If the Urban Decay Vice 4 palette isn’t your thing, then let me introduce to you the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani palette! Created in collaboration with Gwen Stefani, the UD x Gwen (C$70) palette is a great combination of everyday wearable neutrals with your pop and jewel tones.
First off is the packaging. I was extremely impressed with the quality of the packaging – the black and white design at the front of the case is a white plastic overlay with round cutouts, with black underneath. The 3D design is covered over with clear plastic, and finished off with a vintage gold plaque with the palette name. The closure is magnetic, and very well made so it won’t open on you randomly. The entire case feels hefty, but not heavy, just with enough weight to feel substantial and luxurious.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with the colours because Urban Decay has done so many nude palette already. I was thoroughly impressed with the different finishes in the palette, although if you already have one (or more) go-to neutral palettes, this one might show some repeats or similar shades. All of the shades, with the exception of Skimp, Stark, and Blackout, were created by Gwen to go into this palette, but despite this, a neutral is a neutral is a neutral. To me, the thing that differentiates this palette with other neutral palettes is the addition of the third row, which is the jewel and pop shades.
My general sense is that the neutrals in this palette lean quite warm, which was my problem with the original Naked palette. I felt that the shades look a bit muddy on my skintone, where I prefer cooler, or more neutral-toned neutral shades (something like the Shu Uemura Shu:Palette or Lise Watier Rivages palette). It’s not as warm as the original Naked palette though, so it still works on my skintone.
The texture of these eyeshadows though is just incredible. They are extremely creamy for a powder, have amazing sticking power, not very much powdery fallout (unlike the original Naked palette), and wear extremely well – no primer required!
First row – mostly shimmery, pale shades that are sheerer than the rest of the palette, with the exception of Punk
- Blonde – pale beige w/pink iridescent shift.
- Bathwater – pale beige w/gold pearl.
- Skimp – pale nude satin.
- Steady – medium rose w/metallic gold shift.
- Punk – reddish brown matte.
Second row – mostly matte warm neutral
- Baby – cool metallic rose.
- Anaheim – light taupe-brown matte.
- Stark – nude-pink matte.
- Zone – medium brown matte.
- Serious – smoky gray w/iridescent floating pearl
Third row – the jewel and pop shades
- Pop – pale coral w/iridescent sparkle.
- Harajuku – metallic blue-pink w/iridescent micro-shimmer.
- Danger – deep metallic royal blue w/blue micro-sparkle.
- 1987 – bright metallic yellow-gold.
- Blackout – blackest black matte.
Ever since I’ve started watching Charlotte Tilbury videos, I’ve become obsessed with that extra pop shade that’s usually a creamy glitter that goes over top the rest of your eye makeup. Pop and Harajuku are both glittery shades that look great layered over the middle of the eyelid for a pop of glimmer. This palette has that great combination of everyday wearables with your not-so-everyday pop of colour.
I know that you’ve had a lot of neutral palettes stuffed down your throats already this year, but this one is another one to consider. Like I said before, the differentiator is that last row of pop jewel colours. Personally, while I probably won’t buy this because I really don’t need any more neutral palettes (I’m trying to de-stash at the moment), if you are one who is just looking into buying a neutral palette, the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani palette is definitely a strong contender for your dime.