Joy from Styled with Joy inspired me to whip out my Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette after a long hiatus. I originally picked this up because of the rave reviews and to use as a travel palette with all the essentials for simple eye looks. Urban Decay got it right naming it ‘Naked Basics’, it really has all the essential neutral shades for day or night.
The packaging is small and thin, making it ideal for throwing in your purse if you like to touch up your eye shadow or for travel. The cover has a kind of ‘rubbery’ feel to it that I find tends to pick up shadow residue easily, just FYI if that kind of thing bothers you. There is a mirror that spans the area of the cover and the names of each shadow are printed under each pan.
Venus is the only non-matte shade in the palette, it’s a very pale champagne satin finish that works well as an inner corner highlight. Foxy is a matte pale yellow that I love as a brow highlight. Walk of Shame is a pale nude, it reminds me of putty, that I love as a lid color. Naked 2 is a taupe brown transition shade and Faint is a nice warm brown, great for adding depth to the crease or outer V. Crave is a matte black that I like to use as liner or for some drama in a smokey eye. All of the shadows have great pigmentation and are quite creamy in consistency, except I find Foxy to be a bit dry and Crave to be a powdery. If you’re using Crave, I’d either do the eye first before your base or use a tissue to cover your undereyes area because of the fall out.
This palette is probably the only one I own where I typically tend to use every single color when I do my eyes and I don’t really need to pull from other palettes to complete the look. I’m glad I pulled it out again because I forgot how good it is!
Do you have the Naked Basics? What’s your favorite way to use it?