Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette review

October 11, 2016

As you all know if you read my blog that I'm a massive fan of Urban Decay however the Naked palettes have some what never made it into my collection; I think this is because I love bright and bold shades when it comes to my eyeshadow so the Naked palettes have always felt a little too neutral for me until now.

The newest Naked palette launched last month in September, it's the Naked Ultimate Basics palette which is an all matte palette filled with 12 new Naked shades. The fact that this palette was all matte pulled my interests straight away, all the UD fans have been asking for is a full matte palette so UD have listened and given us the goods.

Lets talk about the case and how amazing the design is; when I first saw the palette I was surprised at the size of it as I expected it to be a lot bigger however with 12 shades inside its actually the perfect size. Instead of a long tin-like case like the previous Naked palettes UD have gone with a new shape being square and added a crazy good design on the lid; the design is fresh and unique but still has the a Naked vibe to it. The lid has a sort of 3D effect with the text raised up on the palette making it dressing table worthy too. The bold and striking design also has a futuristic feel to it which pulls the eyes into the middle of the palette to read the 3D text featured.

Inside the lid is a full size mirror making the palette a great travelling item and of course a mini sized double ended brush is also included to apply those matte shades easily. This brush has bigger bristles on one end to apply those base shades and is great for blending, the other end sports a small smudge-like brush which is super for applying eyeshadow into the crease of your eye and under your waterline. The whole palette comes together so nicely and each shade adds to that 'ultimate' autumnal look we want over the A/W months. The magnetic lid keeps those shades safe and sound inside the secure case that you just won't want to put down.

Each shade is not only new but also exclusive to this palette so you won't find the same shades in any of the other Naked palette; this is a completely brand new palette all together. The shades included in the ultimate basics palette are very appealing to me more so than the other Naked palettes because of the darker shades. Although they are still Naked shades they are highly wearable for a bright coloured eyeshadow lover like myself.

The top row of the palette is slightly lighter in shades than the bottom row, I particularly like these shades for base colours especially 'Blow' and 'Nude' both of these are perfect for starting your makeup looks before layering the darker shades like 'Lethal' over the top. I've used the base shades with some of my bolder UD shadows from other palettes as well; they really are amazing for this, the matte velvety texture leaves a long-lasting sleek look. Of course each shade is highly pigmented and blendable just as you'd expect from UD.

On the bottom row are the darker shades including 'Extra Bitter' which is my favourite shade in the whole palette, this burnt orange shade is absolutely perfect for Autumn. 'Magnet' is a grey shade that had hits of blue in it, this is a second favourite shade of mine. It's a different shade that I've never seen anywhere else before; it feels really new to me. The shadow pans look the same size as in previous Naked palettes, they are a long rectangle shape which is great when putting product on your brush, a couple of sweeps applies enough product onto the brush to apply onto your whole eye lid.

For my first Naked palette I'm very impressed, the matte shades are lovely and easy to work with; I will be wearing this palette throughout the A/W months and well into Spring too. I'm also now thinking I need to buy the Smokey palette and add to my new Naked collection.

The Naked Ultimate Basics Palette is available to buy online and on Urban Decay counters for £38.50. I bought mine from Debenhams and used my Beauty Club card points and got £5 off; I love my points cards for times like this.

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