Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette: Review and Pictures


Readers of the blog will know that I go ever-so-slightly nuts when it comes to eye shadow palettes. I looked at Benefit’s World Famous Neutrals palette last week (see the review here) and Urban Decay (UD) recently swept me off my feet with their gorgeous Wizard of Oz inspired palette (see the review here). Now UD are back once again to attempt to woo me with their latest Naked ‘Basics’ Palette and they’ve been doing a damn fine job so far.


One of the things I’ve noticed many say about the legendary Naked Palette is that it’s way too heavy on the shimmer and I would have to agree with this (with the exception of one or two shades, all the rest are shimmer heavy with very little for matt fans), so readers will be happy to know that this mini palette comes with no less then five matt shades, yay!

With the  five mattes and one satin, the shades have been designed to work with every skintone (even the palest of pale like myself), and allow you to create a neutral matte eye, perfect for a casual day look, which you can team with some colourful lipstick (the new lipstick’s from Bourjois that I reviewed here would be perfect for this), or add a splash of gloss and you’re good to go. The brown shades are really perfect for a day look and are my staple colours when I’m heading into the newsroom. They’re also perfect for amping up your look if you’ve to head out in the evening: a dash of eyeliner, some red lipstick and I’m all set.


The six shades: Venus, Foxy, Walk of Shame, Naked 2, Faint and Crave can be used over or mixed with an eyeshadow, which is always good, or you can wear them on their own . My favourites are Venus, Walk of Shame and Naked 2. The shadows are soft, creamy, blend wonderfully and generally look pretty on; perfect for a day look. I’ve also found, because they’re matt that they stay on your peepers much longer than the shimmers so that gives this one extra bonus points too. It may look mini, but it packs a powerful punch.


Urban Decay have once again pulled this gem out of their amazing bag of eye shadow palette tricks and in terms of matt shades, there’s no other palette I would go for. They’ve woo’d me well. This one is a bargain at only €26, so leg it to your nearest UD counter now to get your hands on it.

Will you be trying this one? Have you tried it already? Tell all in the comments section!


  1. I’m so in love with mine!

  2. Love this and plan on reviewing it very shortly, been using it every day!!

  3. I love this palette- it is my favorite of all Naked palettes.

  4. It’s at the top of my wish list

  5. I’m less wowed by this. It’s a nice enough palette but I don’t think it has a patch on the two main palettes. I found the shades a little too samey – Venus, Foxy and W.O.S are all far too similar, I think, for a palette with only six shades. It’s definitely a handy accompaniment to the two bigger (and shimmer-heavy!) palettes, but I don’t think it stands alone as well as it could have 🙁

  6. I don’t have the other 2 naked palettes, but I do love this one! I like more matte colors, so I’m not sure if I would get much use out of the larger ones. (P.S. working on your design now! =)

  7. I love this because of the Matt shades too Heather! If you prefer a matt, then you’re probably better off sticking to this palette as the other two are heavy on the shimmer shades. 🙂 Also, again, the site looks amazing!! Will email tomorrow with colour and last teeny changes).

    I know what you mean Aoife! I like both shades (shimmer and Matt based), so I think the palette is a great little accompaniment to the original one, but some won’t think the price is worth it unless they’d get a lot of use out of it.