First there was the Urban Decay Naked palette (can you believe that was all the way back in 2010?). Then came the Naked 2 and Naked 3. Like any makeup
hoarder lover, I have all three eye shadow palettes, although I haven’t picked up the Naked Smokey as of yet. I’m also a big fan of both the Naked Basics palettes, particularly because they had a lot of wearable, everyday matte shades. I have pretty much used up my favourite shades in my Naked Basics palette.
During the Sephora fall VIB 20% off sale, I could not resist picking up Urban Decay’s new Naked Ultimate Basics palette, that has 12 brand new, matte neutral shades. I love how different the packaging of the Naked Ultimate Basics is from the other Naked palettes. It reminds me of the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow. It is plastic, but still seems very sophisticated and old-school Hollywood.
The shades in this palette are so beautiful and range from light, flesh-tones and greiges to deep, rich plums and chocolate browns. They also include a jet black shade, Blackjack. There is a nice mix of cool-toned and warm-toned shades. I could easily see traveling with just this palette and having everything you’d need for a variety of eye looks. Like the other Naked palettes, it includes a mirror and a double-ended brush. I never really like the synthetic UD brushes for applying powder shadows, but I always use them in creamy shadows like the Maybelline Color Tattoos or the MAC Paint Pots; they’re great for that!
The UD eye shadows are known for being smooth, buttery and pigmented and the Naked Ultimate Basics shadows are definitely the high quality you’d expect from the brand. My only complaint with UD shadows is that, because they’re so soft, they tend to really kick up a lot of product when you touch your brush to them and can be quite messy, but otherwise I find them easy to apply and blend and generally long-wearing if you use a primer.
Here are all 12 shades swatched on my fair, cool-toned skin. I will say that on pale skin, many of the shades are intense, although can be applied lightly and blended out to achieve a more subtle effect. If you are looking for something much more natural looking (that no-makeup makeup look), I would try the Naked Basics palettes if you haven’t already.
What’s your favourite Urban Decay Naked palette?
Thanks so much for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