Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – £20 *
I have both the Naked palettes from Urban Decay already (review here), but I find them a little bit much for daywear – some of the shades are just beautiful but are ruined by a shedload of glitter. When I heard about the Naked Basics palette, consisting of six neutral shades, I was excited for a more played down version of the most talked about palettes out there.
I have to say, when I opened the lid of the Basics palette, I was a little disappointed by how muted it was – just one shimmery shade which is a pretty champagne colour (Venus) surrounded by five matte shades ranging from a light cream (Foxy) to a rich matte brown/black (Crave). Although I was looking for something a little less glittery, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who doesn’t get as much use from the Naked palettes as they’d have liked to, I find that the Basics palette is just… a little too boring. I’m not a massive matte shadow fiend, I like a little shimmer – nothing too over the top though! Saying that, I’ve given this a good shot and I have to say I do like mixing Venus with Faint for a shimmery light brown, and adding the dark Crave to the crease and blending in, so not all is lost. In that respect, and quality wise, it’s definitely a really lovely little palette and I have to say it’s definitely worth the pricetag. Some will love this, some… not so much.
Overall? It won’t disappear to the back of my drawers like the other Naked palettes but it may not get as much use as some of my other palettes. It’s great for those who love matte shades and do need something a bit more bland in their collection. A nice attempt at being subtle, Urban Decay but I do think it could have had a bit more shimmer and spice. What do you think of the shade range, will you be purchasing?