Good Evening Munchkins!
Today I will be telling you All About the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette which I’ve been the proud owner of for 18 months now, which is quite a long time to constantly be putting something on your face. Nonetheless, I have used this time wisely to now be able to tell you everything you need to know about this palette. I’ve mentioned this a lot in previous blog posts already so you keen beans know how this is going to go but just don’t spoil it for the others, please! I think this is going to be quite a short post, however, because it’s quite a small palette so I think I will now press on for you.
The first thing I would like to enlighten you on (following on from my last favourites, I’m still loving words!) is the packaging. I love the packaging of this palette – it’s nothing too adventurous but it still floats my boat immensely. It’s very compact (it literally fits in my hand and I have Hobbit-sized hands!) so is perfect for travelling, the actual material is very soft but sturdy and the name is embossed, which makes me feel really happy when I hold it (I can’t be the only one that feels this way!). It comes in a muted brown colour with the writing in black which I like because it allows me to easily know what palette it is and links in with the ‘naked’ and ‘neutral’ theme, which always makes me smile. It’s also matte (which probably adds to the softness) and that is something which just adds extra points because matte is something I’m loving at the moment, for no real reason other than it looks nice. This can make it a little bit difficult to wipe certain stains off but this is a palette that is well out of reach of little brothers and cats and things that stain.Within the palette, there is a landscape mirror which I find very helpful because I can do everything (i.e. choosing my makeup and then applying it) in one go, which just speeds up time and makes life a whole load easier. I have, in the past, got this dirty and regretted it ever since but all mirrors are like that (because I clearly get everything everywhere!). Even the packaging tickles my pickle and I don’t think I can say much more without internally dying with joy.
Onto the actual eye shadows! Within this palette there are 6 colours, 1 shimmer and 5 matte, all of which are powder. These are all so pigmented and last so well. They apply really easily and are very creamy and buttery. They are also fairly easy to remove with a cleansing water and don’t stain your face in anyway. They don’t drop down, either, and are so versatile, there are so many looks available to you with just these 6 colours. Over time I’ve used all of these colours for different things and have included them in some MOTD’s and EOTD’s, which you may or may not remember so that is my proof to the choices you have with them. I’m going to get on with each colour now, I’m just rambling!
The first colour on the left of the palette is Venus. This is the only shimmer in the palette and even so, contains very finely milled particles of glitter. It gives a slight sparkle but for me, I do like a lot of glitter! This is an off-white shade which I wore when I first started getting into makeup but now (as I’m sure you can tell) I very rarely touch. I think I will try to rekindle my love for it but this is just very subtle and for those that don’t want a lot of evident makeup on.
Another pale-ish colour is Foxy, which I have loved greatly! Again, when I was first getting into makeup this was a go-to for me because it’s almost my skin tone and so created a nice, even base. It is more of a banana-y tone so suits my skin colour perfectly but for others it might not. It does create a perfect base, though, for either a full-on night out look or a day-to-day makeup. I feel like everyone could use this colour for something.
Walk of Shame
Walk of Shame is a pink-y toned base colour that would, again, be suited to those who don’t wear a lot of makeup. This could also be the alternative for those whose skin tone doesn’t match Foxy because it doesn’t tend to look right on me. It doesn’t come out incredibly pink, it does kind of blend in to match you’re skin tone as much as possible but it still doesn’t sit right on me. I think I will find a way to wear this as a neutral pink eye but, as you can probably tell, I haven’t (as of yet) used it that much.
Naked 2 is an ash-y toned brown shade that is potentially one of my favourite shades from the palette. I like to use this as a base when I’m doing a brown/neutral smokey eye for school as it’s matte and is still fairly subtle and I can still get away with it. This is also super versatile and I use it nearly all the time if I don’t have any other imagination for my makeup that day. This shade also kind of matches the colour of the packaging, but is slightly lighter which hurts me a little bit!
This next shade is a little less neutral compared to the other colours but could still be worn very subtly. I tend to wear this and Naked 2 together on brown smokey eye days and they do look stunning together. This is just a general brown shade that is slightly muted (it’s not warm toned at all) and I find that this factor can kind of dull my blue eyes a little bit. In all fairness, brown isn’t supposed to compliment blue so I can let that slide! I do love this colour though as it can be worn for subtle smokey eyes (like I tend to) or can be dressed up for evening looks.
(I didn’t have a decent photo, I’m sorry!)
Every reader of mine should know that is hands down my absolute favourite colour in the entire palette and probably my favourite eye shadow I own! This is a simple matte black shade but I use it everyday for my eyeliner and it has never let me down! I think this could be worn on a seriously dramatic smokey eye due to the pigmentation and longevity it gives but I haven’t got to that stage in makeup yet! I love this for so many reasons and I think this is evident by the damage I’ve done in the pan!
In terms of price and availability, this is high-end as it’s Urban Decay but I can tell you it is worth every penny. This costs £23 (which I don’t think is that much considering it’s Urban Decay) and I did receive it for Christmas so when the time comes to needing a new one, that is probably what I will do again. It is out of budget but for a treat it is so good! This is available from Feel Unique which can be difficult for some to get hold of as it’s online, but the delivery is really quick and I would actually recommend Feel Unique as a whole.
Would I recommend this to anyone? Anyone and everyone! I adore this palette and I will be that person who keeps it until the very end. I genuinely enjoy using this palette for a wide range of things and I know that a lot of you guys will too. It may seem like a lot of money but I can assure you that it is worth every penny (even if you can’t feed your family for the next month!). I would be interested if some of these were sold individually as there are a couple I hardly touch but you know me, I will find any excuse to wear any shade!
And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed reading this – I do love writing these types of blog posts! If you have any further questions of things I may have missed out, please don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments. If you have this palette, let me know what you think of it or any other products I need to try!
Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,