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.