Gwen is synonymous with cool. In my world Gwen is also synonymous with teenage heartbreak, oh yes I was that teenager you heard crying her eyes out to Don’t Speak after a boy I liked for 3 whole days kissed someone called Vicky at the local disco (*rolls on the floor laughing at that memory). Thankfully my taste in boys improved somewhat albeit after a few disasters ha, but I remained a Gwen fan. I mean she sampled Maria from The Sound of Music, the woman just ticks all my boxes.
Anyway back to the BEAUTEOUS palette…
Yes. I would leave it at that but I would imagine you are looking for more from me. This is my favourite UD palette packaging so far; black and white graphic prints with gold accents. It’s elegant and cool at the same time. The lid is dimensional rather that a print, I don’t know that appeals to me but there you have it. Attention to detail. The box also doesn’t rattle around like some of the precious ones. Gwen also names the shades; Anaheim – where Gwen grew up, 1987 – the year No Doubt formed and Bathwater -after one of her songs.
12 of the 15 shades are new and exclusive to this palette. There are a few decent mattes swell (Woo hoo!!) as well as a mix of satins, metallics and shimmer. My first reaction when I saw the palette was of surprise. I expected bright, edgy colours for edgy looks from Gwen, instead this offering would work for everyone. There’s something there for every look, from work to a big night out.
- BLONDE Pale beige with pink iridescent shift. Pigmented and very smooth. Lovely to work with.
- BATHWATER Pale beige with gold pearl. Warm with a slight frost finish.
- SKIMP Pale nude satin. Silky and finely milled. It’s a touch more powdery that the other shades but still beautiful and easy to work with .
- STEADY Medium rose with metallic gold shift. Very pretty warm metallic coppery sheen. Wears well.
- PUNK Reddish brown matte. This looks plum to me, good pay-off. Easy to work with despite being harder to the touch that some of the other shadows.
- BABY Cool metallic rose. Soft, easy to blend with a pretty sparkle.
- ANAHEIM Light taupe-brown matte. Good pigmentation and creamy texture which makes it very easy to work with.
- STARK Nude-pink matte. This is a little more powdery but it’s finely milled and easy to work with.
- ZONE Medium brown matte. Love this one, a beautiful matte that is easy to blend. Great pigmentation.
- SERIOUS Smoky gray with iridescent floating pearl. Soft and easy to apply with a pretty fine shimmer.
- POP Pale coral with iridescent sparkle. Looks amazing in the pan but this was my least favourite. This is sparkly and harder to work with, I find it shifts when you blend so instead I patted it on the lid over some base and it held better. Be prepared for fall-out if you by-pass a base.
- HARAJUKU Metallic blue-pink with iridescent micro-shimmer. Has a frosted sheen and a little sparkle. It’s not as intense as you would imagine but is still pretty.
- DANGER Deep metallic royal blue with blue micro-sparkle.
- 1987 Bright metallic yellow-gold. My favourite! This is so creamy and buttery, it goes on like a dream.
- BLACKOUT Blackest matte. Great pigmentation, creamy and easy to work with.
My favourites so far are 1987, Zone and Baby. With Pop and Harajuku being my least favourite, but I still like them all. Steady is also very lovely and stays as vibrant as it applies as it wears. Oh and I love Anaheim as a contour shade for my cheekbones too.
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
The palette comes in at €46 which is fairly decent for 15 shades. They are available now from Debenhams and House of Fraser.
So apparently Gwen has been in the biz since 1987, how does she still look like that? And can I have some of whatever it is for my Birthday please??
Wind it up! Yodelay yodelay yodeloh, hey!
Anyone liking it?