Monday, July 6, 2015

Urban Decay | Naked Basics Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics

You know it is true... Urban Decay definitely is milking its very popular Naked collection. No matter how much I love Urban Decay (and I do, a lot!!) there are certain palettes that I would not buy for myself. The Naked Basics eyeshadow palette is one of them. Nevertheless, I got one from my kind and gorgeous cousin from New York during our beauty swap (and I am thankful for all the beauty products she got me), so it gave me the opportunity to put my preconceived notions away.. and give it a try with an open mind.

Let me first tell you why I would not buy it for myself. The eyeshadow palette contains six matte colors that are all made for a lighter (more Caucasian) skin tone. Well, that is how it seems to me, anyways. There are two pale shades in there: "Foxy" and "W.O.S." one that is more yellow and the other is more pink.. however, on my skin tone they will end up looking palish white. I do think "Naked 2" is a great shade for my skin tone, but it is not very different from the many other brown shades that I already have. I mean, it will not make much of a difference on my brown skin tone. The same could be said about "Faint", which surely is a beautiful color. So you see, four of the shades already feel waisted on me. But I said an open mind... ok... mind... is... open. 

Urban Decay Naked Basics

The Naked Basics palette is a much smaller version than the regular Naked eyeshadow palettes. It is mean as a basic palette that one can use and take with them on-the-go as it is so teensy tiny. To give you a clearer picture: it fits perfectly in my hand. The palette comes in a pretty and classy brown palette with a mirror and six shades on the inside. Opening the palette is a bit hard as I always have to use my nail to get the top to open. Unlike the bigger Naked eyeshadow palettes, you will not find an eyeshadow brush in here. 

Urban Decay Naked Basics Swatches
Urban Decay Naked Basics Swatches

Let's talk swatches! "Venus" is a gorgeous shade. It is a soft and romantic white with loads of shimmers in there, which will work perfectly as a highlighter. There is just something magical to this shade. It reminds me of princesses. "Foxy" is a pale yellow that gives off plenty of product. It looks rather dull, though. "W.O.S." also known as "Walk of Shame" is a pale pink and just like "Foxy" it gives off plenty of product and has something frosty to it too, which is why it becomes more white-looking on my skin. "Naked 2" is a very soft beige brown that looks pretty and I will surely wear it often over my whole lid. "Faint" is a darker brown that wʒould make for a nice look too if worn as a wash, so I will definitely be doing that (next to wearing it only in my crease). "Crave" seems like a charcoal black -that is how it felt when I was swatching it- but it is not very different from a regular black. It is a bit softer, because it may have some brown undertones in there. There is absolutely nothing wrong with these shades and I know the colors work for plenty of ladies, so I get why it is a popular product! 

Urban Decay Naked Basics | look

This is the first time that I made a look with this palette. It just is not is a palette I would often grab... though I might do that more often now that I am really loving "Venus". I am wearing "Foxy" over my lid, "Naked 2" towards the end and a teensy bit of "Faint" in my crease". In my inner-V I am wearing "Venus", but it does not show properly, because it is not that very different from "Foxy" on my skin tone. You see what I am talking about? 

Urban Decay Naked Basics | beauty look

And this is my face REALLY big. Sorry about that. I did not dislike this look or anything, but the paleness turns into a harsh pale/white shade. Nevertheless, I will keep playing with the shades and will make some other looks for you in the future (that way I have a mission, ha). Maybe I will learn to love this palette, eventually! I know many women love neutral shades or have to wear them for work... I have nothing against neutrals (owning two Naked palettes and loads of other palettes with nude shades), but after a while.. I am just not that enthusiastic about them anymore. The shades are also quite similar to the Naked 1 and Naked 2 palettes, am I right? As always with Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes I can expect great value and this time it was no different! The eyeshadows last throughout the day on my eyes and with a primer underneath you can even wear them well into the evening! Another big bonus: none of the shades have fall-out! Yay. The matte texture (even for the shimmery highlighter) ensure that the product will not spread all over your face or fall under your eyes. You can buy this palette for $29 or €28 (compare that to the 12 shades in the other Naked palettes that cost €50). Well, that was open-minded, right?! So, would you buy this palette yourself? Do you see the benefit of it? 





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7 comments

  1. This palette is definitely for cool skin toned. I will never buy it for myself as well. Haha. However, I love cool whites to match with warm browns. Anyway, I noticed your yellow spots inside your eyes. Are they birthmarks?

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    1. I don't often combine those two colors.. but heck, might be cool! They're just pigment spots. I've had them for as long as I can remember, but I'm not sure whether they're birthmarks.

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  2. ooeh ooeh mooooi!
    echt een leuke look gemaakt
    het staat jou ook echt zo goed, zker met die vavavoom lippen

    liefs
    Karlien

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  3. those lips!! (sorry I know the focus is on the palette but I had to say it)
    I know cool nude shades can make me look like I've spent the night in the morgue! Horror !

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    1. Ha, thanks! It's my new MDMflow lipstick... a special one, because it changes colors! Very exciting.

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  4. Ik ben al een tijdje aan het denken om deze ook aan te schaffen, maar iets houdt me steeds tegen. Als je alle Naked palette hebt zijn de kleuren inderdaad erg vergelijkbaar. Als je dan zo'n uitgebreide collectie hebt als jij is het wauw-effect van zo'n nude pallete natuurlijk niet meer echt van toepassing. Ik vind de look wel super as usual, die lipstick kan echt alleen jij af! Bij mij zou deze echt niet staan maar jij rockt hem gewoon ;-)

    X Sara

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