Saturday, December 15, 2012

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette: Review + Swatches!

Urban Decay has released another installment in their Naked palette line, the Naked Basics Palette.  This palette was created with matte shades to supplement the first two Naked palettes (and their lack of matte colors).

The Naked Basics palette comes in a rubberized small compact.  For size reference, it is larger than a deck of cards and smaller than an iPhone.  I really like the casing on this one!  The Naked palette was a little too cardboard (and the felt attracts all makeup/dirt), the Naked 2 Palette was too tin/metal for my taste, and this one seems to be a harmony between the two.  Yay!

While the palette is advertised as matte, only 5 of the shades have a matte finish.  Venus, the lightest color, has a satin finish.  I think the color selection is pretty great in this.  You have an extra light highlight, two nudes, a light brown, medium brown, and black.

Venus, Foxy, W.O.S. (Walk of Shame), Naked 2, Faint, Crave

I become more and more impressed with Urban Decay eyeshadows with each product they release.  The formulation really is one of the best out there.  These are so buttery smooth, there was zero crumbling to them and they apply so beautifully. A+!

Venus, Foxy, W.O.S. (Walk of Shame), Naked 2, Faint, Crave

Now the question everyone seems to be asking... what about dupes in the first two palettes?  A few things I wanted to mention...

  • Foxy is in the Naked 2 palette, so this is a repeat.  
  • Crave is virtually identical to Blackout in the Naked 2 palette.  If I had to establish a difference, I would say Crave has brown undertones, where Blackout has grey undertones.
  • Venus is more yellow than Virgin (Naked). 
  • Naked 2 is cooler than Buck (Naked) and warmer than Tease (Naked 2). 
Walk of Shame and Faint seem to be the two most unique for this palette, however I wish Walk of Shame and Foxy weren't so similar.  I'm not a huge fan of Foxy to begin with (it's just a little too yellow for my complexion), and it is repeated in this palette, so I wish they would have scratched that one and done something else.  Maybe a color between Naked 2 and Faint, or a taupe grey version of Faint.

This new palette retails for $27 and each of these shadows are full size (1.3g/.05 oz).  Considering single full size shadows from Urban Decay retail for $18, this palette has $108 worth of product in it!  With the great formulation, I think the price is right for this one if you think you would use these colors.

Here is a size comparison to the original Naked palette.  As you can see, Naked Basics is a baby!

What I love most about this palette is its size: it is travel friendly enough that I can throw it in a handbag or take it on a trip.  It contains basic essential colors that will always come in handy one way or another, and it is a nice addition to the Naked line.  However, if you have the first two Naked palettes, you aren't getting something entirely different in this.  Some of the colors are very similar (or the same!).

All of you Naked lovers, what do you think?  Was this release a yay or nay?
xx, Allison


  1. I just received this as a gift today and I already love it(: The colors are very natural looking on the eyes. W.O.S really brightens my eyes. I tryed it as a lid color. My only complaint is that there is fall out. But other then that, it's great(:

  2. I am just drooling over this pallete after I have seen/heard your (and other's) reviews! w.o.s. is so pretty. I need this on my eyes :) what is your holy grail blush? <3 EMIwifey4lifey