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 >.<
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.
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
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.
• 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
| Small, sturdy, plastic compact
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
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
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.
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!