For Christmas this year, I was very lucky to be given by my husband the Gwen Stefani Palette by Urban Decay. Of course, as a true makeup junkie, the fist thing I did after taking my shower on Christmas day was playing with this little beauty. And I have to say, this is a very well made palette with an amazing assortment of colors that are all very pigmented. Plus, the packaging is pretty amazing, one of the best of all Urban Decay palettes in my opinion.
The Packaging : The palette itself is made of plastic. You might think that it sounds a bit cheap, but the palette actually feels very sturdy in hand. The gold finish is a nice touch and the plate where the name of the palette is ties everything together. The closing and opening of the palette is made possible thanks to a very handy magnet system that makes this particular palette very easy to handle (how nice is it to be able to open your palette without ruining your nail polish ?). There is also a big mirror inside which is pretty common to all Urban Decay palettes.
The Shadows : There is 15 eyeshadows in the palette. As I have said earlier in the review, the way the colors have been chosen and put together is absolutely brilliant because very versatile. From very neutral to very bright shades, this palette will please everyone. All these eyeshadows are very buttery and pigmented and easy to blend.
"Blonde" is a light shimmery shade with pink undertones and is a perfect highlighting shade. "Bathwater" is a champagne with a beautiful frosty finish. "Skimp" is a neutral very light shade with a very slight shimmer to it, perfect for the brow bone. "Steady" is a light copper shimmery shade. "Punk" is a very deep bordeaux colors that I've been loving applying on the lower lash line. "Baby" is a light pinky shimmery shade. "Anaheim" is a very nice light neutral brown, perfect to blend in the crease. "Stark" is a matte flesh toned shadow, perfect to prepare the lid before a smokey eye. "Zone" is a slightly warmer and darker brown than Anaheim, but also perfect for the crease. "Serious" is a matte dark grey, perfect to intensify the outer corners or to create a smokey eye. "Pop" is a glittery pink eyeshadow. Used with a fixing spray, it would make a beautiful party eyeshadow. "Harajuku" can seam to be the brightest shadow in the palette, but once applied it is actually not that intense. It is a shimmery/glittery baby pink that can be applied very lightly for a very subtle wash of pink or that can be layered for a brighter look. "Danger" is an amazing beautiful deep shimmery blue that I can totally picture in a smokey eye. "1987" is a yellowy gold, perfect for this time of the year. To finish off, "Blackout" is a matte black shadow, very pigmented and very very matte.
So this palette is the perfect palette to achieve any look you want, from the more natural to the more out-there. It is quickly becoming my go to palette, since I can use it whatever mood I am in. If you haven't checked it out, I would really recommend to go to Sephora and see for yourself. This palette is definitely a little gem.