Matte eyeshadows, a staple in any beauty collection, perfect for experimenting with colour whilst still creating subtle and everyday wearable looks. I find matte shadows quite hard to come by on the highstreet, but one brand who has really stolen the beauty crown when it comes to matte eyeshadows is Urban Decay.
With the Naked range from Urban Decay being one of the most highly coveted in the world, the range is continuing to expand and over recent years, has created palettes focused on beautiful matte eyeshadows that any beauty addict would find hard to resist. The latest Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette is a gorgeous display of matte shadows, and my favourite Naked Basics palette yet.
When news hit of the latest Urban Decay palette to join the Naked Basics family, I was like a kid in a candy store. I adore the Naked Basics palettes, so easy to use on a day to day basis and perfect for any confidence level. When I can't decide what look to go for, my Naked Basics palettes are the ones I reach for. Lovely selection of shades that are so easy to work with, presented in compact little palettes that are perfect for travelling with.
The Naked Ultimate Basics is a bigger in size than the Naked Basics and Naked Basics 2, both of which are a very reasonable £23 each. With double the amount of shades, the Ultimate Basics palette is a bold display with a compact that is far more eye-catching than the more neutral looks of it's predecessors.
With a square case and a gorgeous detailed embossing on the casing, almost like rose gold rays, the look of the palette is unique to any other eyeshadow palettes in my beauty stash. Much bolder than previous matte offerings from Urban Decay, the Ultimate Basics features a beautiful array of cool and warm tone matte shadows that would work for both day and evening looks.
The top half of the palette features shades you'd expect to see in a Basics palette from Urban Decay; Bow is a great base shade in the form of a light nude demi-matte, Nudie would work great as a wash of colour over the lids, a lovely soft pink-nude matte, Commando is a favourite of mine, a very wearable light taupe-brown matte, Tempted is a great cool toned pale brown matte, Instinct is a touch bolder, a lovely medium pink-taupe matte great as a crease shadow, whilst Lethal is a more daring reddish brown matte, lovely for the crease but also doubling up wonderfully as a liner.
The second half of the palette is definitely more striking with the shades selected, but still very wearable and great additions to create more evening and night time themed looks. Pre-Game is another great base shade, a lovely pale yellow matte, Extra Bitter is a burnt orange matte, the perfect autumnal shade, Faith is a medium warm brown matte, a great everyday essential shade, Lockout is a richer neutral brown matte which would work great as a crease shade, particularly when teamed with Nudie and Tempted, Magnet is a gorgeous smokey gray matte great for any smokey eye, whilst finishing off the palette is Blackjack, a warm toned black matte.
Urban Decay are famous for their amazing pigmentation and impressive longevity and the Naked Ultimate Basics palette is no different. The shades are incredible; each works really well within the palette and has that buttery soft formula you'll be used to from Urban Decay. The colour pay off is intense, with a little going a long way and powders that are exceptionally easy to apply and blend. Longevity wise we're talking a very decent all day wear, with morning to night longevity if teaming with an eyeshadow primer - I am a personal fan of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
Is it really the ultimate Naked Basics palette? I think so! If you've been unsure which of the Naked Basics palettes to add to your collection, the Ultimate Basics will certainly shake things up and be a great choice for anyone wanting a beautiful mix of matte shades. It's a little more costly than the original Basics palettes, costing £38.50, but for double the amount of shades and the high quality Urban Decay always deliver, it's cheaper than I expected.
Will you be adding the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics to your eyeshadow collection?
Available at www.urbandecay.co.uk, FeelUnique.com, debenhams.com and sephora.com.
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