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Love: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

The first few eyeshadow palettes I had featured explosions of color and shimmer that would make a transvestite proud. I had 120 and 88-color palettes and I loved them! Well, I still love colors and shimmer. But the older I get the more I realize how important it is to have dependable basics to work with. This doesn't just apply to clothes and shoes and bags. It's the exact same thing with makeup.

To create a great eyeshadow look, you need classic neutral shades as your base, contour, and highlight. Think of bright, shiny colors as the accessories in your eye makeup. They grab attention and express your mood as well they should. Neutrals, while meant to work hand in hand with colors, must do so in the background. Unless you're wearing them by themselves, of course.

The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (P1,600 at Stuff in Style) is perfect for a simple to smoky eye look on its own. It's also designed to be a sort of building block for creating more complex, colorful looks. These eyeshadows have great color pay-off and super smooth texture (as expected from Urban Decay), which means that they're quite easy to work with.

I like thinking of this palette as a little black dress - that one thing you can wear to practically anything!

The ultra posh palette is slim, hefty, and has a rubbery feel. Don't worry, it's not the sort of rubber texture that makes NARS palettes difficult to clean! Anyway, I also love the raised lettering on the cover as it contributes to the luxe tactile experience. 

The shade selection for Naked Basics is ace. It pared down the essentials, which were already in the first two Naked palettes, into something even more fundamental. The first three shades are for highlighting, creating a base, and lid color. Some people like to start with a matte beige or white eyeshadow before they apply the rest of their eye makeup. The last three shades are for contouring, smoking out, and lining the eyes. 

 Venus, Foxy, Walk of Shame

Venus is a shimmery white that verges on frost. Great for highlighting on the brow bone to bring out the arch of the eyebrows! Foxy is a matte yellowed beige, while Walk of Shame is a matte beige. Both eyeshadows can be used on the brow bone, as a base or lid colors.

Naked 2, Faint, Crave

Naked 2 is a soft taupe that has a satin finish. It's perfect either as a crease or blending shade. Faint (satin dark brown) and Crave (matte charcoal) make fabulous smoky eye colors.

So, do you need this palette? Yes! The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette has high-quality shades that can work with any coloring and splash of color. It's great for applying makeup on the go since it's small and compact, too, unlike the first two Nakeds. However, if you already have similar palettes and don't really apply eyeshadow out of the house, then you can give this a miss.

I'm a huge fan of Urban Decay eyeshadows though so I think it's a great investment. :) How about you? Is this something you would get for yourself?

In any case, you can find the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette from Stuff In Style. Love this store! The next Urban Decay product I want to try is the NAKED Skin liquid foundation because of the awesome reviews. Hope SIS restocks soon. Anyway you can follow the store on Twitter and Instagram (both @stuffinstyle). It's also on Facebook.

Reader Comments (32)

I got this myself and I really love it. It's so wearable and the colors are great for different kinds of look.

Haaay. The Naked palettes would only be just a dream for me. They're really perfect! I hope someday I would be able to buy luxury beauty items too! :D

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

That's a palette that I'm considering getting. The price is a little steeper than I would like though, so I'll be taking some time to save up.

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

I love, love, the naked palettes of urban decay! I agree that you can build a whole lot of different looks with just these palettes!

Just wanna ask though, i already have naked 2. Chose naked 2 vs naked 1 coz i felt shades are more suited for my skin tone and usual look. Would it be redundant to have naked basics?

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBlairbitchbunny

I love this palette. However, I only apply eyeshadow when I have meetings, so I haven't really used up my neutral palettes.

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMadel

I love it when you review stuff you've gotten yourself! Can't wait to see the looks you create with this.

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEula

Aww ang ganda ng texture matte at ang color payoff ng last 3 dark shades ay very good. I think this wil be a good starter palette for a beginner like me. Kaya lng ang mahal. I was hoping na ud post pics showing these colors in action

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermizeloise

Can't wait for the looks you create with this palette Ms. Liz!

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYana Tan

I would love to have this. Kaso it's too expensive for a makeup newbie like me. Nakakahinayang pang practice :D

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

Do you think it's necessary to have all three Naked palettes? If I have to choose just one, which one do you recommend? Thanks! :)

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJean

I adore Naked palettes! The first time I got acquainted with Naked was through a makeup tutorial and I was blown away by the color selection. I dream of acquiring Naked 2 some day, I think it's perfect for my skin tone. Thanks for the link to SIS, I took a quick tour and was impressed by the site. I'm not an online shopper but I just might be after knowing SIS. Thank you!

