What is it about the words Limited Edition that always set my heart a-flutter? Most recently, it’s been skipping the odd beat for the new Limited Edition palettes from Urban Decay and NARS – two of my favourite makeup brands that always manage to slay when it comes to shade selection, creamy formulas and on-point pigmentation. Palette lovers are currently spoilt for choice with both brands bringing us new cheek and eye palettes and quite honestly, I can’t chose between them!
Urban Decay’s offering comes as part of their collaboration with the inimitable Gwen Stefani; within the collection there are lip pencils, lipsticks (which I’ll be featuring very soon) and a brow kit, but the stars of the show for me are the cheek and eye palettes. Offering up the same pigmented easy-to-blend creamy formulation that we’ve come to love from UD and their Naked Palettes, the twelve shades in the UDxGwen Eyeshadow Palette are perfect for creating everything from everyday neutral eyes to a sexy smokey evening look, with shades ranging from warm and cool neutrals, russets, greys, olive, yellow and even a vibrant blue to vamp up dramatic eyes and the perfect pink for pepping up the eyes on tired days. It’s so hard to pick out my favourite shades from the palette, but I’m loving Baby for a rose-golden sheen, Steady for a more yellowish gold, Zone for a neutral transition shade and Harajiku, a gorgeous pink that I love to wear on my eyes. I’ve had so many compliments on the UDxGwen Blush Palette shades whenever I wear them that it’s now become a staple on my dressing table. I love mixing Easy and Cherry on the apples of my cheeks and using Angel as a beautiful, yet subtle golden highlight on the cheekbones.
NARS are no stranger to making must-have palettes either, as my beauty stash can attest to, and this latest offering is no exception. The NARS Cheek Studio Palette contains the iconic Laguna bronzer, the Paloma Contour duo and four gorgeous blush shades each of which is truly wearable for my skin tone (which isn’t always the case in ready made palettes). Fleshy Pink and Sausalito Sunset have a beautiful warm sheen and I’m loving Shimmering Rose Peach for when the sun goes down. The NARS L’Amour Toujours L’Amour Eyeshadow Palette is all I’ve been wearing for the last week and again, so many compliments on the shades, even from my daughter, who is my harshest critic! The selection of shades has been carefully curated, so there are no “filler” shades that you won’t use. The well thought out collection means that the shades you’ll use the most are the biggest in the palette, with the other accent shades coming in at around half the size. There are perfect crease shades, transition shades, gold and shimmering pinks to highlight, steel greys and a teal-ish blue for smoking out or use as an eyeliner – just a great selection.
Both eyeshadow palettes include a matte black, which makes me so happy! (The Urban Decay black is slightly blacker than the NARS offering, but only slightly so). Urban Decay’s version gives you fifteen shades to choose from, NARS, twelve shades. Both contain a full size mirror, but both palettes are very compact, and very portable – perfect to pop in your makeup bag to take you from day to night. When it comes to the cheek palettes, Urban Decay gives you the choice of six blushers and highlighters, while NARS give you seven shades (the contour shade is great for creating sculpted cheekbones).
It’s impossible to choose between them; it’s really down to whether you’re a NARS girl or an Urban Decay fan – of course, if you’re a Gwen fan, I know which way you’ll go!
Just bear in mind, they’re all four limited edition, so if you’re going to treat yourself, (or someone else), don’t hang around as they won’t be available forever.
Are you thinking of investing? Which one(s) take your fancy?
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette, £40, buy it here
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette, £35, buy it here
NARS Cheek Studio Palette, £49, buy it here
NARS L’Amour Toujours L’Amour Eyeshadow Palette, £55, buy it here