Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani | The Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani | The Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani | The Eyeshadow Palette

In my early teenage years (and actually still a bit now) third-wave ska was my thing. While the majority of my pals were more into the indie-rock scene, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish and of course, No Doubt’s The Tragic Kingdom were my tracks of choice. So I have a huge space in my heart for Gwen Stefani. When Urban Decay announced their collaboration with Gwen, I kinda knew that I was going to buy it regardless. Luckily the first product to be launched, the 15-shade eyeshadow palette, is beautiful. It retails at £40, I purchased it from Feel Unique during the sale so received 10% off – not a huge discount, but when you’re meant to be saving for a house every little counts.


Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani | The Eyeshadow Palette

The packaging is super luxe. I love the graphic print on the outer box and the black, white and gold colour scheme. It’s a heavy plastic with a really strong magnetic closure. It has a full size mirror on the inside with a nice nod to the No Doubt song. It is a pretty thick and heavy palette so although it is sturdy it’s not a great option for travelling due to it’s bulk (in my opinion).

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani | The Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani | The Eyeshadow Palette

Unlike palettes like the Naked series there’s no brush included in this one and so no space in the palette to store it. I actually like this. Although the brushes included in other UD sets are really good quality I always think they’re a bit of a waste of space in the palette in general.

As you can see the majority of the Gwen palette is neutral with a good range from light to dark and a couple of statement shades. 12 of the shades are new and named by Gwen and 3 are repeats. Skimp and Stark are both in the Naked 2 Basics palette (which I have) and Blackout is in Naked2 (which I don’t have) as well as being available individually.

If I’m being really nit-picky, it’s weird that the names are printed above the shadow when normally they’re below.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani | The Eyeshadow Palette

Sorry, for the crappy swatches but hopefully you get the idea. Blonde is a pale beige with a subtle pink iridescent shift. Bathwater is a pearly pale gold shimmer. Skimp is an almost matte pale beige with the slighest hint of a satiny shine. Steady is a gorgeous rosy-gold shimmer. Punk is a matte reddish-brown that would be a great  shade for lining or creating an interesting smoky look.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani | The Eyeshadow Palette

On the middle row, Baby is a metallic rose. Anaheim is a matte, cool, light brown. Stark is a matte beige. Zone is a mid-toned brown, also matte. Serious is a really unusual grey with a very subtle pink pearl that just lifts it.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani | The Eyeshadow Palette

On to the last row and Pop is a sheer sparkly champagne, Harajuku is a cool toned pink metallic. Danger is a really intense navy metallic. 1987 is a yellow gold metallic with much better pay-off than my picture shows. Blackout is a black matte.

The biggest disappointment of the palette is Pop. This is a really grainy glitter that has a tonne of fallout, much like Midnight Cowboy Rides Again and one that I probably won’t use even though it looks lovely in the pan. Harajuku also feels quite stiff in the pan and has a much more sheer pay off than one might expect. However, for a bright pink this is probably a good thing! The rest are all buttery soft, high quality shadows. The overall feel is a very wearable, neutral look with a couple of pops of colour and good smoky options. I also think that the navy Danger and the gold 1987 are still quite wearable shades, even if they seem a bit bold at first.

I know that a lot of people were surprised at how neutral the palette was, but this actually suits Gwen’s make up look perfectly – girl is all about the lipsticks! Overall, I think this is a beautiful, collectable palette and I am super happy to have it in my collection.

This palette is limited edition so snap it up quickly if you fancy it. Urban Decay will be adding to the Gwen Stefani collection with lipsticks and lip pencils, a blush palette (amazing) and a brow kit (strictly for blondies I think). The eyeshadow palette came with a set of 4 samples from the upcoming lipstick range so I’m excited to try those out. I will report back with my thoughts very soon.

