If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll be well aware that Urban Decay are one of my favourite beauty brands, and I find it pretty hard not to buy their new releases as I love their products so much so when the Gwen Stefani collection launched, I snapped up the Eyeshadow Palette and one of the Lipsticks. If you’ve read my review of the Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette you’ll know I wasn’t blown away by the quality of the shadows. However I was still glad I bought it as it’s still a good palette, but it’s just up to the usual high standard of Urban Decay Eyeshadows in my opinion and I feel like I am able to say that as I own over 20 Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palettes – what can I say, I’m a crazy palette lady.
The Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Collection consists of an eyeshadow palette, a blush palette, a brow box, a range of lipliners and a range of lipsticks. I decided that in addition to the Eyeshadow Palette, I’d purchase the Urban Decay Ex Girlfriend Lipstick £16 as I absolutely love the Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks and the shade looked really pretty. The packaging of the Gwen Stefani Collection Lipsticks is really lovely with a black and gold striped design, although they do feel quite plasticy compared to the normal Revolution Lipsticks which have metallic casing. Another difference between the two ranges of lipsticks is that the Revolution Lipsticks have a flat, slanted tip whereas the Gwen Stefani Lipsticks have the typical angled bullet, with an UD embossed into the front.
The Urban Decay Ex Girlfriend Lipstick is described as being a sheer nude-rose with pink shimmer which if I’d read before I purchased it, I perhaps wouldn’t have bought it as I’m not a fan of shimmery lipsticks. However I’d describe Ex Girlfriend as being a brown toned nude which is rather sheer, and it’s impossible to get full opacity on the lips even with numerous swipes. The formula is creamy and smooth, but for £16 I’d expect a better pay off especially as their Revolution Lipsticks have really intense pigmentation, so I’m guessing Ex Girlfriend has the Sheer Revolution formula instead.
I do like the shade of this lipstick as it’s the perfect everyday shade which I can apply without a mirror, and I know it’s going to be comfortable on my lips without bleeding or smudging across my face. I’m glad I purchased the palette and lipstick from the collection as it’s a limited edition collection, and I’m happy to have them within my Urban Decay collection but they’re not the best Urban Decay releases which I’ve tried but I’m still very much looking forward to their Alice in Wonderland Collection coming soon.