Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette: Review & Swatches

When I saw this limited edition eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay Cosmetics in collaboration with Gwen Stefani, there were definitely a few heart-faced emojis happening. I'm definitely a neutrals gal, and have quite a few neutral palettes already, but I was intrigued by this particular release since it also included several bright jewel tones. There has been a lot of talk around this palette, and I have heard both positive and negative comments so I thought I'd share my review and then let you decide for yourselves if this shiny little thing is worth the cash.





Urban Decay Cosmetics x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Review


The Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette was released on boxing day here in Australia and is available exclusively through Mecca Maxima for the steep price of $95 AUD. The palette contains 15 eyeshadows varying from beiges, to browns and taupes to brighter jewel tones and containing both matte and satin/shimmer textures. I actually purchased my palette using the site Shop and Box and I got someone from their service to purchase it for me from Sephora.com as it was released much earlier in the US. I would say with the conversion and price of shipping to Australia, I probably paid about $80 for the palette, so not too far off the Mecca price.



Urban Decay Cosmetics x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Review


The packaging is very unique and lux. Although this point has been a but controversial, with some saying they love it and others hating it and thinking it looks cheap, I personally really love the packaging and it appeals to me as very classy and beautiful. It is sturdy, with a built-in magnetic closure, yet it isn't too heavy and would be suitable for travel.

Urban Decay Cosmetics x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Review


The texture and pigmentation of the palette has also gotten polarised views. Some say they find the palette unpigmented while others like myself can attest to it being quite pigmented and the shadows are buttery and smooth. I found some shades were more pigmented than others, but overall the quality is what you would expect from Urban Decay.

The swatches are below are with 2-3 swipes, dry with no primer.

Urban Decay Cosmetics x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Review
Blonde, Bathwater, Skimp, Steady, Punk


Urban Decay Cosmetics x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Review
Baby, Anaheim, Stark, Zone, Serious


Urban Decay Cosmetics x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Review
Pop, Harajuku, Danger, 1987, Blackout


I wish there was a little more variety in the neutral shades, since some of the highlights and beiges come off quite similar (Skimp and Stark, Baby and Pop), however I do like all of the colours and have easily incorporated them into my makeup routine. The bright shades allow you to add a pop of colour to your look, such as your lower lash line without having to switch out for another palette. The shades blend out with ease, making it a great everyday palette where you can use just two shades and get a lovely eyeshadow look. Below is a look I created using Zone, Anaheim and Blonde.



Urban Decay Cosmetics x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Review

Urban Decay Cosmetics x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Review


Overall, I don't necessarily think this palette is a must-have if you already own some of the UD Naked Palettes and perhaps a Vice Palette that contains some similar bright shades, but if you don't already have these colours in your collection the palette would be a welcome addition. The price is pretty steep, probably because this is a limited edition release but I am happy I picked this up and will continue to use mine!




Do you own this palette? Will you be picking it up? 
What is your favourite palette from Urban Decay?

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