Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - Review & Swatches

I have read many reviews of this palette which were pretty much all positive but for some reason I was never too worried about picking one up for myself. On a recent day out with my lovely Uni friends who live way too far away, one of them asked for a recommendation of a neutral light brown matte eyeshadow, the girl does not like shimmer! I thought about it for a couple of days and it suddenly it dawned on me, the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette is the perfect eyeshadow palette for her.

This super cute mini palette has 6 shades, 5 of them matte and one (the lightest shade Venus) has a very slight shimmer which makes it a great highlighter. I did some extra research and watched some YouTube videos including reviews and tutorials and suddenly couldn't understand why I wouldn't want this palette!

I currently only own the original Naked Palette (although if anyone is looking for very early ideas for Christmas I do have my eye on the second one). The original Naked Palette has 10 shimmery shades and only 2 matte ones. I love this palette and rave about it to everyone but, because of the shimmer, some of the shades can be quite difficult to wear for a subtle everyday work look. I have definitely got more in the habit of wearing eyeshadow on an everyday basis so a selection of neutral shades seemed like the perfect addition to my makeup collection.

So I obsessed about it for a few of days and then headed off to Debenhams to make my purchase. Even better, I had £5 of points on my Debenhams Beauty Card which I didn't know about and got it for just £15! Don't you just love it when that happens?!

The shades from left to right are....Venus, Foxy, W.O.S (Walk Of Shame), Naked 2, Faint and Crave.

I have used this palette everyday since I bought it. My favourite way to wear them so far is to sweep W.O.S all over the lid and Naked 2 in the crease. I then like to blend some Faint in to the crease to add some extra definition, and create a winged liner effect along the top lashes with Crave. This is a much softer liner look than my usual liquid liner but I really like it. To add some definition to the lower lashes I prefer to use Faint again. Then I just add a little inner-corner and brow bone highlight with Venus. The only shade I don't really use is Foxy as it is quite yellow toned but I'm sure I will find a use for it.

The complete look is a classic everyday neutral eyeshadow look which is really quite subtle due to the matte formulations. It could however be built up for a more dramatic effect.

I have found that the eyeshadows last about 9 hours before they start to crease when they are applied over the Urban Decay Primer Potion. This is pretty good I must say, but touch ups would be needed if you wanted to wear it much longer than this. The shadows are smooth and blend well together although I have noticed a little fall out on the tops of the cheeks (but as they aren't shimmery this isn't too much of a problem).

I am really glad I decided to get this palette and know that it will become a staple in my makeup collection. I think it would be great for makeup beginners as well as the colours are so neutral and subtle. It's a fantastic palette to play around with and I would highly recommend it to someone looking to get in to eyeshadows. I do think the colours might look a little ashy on darker skintones but they are absolutely perfect for pale and fair skintones.

Have you tried the Naked Basics Palette? Do you prefer shimmery or matte shades? What are you favourite eyeshadow palettes? Let me know by commenting below...

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  1. I really want this palette but I just don't wear eyeshadow enough to justify the price. But after this I want it more so might (like you) put it on my very early christmas list haha

    Hannah xxx

    1. My very early Christmas list is growing far too quickly! Thanks for the comment :)

      Nicki x


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