Of all the collections and collaborations that Urban Decay has released, the Gwen Stefani collection has to be my favourite. Between the gorgeous packaging, great shade selections and dreamy formulas, I was totally sold as soon as I first saw the collection on Instagram. I was very lucky to receive the Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette (review) as a Christmas present and I’m now even luckier to have been given the Gwen Stefani Blush Palette as a birthday gift from my lovely fiancé. I’ve since had a couple of weeks to play about with this palette, and I really do believe that it is a must-have!
As always I’ll start with the packaging which is extremely similar to the eyeshadow palette’s polka design – the only difference being that the blush palette is primarily white and gold whereas the eyeshadow palette is black and gold. I’m a massive fan of this simple design as I think it’s really classy, and what’s even better is that the palettes are made from a very sturdy plastic so you don’t need to worry about anything falling apart. The palette also features a nice big mirror with the famous ‘magic’s in the makeup’ printed in the corner, and I think the mirror alone makes this palette great for travelling.
Inside the palette you will find six powders, all of which were specially chosen with Gwen’s glowing and contoured skin in mind. It’ll come as no surprise that these powders feature the same buttery and easy-to-work-with formula found with all Urban Decay powders, and I love just how pigmented yet blendable each and every powder is. There is a lovely mix of mattes and shimmers in there, as well as providing options for blusher, bronzer and highlighter – another plus for all you travellers out there!
The shades included in the Gwen Stefani Blush Palette are:
Cherry – “light pink satin”. Cherry is a cool toned light pink with an almost matte finish and is one that I find to be very natural looking on my fair skin as it gives a lovely flush to the cheeks.
Easy – “deep rose with gold shimmer”. This plummy pink shade with golden shimmer may look like more of an A/W colour, but it’s one that I’ve been wearing so much already and can see me wearing in the warmer months too.
Angel – “champagne-nude shimmer”. Angel is a bit of a hybrid shade for me as I like to wear it as both a highlighter and blush, and it makes a lovely change from pink on the days when I want something a little bit different.
Lo-Fi – “soft bronze matte”. This matte bronzer really is fab for fair skin – it’s not too dark or muddy on the skin and defines the cheekbones without looking too harsh. I can see this being a staple for me in the summer.
Hush – “medium pink with gold shimmer”. Hush is quite an unusual one as I’d describe it as more of a coppery pink shade, and I can’t stress enough how easy it is to wear. My cheeks have never looked more glowing!
OC – “soft pink with peach shift”. Last but not least is OC, a peach shade with the most gorgeous pink shimmer running through it. I think this will be a great blusher shade in the summer when I have a bit more of a tan, but it’s also a lovely colour against my paler skin.
Swatches L-R: Cherry, Easy, Angel, Lo-Fi, Hush & OC
If the photos alone haven’t made you want to rush out and buy the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette, then please believe me when I say that this has quickly become my go-to for blusher, bronzer and highlighter and I couldn’t be without it now! The palette is limited edition so you’ll need to be quick if you want to get your hands on it too, and you can find it at Urban Decay counters while stocks last. My palette was bought from Debenhams for £35.