Let’s discuss how I’ve written this post once already and my laptop crashed approximately 4 seconds before I went to save it. Let’s try again shall we (and maybe learn a lesson from it). Anyway, when Urban Decay releases a new palette I feel like I need it in my collection stat. Nothing was different when the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette came out, and I knew eventually I’d have to get my hands on it. We all know I’m a matte lover and that it wouldn’t be long until I bought this palette!
It’s no secret that Urban Decay produce some of my favourite shadows, and despite never owning any of the previous Naked Basics palettes, I knew that I’d love this palette. I love the three palettes I have from the original Naked line, and I’m pretty fond of my other Urban Decay palettes, so we all know that this is going to be a glowing review.
It’s not a surprise that these are buttery, blend like heaven and all the usual stuff I say about Urban Decay palettes, because the formula is identical. I’m just going to leave description of the formula as a whole at that, and instead go into the individual shades and what I think of them. Look at me being in depth and a real pro blogger! To be fair, most of the shadows are to Urban Decay’s usual standard so there isn’t a lot to say, but some of the shades are not quite so fab, and others are so much better.
Blow is a light nude, which I’ve actually used to set my under eyes a couple of times which I can’t find my powder in the morning. This is pretty identical to my skintone so doesn’t do a lot on the lid, but it’s a great base colour to start with after you’ve primed your lid. Nudie is a soft pink-nude which would work as a great setting shadow if you are slightly darker than I am. Commando is all light taupe-brown (think of it as a slightly more brown-toned version of Nudie). Tempted is a pale brown which is an amazing shadow for an every day crease shade. Instinct is a pink-toned taupe. Lethal is a brown with plummy undertones. It’s a little chalky but can be worked with.
Pre-Game is a pale yellow and another great shadow for setting your primer if your skin is more on the yellow spectrum. Extra Bitter is a burnt orange, and it’s for this shade alone that I was drawn to this palette. It’s also one of the most buttery shadows in the palette too and is a dream to blend out. Faith is a medium, warm brown shade. Lockout is a rich neutral brown. Magnet is a smokey grey shadow. Blackjack is a very deep brown (although described as a warm black, it’s not a black shadow to me). It’s a little chalky but blends out to a really lovely grey – perfect for a smokey eye look.
Having a huge range of warms, cools and neutrals, this palette is perfect if you’re after an all matte palette to use every day. There’s nothing ‘out there’ about this palette, just like the other palettes from the Naked Collection. But if you love a neutral eye look and you’re after an all matte palette then I think you’re going to be needing this. Okay, so I’ve probably gone overkill having so many matte palettes in my collection with this, the Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes 2, the soon to be reviewed Tarte Tartelette palette, and also recently buying the Zoeva Matte Palette (on the same day I bought this actually), but mattes are a must! I’ve definitely go so much wear out of this palette already and can’t wait to use it even more.
Urban Decay, you’ve won my heart once again! Have you tried this palette? If not, are you thinking of trying it? Let me know in the comments!