Urban Decay Naked Basics Review, Swatches, Photos

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Urban Decay Naked Basics

Well. Urban Decay has reinvented Naked more times than I thought possible. I have the original Naked palette, as well as Naked 2. Now comes Naked Basics as well as Naked Flushed (which I hope to own eventually). I wondered if I really needed this on top of owning Naked and Naked 2, but it is a surprising yes as this palette works well with the others as well as my many other colorful palettes.

Naked Basics is made up of 6 shadows, with 5 being matte and 1 shimmer. The packaging is cute and compact, and I like the sort of silky, velvety texture (think NARS packaging). Inside is a very generous mirror for makeup application on the go, though you really won’t need to bring this for touch ups as the colors lasted me all day. It might come in handy for trips, however.

From left to right the shades in the palette are:

  • Venus – a warm, very light pinky peach shimmer highlight (the only shimmer in the palette)
  • Foxy – a warm, matte light/medium beige
  • W.O.S. – a cool, matte light pinky beige
  • Naked 2 – a medium warm, matte taupe
  • Faint – a medium/dark cool, matte milk chocolate brown
  • Crave – a dark, matte jet black

All of the shades had good pigmentation and wear. I really love Venus as a brow bone and tear duct highlight, and feel it would work as a highlight for quite a few shades beyond this palette (especially purples). The texture was smooth, and all of the eyeshadows applied and blended well over my lids (even with a primer).

I used Venus, Naked 2, Faint, and Crave on my eyes in a look you can see in my MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder and MAC Cream Soda Powder Blush reviews. The shades in the palette can be used on their own (unusual for me, as I usually find most palettes are usually missing one important shade for a complete eye look) or brought into looks created with other palettes. If you have been needing some matte shades to work into your everyday or even bold looks, this may be the palette you are looking for.

Overall I am quite pleased with this palette, and when it runs out I will be repurchasing.

Urban Decay Naked Basics retails for $27 and can be found at the Urban Decay web site, Sephora stores and Sephora.com

rban decay naked basics

rban decay naked basics

rban decay naked basics

rban decay naked basics

urban decay naked basics

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Written by Leticia

Beauty Blogger just outside of the Seattle area. Makeup enthusiast, Star Trek nerd.


  1. shenez · February 20, 2013

    I love this palette. The colors are just so gorgeous.

  2. Olivia · February 20, 2013

    I’m loving this palette!
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  3. Icequeen81 · February 20, 2013

    great shades can use the darker ones for the brows

  4. Lisa T · February 20, 2013

    After trying Meet Matt(e) Nude, I definitely prefer that over Naked Basics, but I have been using Naked Basics a lot before Meet Matt(e) Nude came! lol
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  5. Toya · February 21, 2013

    I LOVE the idea of this palette, but there are too many somewhat similar shades for me that would all look the same on my skintone, unfortunately. I just want ‘Faint’ on it’s own :) Still, I can totally see the value Leticia!
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  6. Marisa Anderson · February 21, 2013

    Luv the colors in this Naked palette, the colors are sooo beautiful. The Venus shadow is my favorite color.
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  7. Annulka · December 6, 2013

    I love to wear natural pallets because they go with everything. I also think they tend to appear a bit more professional, but there is nothing better than a dark smokey eye for going out!

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