Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches


Remember when No Doubt first became big? I was a huge fan! Don’t Speak was my jam!

Credit: Getty Images | S. Granitz (left photo) | Dimitrios Kambouris (right photo)

Credit: Getty Images | S. Granitz | Dimitrios Kambouris

But could any of us have predicted that Gwen Stefani was going to create her own makeup collection? From off-the-wall punk rocker with crazy hair and makeup to a more elegant, glamorous red-lipped beauty icon! There’s no doubt (haha) that she’s evolved so much since the 90’s.

I bought the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette last month, and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much, but as soon as I opened the box, I just fell in love with its beautiful packaging!

There are 15 shades in the palette and a large mirror inside.

From L to R: Blonde, Bathwater, Skimp, Steady, and Punk

From L to R: Baby, Anaheim, Stark, Zone, and Serious

From L to R: Pop, Harajuku, Danger, 1987, and Blackout

I’m a neutral kind of gal, so I really like the colors in this palette. I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it. That said, I do wish there was a bit more variation in the colors. There’s an abundance of pale beiges and pale nudes in this palette, so it would work perfectly for pale girls like Gwen. If you have a medium skin tone, the shades are still wearable, but you’ll find a lot of highlighting shades. If you have a darker skin tone, I’m afraid some of the shades might look ashy, but if in doubt, swatch it in store first.

On my NC30-35 skin, Stark makes a nice base to even out the lid color. Steady, Baby, and 1987 are beautiful all-over lid colors. Anaheim and Zone are the perfect transition shades. Blonde, Bathwater, and Skimp are great for the inner corners and browbone. I use Punk to define the outer V, and I love Danger as a pop of color on the lower lash line. Pop and Harajuku might be nice as layering shades. Blackout and Serious make awesome liners. But those are just my suggestions. Use them however you like.

Most of the shadows, with the exception of Pop and Harajuku, are very pigmented and easy to work with. They feel soft and creamy, apply very smoothly, and blend like a dream. This palette retails for $58.00 and (at the time of writing) is surprisingly still available in most retailers (Sephora, Ulta, etc.). I had a Sephora VIB $20 off when I purchased this, so I only paid $38.00. Score!

Did you pick this up? What else did you haul from this collection?


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A self-confessed beauty addict, makeup hoarder, nail polish junkie, beauty blogger, and a proud mom of three beautiful girls.

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