Friday 31 July 2015

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics

 I think it's safe to say I am truly late for the Urban Decay Party! Over the years I've seen them bring out new palettes with delightful colour combinations, and although I know they have a massive following among beauty bloggers and makeup artists I've just never taken the plunge......until now! 

While checking out the Beauty Bay website I spotted the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics. This palette is the cooler toned version of the original Naked Basics Palette, so it's right up my street. The colour combination in the palette in my opinion is perfect; you get 6 neutral shades in taupes, pink, brown and greys - 5 of these are exclusive only to this palette! You may have noticed on my pictures that of the 6 colours only one is a satin finish. This is the lightest shade called Skimp, you could use this to highlight the brow bone and tear duct area. The rest of the colours as I said are a matte finish, which to touch feel smooth and silky.  

Here's a little rundown of the colours included - 
* Skimp - Pale Nude Satin
* Stark - Nude Pink Matte 
* Frisk - Warm Grey Matte
* Cover - Cool Mink Matte
* Primal - Muted Brown Matte
* Undone - Deep Smoky Brown Matte

My pigmentation expectations are always high when it comes to matte colours. I find if the pigmentation is lacking they can be hard to build up and on older skin look a little chalky. This however is not a problem with the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics, the colour payoff is fabulous so you can wear a simply wash of colour over the lid or go for a more 'put together' eye look. 

I'm sure everyone will be with me when I say "you always reach for one colour more than others in eye shadow palettes". Well I've found I reach for the colour Frisk the most. For me it's a good colour to apply in the socket when I need to get ready quickly in the mornings. Using this along with a coat of mascara makes my eyes look wide awake and ready to face the world. When I have a little more time, this palette has all the colours I need to create great makeup for day or evening wear.

And lets not forget the packaging. I wasn't sure how big the 'Basics' palettes were as I hadn't seen them in the flesh (unlike the the Naked Palettes). I have to admit I was surprised at how small it was! So for anyone else like me the palette is slightly smaller than an iPhone 4S or 3/4 inch bigger then a bank card. That aside, the actual packaging is really good quality. It has a rubbery feel to it with raised words, which I think is a nice touch. The only downside to the Naked Basics Palettes is they don't come with is the Urban Decay makeup brush. I know they aimed to make this handbag size but if it had been a little bigger they could have fitted in a makeup brush like the other Urban Decay palettes. 

Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette
I'd love to know what your thoughts are :) x



  1. This one is actually a bit TOO basic for me. There's so little contrast in the shades.

  2. I really like this little palette, I think it's great for everyday. I'm obsessed with the first Naked Basics palette though, I'm always reaching for it :-)

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