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First Look & Impressions: Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani - partial collection

Press Samples



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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 Impressions

Overall, 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!

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani blush palette review
UD x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani blush palette review
UD x Gwegn Stefani blush palette

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani brow box review
UD x Gwen Stefani Brow Box
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani brow box review
The box includes 2 powders and a wax in the first section.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani brow box review
The second section contains 2 mini brushes and a mini set of tweezers.
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani 24/7 Glide-on Lip Pencils
UD x Gwen Stefani 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils - Wonderland, Rocksteady, Firebird, Phone Call, 714

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani 24/7 Glide-on Lip Pencils
UD x Gwen Stefani 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils bottom to top - Wonderland, Rocksteady, Firebird, Phone Call, 714

UD x Gwen Stefani Lipstick review
UD x Gwen Stefani Lipstick
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Lipstick review
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.

13 comments :

  1. The packaging is definitely fun- but sounds like it would be best for me to wait for different colors that hopefully come out.

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    1. I don't believe they're releasing any other shades for the brow box, unfortunately. Though UD does offer non-Gwen Stefani brow products for darker brows!

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  2. I LOVE the blush palette and lipsticks.

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    1. You've got great coloring for this collection with your fair skin!

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  3. Oh my gosh, look at all those beautiful colors!! I want them all!

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    1. Right? Definitely a great collection!

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  4. I need every single item in this collection! I have always admired Gwen Stefani's style and music.

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    1. She's a pretty cool chick!

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  5. I love all the lipsticks. I'm a bright lippie girl despite the fact that everyone loves nudes.

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    1. Yeah, nudes are definitely having their moment to shine, but bright reds are classic!

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  7. Your photos are STUNNING! Loving this collection!

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