As you may be aware, Gwen Stefani recently teamed up with Urban Decay to create her own collection of makeup! I was slightly disappointed by the Eyeshadow Palette (reviewed here), so my hopes for the UD x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette were not terribly high. The shades all appeared quite similar in reviews and most of them, like the eye shadows, seemed rather light in tone. Still, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did because – spoiler alert – the Blush Palette is fantastic!!!
The UD x Gwen Blush Palette supposedly contains the same formulation as the new Afterglow Blushes. I love the new blush formula, so I was pleased to find that the Gwen blushes are every bit as impressive as their Afterglow sisters! They are creamy, pigmented and long-wearing. They blend beautifully without effort and look natural on the skin. They don’t seem to kick up much powder, which surprises me because they seem rather soft. No complaints though! The formula is fantastic, but do you really need all 6 of the shades to justify this palette?
Absolutely!!! J My first impression even upon seeing this palette in person was that at least half of the shades look quite similar in the pans. Perhaps they are, but I find that they look quite different when applied to the skin. The subtle tone differences, the intensity of color and the level of shimmer combine for a variety of effects. Not to mention, this is really an all-in-one face palette. You have a decent matte bronzing shade (for light skin tones) in “Lo-Fi,” a good highlight with “Angel,” plus blushes in pink, deep rose, and a few peach variations (“OC” and “Hush”). That said, like the Eye Shadow Palette, these shades were definitely designed for fair to light skin tones.
As I said, the shades in this palette seem rather similar and boring with a quick glance, but look closer and you realize the amazing duo-chrome goodness and multi-tone shimmer finishes that are difficult to find in general, let alone in quality blushes! The first shade, “Cherry” is perhaps the least unusual. It is a cool-toned pink with a satin finish. “Easy” has an intense gold shimmer with the subtlest hint of micro-glitter mixed into a deep rose base. “Angel” is a peachy-golden glow that’s perfect for highlighting. The lone matte shade, “Lo-Fi” is a great warm bronzer. “Hush” is probably my favorite shade, which surprises the hell out of me. I would say it is kind of a golden peach that is chocked full of shimmer. For deeper skin, this would be a fantastic highlighter, but I find it to be a really flattering and natural looking glowy blush. I absolutely love it! Another surprise hit for me is “OC.” It is the most unusual peach-pink duo-chrome iridescent shimmer. It just sounds intriguing, right? J This is nice as a highlight or a barely there blush. The shades in this palette definitely need in-person swatching to show off their unique differences and they truly shine when applied to the skin. I was so surprised by just how much I love the shades in this palette!
Least important, but perhaps initially most enticing, is the packaging. The Connect-4-esque design from the Eye Shadow Palette returns on the exterior, but white now makes a frame for the gold circle cut-out overlay. The interior continues the Gwen theme with a nice big mirror and the same “Magic’s in the Makeup” imprint on the mirror. The embossed “UD | Gwen” logo returns as well. All in all, it’s a nice sturdy case with a solid magnetic closure. As for the exterior box, it also mirrors the Eye Shadow Palette, but the Blush Palette uses black and gold instead of white and gold. I actually almost wish the box design were somehow on the palette itself because it is so pretty! J
I admit it. I was skeptical of the power of the UD x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette. Consider me converted because it is absolutely beautiful! If you have fair to light skin, definitely consider this palette. The shades are gorgeous and it contains everything you need when it comes to making up the cheeks. At less than the cost of only two Urban Decay Afterglow blushes, you receive 6 cheek products at equal to superior quality! You really can’t go wrong. If you have medium to deep skin, this palette may not be quite as versatile for you, but I feel like some of the shades may still work nicely. Whatever your decision, you probably want to act now because this palette is a limited edition product!
The UD x Gwen Blush Palette retails for $45 and can be purchased wherever Urban Decay is sold (Ulta, Sephora, Urban Decay & Macy’s). Each blush pan is 2.8g / 0.09oz (totaling 16.8g / 0.54oz for all 6), whereas the stand alone Afterglow Blushes contain 6.8g / 0.23oz for $26 each.
Let me know how you feel about this palette. Are you interested? Do you own it? Do you love it? I’d love to know!
As always, thanks for stopping by. If you haven’t had enough Gwen yet, stay tuned because on Friday we’re taking a break from New at the Drugstore and talking about my favorite part of the collection…the Lipsticks!!!