Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette: The Review

28 December 2012

I was selected to review the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette for the Debenhams Beauty Club VIP Panel earlier in the month, and received this along with a couple of other Urban Decay goodies - including a full size Eye Primer Potion which I'd ran out of! Definitely a lovely pre-Christmas treat! I thought I'd post my review on to my blog so you guys can see what I think of it. I know a lot of you are keen on purchasing it as an addition to the existing shimmery Naked palettes, according to the chatter on Twitter!

The palette is kind of fiddly to open - or maybe that's just me! - but it feels solid and luxurious; much of a step up from my old Urban Decay colour palette which has seen better days. It is the perfect size to slip into your clutch bag or weekend bag to achieve a matte eye quickly and effortlessly.

The shades include: Venus (a new white satin shade which is perfect for brightening the inner eye); Foxy (a creamy pale gold matte); Walk of Shame (a pale nude neutral matte); Naked 2 (a new pale taupe matte); Faint (a new dusty brown matte perfect for the crease) & Crave (a new black-brown matte just right for applying as a liner).

I had to send in a Before & After photo, which shows the much-needed definition a Basics smoky eye adds to my eyes for day-time

I enjoy using this palette. It's much more wearable than a shimmery palette for day-time (although I am an advocate of a shimmery antique gold eye and red lip combo for day!). The silky texture of the shadows feels professional, and they're buildable for either a sheer or heavy eye make-up look.

From my review:
"This palette is the perfect set for a beginner. The selection of matte shades are great for day-time and stay put all day, especially with the help of some Eye Primer Potion. The texture of the shadows are silky and they have a high pigmentation. 
To create a day-time smoky eye, I used 'Naked 2' on the lid, 'Faint' in the crease & 'Crave' as a liner. I also applied a dot of 'Venus' in the inner corner of the eye, which works fantastically to create a bright-eyed effect. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a basic matte palette without any dreaded shimmer.
However, it would have been helpful (as a 'Basics' palette for beginners) to include an applicator brush in the set.
Rating: 4/5"

In addition to the palette, I received the Eye Primer Potion, which I'm sure many of you are familiar with, as a classic buy. This was my review:
"Having already been a fan of this product, it really shows its strength when used in conjunction with the Naked Basics palette. The primer potion is the perfect solution to the seemingly unavoidable creasing and sliding-off of eyeshadow during the day. It ensures your shadow stays looking neat and doesn't budge, with no creasing. I recommend this product to anyone who wears heavy eye make-up on a regular basis, or for nights out.
Rating: 5/5"

The Lip Junkie Lip Gloss is a product I wasn't a fan of! Here's my review:
"As a lover of a matte bold lip, lip gloss is not a product I'm fond of! This product promises to "Cool & Plump", which it does succeed in. However, the slightly artificial minty scent of the gloss puts me off wanting to wear it. A little dot of this on the centre of the bottom lip over lipstick, or on its own, is enough for me and gives me the plumper looking lip effect which is nice for a night out.
Rating: 2/5"

Hope you enjoyed reading my review and let me know your thoughts on this palette if you have it already :)



  1. one of my current favorite palettes! it compliments the naked and naked 2 palette so much :) great eye look!

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    1. Thanks. It really is a lovely palette!


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