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Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - first impressions review and swatches

March 28, 2013

I have resisted and resisted and resisted jumping on the Urban Decay Naked band wagon, but I finally caved. You might be wondering why I resisted to long, but to cut a long story short, I wanted the Naked Palette when it first came out, but being stuck in Australia they were really hard to get, and the websites that were selling them at the start were ridiculously overpriced. Then the Naked 2 Palette came out, and I was torn between which one to invest in. Now that the Naked Basics Palette came out and I instantly knew this is a palette that would fit well into my makeup collection, since I definitely need more matte shades, and also a palette that I would use every day.

Anyway, I bought this from Look Fantastic for £20.00, or around $29... I may have also bought a second one for a giveaway soon.

So anyway this is half the size of one of the Naked palettes, and it contains six shades that are mostly matte. Venus is the only shade that is shimmery, and I think the addition of Venus is a very smart move because most people would want a shimmery highlight shade, and having Venus in the palette means that you can get a whole look in one palette. Foxy also seems to have more of a satin finish, but the rest are matte.

I love the packaging of this palette! It is smaller than an iphone, it contains a large mirror, and is made of really sturdy plastic that has a rubbery coating. This is not only very travel or handbag friendly, but this also feels like you could throw this across the room and it won't break... not that I will test it.

So the colours are very neutral and are perfect for a naked palette, but I do think that Foxy and Walk Of Shame are possibly a little too similar.

The texture of these shadows are so lovely, they are super soft and smooth, they nicely pigmented and are easy to apply. Since some of these colours are very soft, it would be best to wear a primer with these, also there can be some fall out with these because they are so soft. 

Venus, Foxy, Walk Of Shame, Naked 2, Faint, Crave
Above are arm swatches (where I swatch them with my fingers) and below I swatched them with a brush over the top of a primer.

Top row: Venus, Foxy, Walk Of Shame. Bottom row: Naked 2, Faint, Crave

I love these shades, they are great for a nude eye look, and although I think Foxy and Walk Of Shame are too similar, I think this is the perfect palette for an everyday basic eye look. On first impressions, my favourite shades are Naked 2, Venus and Foxy. I Think Naked 2 is the perfect crease colour for people with pale to medium skin tones.

This is definitely encouraging me to invest in either the Naked or Naked 2 Palette, since I think this Naked Basics palette would accompany either of those palettes perfectly. What do you think of this palette?



  1. I just swatched this at Sephora recently. I was tempted because I love neutral mattes, but I have way too many similar eyeshadows already. Although I think the appeal is that you have them all together xx

  2. I have the other 2 Naked palettes in my kit but this one lives in my handbag for quick office makeup after hitting the gym. Super handy size and much better packaging than other UD palettes.

    1. It would be super handy for quick makeup, or makeup touching ups.

  3. I've never tried any of the palette but I've heard so much great reviews! It's great that they made a palette with neutrals :)

  4. I got this a few months ago and LOVE it ... I do agree though they a primer (I use a MAC paint pot) is needed because they don't last nearly as well as other shadows do.

  5. Thanks for such a a great review and clear swatches! I'm definitely going to cave on this soon. I'm seriously lacking matte eye shadows in my collection, so this will fill the gap nicely :)



    1. Thats how I justified it too :P

  6. I've been tempted to purchase this but I am terrible at applying eyeshadow, let alone matte shadows. Might end up purchasing this when I fly over to America later this year :D

    dreamdustx | Urban Decay Giveaway

  7. I still haven't brought myself to buying this yet, looks fab!xxx


  8. This looks so great. Im yet to purchase my first UD palette, and Im not sure how much longer I can resist!!

  9. That is GORGEOUS! I can't emphasise how much the whole Naked/Naked2? debate rings true with me and I'm so tempted to get the Naked Basics because I know I'll use it a lot more than the smokier palettes.

  10. This palette has been a rave since it was released!
    ~Pauline @ Urban Decay Philippines


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