If you're a lipstick addict then you may have spotted another limited edition addition to the Gwen Stefani Urban Decay Collection. Available in 8 rather gorgeous shades, the Gwen Stefani Lipsticks are a stand-out aspect of this raved about collection - yet they seem to be getting very mixed reviews.
Lips are a big thing for Gwen Stefani and probably as much of a distinctive feature for her as her bleach blonde hair and unique fashion picks that we know and love her for. Nowadays you'll see her don a nude lip or a vivid pink, but in her No Doubt days there was one shade she repeatedly opted for; a bold, bright, true red, proving that pale skin and petite lips really can rock a red lip.
The 8 shades cover everything from barely there nudes and pale pinks to bold brights and deep, sultry reds. A lovely variety of reds do dominate the collection, but each is beautiful and unique to the next, more importantly with a shade and tone to suit a huge variety of complexions and confidence levels. Whereas the Revolution Lipstick ranges from Urban Decay (love, love, LOVE! - one of my favourite brands for lipsticks by far) which has a specific finish per range, the shades in the Gwen Stefani Collection host a variety of finishes including subtle sheens and perfect mattes, each with a beautiful creamy formula that glides on for an effortless application. Each shade features a Pigment Infusion System, giving each lipstick a creamy texture with amazing colour pay-off.
Personally I adore the design and packaging of this range, but I've seen a few disgruntled comments over the packaging with not everyone being a fan of the bold black and gold design. I love the way they stand out in my lipstick stash, much like my Revolution lipsticks; I just hope the design doesn't fade over time with continued use and general wear and tear.
I've been testing out 4 of the shades in the range and I have to admit, having seen a few negative reviews prior to trying them out for myself, I was sceptical as to whether these would be up to the usual Urban Decay standard. Thankfully, for me anyway, I am absolutely smitten with each shade and finish and think these are just as crazy beautiful as the other products featured in this limited edition collection. Each shade has proven to be gorgeous in both formula and finish, packing a punch pigmentation wise and lasting pretty darn well, too, especially when teamed with the matching lip liners (which you can expect a full review of very soon!). I have to admit I was actually surprised just how much I loved these, and think they are definitely worth checking out if you're a lipstick addict like myself!
Ex-Girlfriend has become a favourite of mine for day-to-day wear, a great shade that would fit any occasion and is the most fuss-free in terms of wear and teaming with different looks. A lovely nude with a slight peachy tone to it, I could see Ex-Girlfriend working wonderfully all year round as it's a great nude for any season. More on the sheer side formula wise, it has a lovely subtle sheen finish.
Firebird is a shade I am simply smitten with and one which has hugely impressed me with just how long it lasts! A gorgeous bold fuchsia with blue undertones (great for making your teeth appear whiter!) and a creamy satin finish, it is a bold shade that is going to be a must-have for summer looks, particularly with the light fuchsia shimmer that finishes off this shade perfectly!
714 has a new mega-matte formula which is brand new to Urban Decay and works really well with this gorgeous bright red. There's a lovely orange undertone running through this one, similar to MAC Lady Danger but slightly more wearable for those who are still dipping their toes into reds.
Last but not least, Spiderweb. A satin finish lipstick, Spiderweb is your typical red shade, not quite pillarbox red but almost - the kind of red you'd wear with that perfect little black dress.
I'm a huge fan of Urban Decay lipsticks and the Gwen Stefani offerings are of the same great quality as my favourite Revolution ranges. At 50p more than the Revolution lipsticks, these limited edition beauties come in at £16 each. You can pick them up at Urban Decay counters nationwide as well as online at www.urbandecay.co.uk.
Don't forget to check out my reviews of the limited edition Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette as well as the limited edition Gwen Stefani Blush Palette!
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