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Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay Palette

I wasn't really going to purchase this, at the time, but when I went shopping after Christmas they only had the five left in my local Debenhams. I was pushed into buying this instead of the original Naked palette with phrases such as 'limited edition' and 'you can get the Naked palette anytime!" 

The palette itself feels very sturdy, like I could take it travelling and not have to worry about any of the shadows smashing. The golden edging detail with the black polka dots make the palette look quite edgy and modern. The inside reveals a nice oversized mirror with a cute little quote in the corner.

There are fifteen eyeshadows in total; the majority are a warm neutral tone but there are a few pops of colour. The first five shadows are: Blonde, Bathwater, Skimp, Steady and Punk. Blonde is a very pale beige shade with a pinkish iridescent shimmer to it. With it being so pale I really had to dig my brush into it to achieve any type of pigmentation. Bathwater is a bolder yellow beige with a subtle metallic finish. It was also quite hard to get a full colour out of, but much easier than Blonde. Skimp is a light peachy colour which, similar to Blonde, was very hard to swatch and require much layering. Steady is a warm rose-golden shade with a metallic finish. One of the shades that I favour in this whole palette.

The middle five shades are: Baby, Anaheim, Stark, Zone and Serious. Baby is a soft baby pink colour with a subtle metallic finish. Anaheim is a light taupe-brown shade that has a matte finish. While it is not a totally unique shade, it is one of my most used in the palette. Stark is a pinkish toned nude shade which is very basic and good for using all over the eye as a base eyeshadow.  Zone is a warm toned light chocolate brown colour that has a matte finish. Serious is a smokey grey shade that has little shimmers in it.

The last five shades are: Pop, Harajuku, Danger, 1987 and Blackout. Pop is a soft coral, with a hint of pink, that has a metallic finish. This is another one of my favourite shades in the palette.  Harajuku is a bright barbie pink colour with a shimmery finish. Unless you pack it on heavily, I find that the pigmentation does not live up to the colour in the pan. Danger is a deep navy blue shade that has a matte finish, but with micro-glitter in it. 1987 is a bright, antique yellow gold colour with a super metallic finish. Blackout is a basic true dark black shadow that has a matte finish to it.

I have taken extensive time trying out and testing this palette; moving onto other things before coming back a few months later. I just don't know what to say: I thought that I'd really love it. The whole palette was just largely underwhelming. There are some good colours in this palette, but nothing too inspiring. I'll continue to use it, but it is one of the few products that I have buyer's regret over.

Tell me: am I the only one that felt this palette was a disappointment?

Louise x x


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