Monday, December 10, 2012

Urban Decay NAKED Basics

Swatches & Review

When I heard about the NAKED Basics over the summer, I was really excited for its release, but when the release date came for it, my excitement fell short because of the shades in the palette. When I went to Sephora this weekend and saw it, I had to buy it because it was so small, cute and was a good value considering it is $27 for 6 full-sized eyeshadows.
First off, I have a bit of a rant. This palette has been advertised as an "all-matte" neutral palette. While it seems like it is all-matte, it is 83% matte (with five out of six shades being matte). The first shade in this palette, Venus, is not a matte finish, it is a satin white. If you compare what they say on their website, it is considered as "6 Nakedly Matte Neutrals," however, when you look at the back of the box, it states, "...features both mattes and satins." Urban Decay should not have advertised this as "all-matte" when it is not, even though almost the whole palette it. You may disagree with me, but this is my opinion.
Image on the right found on Urbandecay.com

Okay, now onto the product
*note: the colors seem a bit washed out because my room is a bit bright right now
The six shades in the palette is: Venus, Foxy, Walk of Shame, Naked 2, Faint, and Crave. It is housed in a tiny compact with a rubbery feeling (kind of like NARS), so it is convenient to take it on the go.
Venus: A pearly creamy white. This was very soft, buttery and pigmented.
Foxy: Yellow-beige matte. This took a few swipes to show up on me. The first two swipes was no visible on my skin so I used about 4 swipes. This would be a nice shade for lighter skin-tones. This is soft, but applied sheer on me.
Walk of Shame: Matte pink-ish beige. This also took a few swipes to show up on my skin. Like Foxy, this applied sheer.
Naked 2: Matte soft-taupe. This was buttery soft and had great pigmentation.
Faint: Warm medium-brown with a matte finish. This kind of reminds me of Secret Service, but this may be a bit lighter. This was soft and was really pigmented.
*note: Faint came with the little scrapping on the bottom of it :(
Crave: Matte black-brown. Crave definitely looks more black than brown. This was rough and applied patchy for me. I heard it was smooth for others, but it just did not work out for me. I tried it with three different primers at different times as well, using Urban Decay Primer Potion, Too Faced Shadow Insurance & Lorac Behind the Scenes primer.

Overall, the value of this palette is amazing. Each Urban Decay eyeshadow retails for $18 individually, which makes this a $108 value. If you have both the NAKED and NAKED2 palettes, this palette is not necessary since there are similar shades (not dupes) from the other palettes, but these matte shades will compliment the colors in the other palettes very well. I like using mattes with shimmer, which is what I usually do all the time because I do not like too much shimmer on my lids. My three favorite shades from this palette is Venus, Naked 2 & Faint, and I see myself using those the most. All the others ones are nice, but I can definitely do without them since they do not apply on me as well. I like that Urban Decay came out with an "all-matte" palettes (not all 6 are matte), but I was really hoping for a colorful matte because Urban Decay is supposed to be "Feminine, Dangerous, and Fun" and these shades are not really well.. fun. I also still wish Urban Decay named this palette as half-naked, because this is half the size of both their NAKED palettes.

This retails for $27 and is currently sold at urbandecay.com and Sephora stores (they do not have a display out yet,so you might have to ask them to take it out from the back).

What do you think about the NAKED basics? Are you going to get it? Which NAKED palette is your favorite?

12 comments:

  1. This palette seems like a good value but I would prefer a palette that is half shimmery and half matte. I feel like they both have their purpose and I don't prefer one finish over the other.

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    1. I get what you mean, but I guess a lot of people have been asking Urban Decay for an all-matte palette. I wish it was more colorful though. Have you tried the Lorac Pro Palette? It's half matte & half shimmery :)

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  2. I was interested in this palette until I actually saw it in person and I definitely decided to pass it up. Which I'm glad I did now since I saw emilynoel83's video on this. I was definitely looking forward to a matte palette but this one wasn't special enough for me to pick it up.

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    1. That's how I kind of feel too, but it was so cute! I was not able to swatch this in store since they did not have displays out yet, which is why I always bought this so I can swatch it at home. Honestly, I can do without this palette and I think the value on the NAKED and NAKED2 is even better than this considering they also include a deluxe primer/lip gloss. Lets hope they come up with a better matte palette!

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  3. I don't think I'm getting this palette because I already own some similar shades. Maybe this palette is more for people who just started to wear makeup. As for all matte shadows, I'm interested in the Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Palette.

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    1. I heard good things about the Sonia Kashuk palettes & I kind of want to try those too, but I agree with you, this palette is a good option for those who are starting out.

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  5. This is a nice idea but the shades don't seem like anything special. It is friggin adorable with the other two though. It looks like their little babyy!

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    1. Yeah, it's not too special. It's too adorable to pass up though, lol!

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  6. I hear so many people saying it is nothing special, but it looks super cute though

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    1. Yeah.. I hope UD has more exciting things coming for us in the next year!

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