17 December 2012

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette
I think we have all gathered by now with my reviews of the 24-7 Smoked Pencils set and the Vice palette, that I am a big, big Urban Decay fan. Personally, for me, their eye-shadows are completely unparalleled either on the high-street or with other high-end brands. I prefer them to any other brand, MAC and MUA included. Their eye-shadows are for me, perfection. So when Urban Decay shared news of their newest palette, the Naked Basics palette, I couldn't help but get incredibly excited.


The Naked Basics palette is the newest addition to the Naked family. The very first matte palette to be released by Urban Decay, it features six shades, four of which are brand new! A neutrals palette, you can create endless looks with this palette using shades either alone or teamed together to create anything from a subtle, understated eye, to a day-time smokey eye, to night-time smouldering eyes. 
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette
The six shades are Venus, which is one of the new shades, and is an off-white demi-matte shade (it has the tiniest frost to it that is actually amazingly gorgeous), Foxy, which is a cream bisque matte, Walk of Shame (we've all had one of those, right...) which is a very light nude matte, Naked2, another new shade, which is a taupe matte, Faint, again a new shade, which is a warm dusty brown matte and Crave, also a new shade, which is a very deep, dark black with the slightest touch of a deep brown, matte. 

But did this brand new matte palette with four new and wonderful shades meet my expectations?

Yes! Oh yes, yes, yes! Let me tell you - When it arrived I thought to myself, "Blooming'eck this is small!", and it is, it's tiny! It's smaller than my phone! (Samsung Galaxy Nexus) But it's size makes it adorably cute and to me, I think the size is one of the big reasons why this palette is going to be such a huge hit. It's compact, it's small, it has everything you need for a variety of looks and it is perfect to travel with. It's not some big, huge palette that needs a bag of it's own, this palette is compact enough to fit into your bag, your makeup bag, a travel bag. How many palettes do you know that can easily be tucked away in one of your bag compartments? I have none, not even my MUA ones would fit! I also quite like the feel of this palette. It's not too dissimilar to the feel of the Vice palette and the Urban Decay Naked Basics sign is embossed, ever so slightly, which is a lovely touch.
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette
But what about the shades? 

Just like all Urban Decay eye-shadows, the formula is soft, creamy and blend-able. I used this palette over the weekend, going for an experimental smokey eye on Saturday and on Sunday when I was having a day with my partner's family, a more neutral, toned down but still stand out eye. I found them so easy to apply, the shades blended beautifully together and also, the shades go together so, so well. There's no awkward cross-overs between shades which don't quite fit - these shades are like a match made in heaven. My favourite shades are Venus, which is perfect as a base and lovely in the inner corner, and I also feel it is a similar, but nicer, shade to MAC's Naked Lunch. I also love Faint and Crave which can really work wonders to create a stunning look. 

I think this palette is going to be perfect for so many people. If you like the neutral look, this palette is for you. If you prefer mattes to shimmer and glitter shades, this palette is for you. If you like going for a more basic but still sensational look, this palette is for you. And if like me, you adore Urban Decay and are in love with their eye-shadows, this palette is definitely for you. I'm really impressed! You can find this palette on the Debenhams website here, and it retails for £20. However for a short time only, Debenhams have it for £18 on special offer including free delivery! Christmas treat anyone? 

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette

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  1. Looks like a gorgeous palette, however I think that the three lighter shades look too similar, it would have been nice to have two more darker colours in my personal opinion.
    Still love Urban Decay shadows though, they are definitely the best quality.
    xx

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    1. They are very different in real life! :) I adore UD shadows, the best there is in my opinion xo

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  2. I think this is the palette every girl needs,it has your everyday basic matte shadows that you just can't go wrong with.Would love to try it out

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    1. You should pick one up, it's such a great palette xo

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  3. I do like the look of this, and the fact its so compact makes it brilliant for travelling. But with neutral palettes coming out of my ears it isn't one I will be purchasing! I have never hit pan on an eye-shadow so I think I should stop buying palettes really!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie.com xx

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    1. I have so many neutral palettes but I think this out does all of them! xo

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  4. Would love to try it out. Looks so gorgeous.

    beautifyiu.blogspot.com

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  5. This looks great! I much prefer matte makeup so definately one for me!

