Review • Naked Basics by Urban Decay

As I promised you in my last post, the one with the review of the Naked2 Basics, today I’m here to talk about the original Naked Basics, providing you my impressions on it, swatches and more.

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If there’s one palette that i always use and in every case is the Naked Basics by Urban Decay.

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It’s mainly a matte palette with a minimal and compact design and with five shades out ouf six completely matte.
This came out in December 2012 and was love at first sight! As a matte finish lover and as a great Urban Decay fan, this palette had to be mine.

Now, let’s see more in depth what this palette is about.

This is what the palette looks like:

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This palette complements the original Naked palette, but, logically, you can and you have to use it however you want to! Alone or with other shadows.

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Despite lacking a brush, it’s perfect for touch-ups! Infact, it does not take up your purse and it’s also provided with a large mirror, considering the fact that this palette stays in one hand.

How is this palette composed and how do the shades feel like?

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This warm hued palette is handy and compact.
As the Naked 2 Basics, the original Naked Basics is composed by six shades, one satin and five matte and, from left to right, matte shades are placed from the lightest to the darkest, suggesting you the right order to create a nice smokey eye with a good gradient.

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It includes four brand new (in 2012) colours, exception made for Foxy and Faint! Foxy was already featured in the Naked 2 Palette and Faint was already released as a single shadow.

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Key colours of this palette are beiges, taupe and warm browns.
The texture is my favourite! It’s pressed powder, but it almost feels creamy. It’s well pigmented and not dusty.

Can you do a swatch?

With the Flash:

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Withouth the Flash:sparkleoflight sparkle of light instagram naked basics naked2basics faint crave foxy wos walk of shame walkofshame venus crave single swatch swaches natural light

Can you describe the colours?

Colours are:
Venus: This the only one shimmer in the palette. Venus is my all time favourite highlighter. It has a really particular compact consistency, because it almost feels creamy. This is the most pigmented along Crave.
Foxy: It’s a nude shade with an evident yellow undertone. It has a medium pigmentation. The only constraining thing is that it doesn’t tend to be that evident and it seems like it is not doing anything, but, if you look carefully, it well neutralizes the lead.
WOS (Walk Of Shame): Same as Foxy. The only difference resides in the fact that WOS doesn’t have a yellow under tone. It has a pink undertone.
Naked 2: It’s a light to medium warm brown/taupe shade perfect for blending and as a transition colour. It has a nice pigmentation.
Faint: It’s a medium to dark brown shade. This is well pigmented too. I usually use it on the crease to create a nice gradient smokey or on the lid up to crease. Makes a really sultry and soft smokey that i LOVE.
Crave: It’s a really, really warm dark brown . If applied with a light hand, the brown stands out. If you fully apply it, it almost becomes a black. In both cases, it is extremely pigmented. A small amount is sufficient. It’s a buildable colour.
Ingredient list of each shadow on the UD website.

Pros and Cons?

They do not crease and last a lot on me, especially (obviously) the darker ones. I always recommend, independently from this palette, a good eyeshadow primer in order to make the shadows last longer and appear even more visible.
Pigmentation is great! The less pigmented are Foxy and Walk Of Shame, but they can perfectly carry the work out.

In how many ways can I use this palette?

In more ways that you think, for sure!
– I can do a simple correction of the lead and/or crease up to the brow bone;
– I can do a natural look, accentuating the crease or going bare doing a “non-makeup makeup look”, for example;
– I can do really intense smokey eyes;
I can make the mat browns shimmer applying Venus as a base or as a topcoat;
– I can use Venus to highlight the browbones, cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow (upper lip);
– I can lightly use Naked 2 to contour (yes!) the nose and/or the under cheek area (perfect, considering that it is completely not orange);
– I can use Crave as an eyeliner, using an angled brush;
– I can fill in the eyebrows with the browns using, here as well, an angled brush;
– I can use the palette to blend, highlight and darken colourful makeup looks;
Surprise of the surprises: I use Foxy and WOS to set the concealer both on the undereye area and on blemishes. It does wonders on me! Considering that I am pale, they match really well my incarnate! It even provides more coverage compared to a compact or loose setting powder.

Can I compare this to the Naked2 Basics?

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On the top photo, we have the original Naked Basics and on the bottom one we have the Naked2 Basics.
As I said in the Naked2 Basics review, as it seems, I think that the thing that they improved is the fact that in the Naked Basics we have Foxy and WOS that, once applied, don’t look that different. In the Naked 2 Basics, the two lightest matte shades look different.

So, is it a lot different from the original Naked Basics? Do I recommend both?

It’s not that different. It’s all a matter of undertone.
Another thing I noticed is that these shades are, overall, lighter that the original Naked Basics, so the Naked2 Basics it’s perfect for a daytime look, even though you can create intense smokeys. They are both really versatile.
If you are not a makeup artist or if you don’t work with makeup, if you are not really into make up, you’ll think that these two palettes are almost the same thing.
And, in this case, for some points of view, I agree, but you have to consider that you don’t really need them both.

I like both the Basics palettes, but I can buy only one. Should I buy this and be happy of the choice I made?

• If your skin is yellow undertoned and/or you love better on you warm hues, then go for the original Naked Basics.
• If your skin is pink undertoned and/or you love better on you cold hues, then go for the Naked2 Basics.
• If your skin has a neutral undertone, go for the one that think suits you best. For example, if you love pink, purple or grey shades, then go for the Naked2 Basics (from August 19th).

Other UD products that can pair this item?

• Naked 24/7 Glide On Double Ended Eye Pencil in Naked Basics : They did a pencil that matches every “Naked Palette”. It’s double ended. On one side we have Venus (to highlight and open up the eyes) and, on the other, we have Crave, a very dark brown.

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• Urban Decay Primer Potion: One of the most used eye primers. I love this. Will review this soon.

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Just to let you know how much i love my Naked Basics…It has been very well loved 😉 Got a new one, the one you see on the top part of this post.

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Rate: 8.5 out of 10. Wish Foxy and WOS were more pigmented.
Price: 29$


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