I’d been wanting the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush Palette the second I saw press photos and YouTube reviews. It looked perfect for pale skin tones and had enough variety to add something to my already too-large blush collection. When I saw this was on sale from $45 to $30, I knew I had to buy this. There was so second guessing. Does this palette live up to the hype?
This palette came out earlier this year in collaboration with Gwen Stefani, the lead singer of No Doubt, judge on NBC the Voice and founder of her fashion label L.A.M.B. Gwen is a style icon and has influenced many female pop and punk rockers. Her love for Urban Decay goes deep, so it’s no surprise that two created a line together.
The blush palette comes with six different shades: four blushes, one highlighter and one bronzer. Each pan contains 2.8 grams of product. This is compared to the 6.8 grams of product you get in the Urban Decay Afterglow blushes. Since it is a palette, you are going to get less product, but keep this is mind if you’re looking for quantity of product in each pan and not quantity of colors.
The palette comes in a rectangular, white, plastic packaging. The corners are quite sharp and I can see myself hurting myself on them! I love the gold circle grate on top of the palette. It adds a bit of texture. Of course there is a tag with the UD | Gwen Stefani logo. It’s a bummer that you can’t see into the palette, but if this is the only blush palette you own, I don’t see this being a problem. (Also: You can see my reflection in the metal!)
The first shade in the palette is Cherry, which Urban Decay describes as a light pink satin. I agree with that. It’s a bright blue-based pink that adds a ton of pop to your cheeks. This color is no joke: a small tap is all you need for ultimate pigmentation.
The next shade is Easy, which Urban Decay describes as a deep rose w/gold shimmer. It’s 100% what they describe. This color can be a little dark on me so I tend to focus this on the back of my cheeks and blend lightly towards my apple. This shade is pigmented enough to show up on medium to dark skin tones. It would lovely on a tanned face! To make this work for me even more, I like to apply Cherry to the apples of my cheeks for a brighter pop to make Easy look less intense.
Angel is the highlighter shade in the palette. Urban Decay describes this as a champagne-nude shimmer. Again UD, spot on with the description. This reminds me of a slightly darker version of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone. However, Angel is not as shining and wet looking as Moonstone. Angel is very subtle in its shimmer and makes a perfect everyday, subtle highlight. It did look a little dark on me, but if I blended out enough, it worked.
The bronzer in the palette is called Lo-Fi, which is described as a soft bronze matte. I’m not a bronzer person. Every time I try a bronzer, it looks like I smeared dirt or cocoa powder over my temples and cheeks. This bronzer is the first one I’ve tried that is sheer enough and the right tone to look right on me! Please Urban Decay, make this a permanent single!
Hush is described as a medium pink w/gold shimmer. I wouldn’t call this pink. This more of a dusty rose with gold shimmer. This shade is pigmented and only a small tap is what you need to get a blushed look.
The last shade in the palette is OC, which Urban Decay describes as a soft pink w/peach shift. In the pan this looks orange, but on the cheek it looks more pink. The shift is lost on the face though. This blush is a little sheerer than the others in the palette.
Overall, this palette it totally worth it… if you can find it. It’s sold out on Sephora and Urban Decay, but it’s available at Macy’s for the $30 sale price. This palette has something for everyone. It’s perfect for fair toned gals but can work for those with deeper tones too. I wish I had picked this up earlier I love it that much!
What do you think? Let me know down below!