Firstly I am a massive fan of the cosmetics made and created by Urban Decay – I believe them to deliver high quality make-up with beautiful packaging too! Now the last time I was excited about a product release from Urban Decay was of course for their Naked Smoky eye palette, which I have also reviewed if you are interested! – Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette. When I discovered that Gwen Stefani had created a palette in collaboration with Urban Decay, I’ll be honest I didn’t really know what to think, as I almost expected the palette to be very vibrant, full of colour and with that, a palette that wouldn’t really be to my taste, or as us British like to say ‘not my cup of tea’! BUT I am pleased to say that I was pleasantly surprised. This palette actually offers a lot of nude shades; including pinks, creams, light champagne tones, beige’s and a few warm tones also.
In my opinion this palette is absolutely stunning – the design is very fashion focused with inside the eyeshadows being a decent size, nicely laid out and displayed. There is also a huge rectangular mirror on the inside of the lid, making this a perfect companion for travel.
Taken with flash on
Please remember that these as swatches are quite intense, and can once on the eyes can be softened with a blending brush!
Taken without flash
Out of the two pictures above I would personally say that the palette taken WITH the flash ON is the better representative of what this palette actually looks like, but of course some people like to see both versions, so I didn’t see the harm in including both in this blog post.
Just like the Naked palettes by Urban Decay I love the quality of these eyeshadows. They are of course very creamy and give a very good pigmented colour. One thing that I really love about Urban Decay eyeshadows is there blend-ability (is that a word?), these blend beautifully on the eyes allowing you to create some really lovely smoky eye looks, but also I love that this palette has a good mixture of both matte and shimmer shades.
As I say this palette includes a lot of casual and simplistic shades; from nudes, light shimmers, champagne tones, beige undertones and the odd few warm tones also. With that also however there are a few more vibrant shades – with those being the pink ‘Harajuku’ and the bright shimmery blue ‘Danger’ – These two shades aren’t colours that I would usually choose to wear but with knowing the quality of these eyeshadows I may have to give each one a try at some point.
Overall I really like this palette and find myself reaching to it a lot each morning. I of course just own the Naked and Smoky palettes by Urban Decay at the moment so in terms of the shades I don’t know if colours like this are available in the Naked 2 and Naked 3 – that is something that you would perhaps have to research further to see if you are getting good value for money. However in a way I don’t believe owning a palette like this is always down to it’s value, I mean this palette is £40 so it is fairly expensive as eyeshadows go but with knowing the quality of Urban Decay and that it is a higher make-up brand I took the gamble, and in this instance, for me it paid of as I really love using this and find it a new essential in my make-up collection. You can also create A LOT of different looks with this palette, so it is very versatile.
I’d love to hear what you think of this palette and looks that you have created with using it. please let me know on either of my social media’s or in the comments below.
Thank you for reading!
Love Jess x