Thoughts on the Urban Decay & Gwen Stefani Blush Palette

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I have been a huge fan of Urban Decay for years! I think I was fourteen the first time I tried their products, the 24/7 eyeliners of course! Over the years I have enjoyed their eyeshadows, liners, and even lip products, but I have never ventured out into their face product range. When the Gwen Stefani & Urban Decay collection was revealed, I was definitely intrigued, so I decided to go have a look. I immediately fell in love with this blush palette. I had been stalking it online for a period of time and when I finally saw it in person, I knew that this could be a really great addition to my blush collection. Unlike many beauty bloggers, I’ve never been a massive fan of blushes. I’d always spent my money on foundations, concealers, bronzers or eye products, rather than blushes, so I honestly had a bit of room in this area of my collection to expand. What drew me to this palette was one, the huge amounts of positive reviews and attention is was receiving in the online beauty community and two, the fact that it seamed rather diverse in its warm and cooler tones. Now that I’ve had it for over a month, I feel that I can give you my honest opinion on what I like and don’t like about this palette.

I’ll start off with what I like. Firstly the packaging is stunning. Gwen Stefani really did an amazing job designing the packaging for this collection. Also, the formula is nice, easy to blend, and is decently long wearing. I appreciate that they are non-fussy cheek colors that are effortless to apply. My favorite shades in the palette are Hush, a warm peachy shimmery color (middle bottom row). I love that this color is an easy throw on and go glowy shade that acts as both your blush and highlight. Its beautiful for spring, and personally I think it’ll look even better with a summer tan. I also love Cherry, a bright cool toned baby pink (top row on left). This is another great spring shade that I’ve been getting a lot a wear out of when I’m looking for a bright springy flush to the cheeks. I also like to apply Angel as a wash of glowy color over the top of my bronzer if I’m going for a neutral bronzy look. OC is also a pretty peachy shade that looks good with most warm toned makeup looks.

There are a few things I don’t like about this palette though. Firstly, I think that there should have been a better variation between shimmer and matte shades. There are definite shimmer shades, but the matte-like shades still have quite a sheen. I would have liked a few of the shades, specifically OC and Cherry, to be completely matte in order to add some diversity to this palette. I also think the warm toned bottom row is very similar and a bit repetitive. I think it’s mostly because Lo-Fi and OC are so similar in shade, undertone, and finish. If OC went a bit more tangerine and Lo-Fi a bit more morally-peach in tone, I think this palette would have been even better. They also could have diversified this palette further by making Lo-Fi a true bronzer and Angel a brighter, lighter highlight shade.

Regardless, I think this palette is really beautiful. The formula gives a healthy glow to the cheek and is easy to apply. If you love neutral blushes, then this palette is definitely for you because it provides four neutral shades and two pops of color to step out of your comfort zone with. I have definitely enjoyed playing around with this palette and I see being a consistent player in my makeup routine, especially for the Spring and Summer seasons.

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