Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review & Swatches

I told myself many times that I didn't need the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette when it first came out, but since then I've seen so many rave reviews and finally caved. I ended up asking for it for my birthday and that's how it came to be mine.

From the posts I had seen on this palette I knew that it was pretty small.. but I was still a little surprised when I got it! It fits right into the palm of your hand (as shown above) and would be perfect for travelling. Okay, let's get to the good stuff now!

Naked Basics contains six shadows, which from left to right are Venus, Foxy, W.O.S (Walk of Shame), Naked 2, Faint, and Crave. Foxy and W.O.S have been featured in palettes before (Naked 2 and the Build Your Own palette) but the rest are exclusive to Naked Basics.

Here are the swatches in the same order as in the palette! Venus is described as a soft, off-white demi-matte, Foxy as a very light yellow/white matte, Walk of Shame as a very light nude matte, Naked 2 as a taupe matte, Faint as a warm, dusty brown matte, and Crave as a deepest, darkest brown/black matte. I'd say the descriptions for each shade are pretty spot-on! All of the shades were up to par with Urban Decay's shadow quality, and one swipe each is shown in the swatch photo.
With this palette you definitely have all you need to create a neutral eye look. Venus would look really pretty as an inner corner highlight, and I love using Foxy or W.O.S as an all over lid shade to get a nice, nude base. You can also use these three shades as browbone highlights. Naked 2 and Faint would make great crease shades, and you could use Crave as an eyeliner for something more subtle then gel or liquid.
Overall, do you neeeeed this palette though? I'm think I'm going to say no.. The quality is fantastic and you have six really nice neutrals but I don't think it's a must-have. I really like it, and I think that it makes a great gift but I just don't think you have to go out of your way to get it. I mean, I'm sure we all have a million neutral shadows, right? On the other hand, if you're an Urban Decay junkie or really don't have any similiar shadows then I would say go for it! What do you think? Do you own Naked Basics?


  1. I love this palette! I was thinking about getting the Naked 1 or 2, but as soon as this came out I knew I was gonna grab it. :) I really love matte eyeshadows and a palette with mostly matte colors seems a bit better to me than ones with only one or two, haha.

    1. I feel you, haha! I usually prefer matte shadows over any others. :)


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