Favorite Things: Urban Decay Naked Basics

urban decay naked basics

I decided I needed to start reviewing everything on my blog. That way, if I refer to something in a post, I can link to a full post about it for more information. Also, if I really love something, (or really hate something) I want the world to know, even if the product isn’t new to the market. And so, today I have chosen to present to you the Naked Basics Palette from Urban Decay. I am IN LOVE with this palette, and use at least one color from it almost every day. I think it is absolutely necessary for every single person to own, whether they are into make up or not. It’s just so easy to create any kind of look, plus it’s the size of a cell phone!

naked basics palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($28 from Sephora.com)

First things first. The size and shape of the palette. It is about the size of an iPhone which means it can fit in anything. Your make up bag, your purse, your car, your desk drawer…anywhere you need it! If you’re some one who does their make up on the go, or likes to retouch after work, it really is perfect for that.

The palette is easy to open, and is made of a durable plastic to protect the shadows. There is a mirror the same size as the palette.

The shadows are the same size and proportion as in the other Naked palettes. While they may seem small, it is definitely enough shadow to last awhile.

UD naked basics

The eyeshadows are the same buttery consistency we expect from Urban Decay. They can easily be worn sheer or packed on for more coverage. At first glance, the palette may seem dull or boring. The first 2 colors are very light, but work miracles for highlighting and blending. The darker colors can be used to create a neutral smokey eye or as eyeliner.

I think the combination of colors is perfect for an everyday neutral look or a more intense neutral smokey eye. This palette is also great used in conjunction with other shadows to finish off a look. The colors are all matte except the first one, Venus, which when paired with a more shimmery Naked palette, you’ve got every color covered.

My only complaint is that Crave, the darkest color is REALLY REALLY dark. I don’t usually ever need a color quite that dark, but it is nice for a liner shade.

naked basics swatches


The shadows from left to right:

Venus: soft, off-white demi-matte

Foxy: cream bisque matte

W.O.S (Walk of Shame): very light nude matte

Naked 2: taupe matte

Faint: warm, dusty brown matte

Crave: deepest, darkest brown/black matte

My go to everyday look:

W.O.S all over the lid, Naked 2 on the outer corner, faint smudged on the lower lash line, venus as a highlight
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