If it says Naked and it’s from Urban Decay, it’s probably good! The Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette is no exception! This new palette with 12 neutral shades is ranking high among beauty lovers. When I last checked in the first week of November on UrbanDecay.com, 97% of the reviewers recommended the product and it was rated with 4.8 out of 5 stars. Is it that great? Let’s take a closer look and see what this palette has to offer!
Naked Ultimate Basics – An ultimate set of neutrals!
Sometimes, you will find shades in the Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes that you have seen before. But not this one. This palette has 12 new exclusive shades. Oh, and they are mattes! It’s different than the Naked Basics and Naked2 Basics. This one has warm and cool neutral shades and designed to create soft day looks or dramatic looks to wear at night. Having both soft and deep shades combined with warm and cool tones offers a very versatile palette.
About the shades
The shades in the Naked Ultimate Basics Palette are designed to work for all skin tones. Sometimes, mattes are hard to love because they appear chalky on your skin. Not these. These are well pigmented and quite smooth. They blend out easily and wear all day. You can see in the swatches below they apply even and aren’t chalky.
This palette contains the following shades:
- Blow (light nude demi-matte)
- Nudie (soft pink-nude matte)
- Commando (light taupe-brown matte) – Gotta love this name!
- Tempted (pale brown matte)
- Instinct (medium pink-taupe matte)
- Lethal (reddish brown matte)
- Pre-Game (pale yellow matte)
- Extra Bitter (burnth orange matte)
- Faith (medium warm brown matte)
- Lockout (rich neutral brown matte)
- Magnet (smoky gray matte)
- Blackjack (warm black matte)
With Nudie and Commando, I swatched heavily to show you the actual shade. It’s not that they lack pigmentation, it’s just that they are close to my skin tone. These are some of the softer nudes in the palette that will create an ideal day look. Actually, the entire top row, with the exception of Lethal, are good shades for daytime wear. The colors are build-able as you can see in the swatches and depending on your skin tone, others may be a closer match for you.
The darker shades are very deep and I only did one pass on my arm to swatch them with the exception of Magnet and Blackjack. Blackjack is a soft black not an intense black and I believe that is by design. Magnet is also a soft gray that could be worn lighter if you don’t apply as heavy. You can when these shades are applied heaver, they are very smooth and the edges blend right out. If you want a really intense black, you would need to use a base or a different eye shadow. These were all swatched on clean bare skin so the shades will pop a bit more with Primer Potion.
The packaging is not my favorite with this palette but I don’t mind it. It’s a plastic case and it’s very light weight. It doesn’t feel as nice as some of their other palettes but the shadows make up for it. You can see inside my palette, the plastic has some imperfections as well. I don’t know if they are all like that or mine just came out of the mold that way. These things don’t typically bother me because within a few uses, nothing is going to look pretty anyhow. I only mention this because packaging is really important to some people. This isn’t their cutest or most luxurious packaging but there’s nothing wrong with it either. It’s going to do the job of protecting the shadows and I’m sure it will stand the test of time.
So, there you have the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette! I did not replace my MAC Soft Brown that I just ran out of because with this palette I got several soft browns that I can see myself using on multiple days of the week. Overall, I think this is another beautiful palette from Urban Decay and I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for nude mattes. The fact that you get warm and cool shades makes it incredibly versatile and easy to combine with brighter colors from other collections you may have. For example, if you have the Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette (see swatches), there are hundreds of looks you can create by combining these two.