|Blonde, Bathwater, Skimp, Steady, Punk|
|Baby, Anaheim, Stark, Zone, Serious|
|Pop, Harajuku, Danger, 1987, Blackout|
Not even one week has passed, and I'm already in love with another UD eyeshadow palette. Last week, it was Vice 4, and this week, it's the UD x Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette, a collaboration which just feels right - Gwen Stefani is a makeup icon for many, and I for one have always admired her style. The sturdy, chunky plastic palette is a simple yet striking affair, all gold and monochrome, with a lovely big mirror accented with a very relevant No Doubt song name - The Magic's In The Makeup.
The palette comes with four samples of the Gwen Stefani lipstick collection - which seems to be coming later than the eyeshadow palette, because I can find no information on it whatsoever. Still, that dot of 714 looks pretty striking, as does the richness of Rock Steady. I can only imagine that the lipstick range will incorporate plenty of rich, striking reds - right up my street.
One of the things I love about this palette is the number of matte shades included in it. Five out of the fifteen shades are matte, ranging from Stark, a peachy pink matte, to Blackout, the ever-present matte black shade UD include in most of their palettes. Anaheim, a cool taupe brown; Zone, a basic medium brown; and Punk, a deep reddish brown complete the set - perfect for a matte contoured eye. Serious, a smoky brown-toned grey, isn't listed as a matte shade - it's apparently got iridescent floating pearl, whatever that means - but it looks like a matte to me, so I'm counting it as a bonus sixth matte shade.
Alongside the matte-ness is the usual UD selection of satin, metallic, and glittery shades. The highlights for me are Steady, a pretty rose gold metallic; Skimp, a pale champagne satin; and Danger, a deep sapphire blue which, alongside Harajuku's clean, cool pink, provides a pop of colour in an otherwise very neutral palette.
As you'd expect from UD, every shade is buttery soft and super blendable, as well as carrying a good amount of pigment. Whilst you probably don't need this palette if you're a die hard UD fan - there are many shades which are close to others in the range, regardless of what UD say about most being unique - you'll quite probably want it. And why not? It's a well curated palette of very usable nude shades, with a few pops of colour thrown in for good measure. Find it from the 22nd November on the Urban Decay website, where it costs £40.
Disclosure: PR sample
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