Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette: Los Angeles haul? 

Hello lovely peeps! 

How are you all doing? 😊

Just thought I’d give a little update on where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing, yada yada..

Last week I was in Los Angeles visiting family, and having a mini vacation with my boyfriend. It was so lovely, and I sort of used it an an opportunity to have a ‘social media break’. However I’m sure lots of you are thinking “wait a second Missy, you’ve been radio silent much longer than a week”, that is true! I’ve recently come to a point in my life where I have much more free time, and granted the first week and a bit of that was spent relaxing and re-gathering some creativity. 

I’ll get on to what you’re here for now :p 

I was in Los Angeles, and as you do in a new city, there was a bit of a….haul. 

My Aunty took me to a fabulous store called Nordstrom Rack, which is basically where ‘out of season’ discounted items (high end) go to be sold out. When I was there, I saw the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette knocked down to an insane price, and had to get it. I thought it was to good to be true. I checked that it wasn’t damaged or anything, but it was in fact, in beautiful mint condition. 

So here I am, roughly 8 months late to the party. (yet again) 

BUT, I’ve always been a bargain hunter, what can I say? 

Ahh, beautiful packaging, nothing too busy, but still pleasing to the eye with the gold trim and simple design. 

Upon opening it I could have shed a tear for the colour selections, they were so perfect.

Upon first swatch I was loving the pigmentation of all the colours. It’s a perfect mix of mattes and shimmers, with 2 of them almost being more of a glitter texture to them. 

I do admit the two I was most excited about (Harajuku and Pop) are not as pigmented as I was hoping. The glitter is a bit more chunky in them and makes them less vibrant when applied. However, I may just need a better shadow primer for applying. 

There’s a bit of fallout when using this palette so I would suggest doing your eyes first. I was slightly disappointed by the fallout I will admit, since I have other (drugstore) eye shadows that have much less. I’m going to wear it again today with a different primer, and see if that affects it at all. 

Here are a few of my favourite swatches:

I make sure not to use a filter because I want the picture to look exactly like the real colours. 👍🏻

I have much more experimenting to do with this palette, and I can’t wait to create more looks. So far I have worn Zone on my lids, and Stark in my crease/brow bone area. It has lasted me all day, no fade or smudging. 

Originally I wanted Harajuku on my lids but the color didn’t show up as vibrant as I’d liked it to, thus bringing me to a glittery conclusion.

A haul post may be up soon if anyone is interested in some of the fashion goodies I picked up in L.A and on my way home. 

If you ever have a chance to check out Nordstrom Rack I would totally suggest it. 

It had lots of high end goodies I would usually only dream of buying, knocked down to a more obtainable price.
Have a lovely weekend everyone! ❤️ Happy Saturday! 

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