Friday, 31 January 2014

Naked basics

The naked basics palette was the third installment of the naked palettes, following the infamous naked 1 and naked 2 (both of which I own, and love). Of course, the much-lusted after 'naked 3' palette has now been added to this range too, and I'm still undecided as to whether I can justify another neutral eyeshadow palette.

urban decay naked basics packaging

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 Unlike the naked 1, 2 and 3 the basics palette is more compact and contains only 6 shades - and is designed to be an ideal  palette for everyday use. The palette itself is very sturdy and held in an attractive case which can withstand being thrown into a make-up bag and has a good sized mirror in the lid of the case which makes for easy application. I find this so much easier to use for travel purposes and over-night stays as it is able to fit in almost any makeup bag and doesn't take up a lot of room. Unlike the three larger palettes that contain a eyeshadow brush of some kind (either flat or blending, or double ended) the basics palette comes without one. 

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Shades include: Venus is the only shimmer to be seen in the entire palette, but subtle all the same. I tend to use this for the inner corner and it works a treat at brightening the eye area and giving that more awake kinda vibe. Foxy, is a soft neutral shade which was also featured in the Naked 2 palette which is the perfect base for any look and a simple all over shade. W.O.S is a slightly peachier shade of neutral, which is again great for an all over lid colour. Naked 2, is a slightly deeper almost tan-like neutral shadow, which is excellent for the crease and adding a bit of depth to an otherwise basic look. Faint is again, a darker shade great for adding depth and last of the 6 shades is Crave, a complete matte black shade that doesn't quite fit the whole 'theme' of the palette in my opinion, but it's handy to have I guess.

Despite already owning two of the naked palettes, I still find myself gravitating towards this palette on an almost daily basis. It's ideal for everyday wear, and gives a 'made-up' look without looking too much for work. My favourite go to look with this palette is to use W.O.S all over the lid, naked 2 in the crease, faint in the outer corner and venus as a highlight/inner corner. The formula as with previous palettes is very pigmented and long lasting. 

This palette retails at around half the price of the 1, 2 & 3 at only £20. It's a thumbs up from me. Do you own any of the naked palettes? Which one is your favourite?