Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review, Photos, and Swatches

Hey Guys!

I'm sure by most of you have heard about the Urban Decay Basics Palette. At first when I heard this palette was coming out I didn't really have any desire to go and pick it up because I already have quite a few neutrals and lets be honest, I don't NEED anymore. I kept seeing more and more people using this palette and after debating it for a while I just decided to go out and get myself one. If you don't have either of the Naked Palettes already, I would actually recommend this palette over both of them because  you get all the essentials you need to create a variety of looks, plus, it makes the perfect addition to any palette out there because you already have "the basics" all in one. 

"Our first matte palette, featuring six gorgeously Naked neutrals to build on or wear alone - including four never-before-seen shades." -

"The long-awaited, multipurpose MATTE companion to Naked is the palette everyone needs in their beautry arsenal. With six versatile and extremely wearable Naked shades, it has everything you need for the perfect neutral matte eye - including four totally new and exclusive shades. It all comes in a sleek compact embossed with a pretty, metallic NAKED on the front that has a slight sheen and suede-like feel that begs to be touched. Best of all, the slim design is perfect for travel, so you'll never have to be without these must-have shades." -

Venus: soft, off-white demi-matte
Foxy: very light yellow/white matte
Walk of Shame: very light nude matte
Naked2: taupe matte
Faint: warm, dusty brown matte
Crave: deepest, darkest brown/black matte

Each eye shadow features Urban Decay's brand new Pigment Infusion System, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich colour, serious staying power, and blendability.

For me, this palette truly does contain the "basics". You have two highlighters, one shimmery and one matte, three lid/blending crease colours, and one basic matte black to smoke out or add depth to any look you wish to create. In my honest opinion, you couldn't have more basic eyeshadows all in one palette. With this being said, it's the perfect palette to create everyday neutral looks or a great addition to any palette you already own. The size is tiny and perfect for travel. There is a large mirror inside and the casing is very sleek and compact. The shades are buttery smooth to the touch, highly pigmented and easily blendable. This is honestly one of the best palettes out there!

Retail Value: $32 CAD at Sephora


  • Velvety formula
  • Blendable
  • Pigmented 
  • Perfect for travel
  • Contains all the "basics" you need!

  • None! -- unless you have both Naked palettes, there are very similar shades that can dupe this palette (not exact dupes, but close enough you really don't NEED all the palettes)


  1. I love this palette! I bought it in January for a trip because I wanted something more portable than my Lorac Pro palette. I was so happy with it, and was able to create a range of looks very easily. It won't be my first choice for my trip next week to Vegas for some shows my hubby is doing, because I like a little more shimmer for night time looks (especially now that I also have the original Naked palette as well), but overall I think it is a great palette and I use it frequently. I'm a relatively new reader of your blog and am really enjoying it --Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  2. Hm, I don't own any but I really want the UD Naked Palette 2. Heck, I want them all. lol

  3. I love this palette. I think it's such a great addition to their line up

  4. Venus in this palette is just the most amazing highlighter...


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