Damn, Gwen! Back at it Again with the Urban Decay Lipsticks!

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Okay, I know I’m showing my age when I reference viral videos from a few months ago as if they’re still topical ?. I just couldn’t pass up that title!

 

It puts me in a good mood to get a great deal on makeup. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of BOGO 50% off drugstore lipsticks, but it still gives me a thrill to find luxury beauty on a Maybelline budget.

 

With the fast-approaching arrival of Urban Decay’s new Alice in Wonderland launch (coming May 2nd), some of the Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani products went on sale to clear shelf space for all the newness headed our way. Amongst the clearance were the lipsticks, liners, blush palette, and brow powder duo. As far as I’m aware, the eyeshadow palette will remain on shelves, at least for a while.

Since I had already purchased a couple of the products, I picked up the two lipsticks that I’d been eyeing since the second part of the Gwen Stefani collab launched.

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Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani – The Blush Palette


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The partnership continues! In case you missed it, I reviewed the Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette after its December launch, and this blush palette is my newest purchase from the Urban/Gwen collaboration.

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Gwen X Urban Decay

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Who else is SO excited about this collaboration? Raise your hands!

 

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of this palette ever since Wende and Gwen started releasing details. They really are a dream team – punk, alternative, and color-outside-the lines fun. Now, finally, here it is! The palette is heavier and more substantial than I imagined it’d be. The packaging itself is a modern piece of pop art, with black polka dots on a white face, surrounded by golden accents.

 

The color selection inside really surprised me, I have to say. I love a healthy mix of matte and shimmer finishes, so no complaints here about that. What I did find strange (along with pretty much everyone else) is the abundance of neutrals. Gwen Stefani is not exactly known for being muted! For the most part, they’re also really light neutrals.. Great for me, but not so much for anyone that has real life pigment in their skin. I respect Gwen for choosing colors that actually work for her, but come on – it’s easy for us to blend down a dark shade, but how is someone with medium-deep skin supposed to make these brighter?

 

That being said, there are a couple colors here I’m already obsessed with. Serious is SO pretty! I LOVE a cool grey with some glitter. Steady, Baby, and Pop are all right up my alley, too. Anything I can sweep on my lids to get out the door (without too much blending) is really always a go-to. But as much as I craved more color from this palette, I have to say that I don’t see Harajuku or 1987 getting much love from me in the future. They’re too crayola-bright, and lack the depth that make vibrant jewel-toned shades like Danger so wearable. However, 2/15 colors is nothing to cry about, and I’m sure the other colors will keep me reaching for this beauty quite often.

 

Another minor touch I loved was the inclusion of a card in the packaging. It included 4 samples of upcoming lip shades that will be released soon as part of Gwen and Urban’s continued collaboration. I thought it was a brilliant touch to ensure the continued success of the collection. There’s No Doubt that this partnership is a perfect pairing!