I don’t know about you guys but when Urban Decay announced their collaboration with Gwen Stefani, I got so so excited. I was a bit disappointed by the eye shadow palette, but I knew I needed the blush palette. The second it launched on UD’s website, I was on it. I have been playing with this for a few weeks now so I thought I would share my thoughts on it.
Urban Decay nailed it on the packaging of this product. The white and gold is totally my style, it’s cute but in a chic kind of way. It is a little on the thick side, but it’s also pretty sturdy so I think that’s a fair trade off. I especially love the metal plate logo, it’s such a nice touch. As a side note, this has a huge mirror the the top/lid can be rested flat, major points for this UD!
I think there are pros and cons to the shades chosen for this palette. First off, these blushes are all super soft and highly pigmented so that’s a huge win for me. However with that being said, I don’t necessarily agree with some of the shade choices for this palette. Now obviously Gwen Stefani has super fair skin and the shades in this palette are definitely created for light skin. Even though the palette is a collab with Gwen, I feel like they should have included colours that were still in line with her style that were more versatile. Some of these shades would never work on medium to deep skin tones, which I think is pretty unfair. I will go shade by shade next, but definitely this is something I noticed and to keep in mind if you considered purchasing this palette.
The first shade in the top left is called Cherry. This is a super light baby pink shade. Although pigmented, this shade is pretty limited to fair to light skin. I don’t typically reach for shades as cool toned as this, as I think warmer blushes look better on me. Of course, even though it’s not my style it’s still a good quality blush. Not super original, but nice.
The next shade in this palette is called Easy. This a deeper cherry pink shade with gold shimmer. This shade is one that I do think has a little more versatility, but it doesn’t scream Gwen to me. With her signature red lip, I just can’t picture her wearing this. I don’t have a lot of shades like this one, so I think I need to play with this one more.
Angel is the highlight shade in the palette. It’s a champagne gold shade with soft gold shimmer throughout. I was kind of expecting this to be lighter since Gwen is so fair. It does work as a highlight on me even though it’s a little darker than I would normally go for, but I prefer it as a blush topper. This could definitely work on medium and deeper skin tones and fair can use as a blush topper, so I do think this shade is more versatile.
The next shade in the palette is the bronzer shade. I definitely appreciate that they included a bronzer with the blushes because it makes this super travel friendly. With that being said, I do think the shade choice here is odd. This shade is very warm, which sometimes can lean orange on pale skin like Gwen’s. I personally don’t mind warm bronzers and I don’t think this looks orange on me so don’t have an issue with this shade, but it definitely won’t be flattering on everyone or a shade that everyone likes.
This shade is by far my favourite in the palette. It’s a shimmery neutral pink-peach. I reach for neutral blushes the majority of the time which is probably why I like this so much. With that being said, this wouldn’t be very good for deeper skin tones, it would likely be more of a highlight. But on my skin tone this shade made the palette worth it for me.
The last shade in the palette is called OC and it’s a light, true peach shade. I do enjoy warm blushes and this is a great mixing shade for me. Since it’s more satin and the rest of the blushes are shimmery, this is a great way to neutralize shimmery blushes. On it’s own, I don’t think this shade is going to work for a lot of people. It has a lot of yellow in it, which might be more difficult to pull off in my opinion rather than if it was peach with red or pink in it. On dark skin I have a feeling this would look ashy.
In all, I’m on the fence about this product. The shades are highly pigmented and incredibly soft, but some of the shade choices don’t make sense to me. Some are just not versatile to a wide range of consumers and others just don’t seem like they would be Gwen Stefani’s style. This is definitely a special collab and if you’re a Gwen fan it might be worth checking out. Hush definitely made this palette worth it for me, so I’m glad I picked it up, but I do wish some of the other shades selected were different. This is the Afterglow blush formula that UD already has in their permanent line so if anything I’m definitely going to check out some of their other shades since I really enjoy the formula of these.
If you have tried this palette, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Bye for now!