Yawn, celebrity collaborations are so ovah, amirite? Well, no, actually, I was so happy when this appeared on my doorstep last week that I actually did a little clap in the hallway. I need to get out more, I know. Now, I have to admit, that I’m not, particularly, a fan of Gwen Stefani (and I could name two, maybe, No Doubt songs, if I was pressed), but I do know her makeup style quite well, and I like it a lot. Well, I would, as it is based on my own, being mostly neutral eyes, and a strong, bright lipcolour. This palette encompasses that look beautifully – though you’ll have to supply your own lipstick …
The packaging is a great – strong graphic black and white, with antique gold edging, it’s actually rather misleading in terms of the contents, for they are not as “in your face” as the box leads you to expect:
It’s a palette of neutrals with a couple of pops of bright colours and a few deeps for lining. It’s skewed very pale, however, and, whilst this made my heart sing (all the Urban Decay Naked palettes have been either too warm, and/or dark for me – so I don’t use any of them), it’ll be a huge problem for a lot of warmer-toned, and darker-skinned people than me, I think.
There are mattes, shimmers, satins and glitters, nine neutrals (yay!), three deeps, three “pop” shades and if you’re as pale as me, it’ll make you very happy indeed. I’ve seen a lot of talk on other websites complaining that it is “boring”, but I think it’s actually hugely versatile – and, it looks exactly how I would have expected, though I’d have thought there would have been more contour shades. But, if you’re pale, which I am, it’s great.
Top Row (l-r)
Blonde – a very pale matte gold
Bathwater – pale shimmering wheat
Skimp – extremely pale peach
Steady – shimmering cool peach
Punk – matte blackened burgundy
Middle Row (l-r)
Baby – warm pale taupe
Anaheim – matte slightly-greyed flesh tone (my favourite!)
Stark – Matte peach
Zone – warm matte taupe
Serious – glittery dark grey
Bottom row (l-r)
Pop – glittery peach
Harajuku – cool baby-pink satin
Danger – dark blue satin
1987 – glittering green-gold
Blackout – soft black.
My sample came complete with a little card with four bubbles of “UD Gwen Stefani Lipstick” samples on, which I am – possibly – even more excited about than I am the eyeshadows! There’s no information re the lipsticks available, but the eyeshadow palette will be released on November 22nd, and will cost £40. There’s a waiting list you can put your name on for it on the Urban Decay website – I predict a sell-out very quickly.
The Fine Print: PR Sample