), as are the shadow sizes in the single pots (and cost $19 each). So you are getting a decent deal, but you still do have to drop a bit of dough for this palette.
- Created for lighter skin tones: Since this palette was created to be Gwen Stefani’s daily palette, and she is quite fair, this palette is created with lighter skin tones in mind. So for my darker skinned girls, although you may be able to use some of the shades, some of the others might not be worth it. This makes validating the $58 purchase far more challenging.
Overall, despite the cons of this palette, I do still really like it, even though I am almost as pale as it gets. I swear sometimes you put me against a white wall, and the only way you can tell the difference between the two is by my flaming red hair. So although I think this palette is worth it, it may not be worth it for many of you out there, as most people are much darker than me. I definitely say that you will need to go into the store and swatch it for yourself to find out if you want to drop the $58 on this palette.
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