Tuesday, 9 February 2016
When the Urban Decay and Gwen Stefani Collaboration collection was announced, in all honesty, I wasn't that bothered. I was sure I had enough lipsticks to last me a lifetime (I definitely do) and neither the eyeshadow or blush palettes really caught my eye, so I ignored it and carried on with my life.
If only I could have left it at that! Instead, I stumbled upon some swatches and in a matter of moments, two of the lipsticks were winging their way to me. Oops. But what can a girl do?
Firstly, I have to admit I was kinda surprised by the packaging, and even the shape of the lipsticks, since it's so different to that of the Urban Decay's Revolution Line. Whilst I like how the casing looks, it does feel cheaper, and not quite as luxurious as the Revolution line, which is a little disappointing. That being said, I do like the black and gold combo, and I prefer the shape of the lipstick itself, it's more of a 'traditional' lipstick shape as opposed to the flat and rounded Revolution lipsticks, which are harder to accurately apply.
I ordered two shades, Rocksteady & Ex Girlfriend. Ex Girlfriend is the kinda shade I always gravitate towards, a slightly sheer nude peach with warm golden undertones, and a luminescent finish. It's a great 'goes with everything' kinda shade, and I think it quite suits my complexion. I like how comfortable this feels on the lips, it's not at all drying, but it doesn't feel sticky or heavy either, it's got a little slip to it.
Rocksteady was more of a risky shade for me. Not because I don't love the colour, I do, but rather because I tend to prefer darker shades in a matte formula. I took the risk though because I loved this deep, burgandy wine shade, and I'm glad I did. Yes this stuff is definitely not kiss-or-burger-proof, but damn, I love how it looks. It's creamy and smooth to apply, it goes on evenly, but you can still see any dry patches through it so be wary if your lips are particularly dry. I got a good five hours wear out of this before I ate and even then it left behind a pretty stain.
So whilst I'll admit nothing else from the collection particularly excites me, these two lipsticks are real winners!
Will you be trying anything from the Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani collection?