Going Back to Basics With Urban Decay Naked Basics Eye Palette

by lyn on April 16, 2014 · 8 comments

in Eyeshadow, Palette, Urban Decay

urban decay naked basics

Ahhh… how much more of the “nakedness” can we take? It seems that the neutral makeup trend is not going to stop anytime soon so I might as well just run with it. I am a huge fan of Urban Decay’s Naked eye makeup range and I naturally had to pick up the Basics palette as well.

urban decay naked basics

The palette consists of simple, matte and rather basic eyeshadows. There’s nothing particularly exciting about the shades but I find them to be very useful because these mattes can act as very good crease colours or to tone down a frosty or highly metallic eyeshadow.

urban decay naked basics

  • Venus > off-white, slightly matte finish
  • Foxy > light eggshell with yellow undertones, matte finish
  • W.O.S. (Walk of Shame) > light peach-pink, matte finish
  • Naked 2 > taupe with rose undertones, matte finish
  • Faint > medium brown with warm undertones, matte finish
  • Crave > dark brown (almost black), matte finish

All the shadows apply smoothly with minimal fallout. I do get a bit of dust with Crave but just have to tap the excess off each time. The texture of the shadows feels creamy and the powder itself is finely-milled. They are very pigmented too so I tend to use the darker shades quite lightly unless I’m going all-out for a smokey look.

urban decay naked basics

These matte shadows pair very nicely with a lot of the shimmery shadows and they compliment the Naked eye palettes, be it 1, 2 or 3, well. I like using the Basics palette on its own too when I want a matte eye look. I tend to use Crave as a smudged-out liner and not as a main lid colour unless I layer a shimmery shadow on top. From the photo, I’ve demonstrated how useful this deep, dark colour can be and the different types of effect you can get by using it on its own or layered.

urban decay naked basics

I also like that it comes in a small, portable palette. The packaging is simple and minimal, and just like its namesake… it’s rather basic. It has a good sized mirror despite its compact proportions. Each shadow is approximately 1.5g (0.05oz), which is actually the same as a full size individual shadow. So it’s quite impressive considering they managed to squeeze in six full-sized shades into such a small palette.

I’d recommend this palette if you’re looking for some good neutral, matte shades to add to your stash or to compliment existing shimmery/glittery eyeshadows. I do find the Basics palette to be quite a versatile lil’ thing and am pretty happy with my purchase. Each Urban Decay Basics eye palette retails at RM98, which brings the cost of each eyeshadow to around RM16.30, and well, it’s a lot cheaper than buying individual MAC pans. You can find the Basics palette at our local Sephora stores.

Have you tried this simple Basics palette and do you like matte neutrals? How do you normally use matte shades? Do pop in and share your thoughts or tips and tricks as I’d love to learn from you too.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Victoria April 16, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Which would you recommend, Naked or Naked 2? Not really intending to buy it but wanted your opinion as a blogger. Do you know that the shade 6.0 of the Urban Decay Naked Foundation is out of stock at KLCC, Starhill, Sunway and Paradigm Mall Sephora outlets? They cannot even be sure when they will get the stock. This foundation and shade is the only one that matches me so well. Sigh.


lyn April 19, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Wow, I didn’t know that shade 6.0 is so popular. The Naked foundation is definitely one of my favourites and it’s a shame they don’t have your colour match in stock. As for choosing between Naked 1 and 2, I think Naked 1 is a bit more versatile and has a good mix of warm and neutral shades. Some of the shadows in Naked 2 appear cooler toned and look quite similar to each other especially when applied on the lids. I feel you don’t get as much variety compared to Naked 1. They are both very good palettes and relatively value for money considering you get so many full-sized eyeshadows in one.


Fiona April 16, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Actually I wanted to get Naked Basics as my first neutral palette. Somehow I forget about it hehe :D


lyn April 19, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Naked Basics is a good basic palette but do bear in mind all the shades are matte. But I love it and normally pair it with other UD palettes, especially with shades that contain a bit too much shimmer or glitter.


Ting April 24, 2014 at 5:51 PM

I want Smash Box’s Full Exposure (both matte and shimmer). Do you reckon it’s better than Naked Basic? :)


lyn April 25, 2014 at 6:27 PM

It’s hard to say because I haven’t seen Full Exposure in person so I can’t really comment which to get. However, Full Exposure may be a better option because you get different finishes in one. I really want to get it too. It looks like such a gorgeous palette!


Ch3r October 23, 2014 at 1:39 AM

have you gotten naked palette 3? if yes, can u share with me what do u think of it?


lyn October 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM

I do have the Naked 3 and will definitely do a review on it. Naked 3 has more rosy/mauve tones, so if you’re into those kind of shades, you’ll be happy with the palette. It’s actually my favourite amongst the three versions.


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