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaybelle

The Naked Basics palette is definitely a great investment. I'm not really into shimmers and colors that much yet so I just stick to my nudes. It makes you look more put together and definitely more sophisticated :)

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

If i were to buy my first Urban decay MU, this has got to be it!

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLian

I read about this palette first in Beautezine and I thought it a great palette for my makeup capsule. I have UD's Naked 2 and I've never been so happy with a product purchase. Esp when its not cheap. Definitely a MUST HAVE! Cant go wrong with Naked!
PS. Heard that the brand UD was bought/acquired by Loreal. This is to bring in the young-er consumers.

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

i think that this is a good investment for someone who only wears mostly like mattes and neutrals and those who like subtle basic everyday makeup.
But I still think if someone has too choose and invest in getting an urban decay palette, the original urban decay naked palette is still the best bet because you could create more looks with it. The shades in naked basics palettes can be easily dupable and you can find similar shade in common neutral palettes by other less expensive brands.

emilynoel83 at you tube and of Beauty Broadcast had posted a video back in December showing dupes of the naked basic palettes from more affordable brands, check it out.

@Nikki , Mizeloise and Aubrey you can check out the dupes that beginners like us can practice on na hindi sobrang nakakahinayang naman or if you want something with the same shade as the UD but not as expensive. I combined with another suggestion of another blogger but the dupes are as follows:
UD basic venus - NYX single eyeshadow SAHARA (P195)
UD basic foxy- NYX Trio Eyeshadow NUDE from trio Nude/Taupe/ Darkbrown (P270)
UD basic walk of shame- Wet n Wild Color icon eyeshadow single in Brulee (P115)
UD basic Naked 2- NYX Trio eyeshadow DARKBROWN from trio Nude/ Taupe/ Darkbrown
UD basic faint- Rimmel london in dusk
UD basic Crave- Wet n Wild Color icon eyeshadow single in Panther (P115)
The prices are from nyxwholesaleph site just to give you an idea of the cost.
If you are also interested in a neutral palette na pwede pagpraktisan natin but not necessarily exact as this palette, you might want to check NYX Love in Paris Eyeshadow Palette in PARISIAN CHIC (P520 in nyxwholesaleph) or NYX 10 color eyeshadow palette in Caviar and bubbles (P450 in Stuff In Style where Ms. Liz got her Urban Decay Naked Basic or P375 in nyxwholesaleph). NYX is also releasing this mid-January The NYX The Natural Shadow Palette in the states, supposed to be their answer to the UD Naked basics ( P365 at nyxwholesaleph)

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

Finally got my hands my very first UD and it's Naked2 my dream palette! Same question with Blairbitchbunny though. Is there any difference between naked1 and 2?

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteryan

Finally got my hands my very first UD and it's Naked2 my dream palette! Same question with Blairbitchbunny though. Is there any difference between naked1 and 2?

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteryan

This is the first time I learned Urban Decay. The palette looks great and seems to be wonderful to use. They also have a nice set of colors. And it doesn't seem to have shimmers. But it's a bit pricey for me since I's a newbie at using make ups.

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina

I think I'll give this palette a pass. I don't think that you need all the first three shades as just one of them can serve as highlight or base. Also, I doubt that they'll look good on morena skin--they're too light imo. The packaging though is a great improvement compared to the other two UD Nakeds. Love how they maximized the size of the mirror. :) Will be waiting for the release of NYX's natural shadow palette mentioned by couchpotato_md.

January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJas

ang masasabi ko lang: haaaay! ganda :) pero I like best the the balm meet matt(e) naked. :) Have you checked it out?

January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEyah

Have you tried either the Naked 1 and/or 2? what's your take on them?

January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaja

I love how that palette can go from simple to sultry! Also, your pictures are phenomenal. I love it. :)

January 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDani

I would love this palette! If only it doesn't cost a lot... and only if we could get it easily here in the Philippines

January 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterzinfandel

It's a lovely palette and I do love my mattes but yeah it does seem a little boring to me and I feel like I won't be needing and using all the colors of it too, for the price I was expecting a whole set with mattes and shimmers and colors too. But I eon't know, I was hoping you'd do a look using the palette :p

January 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCam

Hey folks! I don't own the Naked 1 or 2 palettes. But looking at the swatches, this palette has similar shades there already so like I said above if you have the first Nakeds then you can definitely skip this. :)

It's better to think of Naked Basics as the "petite" version of the first two. A lot of people complained about the Naked being too big and bulky for bringing around so this is Urban Decay's answer. The basics pared down to six eyeshadows instead of 10. :)

January 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

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