Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette

Some products – and just brands as a whole really – just completely fall into my “love so much and use it every day” category that they kinda just get totally forgotten about when it comes to reviewing them. The unsung heroes of my makeup bag, shall we say, that work away day in, day out with no praise. [insert sad face/”yeah, she’s a right bitch” emoji here].

So today I’ve decided to dedicate a whole post to a brand that not only have I absolutely adored – and relied on – for years, but have also released some incredible products of late that have gone straight into my list of holy grails. Said brand? Urban Decay.
Urban Decay Naked palette
Urban Decay Naked palette
Urban Decay Naked palette
I couldn’t kick off my favourite products without mentioning the Urban Decay Naked palette. Easily my most used palette ever – bold statement but true – it just has the most incredibly beautiful mixture of golden/bronze shades, pinky/purples, some gorgeous neutral matte tones and stunning darker greys and petrol blues too. (P.S let’s just take a moment to pat me on the back for managing to rival a 2 year old in the descriptive skills department there). The formulation of these shadows are absolutely second to none and I just always end up going back to Half baked, Sidecar, Sin and Toasted when I have no idea what to wear.
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette
Sticking with palettes, a very new – but very welcome – addition to my palette collection is the stunning Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani palette. I received this at an Urban Decay dinner around Christmas time (hence my name written in lipstick as they were used as name place cards as such) and it’s safe to say that I’ve been obsessed ever since! As Gwen is quite an “out there” (polite way of saying bat shit crazy) person, I was expecting quite an extravagant variety of colours. But my goodness was I pleasantly surprised. The entire top two rows of shadows are completely wearable neutrals that would work for any skin tone and eye colour. Yes, there are some slightly crazier cobalt blues and bubblegum pinks, but overall… an absolutely stunning palette that I would highly recommend for any makeup lover. I have Pop and Punk on my eyes in this look and it’s safe to say that I’ve definitely found myself a new favourite combo!

Urban Decay Naked Basics palette
Urban Decay Naked Basics palette

A very new addition to my makeup collection – but a very welcome one indeed – is the Naked Basics palette. I have to be honest in that originally I had absolutely no interest in this as a girl that already owns the Naked and likes a good shimmer shadow. Ladies, I was totally totally wrong *starts eating (gluten free) humble pie*. The basics palette is made up of five basic matte shades and a slightly shimmery highlight. Within this palette, you really can do anything. With gorgeous shimmery and matte highlights, 2 perfect all over eye base colours and a dark matte brown and black that work beautifully as an outer corner smokey addition or, with the use of a liner brush, a natural, more subtle liner.

Urban Decay Primer potion minor sin
Urban Decay Primer potion minor sin

Now that we’ve got some of the most amazing palettes, it’s time to make sure you’ve got the perfect eyeshadow base, and that comes in the form of the primer potions. UD – abbreviating because we’re bessies, obvs – have a fab range of colours but my favourites have to be Sin (a gorgeous shimmery pink neutral), Minor Sin (a lovely, slightly more muted version) and Eden which is a beautiful flesh/skin-like colour. All three do the best job at helping your eyeshadow stick around all day long and apply seamlessly!

Urban Decay Naked liner
Urban Decay Naked liner
Urban Decay Naked lipstick
Urban Decay Naked lipstick
Lips. Now, it is quite evident to anyone that has met me in real life that I don’t really need any help in the lip department #JayZLookalikeProblems but I absolutely adore the Urban Decay lip liners. They’re extremely pigmented, have an amazing formulation, last forever and have such a fab range of colours. My absolute favourite is Naked which is the most stunning beige nude. Not too dark, not “concealer lips” like, just stunning. My other favourite lip product is without a doubt the Sheer revolution Naked lipstick. Now it doesn’t actually match the naked liner as it’s actually much more pink but it has quickly become my go to everyday colour. The formulation is so incredibly creamy but it’s actually surprisingly long lasting. A beautiful pinky beige nude that I cannot stop wearing!
Urban Decay Naked Flush blush palette
Urban Decay Naked Flush blush palette
Urban Decay Naked Flush blush palette

Urban decay Naked Flush blush palette in Native – There’s nothing quite like a face palette that does everything and believe me ladies, this is exactly one of those do it all products. With the most gorgeous bronzer (natural, non-ashy and slightly warm without being orange in tone) a highlighter which is so finely milled so applies perfectly and gives the loveliest, natural highlight and lift to the face, and finally a beautiful pink blush that’s extremely pretty, very pigmented and would work amazingly on so many skintones… this really does fit the “need a palette to do everything” bill.

And here’s the final look wearing everything mentioned above – I know, that’s a hella lot of makeup – but I really loved the final result.

Urban Decay The Ellie next door
Urban Decay The Ellie next door
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So that brings me to the end of my little Urban Decay rave. I know that a lot of people love UD palettes but I think that their other products are a little underrated which makes me so sad because the quality is incredible. I for one know that I will be haulin’ all of the liners, lipsticks and primers for the foreseeable future.

I would love to know which UD products are your favourite? Or if you’ve even tried much of the brand? I always love to hear your thoughts.
As always, thank you so much for reading.

