Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette.

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?

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  • liv

    I bought this on Oxford Street the other day but I must say I am a little disappointed with how light most of the colours are! Most of them barely show up on my skin and I am pale too! Ah well I’m sure I’ll find some use for it 🙂 xx

  • Emma

    Nice, honest review! I have both the other naked palettes which I bought in a frenzy but I’ve managed to hold off on this one so far. The colours really do look very light… No doubt I’ll end up buying it anyway just to “have” but I can see it’s not a MUST have!

  • Kate

    I am really tempted by this, as I tend to stick to really safe neutral eye make up. Might go and have a good look at the palette and think about it. Thanks for the review, you’ve certainly helped sway me!

  • Hannah

    It’s great to hear such an honest review Kate. I too picked up this palette recently as I had £20 worth of Debenhams Beauty points so it didn’t cost me a dime – I was on the look out for some every day shadows but I’m not sure if they’re just a little too meh (bland) for my taste.


  • Hearts&Crosses

    I love my naked palette so I’m sure I’d love this!


  • Katie

    I really like the sound of this- I’ve been lusting after matte shadows for a while as I don’t own any.
    Katie xx

  • Olivia

    Ooooh this looks like my kind of palette! I have wanted the naked palettes as I love neutral shades and urban decau quality, but I also find them too shimmery, but I adoorre matte eyes 😀 Great review, really helpful 🙂

  • Sarah

    I was also lusting after this palette as I don’t use my Naked palette much because of all the glitter. Went into Sephora the other day to check it out and was also dissappointed. As others have said the colors are very light/pale in person. It looks so gorgeous in pictures but I don’t feel like the first four colors really vary enough for me. They are too similar. I’ll probably still end up getting the palette at some point, but I am no long clammering to buy as soon as possible.

  • Maddy Cane

    I have been lusting after all the naked palettes for ages, and this one is no different! Beautiful colours and quality shadows! xxx

  • Ampersaand

    I find it thoroughly underwhelming to be honest. I won’t be purchasing it, but I love the size and the packaging!

  • Allie

    I actually really like this palette. Lately I’ve been using Stila Kitten/Benefit Birthday Suit as a base and then using Naked Basics shades for the crease and liner. 🙂

    I think how much you like this palette depends on your level of experience with shadows. I’m still really new to them so I don’t find this palette overwhelming like some others. And I’m a sucker for convenience. 😉


  • Carys Lloyd

    I was really excited when I heard UD were bringing out a matte and neutral palette but I was also disappointed. Too many light colours, if there was a slightly shimmering mid-tone brown I may of bought it but UD have left me a little underwhelmed this time. I do love the original naked palette, but I do agree with you about the shimmer (especially sidecar!)

  • Christina

    Such a great post!! Love it!

  • Shari

    I am so tempted to get this but will it show up on darker skintones particularly NC35-NC40??

  • Samantha

    I’m so glad you reviewed this palette as I’ve been considering buying it latley. But I think i’ll hold off and maybe go for one of the earlier U.D palettes.

  • Tegan

    Can’t wait until mine arrives! I’m not a huge fan of glittery shadows for day looks, so I don’t use my Naked Palette 2, but something tells me I’ll really like this. I also wanted to ask what your favourite look is for this palette is?

  • Kumiko Mae

    I think when it comes to a nude makeup, its really essential to find one with matte shades bec sometimes, too much glitter is truly too much for a nomakeup-makeup look 🙂

  • Jo

    I love my sleek natural palette – in my opinion it’s better than any of the naked palettes as it has a great mixture ofcous and textures.

  • LucyLovesToBlog

    I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about this palette, think I’ll stick to my Stila In The Light palette for a bit xx