About a year ago, I bought Urban Decay Naked Basics during a trip to Ulta. I put it away and pretty much forgot all about it. My head was turned by other “more exciting” palettes.
I’ve had a pretty stressful month, and truth be told, I haven’t really been in the mood for brights and glitters. I’ve been in a more subdued frame of mind. If I was going to wear makeup at all over the last few weeks, it was going to be neutrals and mattes. So I rediscovered Urban Decay Naked Basics.
First, I love the size of this palette. It’s about 2 x 5 inches. Although I own a few larger palettes, I like the small ones. I don’t get overwhelmed by the number of shade choices. This one has six shades. And it’s easy to pop in my bag to take with me. Yet each of the pans is Urban Decay’s full size: 6 x 1.3g or 6 x 0.05 US oz.
Second, I think the rubbery copper-colored case is attractive, too. Of course, copper is one of my favorite shades, so no surprise there.
The shadows go on easily, feel and look velvety/not powdery, show up without having to pack them on, blend easily, and last over my Urban Decay Anti-aging Primer for hours and hours.
The shades are:
- Venus, off-white/pearl-colored demi-matte shade that’s good for the inner corner or for highlighting
- Foxy, cream bisque
- Walk Of Shame, “very light nude” according to UD; I call it peach
- Naked2, taupe according to UD, I call it cafe au lait
- Faint, a milk chocolate brown
- Crave, deep, dark brown/black.
Here are the shades in a photo from when I first bought the palette.
Over time, Faint developed some grey streaks that have not affected the color. Strange.
Next, I tried to make swatches. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my eye primer so I made the swatches on bare skin. I apologize. In the dim winter light, it is difficult to see them.
I strongly recommend wearing these over eye primer so they’ll show up if your skin is light.
Next, I thought I’d try finger swatches, but again in the dim winter light, it’s difficult to see the differences between the shades. Boo. In reality there are discernible differences.
I’ve been wearing Foxy, WOS, Naked2 and Faint the most, which makes sense for my subtle neutral mood. But if you use Venus to highlight the corners and Crave to create a smokey eye, you can really amp up the volume. Here, I’m wearing WOS and Faint on the lid, and Faint in the V and crease.
Next, I’m wearing WOS on the lid and Faint in the V and crease for a light look that goes with my peach sweater.
Urban Decay is a cruelty-free brand. It’s made in the U.S. It’s priced at a reasonable $29. And it’s available at Ulta, Sephora, and on urbandecaycosmetics.com.
I’ve ended up liking this little gem so much, I may have to eventually spring for the new-ish Naked Basics 2! 🙂
Do you own Naked Basics or Naked Basics 2? When do you reach for them?
VENUS / FOXY:
Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PTFE.
WALK OF SHAME / NAKED 2 / FAINT:
Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, PTFE.
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).