Can we just take a minute to think about just how many amazing palettes that Urban Decay have released over the last few months. I seriously can’t keep up with them all. From the amazing Alice in Wonderland box to the limited edition Vice XX palette with all the shades we love spanning the last 20 years, to the daily staple that is the Naked palette. I do own each and every one of the Naked palettes, but I wasn’t particularly keen on the Naked Basics. The first Naked Basics palette was used minimally, whilst the second palette was too cool toned for my liking, yet my Mum raves over the Naked Basics more than the Naked palettes. When I heard that there was to be a new Naked palette; the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette, featuring 12 brand new and never before seen shades all in a matte finish, I was curious. Very curious
The seventh palette in the Naked series is seriously swoon-worthy to look at. A rose gold and silver explosion is splashed across the front of the palette, and I’m actually surprised at how light the palette was when it looks like it’s going to be quite heavy. I would say that it would be suitable for travelling however, when my palette arrived, the shade Blackjack was smashed. It would put me off carrying it around for the sheer reason that the shadows are so soft and buttery, they may not survive in my suitcase. That being said, I’d rather keep it at home on my dresser on show. Inside the palette is a large square mirror, which comes in very handy as well as a dual ended synthetic duo fibre brush with a fluffy end for blending and a short bristled end for packing on colour and smudging.
The twelve brand new shades are exclusive to the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette, with a mixture of cool and warm toned shades, all in a matte finish. The Urban Decay Pigment Infusion System has been applied to each shadow that gives the velvet and buttery texture that we have come to expect from UD, as well as great staying power and superior blending ability. There is one shade in the palette that has jumped out to me, and that’s Extra Bitter, the most perfect burnt orange matte shade, that just screams my name. I have a bit of a love for deep orange shades – they make my eyes look so green. The selection of shadows is great, there’s enough choice in there for you to create several looks and if you have a preference for cool or warm shades. I haven’t found any of the shadows to be too chalky or have any issues, but I have noticed that some of the colours look different once applied to how they look in pan. For example, Lethal looks so much darker on the skin than the deep plum matte that it looks in the palette.
– Blow (light nude demi-matte)
– Nudie (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 gray matte)
– Blackjack (warm black matte)
The Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette is a beautiful palette and if matte shadows are your thing, then it’s definitely a necessity to purchase it. For me, some of the shadows are slightly too pale, but Extra Bitter is going to be a very well used shade. I hope they release it as a single colour in the future. I’ve been having a really good play around with my palette and I’ve created some really pretty day time looks as well as some super smokey night time looks.
Will you be treating yourself to this gorgeous new palette?
*Contains PR Samples