I purchased the Urban Decay NAKED Basics 2 palette in the Beauty Bay sale a few weeks ago for £18.00. This is my first ever Urban Decay product so I was really excited to try it and wanted to give it a thorough test run before writing this review.
First off, the packaging is just spot on. It’s very sturdy and just looks so luxurious. The mirror inside the palette is a really good size for doing your make up on the go. I found it really handy having this palette with me whilst we were away in London last week. The palette is palm size, so it’s perfect for chucking in your handbag or your travel make up bag.
The palette has six cool-toned taupe hued shadows, the five matte shades are exclusive to the palette. I really like the shade range in this palette as I think they are really great for every day wear but they could also work really well as a base for a deeper more smokey look. I really love matte eye shadows but I have found it difficult to find a drugstore offering that meets my needs, so this is definitely a welcome addition to my make up bag. I was impressed with the lasting power of these shadows as on one particular day I applied my make up at around 9.00am and the shadow was still going strong at 10.00pm!
The only shade I don’t think I will get much use from is Undone (far right) as I don’t tend to use dark eye shadows very much. Cover is my favourite shade as it has a bit more warmth and looks really nice blended through the crease. I like using primal through the outer third of my eye when I’m wanting a bit more dimension. Frisk and stark are both lovely base shades.
Skimp is a demi matte shade which works really well as a brow bone highlight or to brighten the tear duct area. I love this shade as it’s not too bright so it gives quite a subtle highlight. I’ve included a photo below of how the shadows looked on my lids so you can really appreciate how lovely they are. I’m not the best with eye shadow but I found them so easy to apply and blend.
I am really impressed with this palette as I think the shade selection has so much versatility and is great for those days when I don’t want a shimmery smokey eye but want something a bit softer. The shadows are so blendable and the pigmentation is amazing – I would highly recommend this palette to anyone who is looking for an every day kind of palette!
I really want to try more Urban Decay products so let me know if there’s anything you’d recommend? I’ve got my eye on the original NAKED palette & also the Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer.
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