urban decay naked palette

review swatch photo
review swatch photo
review swatch photo

A lot of fuss was created over the recent launch of the Naked Basics Palette. I think everyone and their mum owns at least one of the infamous Naked Palette's. Personally, I have both but I've probably used them about three times each maximum. They found their way to the back of my makeup drawers just as quickly as my impulse purchasing of them!

Naked Basics's is a predominantly matte collection of 6 shades ranging from a soft champagne shimmer, a matte brown and a jet black. As someone who rarely wears matte shadows I sort of knew off the bat this kit wasn't going to be me. I have tried this as lid shadows, but they just look muddy and dull and don't compliment my skin tone. Although I have been using Faint for my brows and then Venus a little bit under my brow bone for a bit of a highlight. In all I just find it so boring and uninspiring, I cant think of anything creative or pretty I could do with this. All the colours are so pale as well, I really don't think anyone needs three super pale shades which would barely show on some skin tones! Overall none of the colours scream out "APPLY ME LILY!" Saying that the colours are smooth pigmented and creamy, They apply well and have good longevity. Which is exactly what I'd expect from Urban Decay, just the blandness of this "basics pallete"just doesn't compliment what is usually such an inspiring and creative brand.

Honestly, I find this palette super snoozy and definitely not my taste. Although I could have told you that from the start (I did). The colours are ok but so basic to the point I just don't think I'd get any use out of it at all. While I think it is nice to have those key matte colours but its nothing that cant be replicated within the other Naked Palettes or other brands.

I personally feel Urban Decay need to make something in between the super shimmer of the Naked 1 and the Naked 2 and the blandness of the Naked Basics. They could also do with creating a warmer toned palette as the colours are just so cool toned (for me) and won't suit all skin tones. I find most of them hard to wear as they just don't compliment my skin tone in the slightest. While it's a safe offering from Urban Decay I can see how it can be appealing to some people… however I could have just passed this without even giving it a second thought.

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