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.
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.
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 wƒould 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!
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?
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?