21 March 2016

Urban Decay Cosmetics x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette: Review & Swatches

Another day, another blush palette ... but this particular palette is super pretty and limited edition! The words every makeup lover is afraid to hear because they have to ask themselves, "Do I need it?". I've finally had a chance to play around with this palette, and after a few weeks of testing I thought I would give you my full thoughts here on Bows & Pleats so you can decide if you are going to drop $82 AUD on this new and shiny blush palette from Urban Decay, in collaboration with Gwen Stefani. I've already done a full review of the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette here, if you're interested.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette Swatches Review

The Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette is a gorgeous palette with a matching design to the eyeshadow palette, except an all white and gold casing instead of the previous gold/black/white design of the eyeshadow palette. The blush palette feels sleek, with a secure magnetic closure and equally sturdy design so it would be easy to travel with and also includes a mirror for convenience. The mirror has some gold overlay text in the bottom right hand corner that reads "Magic in the Makeup", exactly the same as the eyeshadow palette.

Urban Decay Cosmetics and Gwen Stefani Blush Palette Swatches Review

The palette holds six shades, a combination of blushes, bronzers and highlight shades. Each pan contains 0.09 oz of product. For reference, a single Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Powder Blush contains 0.23 oz and cost $42 AUD each here in Australia. So essentially you are getting a little less than half of a full sized blush in each pan, but you get to try six limited edition shades for less than the price of buying two full sized blushes from UD.

The Urban Decay Afterglow blush formula is designed to go on sheer, and be built up to the desired pigmentation. Personally, I find blushes that are too pigmented way more difficult to work with so I really like the formula and find these are extremely easy to blend out, and layer really well on the cheeks.

In terms of shade selection, it would have been nice to see a light and dark bronzer shade, since lo-fi probably won't be dark enough for medium-dark skintones as a bronzer or contour. Urban Decay actually describe the palette as having one bronzer shade, lo-fi, and one highlight shade OC. I actually think Angel makes a gorgeous highlight shade as well since it is a light golden champagne shimmer. It would have been nice to see the light pink shade (cherry) or the rose shade (easy), as a matte finish to allow for a greater variety of matte and shimmer formulas. I personally love blushes with shimmer because I think they add a nice glow to the skin but I can see this being a concern or con for others who might be wondering if they should purchase this palette.

From L-R: Cherry, Easy, Angel, Lo-Fi, Hush, OC

The shades in this palette include:
Cherry - Light pink satin
Easy - Deep rose with gold shimmer
Angel - Champagne-nude shimmer
Lo-Fi - Soft bronze matte
Hush - Medium pink with gold shimmer
OC - Soft pink with peach shift (duochrome)

I have a light-medium skintone and I find this palette works well for me overall. I can use lo-fi as a bronzer or contour without any issues. I really like using both angel and OC as highlight shades, and OC would also make a gorgeous eyeshadow with it's duochrome properties. I also really like layering hush and cherry together as a custom blush shade. I do really like the fact that like many other face palettes these days, Urban Decay have included bronzer, highlight and blush so it cuts down on what you need to bring if you are traveling somewhere.

Overall, I am really happy I bought this palette. I definitely think if you are a big fan of natural peachy, rose gold blushes and highlights that you would enjoy this palette. I can't tell you with total certainty that this is a 100% necessary purchase, because chances are if you have other blush palettes you probably have similar shades but I feel like hush and OC are pretty unique to my collection. The palette is quite expensive here in Australia, so it might even be worth looking into shipping it from the US ($45 USD on the Sephora website) or getting a friend or family member to pick it up for you if they are overseas.

I'm happy with my purchase and I'll definitely be putting it to good use!
Do you have the Gwen Stefani Blush Palette? What do you think of it?

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