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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