65 responses to “THE BEST OF URBAN DECAY”

  1. I only own 2 of the naked palettes and I really do love them (Must use them more, thanks for the reminder), however, now I've seen this I really want to try the flush blush palette.. it looks stunning! Also, YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY GIRLLLLL. xxx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  2. Urban Decay is like my FAVOURITE brand! I love their eyeshadow and eye products so much and recently ventured into trying their lipsticks. I have a deep red colour (I think it's called Shame, I can't quite remember) but this one you featured looks perfect for everyday xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  3. Zein T says:

    I'm totally in love with the Naked palettes – all time favorites! x

  4. Blissy Joyce says:

    How I wish Urban Decay was available in my Country so I would be able to try these out. Nice shots btw!

    Joyce // Joycentricity

  5. You're such a little beaut!! Adore the Gwen palette, a great move by Urban Decay. I love their glide on eyeliners, such a long lasting and well used item in my collection! x

    Kirstie | Kirstie Pickering

  6. Lauren S says:

    Okay, LOVE your new blog makeover it is FAB and secondly the formula of UD is amazing, I love my NAKED 1 and the pigmentation is so good. Need to buy a few more pieces from the brand but you've got me covered gal 😉

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  7. Beautylymin says:

    Great post & you've inspired me to shop my stash & get some products out again! Naked 1 is one of my absolute favourite palettes! xx


  8. Raquel says:

    I'm still on the Naked 2, but the Gwen palette looks amazing. I love how pigmented all Urban Decay products are!

  9. Rubi Ani says:

    I love Urban Decay, they do the best eyeshadows!
    Rubi | Instagram | The Den |

  10. Urban Decay makes the best products! Love all their shadows and their primer is the bomb!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  11. Brooke A says:

    You are beautiful! The Naked Blush Pallet is my favorite!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  12. I've never used any UD products before – but their palettes look so pretty

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  13. I love their eyeshadows! Beautiful shades and great pigmentation. And again, you look beautiful! 🙂

  14. Lucy H says:

    I own the Naked 3 and Naked Smoky palette and I really do love them both – possibly the Naked Smoky more but I really must try some more of their makeup!

    Lucy | Forever September

  15. May Cho says:

    Ellie, I've got to mention this first; I'm LOVING your new layout! So sleek and content-centric!

    The Flush Blush looks gorgeous!

    May | THE MAYDEN | bloglovin'

  16. G Tauberge says:

    Love love urban decay! their packaging is always adorable. I've got an amazing nude lipliner from them that I swear by!


  17. Katie M says:

    This is an awesome post! Urban Decay has the best eye shadow palettes!

  18. I love Urban Decay! Naked Basics 2 is my favourite palette, matte lover here! Definitely need to try out some of their lipsticks this year!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  19. I really like this kind of posts and how you go step by step with photos! You look gorgeous! xx

    ps. I like the new design!

  20. Hale Saaw says:

    Never tried any of Urban Decay's lip products before!
    Spotted the Gwen Stefani palette in Zoella's video!

  21. Dagmara K says:

    I've not tried too many products from Urban Decay but I love their eyeshadows adore the Matte Revolution lipsticks, After Dark is just stunning! You look beautiful! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  22. LBG says:

    Wow, the site looks wonderful! Very fresh and sleek. Love this brand too, their blush palette is amazing. You look gorgeous!

  23. Stephanie says:

    The palattes are so pretty. Urban decay is so good. Love their HD lip glosses

  24. I'm lovin the new layout of your blog Elle.
    Bigger better photos are nice!
    I love urban decay as well– something to put in your beauty kit.

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  25. Honest mum says:

    I'm obsessed with their naked palettes, love this post, dreamy shots x

  26. Actually I like their bubblegum pink shade 😉 Love the fact that their shadows have a subtle sheen to them

  27. I've been drooling for Naked Palettes eversince they came out but they are so expensive in my country. I am definitely saving for it now. Your post made me drool over them too much. lol!

    Angelie // Ramen Nagi Review

  28. Meg Siobhan says:

    That Flush Blush palette looks like neopolitan ice cream and now I'm hungry…

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  29. Gyudy B. says:

    I love urban Decay and I think it's one of the few brands that never disappoint me! I can't wait to try the Gwen Stefani palette. Love the look you created for this post! 🙂 xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

  30. Serene Kurd says:

    I absolutely love the Urban decay brand, and have never been disappointed by any of their products! I need to try the Gwen Stefani palette, that is my next purchase 🙂 you look gorgeous Elle!

    Serene | I Am Serene L

  31. Anonymous says:

    I just came across your blog, Elle! And I am impressed, it's amazing! I really enjoyed this post since I'm a huge fan of Urban Decay! Can't wait to read more posts! Happy 2016! xx (:

    Ale |

  32. This was such a fab post to read Elle, your photography is stunning as always! I love my Naked Flushed palette, great for adding that little extra touch of highlight! I'm yet to try any of their eyeshadows but I love the look of the Naked palette, it's filled with great everyday shades that can be worn at night too! As always, an amazing post and review!

    Jasmine | xx

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