Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – Review, Photos & Swatches

Hi everyone! I know I haven’t been updating lately and I apologize for that. I’ve been busy with work and family related stuff that sadly, coming up with a product review was kinda hard. I was supposed to do a (collective) haul for you guys but I was feeling kinda lazy by the amount of items I was about to feature (take note collective) so I decided to pass. (let me know if you still want to see it though, lol. I might change my mind ;P) One of the items that I was supposed to feature at that haul was this palette.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - Review, Photos & Swatches

Yes, I finally caved in. I finally bought myself the Naked Basics Palette. I’ve always told myself that I don’t really need it and I shouldn’t want it being that I’m filled with neutral palettes around me so I thought I’d pass. But due to recent events, travelling back and forth, the palettes I had with me were not so travel-friendly like this one. Of course, that along was not enough to convince me, until Bon Marche restocked their UD Naked Basics palette. Yes, I am raving about Bon Marche again. Duh. If that online shop offers a loyalty card, I’d be the first in line to grab one. Lol. Anyway, Bon Marche sells their UD Naked Basics palette a lot cheaper than most online stores (and they’re now offering a lot mid-range to high end makeup products too!) and that finally convinced me to grab myself a piece. IKR >.<

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - Packaging

The palette comes in a small, sturdy, plastic compact, with a brown, rubberized finish, which locks securely whenever you close it. Compared to the other two Naked palettes, this one is very travel friendly since it’s in fact smaller than a regular iPhone 4/4s, and measures 3″ smaller (lengthwise) than the original Naked palette. I also dig the mirror in this palette, despite it’s travel friendly size, it was able to offer a larger mirror compared to the original Naked palette. What I don’t like about this palette, however, is it’s also a dust magnet. Not that it attracts it, it’s just pretty hard to clean once it becomes dusty or once a makeup fallout clings to it (being that it has a rubberized finish and all). But other than that, I love it. I can put it in my travel makeup kit/kikay kit with ease.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette comes with 6 eyeshadow colors which contrary to popular belief is not all matte. The palette comes with 5 mattes and 1 demi-matte, with 4 new exclusive colors. There were people that had some issues regarding the number of the shades that were offered in this palette. But as for me, I’m fine with it. It’s a nice supplement to both the Naked and Naked 2 palette and it’s good as a stand alone palette as well.

Venus – Off-white eyeshadow color with a hint of shimmer
Foxy* – Pale/butter yellow; matte (Can be found in the Naked 2 palette)
W.O.S.* – Soft, pale pink; matte (Comes with the 6-pan build your own palette)
Naked 2 – Light taupe; matte (Cross between Naked & Tease; the shade is a bit cooler and than Naked, and it’s lighter than Tease)
Faint – Dusty brown; matte (Cooler and darker than Buck; Warmer & darker than Tease)
Crave – Brownish black; matte

*Old colors/shades

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

As for the formulation, just like most Urban Decay palettes, the color payoff is great. I didn’t encounter any big chunky fallouts, nor were they powdery, chalky, etc. They have a buttery smooth consistency, they went on smoothly and they were very easy to blend. Though they barely show up in my swatches, I still love it because I can easily see them in my eyelid area. Especially when used with a good eyeshadow primer. As for me, I use my trusty UD Eyeshadow primer potion.

Product Name | Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
• Price | PhP 1,300 (Approx $31) • Weight | 6 x 1.3g / 6 x 0.05 US oz
• Avalability | Online shops; Bought mine from Bon Marche

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Small, sturdy, plastic compact
Travel friendly
Comes in 6 full-sized eyeshadow pans
Includes 5 matte, neutral eyeshadow colors & 1 satin-finish/demi-matte
Comes with 4 exclusive eyeshadow colors
Nice color payoff
Buttery smooth consistency & very easy to blend
No fallouts
Available online.
Available at Bon Marche
The packaging is a dust-magnet
Doesn’t offer much color selection
Not for every skin color
Shades are pretty similar to what you can find in the Naked & Naked 2 palette
Not available locally
The V E R D I C T

All in all, I love this palette. It’s very sleek & compact, I have no regrets buying it even though it’s like my nth neutral palette. But anyhow, it’s a really good palette, if you love mattes & neutral shades, then this is for you.

R E P U R C H A S E ? / W O R T H P U R C H A S I N G ?

