The Urban Decay Naked Basics eyeshadow palette (Sephora, $27) features six full size neutral eyeshadows, four of which are exclusive to the palette. The colors are: Venus (frosty sheen off-white), Foxy (yellow-based pale tan matte), Walk of Shame (pink-based pale tan matte), Naked 2 (taupe matte), Faint (warm milk chocolate matte) and Crave (deep black-brown matte).
Sometimes Urban Decay makes palettes with a few shades that aren’t so terrific. This is not one of those palettes. Every single shade is buttery, highly pigmented, easy to blend and just an absolute joy to work with. I get through a very long day without these fading, creasing, falling out or in any other way looking any different than when I first put them on in the morning. It’s just that good.
Note that on the lid, Venus’ frost becomes a sheen – more of a glow than a shimmer, and it’s very easy to apply a little and sheer that out or apply it full-strength.
In terms of quality and price, buying this palette is a no-brainer. You’re getting 6 full-size shades for the cost of 1.5 singles, and they are all great. The question with this palette is going to be whether you want or need these colors. Foxy and Walk of Shame are available in palettes and as singles, so you may already have them. Crave is awfully similar to Blackout. Faint, Naked 2 and Venus may resemble colors you already have, too.
If you don’t have colors like these already, I would recommend this one for sure. Also, if you’re someone who’s new to eyeshadow, or maybe not sure you can wear much color or shimmer but you’d like to have something to even out your lids and contour to give them some shape, I would definitely suggest looking at this palette.
However, another way to look at it is that this is a very compact palette that gives you:
- Brow fill – Faint works for me, Naked 2 should work for some lighter brows and Crave will work for black brows
- Liner – wet Crave or Faint to line. You can also mix the two to create a dark brown liner.
- Brow highlight – Venus if you want shimmer, Foxy or Walk of Shame for mattes
- Crease colors – carry this along with a more colorful palette like Fun or Feminine, and suddenly you’ve got a bunch of complimentary neutral mattes to extend the looks you can do with the other palette
I bought Naked Basics not so much to use on its own – mattes aren’t my best look – but because it gives you all the basics that other palettes may not include. I can carry this instead of a Mac Espresso single, an eyeliner or two and another brow highlight single, and actually end up with more options.Bottom line
The quality you get for the price is terrific on this palette. The only buying consideration is whether you actually need these colors. On its own it may seem bland, but the palette fulfills a lot of “basic” needs, like brow fill, brow highlighting, lining and an array of crease colors, which makes it a really nice complement to other palettes that lack them.