Urban Decay collaborated with the gorgeous Gwen Stefani to create a limited edition collection. I behaved for the most part, but the blush palette kept tempting me. I ordered it from Ulta when they had 20% off. The palette retails for $45 and contains 6 shades at 0.09 oz each (0.54 oz total, $83.33/oz). Urban Decay Afterglow Blushes are 0.23 oz for $26 ($113.04/oz), so the palette is a better value.
The packaging is substantial and so cute. The gold polka dots appear to be raised over the hard white plastic background, but there is a clear sheet of plastic over them for a smooth surface.
On the lower right corner of the mirror, it says “Magic’s in the makeup.” The 6 pans are within a hard, shiny black plastic.
Four of the shades are blushes, while one is a highlighter, and one is a bronzer. Swatches are with one finger swipe each.
|Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush Palette swatches|
Cherry is a “light pink satin” blush. It’s a soft, cool pink that looks really beautiful on the cheeks.
Easy is a “deep rose with gold shimmer” blush. It is very pigmented and leans a bit red, but sheers out to a rosy tone on my cheeks.
Angel is a “champagne-nude shimmer” blush. It’s fairly shimmery and would be a highlighter on someone with a medium-dark skin tone. I’ll probably use it as a blush topper, as it’s a little too dark for a highlighter but not really a shade I’d use as a blush.
Lo-Fi is a “soft bronze matte” bronzer. It’s a really great bronzer for fair skin tones. I think it could be used a bronze contour as well.
Hush is a “medium pink with gold shimmer” blush. This shade is really interesting. I’m not sure about it as a blush on its own because it’s super shimmery. I have mixed it with Cherry to make a shimmery pink blush, and the outcome was really beautiful.
OC is a “soft pink with peach shift” highlighter. I wish this were just a hair lighter. The shift is really beautiful, and I don’t think I own anything like it.
This blush palette is really beautiful with interesting shades. It’s a little difficult for any one skin tone to use all of the shades, but I think those with fair-light skin tones will have a better shot at making each shade work. I’m very glad I picked it up.