Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Swatches and Quick Review!

Urban Decay’s Naked ‘franchise’ (ok, range), is getting bigger and bigger, and it’s not hard to see why it’s so successful; a collection of very wearable colours together in one place – what’s not to love? Here is my first Naked purchase and the second palette.

Obviously good things come in threes, so I purchased their new smaller ‘basics’ palette from Debenhams when there was 10% off all cosmetics (Debehams does 10% off quite frequently for those interested).

Here it is!

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Swatches and Quick Review

They say: Urban Decay’s first MATTE palette, featuring six gorgeously Naked neutrals to build on or wear alone – including four never-before-seen shades. Naked Basics is more than just the long-awaited, multipurpose MATTE companion to Naked. It’s the palette EVERY woman needs in her beauty arsenal. With six stripped-down, Nakedly neutral shadows, it has everything you need for the perfect neutral matte eye.

You heard that right? MATTES. People who must have some shimmer, beware. This palette is exclusively matte, but I like this; I have a thing for creamy mattes as they do look flattering on my eye shape as I can get them looking less ‘puffy’ on those super tired days.

It also looks quite grown up and elegant…any hoo…there are six shades in this palette:

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Swatches and Quick Review 1

Venus; whitish, Foxy; yellowish, W.O.S; peachish, Naked2; medium brown taupe; Faint; richer brown chocolate and Crave; black.

Foxy and W.O.S are not new shades, the rest are.

The shades are very nice, wearable, useful, flattering.  If I had my way I would omit one of the lighter shades and have another mid tone – Faint is actually deeper than it looks here and is more of a liner or crease shade (if you are going for a natural look) then a med blendy hue.  I’d love a neutral concrete type shade instead of Foxy, I think.

Texture is really good; creamy, soft, pigmented, can’t complain about that at all. 

Packaging is great – I have mentioned before I am not a big fan of cardboard packaging (as in Naked 1) but this is plastic and quite sleek.  I like it, it’s durable but also not too big.


Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Swatches and Quick Review 2

Any objections?

If you already have either of the Naked 1 or Naked 2 palettes then realistically, you probably have everything you already need for some lovely neutral looks so unless you want something specifically matte, and/or compact for travel (the older palettes are huge and too big to carry around every day) then you might not need this.  If you need some shimmer in your life, you will not want this.  Otherwise; there is a lot of love for this little palette.

I paid £18 for this on Debenhams. It retails for around £20.

Do you like the Urban Decay Naked palettes?

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  1. says

    I have swatched this in person and I personally dislike this palette. I prefer my NAKED palette as it has more colors and this naked basic just looks too flat for me. But I have to agree that the formula and texture of this eyeshadow is great!