Review: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Let's get back to basics with Urban Decay!

We all know and love the Urban Decay Naked collection, providing beautiful natural shades in gorgeous packaging and with a formula to die for, but upcoming on my blog will be FOTDs and makeup tutorials that will heavily feature this little beauty, so I thought first I would share with you my thoughts on it.

At Christmas, I got the Naked 3 palette, which is packed full of beautiful, shimmery rosy shades and I fell in love (review on this palette to come!), but I soon found I needed something more matte and natural for everyday use, and this is where the Naked Basics palette comes in. True to form, Urban Decay have created a lovely looking palette in a dinky form, only slightly bigger than my iPhone 4, but still packing a punch with a large mirror on the inside and six full-sized pans for the shadows. This palette really does tick all the boxes when it comes to packaging!

Onto the shadows themselves, and the palette proudly displays five matte shadows and one demi-matte highlighter shade. Four of the shades are exclusive to this palette, but the formula is still as smooth and blendable as ever; there is no chalkiness here! Venus, the highlighting shade, is really subtle but beautiful, and can be amped up if you want a more dramatic look. The two lighter shades, Foxy and WOS, are perfect to use as base colours, and really brighten your eyes and make you look more awake. I would call Naked 2 and Faint contour shades, and really add dimension to the eye without being OTT, and lastly Crave is a dreamy matte black which can be used lightly as a contour or to line your eyes. Of course, you can glam it up or down depending on your occasion.

This palette does offer what it proclaims to - the shades are basic and can be used for an everyday eye, or can be glammed up for an evening look, making it the essential eye palette for not only general use but also for beginners or for travelling with. The sleek packaging makes using it a dream, and this is further enhanced by the ease of use of the shadows themselves - they are pretty much foolproof as they don't flake or chalk down your face. Obviously this palette isn't cheap, but you do get six beautiful shades that you will definitely get your use out of.

I really hope this review was useful, although I'm aware that everyone already loves this palette anyway! Over the coming weeks, I will show you how I use the palette in different ways.


  1. Your swatches look lovely, but I'm a sucker for more dramatic shades. I've only just started getting into neutrals, but my favourite palette of semi-neutral colours is the LORAC Pro palette.

  2. Thank you very much! Yes, I agree with the dramatic shades - they are fun to play with! But in upcoming posts I'm going to show some looks that really make an impact from this palette - it really is more diverse than you think. I will definitely have to check out the LORAC palette!


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