Most of the hype regarding the previous two Naked palettes by Urban Decay passed me by. Whilst I like a nice range of nude shaded tones as eyeshadows, somehow I just didn’t “get” what other people were seeing in the palettes. They are nice, yes, but, I think I prefer a bit more sludge with my shades – I found it difficult to see which shades went together in the other palettes.
So when I was offered an advance palette by Debenhams of the new Naked Basics palette from Urban Decay, I uhmmed and ahhed a bit before saying yes. What changed my mind about this one is that it is largely matte, and it’s a lot smaller than the other two palettes – I like mixing and matching my shadows from a range of sources (usually singles), and this new palette contains only six shades:
The first thing I noticed is that this palette veers towards the cool, and the pale. Venus, the first shade on the right there, is the only shade that contains shimmer, and all the rest are completely matte. For me W.O.S and Naked 2 work best – WOS as an all-over shade, and Naked 2 in the crease, with Faint and Crave as liners. If I fancy a smokier look, I can use Faint in the crease, or the outer corner of my eye to make things a bit more defined.
Venus and Foxy are a bit too pale to work for me, really. The shades are really quite pigmented, if not quite as buttery soft as I expected them to be, but they show up well enough on skin. They are better over a base, of course, but the above swatches are on bare skin, and they still show quite well. Crave has applied streakily for some reason in the swatch, but in use, applied with a good brush as a liner, it’s actually a good, deep black that can be blended out for a smokey liner effect.
All in all, this is a nice palette, that I think I’ll get a lot of use out of. It’s not – as far as I’m concerned – the most exciting palette in the world, but it’s a good workhorse, and it’ll be great for creating no-makeup makeup from now on.
The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette is available from Debenhams from Tuesday 11th December. Will you be getting one?
The Fine Print: PR Sample.