Guest Post by Silverkis: Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

Today’s guest post includes two easy tutorials that are just in time for the upcoming Valentine’s Day! I have known Linda for at least a year now and, despite our age gap, had managed to bond over the months through our girly chit chats and occasional drinks. Having always looked up to her for her in-depth knowledge on beauty products and her love for eyeshadows (playing with 5 colours at a time 0.0), I felt that she was in the best position to review one of my favourite eyeshadow palette to date! Being a massive fan of Gwen Stefani since her “No Doubt” days, it is of course every fan girls’ dream to own a palette with each colour thoughtfully picked by Gwen herself, to recreate her signature looks. I love how it has a good mix of Naked x Vice but I shall not spoil it any further for you…

Hello! This is Linda from Silverkis’ World, and I’m really honored to be able to guest post here today! Gwen Stefani was someone I really admired in my youth, I loved the music of No Doubt, and of course who can forget Hollaback Girl?!  I love her spunky style, even if a little kitschy at times she manages to pull it off.  When I saw that Urban Decay was releasing an eyeshadow palette inspired by Gwen Stefani, I could not think of a more perfect match.  So I was really excited to be able to give the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette a go thanks to Alene, and have created a fun date-night look in time for Valentines’ Day!

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette contains 15 full-sized eyeshadows, 12 of which are brand new.  The eyeshadows are housed in a compact palette that has cool golden metallic accents.

The palette comprises of mainly neutral shades with a few pops of colour, making it a very everyday useable palette with the capacity for some fun as well.  There is also a good mix of matte, satin and shimmer shades in this palette.

There is also a good range of light and dark shades and plenty in between to suit lots of skin tones.  And swatches of the top row are:

Blonde is a light ivory with a hint of pink and a frosted finish
Bathwater is a slightly sheer pale yellow gold with a frosted finish
Skimp is a light peach with a satin finish.  This is also slightly sheer although buildable.
Steady is a medium peach-copper with a metallic finish
Punk is a dark reddish brown with a matte finish

Swatches of the 2nd row are:

Baby is a medium rosy-copper with a metallic finish
Anaheim is a medium brown with a matte finish
Stark is a light nude beige with a matte finish.  It has good pay-off, but is so close to my skin-tone it does not show up.
Zone is a medium-dark brown with a matte finish
Serious is a dark smokey grey with some sparse multicoloured shimmers that does not really translate on the skin

Here is a close up look at Serious:

And swatches of the bottom row:

Pop is a sheer light peach with a shimmery finish
Harajuku is a sheer pink with shimmery finish
Danger is a dark blackened blue with sparse light blue shimmers
1987 is a bright antique gold with a metallic finish
Blackout is a matte black with good intensity and is very smooth

So, for a date night look, I thought it’d be fun to inject some colour into a smokey eye, and played around with Danger and Blackout.  Here is the resultant look!

And for a close-up on the eye look:

For this eye look, I started with Blackout on the outer corner, followed by Danger all over the lid.  Thereafter, I used some Pop to blend out the crease, and added Bathwater to under the brow bone for highlight.  Pop on the inner corner, followed by Danger to line the bottom lash line.

Just in case that was too much blue for you, here is another play on the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette which is also wearable for work.

For this look, I used Bathwater as a base all over the lid, followed by Punk on the outer corner.  Steady in the middle of the lid, and Zone to blend out the crease.  To finish, I lined my lower lash line with Danger, and used a black liquid liner on the upper lash line winging out for a bit more definition and drama.  And a closer look at the eye makeup:

I’m really pleased with the intensity of the colours in this Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette, and all the shades were incredibly easy to blend. However, I had a lot of problems with creasing and fading, and a good primer was necessary to keep things in place.  I also had some problems with fallout with some of the shimmer shades.  But at SGD85 for 18gm of product, it is incredible value for money.  There is enough here for the nude lovers, and some fun pops of colours for versatility.  And I’m in love with the packaging!  This is limited edition, so do check it out while you can!

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