Product Review: Urban Decay’s Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Naked Basics - 2Slightly Open

Perhaps I’m a little biased, I do have a wee bit of an obsession with Urban Decay in general and the Naked line in particular, but this is the greatest palette to grace my purse with its presence in a long time. In fact, before the release of this palette, my day-to-day palette was the four-pan build your own palette with Walk of Shame, Foxy, Tease, and Secret Service. When I used a six-pan build your own, I added in Virgin and Naked, hmmm. It seems Urban Decay read my mind. Well played, UD, well played. Now, onto the good stuff:

The Product

Naked Basics - 4Half Open Lid

Urban Decay’s Naked Basics palette serves as a matte companion to Naked and Naked 2 and a stand-alone, go-to, natural eyeshadow palette or as a base for just about any colorful look. Naked Basics is housed in a slim, plastic compact. The exterior has a rubberized, velvet-feel finish and raised logo. The compact will open to lay completely flat, but unlike Naked and Naked 2, the lid will not fold back under the shadows. Inside is a large mirror and six (nearly) full-size eyeshadow pans.

  • Venus is the lightest shade in the palette, a satin-finish soft ivory.
  • Foxy (also in the Naked 2 palette and part of the permanent line, available as a single shadow) is a light, warm, neutral-yellow shade with a matte finish.
  • Walk of Shame (also exclusively available as a single in the 6-pan build your own palette) is a matte-finish, cool, light, pinkish color.
  • Naked 2 is light-medium, taupe-toned, cool, matte finish shadow.
  • Faint is a warm, medium brown shadow with a matte finish.
  • Crave is a deep warm brown with a matte finish.

For those who are interested, the ingredients list:

Venus/Foxy Ingredients: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PTFE
Walk of Shame/Naked 2/Faint Ingredients: Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, PTFE
Crave Ingredients: Talc, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Boron Nitride
All Shades May Contain: CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77007 (Ultramarines)

The Review

Naked Basics - 5Half Open Shadows

The packaging is perfect: sleek, compact, and user friendly. Naked Basics’ rubberized finish is smooth and luxurious feeling and scratch-resistant, which is a huge plus since it can survive hostile environments, like my purse, and come out looking just as new! On that note, my purse is exactly where this palette lives. It is the perfect gotta-do-my-makeup-on-the-go palette.

Although Naked Basics is a matte palette, it actually has one “demi-matte,” satin-finish shade. However, I don’t see this as a discredit to the palette at all! Venus is a beautiful shade and works great as an inner-corner highlight, just-under-the-brow highlight, or right in the center of the eyelid to emphasize the lashes. You can even use it sparingly to highlight down the bridge of the nose, just above the cheekbones, and on the cupid’s bow.

Unlike many reviews I’ve read, I would absolutely not call Crave black, not by any stretch. It is a very… okay very very, deep brown, perhaps even a “blackened” brown, but not black, which is just fine with me. It works well as a defining crease shade or a liner, wet or dry.

The Skinny

Naked Basics rocks. I love it. It’s simple, yet versatile. The shadows are excellent quality, in true Urban Decay fashion, and all in a sleek, compact package.

Naked Basics retails for $27. A single UD eyeshadow contains 1.5 grams of product for $18. Each of the six pans contain 1.3 grams of product for a total of 7.8 grams of product, at $12 per gram, Naked Basics contains $93.60 worth of product… not too shabby.

Are you dying to get Naked… Basics? Let me know in the comments below :)

The Pictures

Naked Basics - 10Swatches
Left to Right: Venus, Foxy, Walk of Shame, Naked 2, Faint, Crave (all swatches are on bare skin, without primer)


Naked Basics - 1Closed Palette

Naked Basics - 11Back of Palette

Naked Basics - 6Fully Open

Naked Basics - 8First 3 Close Up

Naked Basics - 9Last 3 Shadows

~ Fairly Girly

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