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 beautybay.com 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.
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.
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.
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.