Something I've been wanting since it's release towards the end of last year, is the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. I'm a big lover of my shimmery, bold, colourful shades.

Sometimes I feel a makeup look can look slightly overdone using even my original Naked palette. I didn't have any truly matte neutral shades so this was the perfect addition.


What www.urbandecay.com says:
Naked Basics is more than just the long-awaited, multipurpose matte companion to Naked. It's the palette every woman needs in her beauty arsenal. With six stripped-down, Nakedly neutral shadows, it has everything you need for the perfect neutral matte eye—including four totally new and exclusive shades.

While this palette is small, we loaded it with full-size shadow pans, just like our other Naked palettes. Every shade features our Pigment Infusion System™, a vehicle for color that holds tightly to pigment and gives the formula its glide. The proprietary blend of ingredients allows color to weave itself through the Eyeshadow formula. What does all that mean? Insane color payout. Color that stays on your lids. Sparkle that doesn’t fall. And velvety, suede-like smoothness and blendability.
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The palette contains 5 matte shades and a shimmer. Ranging from a highlight to the deepest black.

Shades are described as:
Venus - soft, off-white demi-matte
Foxy - cream bisque matte
Walk Of Shame - very light nude matte
Naked 2 - taupe matte
Faint - warm, dusty brown matte
Crave - deepest, darkest brown/black matte

I've been using all the shades on a daily basis, except for Foxy. It's a touch yellow and doesn't really suit. I like to use Venus as an inner corner and brow highlight. Pop Walk Of Shame all over the lid with Naked 2 and Faint in the crease. Sometimes a touch of Crave in the outer V.

The shadows are pigmented but buildable. You can go for a neutral wash of colours for the day or build them up for something more intense for an evening look. It looks perfect with a thick, black wing and a glossy bright red lip. It looks perfectly put together without being overdone.

If like me, you're unsure on where to start looking for good neutral shades this is definitely a good option and I've been using it a lot more often than I thought I would.
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Price:
£20 / 6 x 1.3g

Where to buy:
Debenhams and House Of Fraser