The New Naked: Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette Review

Urban Decay eye-shadow palettes have a cult following among beauty junkies in the know. I for one love matte eye-shadows, so imagine my excitement when I came across the brand new Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette!

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I am a sucker for great packaging, and this particular palette is beyond doubt the prettiest neutral palette I own. The muted gold, textured packaging makes it a statement piece in my beauty stash, and boy does it look amazing in my Instagram flatlays!

 

What You Get with theΒ Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette:

The palette features 12 eye-shadows in a study, square palette complete with a generously large mirror and a full-sized blending and smudger brush.

 

The Colors:

TheΒ Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette comes with 12 brand new shades, 11 of which are neutral barring ‘Blow’, a demi-matte that works as the highlighting shade.

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  • Blow (Light Nude Demi-Matte)
  • Nude (Soft Pink Nude Matte)
  • Commando (Light Taupe Brown Matte)
  • Tempted (Pale Brown Matte)
  • Instinct (Medium Pink Taupe Matte)
  • Lethal (Reddish Brown Matte)
  • Pre-Game (Pale Yellow Matte)
  • Extra Bitter (Burnt Orange Matte)
  • Faith (Medium Warm Brown Matte)
  • Lockout (Rich Neutral Brown Matte)
  • Magnet (Smoky Grey/Blue Matte)
  • Blackjack (Warm Earthy Black Matte)

 

The palette is dominated with warm shades, and the only two that qualify as cooler shades would be ‘Magnet’, a rustic, muted blue and the BlackJack, a demi-black with a hint of earthy brown.

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The first four colors of this palette are barely noticeable on my medium, olive brown skin-tone, which is a pity. They would work well on fairer skin-tones.

However, the rest of the shades are very versatile on my complexion, and I’ve managed to create quite a few looks with these, all neutral enough for an everyday look yet pigmented and edgy enough to make a statement.

My favorite combinations are:

  • Instinct with a Lethal crease
  • Lethal with an Extra Bitter crease
  • Extra Bitter with a Lockout crease
  • Magnet with a BlackJack crease (a really smoky combo, perfect for a night out)

 

The Quality:

When I first swatched this palette, I was a little disappointed with the color payoff. The colors were just not as pigmented and sharp as my original Naked palettes. However, after a few uses, the swatches came to life.

For any eye-shadow palette, you need to really use up that top layer of product to get into the real deal. Once used up, these eye-shadow shades proved to be beautifully buttery and blendable.

And best of all, the free brush is actually of high quality which makes life so much more convenient. The blending side is great for the lid, and the smaller smudger edge makes a smokey crease a piece of cake.

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Do You Need theΒ Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette?

A girl can only have so many neutral palettes. If you already own the mini Naked Basics palettes, the colors here are far too similar.

However, if you want a convenient, high-quality palette you can just reach out to on a daily basis, this one is a keeper. With 12 shadows to play with, a generously large mirror and a high-quality two-way brush, the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette would be a great travel companion. And don’t get me started on how gorgeous the packaging is!

 

Product Pricing & Availability

The Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette retails for AED 249, and can be bought in all Sephora stores across the UAE, and on the Sephora online store.

You can also find this in the Urban Decay store in CityWalk (phase 2).

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