Hello lovelies! Today’s Makeup Monday post will be about the very popular Naked Basics eyeshadow palette!
Urban Decay first seemed to garner lots of popularity from the Naked palettes. Eventually, a Naked basics palette was released, which was supposed to be great for everyday looks on the go.
I wanted the Naked Basics palette for quite a while and I even talked about it in a Wishlist Wednesday post. I finally got it thanks to one of my friends gifting it to me for my birthday last year.
Ever since I received it, I’ve been using it nonstop, so I think I’m able to give a pretty good review on it now.
WHAT IS THE NAKED BASICS PALETTE?
For anyone who has been sleeping under a rock while Urban Decay continuously released Naked palettes and for those who are new to makeup, here’s what the Naked Basics palette is advertised as:
According to the Sephora website, the Naked Basics is a matte palette, featuring 6 neutral shades. It’s perfect for a natural matte eye and is supposed to be travel-friendly. In addition, the shadows apparently have a velvety texture, rich in color, good blending properties, and strong staying power.
The shades are (from lightest to darkest): Venus, Foxy, Walk of Shame (W.O.S.), Naked 2, Faint, and Crave.
Venus is a very light highlighting shade with slight shimmer, but on my skin, it doesn’t show up too well. I would prefer using an actual highlighter instead.
Foxy is a more yellow-toned, light, neutral color. This shade almost completely matches my skin tone, so I like to use this if I want to start with a base color for my lids to even everything out. Otherwise, it doesn’t do much.
W.O.S. leans more towards a pinky beige shade and it’s my least-used color. I don’t know what I would use this for and I don’t think it really flatters my skin tone all that much.
Naked 2 is my most-used shade. It’s a light taupe shade which works perfectly with my skin tone to contour my eyes and nose. I usually use this in my crease to create depth and/or on the sides of my nose to create the illusion of a higher nose bridge.
Faint is anything but faint, haha. It’s a pigmented brown shade that instantly elevates any eye look and is the beginning of a smokey eye.
Crave is also a rarely-used shade, but for different reasons. I don’t usually do many makeup looks where I use black shadows and it’s also extremely pigmented, which can make it hard to work with sometimes.
The shadows are soft to the touch and don’t provide too much kick-up powder when used with brushes.
Most of the shades are light on me, so I can’t judge if the lighter colors blend well. However, Naked 2 and Faint blend well on the eye. The only shade I have difficulty with blending is Crave because of how pigmented it is.
HOW IT WEARS THROUGHOUT THE DAY:
I would say that the colors wear well as the day goes on. I am personally notorious for wearing my makeup for long periods of time and I have oily skin, so my makeup eventually breaks down. However, it does last for an appropriate amount of time so that I don’t have to worry about fading or creasing during an average school or work day.
I’ve been enjoying this palette ever since I got it. I feel like the shades are good choices to have for everyday and nighttime looks. Out of all of them, I would say my favorite shade is Naked 2.
Would I repurchase if I ran out of this? Actually, probably not. Even though I like it a lot, I think the lighter colors are not necessary for me so a lot of the times, they go unused. The darker shades do get used occasionally, but not as much as I’d like since I don’t wear smokey looks too often. And the last reason why I wouldn’t repurchase is because I think there are drugstore alternatives that could also work.
Therefore, my overall impression is that while I do enjoy using this palette, it isn’t a holy grail product for me. I would recommend this to people who are more experienced with makeup and need a travel palette. Otherwise, I think beginners would be better off with a neutral drugstore palette since there are a lot of options and the price tag is lower.
So that’s my review for today! I hope you enjoyed it and thank you so much for reading! I’ll see you lovelies tomorrow!