As mentioned, it’s a nice addition to the two previous palettes. I can easily see myself coming up with a look combining this and one of the UD Naked palettes. That being said, it’s also a good stand alone palette especially if you love matte shades.

Lippies – Fashion 21 Pink Obsession Lip Color in ‘Dream Girl’ & Mac Satin Lip Color in ‘Rebel’

Now, here’s the mighty find question – “Do you still need this if I have the Naked/Naked 2/both palette(s)? My answer – Honestly, if you already own both the Naked & Naked 2 palettes, then you don’t need this anymore. A lot of the shades featured in this palette are very similar to the matte eyeshadows that were already in the Naked & Naked 2 palettes. That’s the only thing that I kinda didn’t like with this one. I wish they came up with something that is not so similar, yet still in the ‘neutral’ family color. If you have just one Naked palette, however, I think it’s okay to buy this but still not necessary.

If you love nudes/neutrals, then go for it, this palette is definitely for you, especially if you live to travel. It’s very travel friendly and the shades offer you endless possibilities with regards to coming up with different eye makeup looks. But don’t listen to me, I’m just a neutral palette addict.

Anyway, how about you guys? Do you like this palette? What is your favorite neutral eyeshadow palette? Let me know!

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  • agree…!! ako meron ng naked1, sa totoo lng lang feeling ko ndi ko na kailngan ng naked2 and naked basics..medyo expensive pa. =)

    • Yup, you don’t need this if you already have either or both. But keep in mind that the matte shades in this one are on the cooler side unlike the ones that are in Naked. But, if you have one then that’s well enough already

  • Cj Escuadro

    the price of UD palettes restrains me talaga from buying..but I once bought their naked palette 1 and then that was it..mahal kasi talaga..hehe..but I’ve been eyeing on this basics palette..hopefully, I can buy this one soon.hee..great review ms. yettez!

    this is off topic but I really like how you take your pictures

    • Thanks! I learned a lot from Martha’s product mugshot entry/tutorial

  • Janna Joshelle Parel

    I really wanted to get this too but I have too many neutral palettes already. LOL. Plus I have the Naked2

    • Well, it’s worth it if you really love UD & neutral palettes.. I go ecstatic whenever I see a neutral eyeshadow palette, kaya worth it sha para sakin (kahit na ang dami na talaga -_-)

  • Ju of Bon Marche :)

    Love your reviews! Always so comprehensive. Always a pleasure to see your name in our order list

  • katrina

    most of my palettes are from urban decay but i tend to gravitate towards the loud and funky colors that they offer. if i decide to buy one though, id probably stick with the naked palette 2. saw the color swatch of naked basics from you and i dont think it will appear on my eye area. haha.

    • Yea, I think that’s the issue with this palette, for those who have very light/pale skin, it wont really show up. Better stick with the other two previous palettes.

  • having a UD palette is on my wishlist.. pero because of the price hanggang wishlist muna sya hehehe.. thank you for introducing me sa essence palette.. it was just perfect di ko pa magalaw hihi.. =)

    • You’re welcome! Use it na! Hehe

      • hihi.. i wanna use it na =) hihi =)

  • Looking forward to your collective haul!! Excited to see and discover more beauty products! Great review by the way..

    • Oh, haha. Don’t know if I’ll be able to do that. Lol.>.<

  • karla del rosario

    ung faint perfect sa crease area for sure! :> If only I have the money I would totally buy naked palletes. Great review

  • Maica France Saldo

    “If that online shop offers a loyalty card, I’d be the first in line to grab one.” JOIN DIN AKO! LOL! I love Bon Marche, and it is m dream to own UD Palettes but their super expensive. I’ll settle for the dupes na lang muna. Heard that the NYX Natural Palette is a good dupe for this.

    • I haven’t seen the NYX natural palette yet. I’ll check it out one time.

  • Wow so you have all the UD palettes, envy you! Can’t afford their palettes but they’re always in my wish list (I hope Santa could grant it for me haha). I think sayo ko rin nabasa about sa packaging ng Naked na madali syang mag fade and dust-magnet din.. sana they will improve their packaging no? para perfect na lahat! (good quality and good packaging)

    • Yup, dust magnet talaga ang packaging ng Naked palettes. Pera lang ung Naked 2.

  • I’m thinking of getting these or the the balm meet matte

    • Mas marami kase ung shades ng Meet Matte infer, lol.

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