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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    1. I've been using this so much that I think I now also prefer matte to shimmer overall! xo

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  6. I also think UD are the best eyeshadows around, even compared to MAC. I'm staying clear of this palette though, because like Emily i think there are too many light shades that look too similar.
    To me it looks like a lot of pales shades and one black.
    I wish they had varied the shades to mid tones a bit more. I can't see dark skin tones finding this palette totally wearable. I may be wrong?

    Jules x

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    1. I much prefer UD to MAC shadows, in fact I don't think MAC shadows are all that good! I think this would suit darker tones as well as lighter as the shades are so versatile! And so, so pigmented xo

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  7. this does seem like a good matte palette, shame it's only small though! I would probably buy this if i didn't have tonnes of other palettes to get through :)

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  8. The palette looks lovely, I'm always looking for some matte eye shadows!

    thegirlfromasmalltown.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. This is the perfect palette for you then :) xo

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  9. This looks like a great little palette! Perfect for carrying in your handbag! I use my Naked palette everyday and sometimes I can't help but want something a little less shimmery for a day time look .. so this would be perfect! May have to drop some hints to the fella ;)

    www.fashionandbeautyrelated.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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    1. I hope he pays attention to the hints :P xo

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  10. This looks like perfection for me! I love matte everything (eyeshadows, blushes, lipsticks) so I'm considering getting this for Christmas. xx

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  11. This palette looks lovely :) I just adore my Naked Palettes, so I need this one in my collection too!

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  12. This looks pretty, but I think the first three shades are too similar.. I'd have been seriously tempted in the shades were slightly more varied, as I do love a good neutral matte palette! xo

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    1. The shades aren't similar, they are quite different, it just didn't show up on the photos very well xo

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  13. Honestly I can say this palette is not for me. All I wear is shimmers!

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    1. That's a shame but it's always better to go with what you know and like :) xo

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  14. im so glad i read this because ive been wondering about it, looks lovely! i like the idea its small god for travelling, putting it on my xmas list.x

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  15. I got this palette too over the weekend. It's a lovely little palette and so well formulated. Think the pictures make it seem like the first 3 shades are quite similar but they're noticably different in real life :)

    Lovely review!

    http://www.la-vida-fresa.com/ xo

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    1. Yeah the lighting wasn't the best I have to admit! The shades are all very different in real life :) xo

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  16. It does look like a really gorgeous palette, but I wish they kept it in true Naked fashion: a full-sixed palette with a ton of range in shades.

    abundanceoferica.blogspot.ca

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    1. I think that's the point of this palette though - It's basics :) xo

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  17. This looks so nice i love ud shadows but i dont think i need it!:)

    http://laurenlovesmakeupxoxo.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

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    1. There's a difference between need and want though ;) xo

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  18. I really want this! I love matte shades for day time as on my pale skin shimmer can sometimes look too harsh.

    Louminous

    x

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    1. I think matte shades are perfect for day time wear! Esp on paler skin tones! :) Let me know if you end up picking it up xo

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  19. Eeeee I'm getting this for Christmas off my boyfriend :] I can't wait to get using it! Great review x

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    1. Let me know how you get on with it! :) xo

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  20. Great review! I was surprised that this palette didn't sell out instantly! I ordered mine Saturday, so I hope it will come soon (:

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    1. I hope you'll love it as much as me Aly! :) xo

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  21. I've been waiting for a palette like that. All the matte shades sounds very intriguing, but I'm still undecided about getting the palette. At a first glance, the shades look kind of too similar to me and to greyish for my skintone. I'll have to see them in person before deciding to get the palette. :)

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    1. The shades are all very different in real life - The lighting just wasn't good when I took these photos :( xo

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  22. I have used to matte colours from my Naked 1 palette to death so I was soo excited when I heard about the release of this! I personally think its a great price for such quality eyeshadows and I begged my mum to buy it for me for Christmas the day it landed on the Debenhams website :) can't wait for Christmas day to use it for the perfect matte smokey eye! Great review :) xo

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    1. I think the price is fantastic! :) Urban Decay palettes are such amazing value for money Thanks Laura! xo

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  23. Oooh I want this!!

    http://hello-karla.blogspot.ie
    xx

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  24. it is a lot smaller than I thought it would be. I don't know why I thought it would be bigger. I don't usually like matte shades but the more swatches I see the more I need this palette. x

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  25. Such a gorgeous palette! Loving it!!

    xo
    Ange

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  26. I really like this palette & the price isn't too bad! I could definitely see myself picking this up in the future. Your pics are gorgeous & I'm sure its even better in real life!


    http://abrunetteinthecity.blogspot.com/

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