So I’ve been meaning to do a review on my Urban Decay eyeshadow palette collection but have been procrastinating quite a bit. Don’t ask me why, lol! So what I’ve decided to do is to review one palette every week for the next 3 weeks and call it the “Naked Edition”. I must tell you though, when I mentioned this heading to my fiance, he freaked out just a little. (HandsOverEyes). He didn’t know that it would feature my Urban Decay Palette Collection and asked: “Yolanda Scharneck, what on earth will you be writing about with that heading?” You know I’m in trouble when he says my full name, haha! I had such a good laugh and to think he bought two of these palettes as a surprise gift when Urban Decay just launched.
Today I will be reviewing the Naked Basics 2. It the smallest one I own so I figured I’d break the ice with this one.
Urban Decay Naked Basics 2
So like I’ve mentioned above, my fiance surprised me with a few Urban Decay goodies when they launched in SA last year! I’m sure many of you can imagine how ecstatic I was. He walked in from work one day and told me to close my eyes and when I opened them I had 3 gorgeous Urban Decay products in my hands and a few extra samples. I was on top of the world. Am I not just the luckiest lady alive? Blessed is what I always say!
Anyways, so back to the actual product review.
The Naked Basics 2, as you can tell is one of 2 of Urban Decay’s Basics palettes.
Packaging and Eyeshadows
The Naked Basics 2 comes in a soft rubbery case that has a muted light brown colour to it. It consists of 6 eyeshadows ( 5 mattes and 1 that has a slightly satiny finish to it). This palette is quite cooled toned and I must admit that I didn’t think I would like it. I haven’t tried many cooled toned eyeshadows because I’ve just never been attracted to the colours but man, was I surprised by how beautiful these eyeshadows looked on my eyes.
This palettes colour scheme looks quite taupey. I like that there are 2 very light shades, 3 medium toned shades and 1 really dark shade. This makes it really easy for those who want a toned down day to day look.
- Skimp – a satin pale peachy toned shade that is perfect as an inner corner or brow bone highlight or even if you’re going for a look with a light lid. I love that this specific shade has a satiny finish. I find that it applies better than the rest.
- Stark – a matte peach light pinkish shade. This is another shade I use to apply all over my lid when I’m doing a look with darker shades in the outer corner and just want to brighten up the look ever so slightly. I do find this eyeshadow a bit dry and it doesn’t apply too well. Not sure if that is because it’s a matte shade.
- Frisk – a cooled toned light brown colour. This is a very unique shade and perfect to use as a transition shade. This one is also a little dry and the colour payoff isn’t great. I always use an eyeshadow primer and find that this helps.
- Cover – a muted taupey reddish brown shade. I know my description will at times sound strange but this is the best way I can describe them. lol! This is a stunning shade and probably the best matte in terms of formula, in this palette. It applies smoothly and another great transition shade.
- Primal – a softened taupe brown. I really love this shade to just deepen the outer corner when I’m going for a light daytime look and it’s the perfect transition shade for a smokey eye.
- Undone – A charcoal dark brown shade. I think this is a great alternative to a matte black shade and stunning to create a soft smokey eye. This eyeshadow is a little patchy and it’s quite noticeable on the arm swatches.
My experience with the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2:
I must say that after trying this palette that I’m more open to trying other cooler toned eyeshadows. The shades in this palette are quite unique and I love the way they look on my skin tone. I wasn’t completely blown away by the quality of these eyeshadows and felt that some of these were quite dry and chalky. It was a mission, with at least 3 of them, to get the colour to show and I was forced to pack it on and even then, it still seemed like it lacked “Umpf”.
These are some of the looks I’ve created using this palette.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post. Do you own this palette and what are your thoughts on it?
Ps. Please stay tuned to the other 2 “Naked Edition” posts.
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