I was not impressed with Urban Decay’s Naked on the Run palette, and the Naked Smoky and Vice 4 just didn’t have colors that made just have to have them. Therefore, I wasn’t expecting much with the Gwen Stefani palette. I was wrong!
The hubby and I got our VIB Rouge Loyalty Reward cards in the mail for $25 off of $50, so we used them at the Sephoras Inside JCPenney in Shreveport and Bossier City. I didn’t even think about looking at the palette in Shreveport, but when we got to Bossier, Grace told me I just had to check it out. I swear, if a Naked and a Vice palette were to have a child together, the result would be the Limited Edition Gwen Stefani palette.
The packaging, also designed by Gwen, is absolutely gorgeous- it’s similar in shape to the Vice palettes, but the little pots are round, and there aren’t quite as many shades. The outside looks very classy, and the box is metallic gold and white with geometric lines.
The photos I have seen of this palette just don’t do the shades justice. Thankfully, Grace and Treychel in Bossier City were kind enough to swatch these so I could see them on different skin tones. (Thank you mucho, Grace and Treychel- you guys are the bestest!) It seems they went back to the “good” formula, after the Naked on the Run flop, woo-hoo!!!
Above are swatches of the top row on Treychel and Grace, left to right: Blonde, Bathwater, Skimp, Steady, and Punk. Punk seemed to be most pigmented, it was actually quite buttery and creamy, while Steady seemed to have the most fallout, although it wasn’t bad at all- just a bit more than the others.
Shades from the second row, above, on Grace and Treychel, left to right: Baby, Anaheim, Stark, Zone, and Serious. Stark seemed to disappear on Grace, while Zone disappeared on Treychel- but since they are very pigmented, these would be great as a base or for blending.
Third row, above, left to right on Treychel and Grace: Pop, Harajuku, Danger, 1987, and Blackout. Harajuku seemed to be the least pigmented, while 1987 was the most. I love the addition of the pink, blue, and gold- these will really make the neutrals pop!
I had so much fun with Grace and Treychel, I can definitely see the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette in my future! If you’re in the Shreveport-Bossier City area, make sure to stop by Sephora and tell these gals “hi!”
The Urban Decay UD Gwen Stefani palette retails for $58.00.
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All photos by Jerry Carter.