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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics | Review & Swatches

I can safely say that I am huge fan of the Urban Decay Naked eye palettes. I just love the neutral colours of both palettes, and I am particularly fond of the matte ones. So when I heard that they would releasing this minature addition it was a no brainer for me to jump on board.

At the moment I am hitting the pan on the nude colours of my Naked 2 palette, in particular 'Foxy' (one of my fave colours to use as an eyeshadow base) so it gave me even more reason to buy this palette. And if for some reason that wasn't enough to sway me, the palette was on sale on Beauty Bay for $28 (the beauty Gods were practically begging for me to buy it).

The palette itself is a lot smaller than what I expected and is a more 'rubbery plastic' texture, kinda similar to NARS packaging. While I knew that it wouldn't be any way as big as the original naked palettes, I still expected it to be slightly bigger than what it is. As you can see in the picture below, the palette fits perfectly in the palm of my hand, which I guess makes it a lot easier to hold and much easier to travel with. Despite all of that, the eye shadows are the same as the full sized palettes, so you are receiving the exact same amount of product.

Like the other Naked palettes, the colours are fairly pigmented. Even on my pale skin you can still make out the swatches of the more nude colours (though just barely). To my delight all the colours on the palette are matte except Venus which would be used as a highlighter.

From left to right the colours are as follows: Venus (soft, off-white demi-matte), Foxy (a matte light yellow/beige), Walk of Shame (a matte light pink nude) Naked 2 (greyish taupe matte), Faint (a matte mid-tone dusty brown), and Crave (dark brown matte). The shadows are incredibly smooth and silky, apply easily and in my opinion are long lasting (consideing I have oily lids). Only 4 out of the 6 colours are originals, (Foxy is in Naked 2, and W.O.S is in build your palettes), and some of the colours are similar to other shades in the Naked range - Venus is similar to Bootycall in Naked 2 and Crave is similar to Blackout.

All in all, If you're not a fan of nudes and/or matte colours I would suggest that you skip this palette as it clearly wouldn't be for you. However, if you are like me and love matte and nude colours, I say that this is a must have for you. I personally love this palette and would be ready to recommend it.

Do you have the Naked Basics Palette? What do you think?


  1. Ahh I only noticed you had a blog here through the comment you left me :) You're blog is gorgeous as always! I really want this palette along with the Naked 2 palette, I've been in love with them for so long but I don't know why I've haven't brought them yet. Your review is super helpful!

    1. Ahaha yea, I only started this blog a few weeks ago, thanks so much! You should definitely buy both, I have all three and I love them!