What do you think of the UDxGwen offering? Were you a noughties ska kid too? I’m off to download No Doubt’s greatest hits now…

Not Another Beauty Haul

Beauty Haul

…it is actually another beauty haul. Sorry. I went on a bit of a shopping trip to Livingston Centre, which is exciting for me as it has a Wilko’s and a Poundland. Oh yeah, height of glamour over here! Let’s go to Wilko’s first:

Beauty Haul

I’ve heard good things about Essence so I decided to pick up a few different bits to try it out. The eyeshadows (‘Irresistible Vanilla Latte’ and ‘Irresistible Caramel Cream’) are both very pigmented and a definite winner. I love the colour combos for autumn. Oh, OK, all year round. I also somewhat randomly choose a glow in the dark nail polish. Yup, I needed that! But Halloween is fast approaching so I’m sure it’ll make an appearance. The lipstick I choose is a bright pink called ‘Colour Crush’:

Beauty Haul

Funnily enough, “crush” is fairly appropriate because when I got it home it was all squished up in the lid. Boo. Ladies, if it’s not plastic wrapped, check the inside! The colour applies brighter on the lips than I expected but it’s lovely, comfortable and lasts a decent length of time.

Beauty Haul

I picked these up in Poundland. Yey! I’ve been wanting to try the Revlon Parfumerie range since it came out and while these aren’t the shades I’ve been lusting after (‘Wintermint’, that’s you) I thought that for a quid each I might as well give them a go. ‘Surf Spray’ is my favourite, it looks great and smells awesome.

Barry M Gelly Nail Polish Autumn Shades

Next, I hit up Superdrug. The new Barry M Gellys were on 3 for 2 so of course I picked up three. I got ‘Cardamom’, ‘Paprika’ and ‘Mustard’. I’ll have a review of these and swatches up on Monday, so keep your peepers peeled.

Beauty Haul Beauty Haul

I spied the new Baby Lips Electro stand and was drawn to two shades – ‘Pink Shock’ and ‘Strike a Rose’. I’ve tried them only quickly and they have quite a good pigment. Not opaque, but they do add a sheen of colour and feel very moisturising. I really like them.

Beauty Haul Beauty Haul

And finally, I took an old eyeliner along to the Boots Benefit counter to take part in the liner swap. Basically, any liner (any brand) can be swapped for a sample of their They’re Real Push-up Liner. It’s a very small size, but it gives you an idea of the special nib applicator and of course the formula before you fork out for the full size. I actually have a Maybelline version of this, so I’ll be comparing the two in a post very soon. While there, I couldn’t resist picking up the Bene Balm. Although it’s not quite a pigmented as the Baby Lips (and about 3 times the price!), it feels heavenly on the lips and I am in love with the packaging.

OK, no more shopping for Ali! At least until the end of October. Maybe. What have you been buying recently?

Shopping My Stash – Berry Eyeshadow Shades

Berry EyeshadowSo if you saw my wishlist post last week, you’ll know that I’ve been lusting after the  Maybelline Colour Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in Metallic Pomegranate. But before I break the old spending ban, I thought I’d see if I already had any colours in my stash that might fill the gap.

17 Rose QuartzFirst up – 17 Solo Eyeshadow in ‘Rose Quartz’. Despite the name suggesting a pale pink colour, ‘Rose Quartz’ is a purpley toned metallic. Too pale to be a substitute for ‘Metallic Pomegranate’ but pretty all the same.

Sleek Storm Pallete Apologies for the messy palette but lets focus on the top right corner. This is the cranberry shade in Sleek’s ‘Storm’ palette (one of my all time faves). This is a dark, red shade that has enough brown tones in it to be very wearable.

Urban Decay Last CallPlease try to ignore the lushness that is ‘Smog’ there and focus your eyes on ‘Last Call’. This is the Urban Decay Book Of Shadows ‘New York’. It’s a truly beautiful palette – it even lights up! ‘Last Call’ is a cheeky plum shade that, like all UD shadows, is lovely, soft and easily blendable.

Fearne Cotton Made you lookLastly, Fearne Cotton’s make up line for Boots included this ‘Made you Look, Made you Stare’ palette that includes a bright cranberry red. Slightly less metallic than the other offerings, but a good shade. 

Cranberry eyeshadow swatchesHere they are swatched on the hand. Top to bottom: 17; Sleek; Urban Decay; Fearne Cotton. The Fearne Cotton one is extremely powdery, hence the mess!

On to the winner! My top pick is the Sleek shadow. It is metallic, it’s definitely a pomegranate/cranberry shade, and it is a great quality shadow.

However, the eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that none of theses shadows are cream based so none can be described as ‘dupes’. Guess I do need the genuine article after all then.