I've been debating buying this palette for so long, but with so many beautiful palettes on the market and as I already own Naked 2 & 3 I wasn't sure I really needed this one. But I caved here I am with a review and some swatches for you.
The Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basic Palette homes 12 pretty matte shades that will transcend you through the next couple of seasons if not right through the year. I don't know about you but most of the palettes I own I rarely use all the colours and there's always a few that don't even get a look in. With this palette all of the shades are incredibly wearable and all of them extremely appealing. The pale pinks and creamy nudes are perfect for everyday wear. The warm toned browns and burnt orange are gorgeous for Autumn and the smoky black and midnight grey are just lovely for Winter. To me this is just a really useful palette and one I think I'll be reaching for on a daily basis.
On first impressions the packaging is super pretty in rose gold casing but as you open it there's no real wow factor (obviously though the colours are aesthetically pleasing). The simple (or basic) format of the eye shadows is plain and simple - with the 12 matte shades in oblong shape. I love the huge mirror which is great for close up application and it also comes with a double ended brush. One side is packed with soft, short bristles, this is great for application and blending. The other end is great for lining the lash line or packing them with colour.
So moving onto the colours:
- Blow (Light Nude)
- Nude (Soft Pink Nude)
- Commando (Light Taupe)
- Tempted (Light Grey / Taupe)
- Instinct (Rose Pink)
- Lethal (Reddish Brown)
- Pre-Game (Pale Yellow)
- Extra Bitter (Burnt Orange with copper tone)
- Faith (Medium Warm Brown)
- Lockout (Rich Neutral Brown)
- Magnet (Smoky Grey)
- Blackjack (Warm Black)
I'm not the best at swatches but hopefully my photos do the shades justice. With an all matt palette I find this a great choice for everyday wear. With the wide range of colours I've been creating a lovely warm brown smoky eye, (with Faith, Knockout and Lethal) a neutral pinky eye (with nude, Comando and Instinct) and I'm really loving Extra Bitter on its own with a little nude in the corners of my eye. Obviously this can be worn for evening but as there is no ounce of shimmer in the palette you need to reach for your Becca products for some highlighting.
The formula of the powders is silky soft and blending is a dream. These eye shadows slip on your eyelid with ease, and whether you prefer an all over base or are creating a smoky look, building up colour is effortless due to the dense pigmentation. There's hardly any fallout which I love as I always make a ton of mess when blending!
As I mentioned before this is a really useful palette and at £38.50 I feel you get a lot of shadow for your money rather than a Charlotte Tilbury or Chanel palette for the same price if not more with only four colours to choose from. I'd rate this a winner for those out they looking for a do all palette with out the less popular shimmery shades that always get left in the pan.
What's your thoughts on this Urban Decay Naked Basic Palette? Which palettes do you reach for everyday?
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