Urban Decay Naked Basics

Nothing quite stirs up hysteria in the beauty world like the latest palette proposition from Urban Decay. A quick tweet about their newest offering was thrown out there and before you know it my interactions were coming in thick and fast marked with various levels of crazy. So take a deep breath as the Naked Basics Palette* has rolled into town; the third in the fast growing Naked family. For the latest extension Urban Decay has shunned their usual 12-pan design, thrown out the shimmers and sparkles and presented a trimmed down edit of neutral matte textured shadows. So how did it fare for a self-proclaimed nude makeup lover like myself…

The palette is around half the size of the previous ones and is super slim, slick and coated with a NARS-like buttery outer and totals up to £20. A decent size mirror fills the inside along with six shadows (2 seen before and 4 exclusive shades) – no crappy applicators to be seen just pure unadulterated pretty pan goodness. The colours include: Venus, the one shimmer that has managed to weasel its way in, a creamy champagne, Foxy, a neutral yellow that’s already been featured in the Naked 2 palette, W.O.S, the more peachy version of Foxy and a shade available in their ‘Build Your Own’ palette line, Naked 2, a natural shadow-like tan, Faint, a mid-tone brown and Crave, a straight-up matte black. It may seem like a straightforward range but after experimenting there’s a little more that meets the eye. Venus is a great shade to layer over the others for some shimmery oomph, I ended up using a dusting of Foxy to set my concealer and Faint makes a nice brow shader. And as always Urban Decay brings it with the formulation; all ramp up the pigment and blend beautifully to create a veluxe velvet finish.

Reason to purchase this: you have the other two Naked palettes, reason to not purchase this: you have the other two Naked palettes. Get my logic here? Diehard UD fans will give-in due to a overwhelming yearning to complete the set, but if you already have the proponent Naked palettes then a Basics of sorts can be cobbled up from them, the only two shades that stick out as not having a dupe are W.O.S and Faint. Although it’s nice to see a collection of mattes together for those needing to build up their satin-finish shadow stash or who like to steer clear of sparkles – I know this is something my Mum would luuuurve to scoop up and adopt into her makeup bag. But it’s also work noting that the shades offered don’t lend themselves to darker skintones – this palette could be an ashy eyed disaster just waiting to happen.

With this final point in mind, I did a little bit of research while perusing the aisles of Boots and actually found a fair few matte-centric palettes that could be more suitable for a larger range of skintones. The Too Faced Matte Eye Collection contains a well thought out mix of nudes, greys and purples, the Stila In The Know palettes houses an array of neutrals or a budget option could be the Sleek iDivine Palette in Au Naturel, although there are a few shimmers in there too. Who knew the matte market was so booming?! All in all I found the Basics palette to combine well to create a simple no-fuss smokey eye. Being a gal who likes a bit of shimmer here and there this won’t be an everyday exclusive palette for me but I’m sure it won’t gather dust either. And you know what? I think I may just fall into that first category…

*PR Sample


  • senoritaD

    im so happy to see a review on this palette! ive been debating for a while now whether to buy this. I am not a big daily eyeshadow wearer but do like a smokey eye for a night out. i was debating whether i could get all that i need from the Basics palette or do you think the Naked 1 or 2 would be better suited? thanks Anna x

    • If it’s more of a night-out look, I’d say the first or second ones would come in a little handier 🙂

  • Bryony Laura

    I’m so tempted by this to use everyday!!! Great review 🙂

    • Thanks – glad you like it Bryony 🙂

  • Ali-Rose

    Completely agree! Love the naked palettes but the first two are enough for me!

    • Ah gawd I love the first one! 🙂

  • Emilie Garnes

    I have been so tempted to buy this, and now I’m even more intrigued! Love that this is so compact, but I may just have a look at some other alternatives as I do own #1 and 2..
    xx Em

    • Yes have a little look cause as I said there are only two that don’t really feature in the first two palettes 🙂

  • Laura

    Amazing review. I’m more of a shimmer eyeshadow person but because I have the first two naked palettes I think I might just have to indulging in this one too … Just like you said (:


    • Ah you sound like a UD collector 😉

  • Louise Rayworth

    Love the review I’m not a fan of bright eye shadows as they just don’t suit me but this pallet looks perfect !!!! Feeling a new cheeky purchase on the cards!


