Everyone (myself included) went crazy when Urban Decay released their first two Naked Palettes – a range of 12 shadows on the neutral scale which are perfect for creating brown toned looks and smokey eyes. The only issue some people had, was that most of the shades were shimmery – some people preferred matte finishes, and they would like to see a more matte version along the same line. So that’s what Urban Decay did! They created the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette – a palette containing 5 matte and 1 satin colour.
About the The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
The Naked Basics Palette is a lot smaller than the original Naked & Naked 2 palettes – there are half the amount of shadows, and no brush or eyeliner included with this one as there was with the first two. It makes it a really good size to be able to put in a standard sized make up bag without being too bulky, and contains a nice range of colours.
This is the only satin colour in the palette – it is a white frosty shade which is perfect for highlighting under the brows, inner corners of the eye, or to add over another of the shadows to give a subtle sheen.
Foxy and Walk of Shame
These are both pale flesh toned shadows, Foxy being more peach, Walk of Shame being more pink. They can be used as a base for shadow looks, or used on their own with a darker colour for a softer looking result. They are also great for neutralising any discolouration your eyelids may have – Foxy knocking out any blue tones, Walk of Shame taking away redness.
This is a latte coloured, creamy brown also found in the Naked 2 palette. This is a brilliant all rounder and great for defining the crease on a minimal Make Up day.
This is Naked 2’s darker sister. These two would work well together to create a soft brown smokey eye
This is the blackest of black eyeshadow which is very highly pigmented. This can be used to add definition to the more neutral shadows, or for a full-on black smokey eye.
All the colours feel creamy and glide onto the eye easily and last all day – they contain the Urban Decay Pigment Infusion System to ensure you get a great colour pay off from each shadow. Despite there being only 6 colours, this is a really versatile palette which you can use for both day and night looks.
My thoughts on the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette? The range of colours is perfect, and I love how a touch of black can vamp up any look. The fact the colours are so highly pigmented and long lasting means this is a perfect little palette for me!
How to do a neutral daytime look:
- Blend Walk of Shame all over the lid with a little Venus over the top.
- Pop a touch of Naked 2 into the socket and blend out
- Add Faint into the crease and a little Crave on the outer V, taking it into the lash line, and blend in.
- For the final touch, use a little Naked 2 under the lower lash line and finish with liquid liner and mascara.
How to do a full-on, night time look.
- First, use Walk of Shame to give a nice neutral base.Then add Faint into and above the crease before blending out.
- Pat Crave on all over the lid and into the socket, and use a fluffy brush to blend it into the Faint.
- Use a small amount of Venus under the brow bone as a highlight, and in the inner corners of the eyes, then with a small brush, apply Crave under the lower lash line.
- Finish it with black eyeliner in the waterline, and mascara.