Urban Decay Naked Basics

I know I'm late to the game buying the UD Naked Basics palette, but I already own the Naked and Naked 2 Palettes. Even though I love matte shades, and I was always hoping Urban decay would add more matte shades to their Naked palettes, I would always rather spend the money on something else. Well, I finally gave in and bought the UD Naked Basics palette ... and I almost hate to say that I LOVE it (more than the Naked and Naked 2 palettes)!


UD Naked (Top), UD Naked 2 (Middle), UD Naked Basics palette (Bottom)

I like the Naked and Naked 2 palettes, but to be extremely honest, I gravitate more to my high end palettes. Understandably, if you can only afford one palette, the Naked or Naked 2 palette is a fantastic choice ... BUT, how many of us have more eyeshadows than we can count? So, I tend to pick my high end palettes. For example, my Dior Night Golds and Fairy Golds palettes (from the Holiday Grand Bal Collection 2012) remind me of edited versions of the Naked and Naked 2 palettes. Dior Night Golds is a warmer palette like the Naked palette, and Dior Fairy Golds is a cooler palette like the Naked 2 palette. By no means do I think they're exact dupes, but they are similar enough color tones to achieve similar eye looks without having to be exact colors.

Dior Night Golds (left) and Dior Fairy Golds (right)

Top Row: UD Naked palette and Dior Night Golds palette (warmer tones)
Bottom Row: UD Naked 2 palette and Dior Fairy Golds palette (cooler tones)

Back to the Urban Decay (UD) palettes, I do prefer the Naked 2 palette to the Naked palette for three reasons: 1) better eyeshadow formula - smoother and more buttery IMO, 2) cooler tones, and 3) darker black shade. (But, Gunmetal in the Naked palette is pretty amazing!)

Now, to the UD Naked Basics palette, which beats both the Naked and Naked 2 palettes for me. Like I said, the Naked and Naked 2 palettes are nice and all, but given the choice, I'd probably hit up my Dior palettes. What I'm lacking here is neutral matte shades ... and boy does the Naked Basics palette deliver! First, let me address the obvious - it's a smaller palette. No offense to others, but I prefer actual measurements over, "hey, it fits in my hand."




You're getting exactly half the eyeshadow number and weight as the regular Naked and Naked 2 palettes, but it's more than half the price ($27 x 2 = $54 ... $4 more than the full sized $50 palettes).



I wasn't exactly prepared to be impressed by the Naked Basics palette. I mean, I already own several Urban Decay palettes, and I am already familiar with the new formula. But, wow - these mattes were sooo buttery and smooth to apply, I had to rave. So, I'm getting a smaller palette, with 5 mattes and 1 shimmer/highlight shades ... SOLD! I wish this palette came out before the Naked and Naked 2 palettes. I would have probably elected to skip those palettes and just buy the Naked Basics palette. Oh well.

(Indoor Day Lighting)

(Indoor Day Lighting)

(Flash Lighting)

So, final thoughts (from someone very late to the bandwagon)? ... GET the UD Naked Basics palette!! Even if shimmers are more your thing, mattes are always helpful transition colors. For any of you who have not yet bought any of the Naked or Naked 2 palettes, you may be in luck and just buy the Naked Basics palette  But, if you're like most of us and you have at least one of the two full sized palettes, I'd say it's still worth it for it's portable size and very ... "basic" ... shades. 

Now, I'm interested in comparing these shades with my newest Tom Ford acquisitions - Cocoa Mirage (mostly mattes) and Golden Mink (shimmers and glitter). I know it's redundant (and excessive) to buy all these neutral palettes, but I like to think it might help some of you readers out there.


**Disclaimer: I purchased all items with my own money. All opinions are my own and not sponsored.