Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review & Swatches
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette launches this week. Excited? The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($27) is a new take on the legendary Naked and Naked 2 Eyeshaodow Palettes.
This smaller, more portable palette contains six full size eyeshadows all of them matte in finish accept for one. I’m positive all the matte lovers out there are squealing in joy because let’s face it Naked and Naked 2 are more about the shimmer than the matte.
The Naked Basics Palette launches in exactly three days, will you be indulging?
Take a look!
The Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette is about half the size of the Naked and Naked 2 Palettes, it’s also a good deal skinner. The palette is far more travel friendly than its predecessors due to the smaller size. The compact itself is made of a lightweight rubber sort of like NARS packaging. It seems far more friendlier than NARS though as I used it a few times and didn’t notice it getting dirty or attracting powder like a magnet. So far, it remains fairly clean! It’s so small I found it hard to believe that they packed full size eyeshadows inside. By Urban Decay standards this is very, very no frills so it really does live up to its name, “Basic”.
At $27, it’s quite a bargan as it does contain all full size eyeshadows. The shades are all matte aside from Venus which has a tiny touch of satin, UD recommends it as a highlighting shade.
- Venus (soft, off-white demi-matte)
- Foxy (very light yellow/beige matte)
- Walk of Shame (very light pinky nude matte)
- Naked 2 (rosy taupe matte)
- Faint (warm, dusty brown matte)
- Crave (deepest, darkest brown/black matte)
Naked 2, Faint, Crave
Venus, Foxy, W.O.S.
Foxy is available in Naked 2 and Walk of Shame was exclusive to the Build Your Own Palettes that Urban Decay released recently. However, the other four shades are exclusive to the Naked Basics Palette.
I’m not a great lover of matte eyeshadow however, I can’t deny the color payoff is fairly excellent on all of these. They have a soft, smooth almost silky texture that applies very easily on lids.
I think if you already own the Naked Palettes some of these shades may be easy to dupe. These shades might feel a little repetitive however, those who generally like the idea of an all matte palette might just overlook that. Although the shades all build fairly well with excellent color pay off those with darker skin might feel they are a touch too light. The palette is a 50/50 mix of lighter versus darker shades and I think some folks would have preferred darker mattes versus lighter ones. Personally I think it makes a handy tool to use in conjunction with the Naked Palettes you already own. Some of these shades make an excellent color wash prior to applying a deeper shade so you might want to take that into consideration when deciding on a purchase.
Overall, if you’re a fond fan of basic mattes and think you’ll make use of them daily this is probably an excellent pick. It feels very well rounded as it covers many of the basic matte shades most of which you would make use of daily. The texture is excellent as they have a very soft, smooth feel that apply easily without being patchy or dry.
If you’re not a fan of mattes I think Urban Decay could change your mind. Naked Basics takes things down to a simple yet elegant array of shadows that would work easily in many day looks!
It’ll be available starting November 29th at UrbanDecay.com and at Sephora, Macys, Ulta, and more for Spring 2012, February 1st.
Are you planning on purchasing it?
This review contains a sample
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