Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – Review & Swatches!

Anymore, in the beauty world, if you hear the word “nude” or “naked” it stirs excitement but not for the reasons everyone else stirs with excitement when hearing those words. I think our makeup-obsessed ears have become rather jaded with the sexual undertones of a lot of makeup names, amirite NARS Orgasm blush?
In any case, I am very excited to share with you Urban Decay’s newest eyeshadow palette: Naked Basics. It contains six “matte” (in quotations because it’s not 100% matte) eyeshadows that are supposed to compliment the Naked and Naked 2 palettes seamlessly. Does it live up to that claim? Let’s take a look!

The packaging is a refreshing upgrade from the previous two Nakeds in that it’s slim, sleek, and very travel-friendly with a slightly rubberized finish. They also skipped out on unnecessary brushes and kept in a generously-sized mirror on the lid. The entire thing is just a bit smaller than my iPhone 4S so it’s more petite than you’d think!

There are 6 full-sized shadows in total. Venus which is a satin shade similar to Virgin from the Naked Palette. The other 5 are true mattes which have a nice silky texture compared to mattes from other companies.

Venus / Foxy / Walk of Shame / Naked 2 / Faint / Crave

Venus:  Satin pale cream
Foxy:  Matte peachy beige (also in the Naked 2 palette)
Walk of Shame:  Matte pinky beige (comes with the 6-pan Build Your Own palette)
Naked 2:  Matte pale taupe
Faint:  Matte dusty brown
Crave:  Matte black-brown

I really adore the concept of a matte palette but in my swatches you can obviously see the slight complaint I have here. On my skintone, three of the shades (Foxy, Walk of Shame, and Naked 2) nearly disappear! I won’t lie, I would definitely still use the heck out of Foxy and Walk of Shame separately as highlight shadows but I would’ve preferred a shade between Naked 2 and Faint that could have been used cohesively instead of including two nearly-identical highlight shades. I had high hopes of Naked 2 being a nice blending color but I just think it’s too cool and near my skin color to give it any edge over my favorite Buck eyeshadow.

All in all I love Venus, Foxy/Walk of Shame (if there was only one and not both), Faint, and Crave which are 4/6 shadows. I’m just not sure that 66.66% means I need it since as they said, it works best as a companion to the first two Naked palettes. I am fully 100% happy travelling with just my original Naked so this for me would instead be a handy sidekick to my colored eyeshadows that could be mixed with these neutrals if I wanted to travel very light.

It goes without saying that if I had a lighter skintone or had more concerns with wrinkles (mattes look fantastic on more mature ladies) this would be a more versatile palette. At $27 it’s a steal for 6 full, high-quality eyeshadows as well.

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THE BEAUTYLOOKS – URBAN DECAY – NAKED1

THE BEAUTYLOOKS – URBAN DECAY – NAKED1

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Contains:

– Eyeshadow palette

– Primer potion

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Everybody wants to look good NAKED! Far from a group of boring beige shadows, Naked Palette’s long, lean, seductive case is packed with TWELVE gorgeous bronze-hued neutrals, and includes our pro-quality Good Karma Shadow Brush.

You can look great NAKED! This long, lean, seductive case is packed with TWELVE gorgeous neutrals. Shades range from delicate champagnes to dark, gritty gunmetal, with names like Darkhorse, Virgin and Buck. We’ve also included a range of textures: everything from glitter to shimmer to matte.

The chocolaty velvet case is emblazoned with the word ‘NAKED’ in gold foil lettering. (Just wait ’til your friends see you pull this sexy thing out of your bag. Jealous!) The mirrored case also includes a professional quality, cruelty-free Good Karma Eyeshadow Brush, AND a travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion in original formula.

This is a shadow palette EVERYONE can use, and a truly spectacular gift. Experiment with office-appropriate neutrals, summertime bronzy looks, or sultry smokiness. With such a diversity of neutral shades at your fingertips, there’s more to neutral than meets the eye.

Fill Weight: Eyeshadows: 12 x 1.3g e 12 x 0.05 US oz; Eyeshadow Primer Potion: 3.7ml e 0.13 US

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