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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Review: Urban Decay Naked Basics

Hello, my Pretties!

This past Christmas I received a little gift that I wanted big time!  Yes, I realize we are in March and I am just now sharing a December tid bit.  That's what you call being lazy!

Anyhow, my mother in-law gave me the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette!

Urban Decay Naked Basics
Front of packaging.

I was so thrilled to have received this little gem!  I had been seeing so much of it on Twitter, Instagram, and of course, on other blogs that I just knew I had to have one.

I only have the original Naked palette that came out a while back.  I love it too but not as much as I love this mini.

Urban Decay Naked Basics
Back of packaging.

"Begin ANY look with these six essential shadows.  This palette of must-own shades (with four exclusives!) features both mattes and satins for lids, liner, and crease."

Colors in this palette are shown here left to right and include:
Venus, Foxy, Walk of Shame, Naked 2, Faint, and Crave.

Urban Decay Naked Basics
Actual palette.

I love the look and feel of this palette.  I love how streamline and simple it is.  Basic.  The colors are neutral and look chic.  The size of the palette itself is small and easy to carry in your makeup bag.  It feels like silky rubber.  Haha.  If that makes any sense.  Think along the lines of the NARS packaging.  And it also feels sturdy because in my opinion, it's heavy for it's size.

Now on to some swatches.  Swatches are everyone's favorite part!

Urban Decay Naked Basics
With flash.

Swatches with flash.
Top to bottom:
Venus, Foxy, W.O.S., Naked 2, Faint, and Crave.

I am totally enjoying the matte shadows!  I am in love with matte shadows these days.  I think the reason is that since my eyelids are starting to show their wrinkly selves, matte shadows tend to mask that while shimmery shadows accentuate my imperfections.

Venus is a wonderful high light for the brow bone.  Crave is the perfect eyeliner.  While Foxy is a little light for my skin tone, I also use that as a brow high light. Walk of Shame is usually my lid color while Faint goes in my crease and Faint in my outer V.

Urban Decay Naked Basics
Without flash.

Swatches without flash.
Top to bottom:
Venus, Foxy, W.O.S., Naked 2, Faint, and Crave.

As you can see, Foxy and Walk of Shame blend into my skin!

But aside from those two shadows that are a little harder to see on my darker skin, I love all the shadows!  The texture of them is very soft and silky.  They blend easily as well.  The only one I had problems with was Crave because it is so dark and extremely pigmented.  I did not notice any fading through out the day.  Fallout is minimal to none.  I believe it is the perfect everyday palette.

And now onto some looks I created using this sweet little palette.

A very natural look.

The UD Naked Basics palette can totally give you that "no makeup" look we all crave on busy weekdays of running errands to the bank and grocery store.  We don't want the appearance of wearing makeup, we just want to look a little better than our natural selves.  Mission accomplished.

A very dramatic look.

And after a week of work and running errands, comes the weekend!  The UD Naked Basics palette helped me achieve a sexier look for date night.  

As you can tell, I am wearing the same shirt in the 2 photos above.  I did the neutral look first, took a picture and then added some more shadows from the UD Naked Basics palette as well as changed my lip color.

That just goes to show that with your UD Naked Basics palette in your makeup bag, you can go from work appropriate to dinner out with the girls in no time!  Just add a couple of the darker shades and a darker lip and you are set to go!

And something in between.

And then there are the days in between.  We don't need to do anything as mundane as going to the bank or anything as awesome as date night.  I wore this look for Progress Report Night at my daughter's elementary school.  I didn't want to look too Plain Jane or quite as Sexy Rexy (as my mother would call it).  The UD Naked Basics palette gave me the perfect balance.

In all 3 photos above, I ONLY used the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette on my eyes (for the exception of my mascara, of course).  Granted, the looks were boosted with a change of lip colors but the eyes are all UD Naked Basics.  My eyeliner looks great and all I used was Crave!  It's so rich and pigmented.  Looks like liquid liner to me.

I'm totally into collecting collections so I want the entire UD Naked line!  Haha.

This Urban Decay Naked Basic palette retails for $27.00 on

Do you have the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette?  Do you want one?!

♥ The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette was given to my as a Christmas gift.  All thoughts expressed in this blog post are my own opinions. ♥


  1. Great review! I've been on the fence for a few months. Every time I go in to buy it I am like "do I really need another neutrals palette?" After seeing reviews and swatches I think i do :)

    Take Care,
    Mandy Jean

    1. Uh oh. I'm officially an enabler. Haha. I am really loving how versatile this palette is. I tried to demonstrate that in the looks I shared. I'm not a huge fan of neutrals but this one is converting me! If you do buy it, let me know what you thought of it. :)

  2. so pretty ! i like this pallete

  3. I love nude palettes, especially if you're on the go--you can create such a bundle of different looks all with one little bundle of shadows. No need to pack a liner pencil, even!!


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