29 January 2016

Danger Zone | Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette

When I saw on trendmood1 an Instagram photo of a palette, which Gwen Stefani, aka my sister *coughing*, collaborated with Urban Decay, I went NUTS! The colours were all beautiful. It's a classical look, which Gwen would wear or had worn in the past. I didn't take much notice of the pigmentation of the eyeshadow for I am a HUGE HUGE fan of No Doubt. 

Some of you might not know her but way before back before she did her solo music... She was in a band called No doubt & her most hit song back in the late 90's was "DON'T SPEAK". Can you recall now? Let's get started with the palette, shall we?

The Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette is a limited edition, retailing for AUD$95.  This is the first time ever Urban Decay collaborated with a celebrity to create an eyeshadow palette which makes this collaboration a unique one. What made me more ecstatic was knowing that Gwen's collaboration with UD was not merely on the surface. Gwen took part in creating 12 eyeshadow colours and  designing the palette but of course UD gave a helping hand on the formulation. 

The palette features 15 eyeshadow where 12 of them were picked by Gwen herself and the other 3 eyeshadows were from UD eyeshadow permanent line

Here are my swatches from the palette; 

-Top Row-

#Gwen is a ’Blonde’ ~ described as a pale beige with pink iridescent shade.

#Bathwater is a song from No doubt album ~ described a pale beige with pearly gold warm undertones.

#Skimp is a fav of Gwen’s from UD ~ described as a pale nude satin.

#Steady is named after the No Doubt album ~ described as a medium rose with metallic sheen in it.

#Punk is a music genre where Gwen first started her band ~ described a reddish brown matte finish.

-Middle Row-

#Baby is a homage to her fashion line L.A.M.B ~ described as a cool metallic rose with a sparkling finish in it.

#Anaheim is where Gwen grew up ~ described as a light taupe brown matte finish.

#Stark is a fav of Gwen’s from UD ~ described as a light-nude pink matte finish.

#Zone is a song after Danger Zone ~ described as a medium brown matte finish.

#Serious is one of Gwen’s song ~ described as an iridescent smoky grey with a shimmer in it.

-Bottom Row-

#Pop is her current music genre ~ described as a peachy beige with iridescent shimmer in it.

#Harajuku is one of Gwen’s style influences ~ described as a blue-pink metallic iridescent shimmer in it.

#Danger is a royal blue metallic sheen shade.

#1987 is the year NO DOUBT were formed ~ described as a metallic bright yellow-gold shade

#Blackout is Gwen’s fav black shade and is a blackest black matte shade.

After swatching all the colours I decided to do a makeup look using the boldest colours from the palette. DANGER is the main colour for this eye look.  I hope you like how I created this look. I am surprised by the pigmentation as I tried using 'danger' on a customer and it's pretty chalky but I was awe-struck to see how even & non chalky this danger was! See for yourself, hokey. I didn't use any spray to make 'danger' so beautiful. The best way to apply 'danger' by using a synthetic brush. It picks up the pigment way way better!  

Overall, I love all the colours except for POP. I find that POP is so hard to work with. I tried a few techniques using POP but it just didn't work. I would love to know your thoughts if you have used POP from the UD Gwen's palette.

So, what do you think of my eye shadow look that I have created? Have you tried the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette? Share with me your thoughts, guys :) xx