Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - £20
I think Urban Decay managed to create something extraordinary when they brought out the original Naked Palette back in 2010. Everyone had to get their hands on it at the time, myself included, and this magic power seems to have extended to not one but two additional palettes in the Naked range. The Naked Basics isn't the type of thing I usually go for and I'm not sure I even owned a matte eyeshadow before buying this, but once again something about this cute little compact drew me in.
Despite my sceptical first impression though, I've managed to get so much use out of it and have worn pretty much nothing but these six colours since buying the palette at the beginning of the month. I've always admired the formulation of the Urban Decay eyeshadows, and the Naked Basics is no exception. Well pigmented and smooth to blend, they last all day on my eyes. From right to left the colours are Venus, just off-white with a shot of subtle shimmer running through, Foxy a yellow based cream, Walk of Shame a slightly more pinky beige, Naked 2 a very light greyish brown, Faint a richer brown and Crave a completely matte black. The one downfall with these and something I've actually noticed in all the previous Naked palettes is that the colours are very cool toned. I can just about get away with this but I'm not sure how well they would work for those who need a bit of warmth from their eyeshadow.
Probably the best thing about the Naked Basics palette though is the fact that it's so multi-use. Faint is a great eyebrow colour and Walk of Shame and Foxy are perfect for setting concealer in place. My favourite little extra use of this is the highly pigmented matte black Crave which has pretty much replaced liquid liner in my life. When applied with an angled brush it gives a much softer line to the eyes while still defining them well. I've actually filmed a short video demonstrating how I use the palette in this way for an everyday look, so if you'd like to get some ideas, click here!
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