Product Review : Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Alright, so we all know that I own and love the Naked 1-3 palettes by Urban Decay. They are a staple in my collection, and I alternate between all 3 when I travel. The next logical move was getting an actual travel size palette that would become my go to. Enter the Naked Basics Palette.

Now this palette is not even close to being new (they've even had the 2nd one out for a while now) but I'm late to the party! I just figured I didn't REAALLLYYY need it, but caving in is a side effect of being a beauty product addict.
a picture of Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (original)
a picture of Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (original)

This compact little palette offers 6 matte neutral shades ; Venus (ok I lied, this shade has a bit of a sheen to it) , Foxy, W.O.S, Naked 2, Faint, Crave.
a picture of Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (original)

Honestly, the lighter shades are quite hard to swatch on my pasty arm, but on the eye as a highlight on the brow bone or in the inner corner or on top of another color on the lid to add more brightness to the look they are really lovely!
a picture of Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette; Venus, Foxy, W.O.S
a picture of Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette; Venus, Foxy, W.O.S (swatch)
a picture of Urban Decay Naked Basics ; Naked 2, Faint, Crave
a picture of Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ; Naked 2, Faint, Crave (swatch)

I think this is a great universal everyday palette, you can quickly create subtle to smokey looks in just a few seconds. It's pretty much all I've been using lately, cause I'm pretty lazy and as much as I love my bigger palettes, I like the limited options in here when I'm not feeling too creative because it rids you of the puzzle of choosing all the right shades. It's pretty fail proof. I also love that's in compact, so you can bring it anywhere, fits your purse or pocket even! Not that'd you'd need it at all times, but you know it's nice to know it's an option! Oh and it retails for $29 USD/ 34$ CA, which I feel is a reasonable price for a product that can be used every day and offers a superior quality of shadows...

Quick note, I've mentioned they have a second palette out in this "range", now unless you're crazy like me, you probably don't need this one AND the Naked Basics 2 (which offers cooler tones). I don't own the 2nd one yet, so I can't give a thorough review/comparison.
a picture of Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 swatch (Sephora)
Naked Basics 2 / Source : Sephora

I think it's important to evaluate which set of shades is better suited for your skin tone or which shades you usually gravitate more towards.

Though the cooler shades might be better suited for my fair skin, I personally find that the first one has a wider range of shades, in the sense that the build up from light to dark is more intense, therefore more versatile. Which is why I'm not running to the store to get the other right this second... Again, if all the shades don't show up well on your skin tone, it's besides the point. 

Which one do YOU prefer? Also let me know if you'd be interested in seeing looks created with the Naked Basics palette!

Talk to you soon,

-Val

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