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Just me reliving my teens over here! While I wasn't a die-hard No Doubt fan, I really loved some of their songs and Gwen Stefani was so funky and original, I definitely took note. For me, the popularity of ska bridged the gap between my peers (who primarily loved rock, punk and pop) and I (I was all about r&b, hip hop and reggae) and suddenly we were all listening to the same songs and loving it! For that reason, No Doubt will always hold a special place in my heart--not to mention the fact it was the background music for some pretty fun teenage memories.
When I first heard that Gwen Stefani and Urban Decay had partnered to create a collab collection my inner 90s teenage self got excited! My second thought was--red lipstick! Remember the cover of No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom album? Gwen is all about that red pucker and I love it.
I recently received samples of a good portion of the collection to share with and despite the fact some recent events have made swatching a little slower than usual on my end, I've got some first shots for you to lust over in the mean time.
First ImpressionsOverall, my first impressions are mostly good! I love the packaging--it's so Gwen. And I absolutely love the lip pencil and lipstick shades. I'm a bit disappointed that the brow kit is definitely geared towards blondes--much like how the shadow palette was geared more towards fairer complexions. I wish they had released 2 more sets in the UD x Gwen packaging; one for medium brow shades and one for deeper shades. I do like some of the shades in the blush palette, but again, it's definitely limited as to what complexions shades could work for. I think deep complected and even some medium complected girls and guys will find some of the shades to be a tad too light. I know Gwen is a dyed blonde, but I wish they'd tried to appeal more towards a global complexion range with the collection. That being said, the collection is pretty and I look forward to creating some gorgeous looks with it!
|UD x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette|
|UD x Gwegn Stefani blush palette|
|UD x Gwen Stefani Brow Box|
|The box includes 2 powders and a wax in the first section.|
|The second section contains 2 mini brushes and a mini set of tweezers.|
|UD x Gwen Stefani 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils - Wonderland, Rocksteady, Firebird, Phone Call, 714|
|UD x Gwen Stefani 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils bottom to top - Wonderland, Rocksteady, Firebird, Phone Call, 714|
|UD x Gwen Stefani Lipstick|
|Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani lipstick l to r - 714, Firebird, Phone Call, Rock Steady, Spiderweb, Wonderland|
Stay tuned! I'll be using these in an upcoming look or two.
What do you think? Did you grab anything from this collab?
Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions are my own based on my personal experience.