A Lesson in Being Basic: Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics





When I heard Urban Decay were doing ANOTHER Naked Palette I rolled my eyes, made a joke about it being redundant and then instantly made a mental note that I need it in my life because well... you know... THERES ALWAYS SPACE IN MY LIFE FOR MORE BROWN EYESHADOWS.

Believe it or not the Naked Basics 1 Palette has been my most reached for of the countless additions to the Naked Family. The shimmery shades of 1, 2 and especially three are barely reached for since I decided sparkly eyeshadow gets into all my crows feet and makes me look about 50 despite being 26. Smokey... I like you but you were a little dry to use and smokey shadow 'aint an everyday thing so I'll pass on you you. But gimmie a nice warm matte and I'll be purring like a little kitty.

In jumps Naked ULTIMATE Basics - Every Time I read that I read it in the X Factor announcer guy voice for some reason. I just want to boom the word ULTIMATE out across an echo-y room!

Colour palette wise it's a nice mix between cool and warm shades, and although I feel like I've seen all these shades before in some shape or another in existing Urban Decay Palettes - But none the less that doesn't make me any less drawn to the palette. The colour selection is deeper and richer than all it's predecessors with shades of orange, plum and purple mixed with your standard neutral browns. Which makes it really versatile and something that can be used for the most basic of eye looks working up to something a little sexier.

I'd grant each shade a grade between a B+ to an A+ in terms of colour, quality and pay off. However In some reviews I read people mentioned there was an inevitable naughty child in the bunch in the form of Instinct. I do not agree in the slightest! I actually think thats my favourite shade of the whole lot and my go-to ever since I got this palette.

Shades:
  • Blow (Light Nude Demi-Matte)
  • Nude (Soft Pink Nude Matte)
  • Commando (Light Taupe Brown Matte)
  • Tempted (Pale Brown Matte)
  • Instinct (Medium Pink Taupe Matte)
  • Lethal (Reddish Brown Matte)
  • Pre-Game (Pale Yellow Matte)
  • Extra Bitter (Burnt Orange Matte)
  • Faith (Medium Warm Brown Matte)
  • Lockout (Rich Neutral Brown Matte)
  • Magnet (Smoky Gray Matte)
  • Blackjack (Warm Black Matte)
My extra  picks for the team is obviously Extra Bitter (helllo orange!), I also adore Tempted and Lethal. There's something about the richness of Lethal that I really dig, just looks like the perfect smoke out shade.

I honestly think this is a pretty excellent palette, dare I say better than a lot of the palettes UD have released recently and definitely the most innovative since the OG way back when. While it is basic and filled with mattes, every shade is super wearable and I can realistically see myself using them all in some form or another.

So hell yeah this palette might be basic but boring it is not, wearable does not always mean basic. Obviously if you're an avid makeup collector - especially of Urban Decay Palette one then you could skip it. But if you're in the market for a killer new matte neutral selection box then go forth and purchase.

And finally while it might be flogging a dead horse now with the "Naked" tagline, it works and it'll sell and I'll be damn sure to have this on my eyeballs as often as I can.

33 comments

  1. That's the palette I need ! Love the shades as much as I love vthe brand x

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  2. Obviously this palette makes absolutely sense!
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  3. The shades are stunning! I'm a sucker for matte shadows.

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  4. I think for a makeup newbie this is great because it has all of the basics you need! Love your vids by the way :)

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  5. I didn't think I could do with another UD palette but some of these shades are so pretty. A bit more colourful than usual- which is good! x

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  6. I love the shade range in this and the fact that they're all matte means I just need this in my life like now! x

    Always, Alice

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  7. yeep, this is a palette I could actually see myself using .. that orange shade is amazing x

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  8. I agree with you that I feel like I've seen all these colours before but it's juSst the pure convenience of having them all in one cute little palette. Great review!

    Abigail Alice x

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  9. I love all the shimmery tones in my Naked 3 BUT this autumn I've got into mattes in a big way. Despite initially rolling my eyes at this palette, I now kind of *really* want it...

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  10. Thanks for the share, defo worth a try ! xx
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  11. These days, I only reach for the Naked Basics 1. After seeing this, I might be willing to branch out!

    Mel // izzipenelope

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  12. I kind of lost interest in the Naked palettes and didn't purchase any of the releases that came after number three (a bit like a great movie that gets spoilt by never-ending sequels), but I think I'd get on well with this one! Loving that it's all matte!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty

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  13. I don't have any UD palettes, but I'm actually really drawn to this one! I think it's definitely practical and--dare I say, basic--enough for a girl like me.

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  14. I love the Naked palette's! I'm definitely more of a shimmer kind of girl, but these mattes are so gorgeous. Would love to try it xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. This is such a gorgeous palette, I need it! It'll definitely be on my Christmas list.

    Julia x
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  16. I love Urban Decay makeup and this looks like an amazing palette! I have added this to my Christmas Wishlist

    Fruity Flamingo

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  17. Love the palette ! the shades are so pretty !

    Sara,
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  18. i've heard of this palette A LOT and I can wait to see it in the stores and try it out<3

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ kate/idoscope.com

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  19. I am still yet to splash out on a Naked palatte but I think this one might just be the one to convince me. Looks fab! Xo

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  20. I love the colours! This palette is so pretty! xx
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  22. I need this palette !!! Such Beautiful colours, Good blog post Xxx
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  25. It's such a pretty palette though! But I've not always been a fan of matte shades, more for the shimmer/glitter shades as that's more my style and fits my personality XD

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