Urban Decay really hit it big with their Naked and Naked 2 eyeshadow palettes (and they continue to hit the bulls eye with Naked 3 being recently launched). However, people complained about how these two palettes didn’t carry enough matte shades (not a problem for me as I’m a shimmer shadow lover). But I have to agree with the importance of having matte shades. They help to blend colors, create gradients etc and so one really needs them in their eyeshadow palette as well.
After two years of listening to their customers requests, Urban Decay gave in to their wishes and thus came about the creation of Naked Basics, a nearly all-matte, mini palette of six eyeshadows.
The packaging is quite plain and simple, the palette itself has a soft rubberized texture. This gives it a good grip and has an ideal size for travel. It has a full size mirror and the eyeshadows are the same size as in Naked and Naked 2 palettes.
Fill Weight: 6 x 1.3g e 6 x 0.05 US oz
VENUS / FOXY:
Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PTFE.
WALK OF SHAME / NAKED 2 / FAINT:
Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, PTFE.
Talc, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Boron Nitride.
All Shades May Contain:
CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77007 (Ultramarines).
The palette is a collection of neutral colors which would suit almost all skin tones. Urban Decay calls these shadow combinations perfect for
contour, line and highlight to create the right amount of definition for any occasion.
All the eyeshadows are matte, except for one which has slight shimmer.
The different shades are
Venus is a creamy white with some shimmer.
Foxy is a yellow-y beige.
Walk of Shame is a nude pink.
Naked 2 is a light brownish taupe.
Faint is a medium dark brown.
Crave is a dark black.
Except for Foxy and Walk of Shame, all are new shades, exclusive to this palette. They are all soft, finely milled, have good color payoff and stay on for 6-7 hours easily with a primer beneath them. However, the dark shades Faint and Crave are a bit powdery and problematic to work with.
Here are the swatches of all the shades
For my yellow toned skin, Walk of Shame is the only unworkable shade due to its pink undertones. Rest all work perfectly.
Urban Decay is not known for its matte shades. They excel in shimmer and frost eyeshadows but they have managed to do a decent job here. For me personally I found that LORAC Pro has much softer and blendable mattes.
This is available at Sephora here and on the Urban Decay website.
Is it a Hit? For all matte lovers, this is a must have. Sleek and easily portable. Has all the basic shades to create a light and dark eye look.
Is it a Miss? Not the easiest shades to blend. Dark shades are powdery. Unavailability of color matte eyeshadows.
If you love matte eyeshadows but want some more color and versatility, Stila’s In The Know is a better choice than Urban Decay’s Naked Basics. I wouldn’t call this a must-have palette and that’s saying a lot considering my madness for Urban Decay palettes.
My next post will be an eye look with this palette and how easily one can transform a day look into a night look with just a couple of extra steps.
Till Next Time, Take Care.