Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette – £38.50
With 12 brand new Naked shades, 11 matte and 1 demi-matte shade for highlighting Urban Decay have truly filled that matte eye-shadow shaped hole in our hearts. As all of the shades are not only new but also exclusive to this palette. It is a beauty product not to be missed.
The first of all the Naked palettes to be square, it’s super sleek gold metallic casing makes it my favourite by far. The large square mirror that fills the whole lid is the perfect travel companion and it’s the only compact mirror i’ve ever felt truly comfortable completing my make-up with. I don’t know about anyone else but I’d much rather see my whole face as i’m doing my make-up, over a long rectangular section the mirror in most palettes would provide.
I suppose the top row of this palette could be considered the Naked 3 palette’s matte sister. And the bottom row probably most comparable to a matte version of the Naked 1 palette, due to the warm tones in this set. As always with Urban Decay shadows, the pigmentation is fantastic and they blend like a dream.
Urban Decay have combined a gorgeous variety of shades that can create a multitude of looks, easily taking you from day to night. You could absolutely get by just fine if this was the only eye shadow palette you owned. I find myself reaching for the shades in the bottom row most frequently as I adore the warm tones. Sweeping Lockout through the crease then Extra Bitter over my lid, a shade that has quickly become my favourite, I think as i’ve never owned a shadow quite like it. And finishing the look off with Blow to highlight.
I think this would be the perfect Christmas (!) gift for an eyeshadow newbie. With shades like Blow, Nudie, Commando, Tempted and Instinct, all soft neutrals, perfect for experimentation or a light everyday look. Or if you own way too many shimmery eye-shadows like I do, this is a great starting point to your collection of mattes.
What’s your favourite Naked palette? Are you more of a matte or neutral kinda gal?