In the process of moving, I sorted through my makeups and got rid of things I don't (at least semi-) regularly use. This included theBalm Nude 'Tude, leaving a brown-neutral (matte) hole in my stash, which I decided to fill with Urban Decay's Naked Basics. (Urban Decay just released Naked2 Basics, which I have not seen in person. It claims to be a cooler-toned version to Naked Basics, but swatches online suggest it doesn't have the same range of depth as the original, so while I love cool-toned neutrals, it's not calling to me particularly strongly.)
Naked Basics is UD's matte companion to the more glitter-tastic full Naked palettes, none of which I own. Basics includes 5 matte shades and one shimmer (Venus), with 3 pale highlighting-type shades. It is definitely not a palette that everyone will find useful (though the denizens of the internet review sites certainly seem to like it), as you have to like mattes and light shades, but I find it to be a very valuable addition to my stash.The three left shades are all variations on a highlighting theme. Venus is the lightest and whitest, and also the only one that is shimmery; I adore it as an inner-corner highlight, as the shimmer is fine and delicate and it brightens really nicely. Foxy is a yellow-leaning ivory, and W.O.S. (Walk of Shame, apparently) is its pink-leaning counterpart. Foxy and WOS are really hard to see when swatched/applied; they basically just even out my skintone. I like them as lid shades for a super neutral look and use them often as browbone highlights/to soften edges. Naked 2 is fabulous; it's a matte light brown-taupe, and I love it for softly defining the crease. It really makes the palette for me. Faint is a medium-dark warmish brown matte, and Crave is a black matte.
|2 swipes with finger over primer, left to right: Venus, Foxy, W.O.S., Naked 2, Faint, Crave|
All of the shades are soft and finely milled, though I find that Naked 2 kicks up some powder (though it doesn't affect application or wear). I haven't tried them on bare skin, because everything else creases on me without primer, but they last all day over UDPP (of course, so does pretty much everything). Each shade is 0.05 oz, equivalent to a full size eyeshadow from MAC/UD, and the palette as a whole is just so wonderfully compact, making it a truly awesome option for travel.
|look how cute!|
Here's an example look using just this palette, with W.O.S. patted all over lid, Naked 2 patted in outer half of lid and crease, Faint diffused in crease and outer corner, Venus patted on inner corner, and Crave smudged as a liner on upper lashline:
And full face (see this post for complete breakdown):
|Left to right, two swipes over primer: Venus, Verve, Naked 2, Suspect, Faint, Darkhorse|
While Rollergirl was LE, the shades are all still available (and you can purchase the palette itself from ACW); Verve and Suspect are in Naked 2 and Darkhorse in Naked 1, and each can also be purchased individually (not the most economical way of acquiring UD shadows, though). Between the two palettes, my brown neutral shadow needs are taken care of...for now, at least ;) Grade: A-
$29* for 0.30 oz, available from Sephora, Urban Decay, Ulta, Beauty.com
*It was $28 when I bought it a month ago. GAH.
What do you think of Naked Basics? What's your favorite neutral palette? Do you like light matte shades?