Review: Urban Decay NAKED Basics Palette

Urban Decay NAKED Basics

Urban Decay NAKED Basics Palette finally hit Australian shores a few months ago at Mecca Maxima. The only other way to get it in Australia before then was through buying online from other countries. I got my Urban Decay NAKED Basics Palette from for AUD $56.30, around September 2014. Now, that is hella expensive for such a small palette, so I had my fingers crossed it would be worth it.

Urban Decay NAKED Basics

There are six shades in this palette: Venus – Shimmer Highlight, Foxy – Matte Warm Highlight, W.O.S (Walk of shame) – Matte Cool Highlight, Naked 2 – Matte Light Brown/Taupe, Faint – Matte Brown and Crave – Matte Black.

Urban Decay NAKED Basics

L to R: Venus, Foxy, W.O.S, Naked 2, Faint and Crave.

The shadows feel creamy and swatch pretty well. The ones that swatch the best are Venus and Faint. Even when you just touch Faint gently with your brush it’s like woah girl, that’s so dang pigmented. The matte black is a bit unimpressed and not supper pigmented and black when swatched, but it is workable. I actually like that the Foxy and W.O.S aren’t too pigmented since it blends easier into my darker skin tone.

Urban Decay NAKED Basics

Close-ups! Wow, such shimmer.

Urban Decay NAKED Basics

Look at how well Faint (brown) swatches! You can see here that crave is not an intense black at all. It was hard to even get this swatch with layering it a couple times.

My most used shades are Naked 2 and Faint, I like to mix them together to use in my crease. If I want an extra smoky and dark look I’ll mix Faint and Crave and apply it to the outer corner of my eyelid and blend it along the crease. I use the three highlight shades on my brow bone, or I W.O.S. all over my eyelid as a nice base. When I use the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, I particularly like to put W.O.S. on my eyelid as a base to make the colours I put on top of it easier to blend. If you don’t put a shade all over the primer first, the shadows will be hard to blend! Also, to make this palette perfect I wish there was a shade in-between Naked 2 and Faint, to use as a transition shade.

The packaging feels expensive and hardy. It has a mirror inside the lid which is good for when travelling or touching up. This palette is really nice and compact, perfect for the handbag or when you don’t have much space in your bag when travelling.
I think this palette would complement a shimmery palette well. This cheaper brands tend to be better at creating shimmery eye shadows than mattes, this expensive palette pickup would arm you with all the mattes you need to create an eyeshadow look and you can pair it with a cheaper shimmer palette! If you’re Australian, I’d recommend the Chi-Chi palettes.
Pros: Buttery, reasonably blend-able, great size and good to pair with cheaper palette.
Cons: I would have preferred if this palette was overall a little darker, due to my skin tone. Shadows won’t blend well when using primer is you don’t set primer with a shadow first.
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  1. 13/09/2015 / 12:33 pm

    I have fair to light skin tone so the shades are good for me. I think it’s the best palette for a no-makeup makeup look. I’m taking it with me this week on a business trip. Just the right size and the right shades.

    • MEL
      14/09/2015 / 10:28 pm

      It’s so compact hey! It fits much better in a little makeup bag than most eye shadow palettes!

  2. 14/09/2015 / 9:59 am

    Great post! I don’t own this palette but the Naked Basics 2 and I actually don’t use mine much. I think I need to break it out to use a little more! Awesome swatches, this one looks really nice as well.

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats

    • MEL
      14/09/2015 / 10:28 pm

      I was thinking of getting the NAKED Basics 2 palette as well, but maybe it’ll be matte eye shadow over kill? 😛 Thanks for stopping by, I read your blog!

  3. 14/09/2015 / 11:28 am

    That is a niiice palette girl!! Lol 🙂 Ive just purchased the Naked Smokey and it was about $69 so this is a lil exy, but Urban Decay are the business, so its worth it! I really enjoy your reviews, Im going to find you on Bloglovin! 🙂 have a great week 🙂

    • MEL
      14/09/2015 / 10:29 pm

      Wow, thank you so much! That really means a lot. Urban Decay palettes are definitely in a case of their own!

    • MEL
      14/09/2015 / 10:30 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. I love seeing swatches of eye shadow palettes too!

  4. 14/09/2015 / 1:39 pm

    Great review! Lovely palette! Why couldn’t it be cheaper??!!

    Thanks for linking up to the Monday Makeup Madness #23 link up party!

    • MEL
      14/09/2015 / 10:31 pm

      I know right! Makeup, why you so expensive! 😛 Loving your blog and link up party Ingrid! Such a great way to connect with other bloggers.

  5. 14/09/2015 / 4:00 pm

    Great review! I couldn’t resist this palette, I just had to have it. I don’t use it, tho. Palettes are my weakness, lol

    • MEL
      14/09/2015 / 10:32 pm

      Palettes are definitely my weakness too. So pretty, lots of different colours and always feels like such great value for money compared to singles! And… just so pretty! 😛

  6. 22/09/2015 / 3:55 am

    Sounds like a great palette for travelling, or everyday wear. But I already have similar shades in my stash, so I’ll pass.

    • MEL
      01/10/2015 / 4:21 pm

      It’s so great for travel!

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