Sunday, 3 February 2013

Urban Decay: Naked Basics Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - £20.00

I have to admit, I'm a huge fan of Urban Decay eyeshadows. I love their Naked series, and purchased Naked and Naked 2 palettes as soon as they were released after rave reviews. I also recently bought the Vice palette, but that's for another day! Urban Decay palettes are honestly the best I've used in terms of both pigmentation and prolonged wear, and twinned with their award-winning Primer Potion you really can't go wrong.

The Naked Basics palette is a small essential for any makeup lover's collection. Previous Naked palettes contained mainly shimmer eyeshadows so when this all-matte palette came along I couldn't resist buying! It contains six gorgeous matte colours, all neutral shades, which can either begin a dramatic look or complete an effortless natural finish for your eyes. The colours range from an off-white to an almost black.

The six colours are:
  • Venus - A shade of off-white with a semi-matte finish. I think this is great for doubling up as a highlighter. I use this on the inner corner of my eye and on my brow bone to catch the light in all the right places.
  • Foxy - This shade isn't an exclusive as it also features in the Naked 2 palette, yet I'm happy that it's also featured in the Basics because it may be my most-used shadow. The colour is more of a yellow-toned ivory, and is the perfect shade to begin any look. It works well as a base for the eyelid and it also counteracts any redness.
  • Walk of Shame - A slightly darker cream colour with pink undertones. I sweep this shade over my eyelid and blend it with Foxy to create a neutral look. This shade was also previously included in the Build Your Own palette.
  • Naked 2 - A pink nude with grey undertones. Almost a fawn-type colour when applied, I use this to define the outer corner of my eye and blend it into the outer half of my eyelid.
  • Faint - A light brown matte shade with red and charcoal undertones, perfect for defining the eyelid crease. Because this colour is so pigmented it transfers easily onto your makeup brush with just a light sweep. This means the shadow is much longer-lasting!
  • Crave - A deep, dark brown shadow, almost black, pigmented to the max! To complete the natural look, I use this final shade to line my lash line. In order to keep it looking neat, I use the smallest brush I own to create a very thin line, just so it blends without looking too heavy. That, and I like to use liquid eyeliner over the top anyway!

Overall, I love this palette. It's easy to apply and lasts all day! The packaging is cute and concise so it won't fill up your handbag if you're on the move. Unlike the other Naked palettes, however, it does not come with an applicator which would have been nice. But for £20 I think it's a pretty good deal anyway!

*Apologies for the quality of some of the photographs - dreary Sundays do absolutely nothing for natural light. My swatches came out terrible in the end so I decided not to include them in this post!

What do you think of the Naked Basics palette? Do you prefer mattes or shimmers?

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