    Luella <3

    • Haha – amazing! 🙂

  • I really want to get this. It’s only such a shame that hey put so many light colours in there.

    • Yep I agree – it needs a few more shades that lean to the darker side 🙂

  • Bella

    Thanks for this thoughtful, non-foaming-at-the-mouth review. I have tan skin and shall pass. Then again, I don’t have Naked one or two either, but intend to go for 1 after seeing Lily’s look earlier this week. Before, I was afraid of hardcore glitter, but if Lily of the simple dark eye looks likes this palette it must be good!

    • Haha no worries! Got to point out the good and the bad 🙂 The 1 is my favourite too, so many gorgeous looks you can get out of it!

      • I have Indian skin tone and the Naked 1 is great. Was lusting after this Basics palette but after reading your review, Anna, I think I’ll pass on this too, it would just end up gathering dust.  Probably my fave review of the palette I’ve read so far 🙂 Thanks so much! xXx

  • Eleanor

    I think I fall into the first category too, I just ordered one from beauty bay because there’s 10% off 🙂 (and off the other ud palettes for anyone that wants them!!) It looks like such a good everyday palette 🙂
    Eleanor x

    • Ah good deal! 🙂

  • Zee

    The Balm also makes a good matte palette called Meet Matte Nude.

    • Ah yes they do – I stumbled across that in my matte palette research too, not sure how easy it is for us to get The Balm cosmetics over here. Always hear good things about them 🙂

  • Katie

    I think I have a total of one matte shadow in my collection (shocking, I know) and yet I really like the look of a matte shaded eye. Also I don’t experiment much with eye makeup so a palette like this would be fine for me. I also like the idea of using these shadows for other things- as you mentioned, Foxy for a setting powder, Venus for a ‘top coat’ of shimmer, Faint for a brow powder and Crave as a liner. The packaging really appeals to me too! I think I may have just convinced myself… Love your reviews, and blog posts and usual!
    Katie xx

    • Haha you have definitely just convinced yourself there, sounds like the perfect palette for you! 😉

  • Tory

    It’s a shame that so many of your products are sent to you rather than purchased, I much preferred your reviews when you bought the majority of the products yourself, it seems less trustworthy when you’re not parting with your own cash.

    • That’s a shame. Whenever a review or mention of a press sample features on my blog I always remain a 100% honest and give a balanced account – I’m not afraid to point out the negatives as in the above review and a fair few press samples featured in my last disappointing products video. It takes a lot for something to make the cut to be featured on here – press sample or not – judging from the bag of ‘meh’ products kept under my bed for family and friends. And my bank balance still gets a whipping every month from multiple visits to Space NK. Hope you continue to keep reading 🙂

  • Millie

    Really want to try this palette!! Love the look you have created with it! 🙂 ♥

  • this little palette as been all the talk lately. Yet again, well done urban decay, they sure know how to stir the makeup world up.

    • They sure do – kudos to their creative team! :) 

  • I want this palette because I miss some matte shades in my Naked 2 pallete. I also want to buy the first naked palette. I really like the colours of the UD palletes! Altough I think the eyeshadows in my Naked2 palette crumble very easily.

    • Haha sounds like you’re  a bit of a collector ;) 

  • Amelia

    I’m so glad you mentioned that this won’t be suitable for all skintypes, and the alternatives are quite helpful as well.  I think only my summer skin would cause a problem with the Basics palette, but ooooh how good does that In The Know palette look??  I’ve been eyeing it up for some time now, and it may be time to take the plunge, being as though I’ve got literally about 4 matte shadows in total! xx

    • Soooo nice – I’m tempted to pick one up for myself :) 

  • Denise F.

    awwwwwwwww wanna buy this!

  • I’m not really an eye shadow kinda girl but this palate has gotten me thinking.  I like how it is all lovely neutral shades.  I am still humming and hawing over whether it is worth the splurge though.

    • Sounds like you need to have a swatchy swatch next time you’re by an Urban Decay counter :) 

  • gigi

    I have been hearing so much about this lately. looks fantastic on you! as I have the naked 1 still I dont think Ill be needing it just yet but once I finish with it perhaps I will. xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

    • Thanks! :) 

  • Lilywhiteenglishrose

    love love love this palette 😀 its such a nice alternate to all the shimmery shades in the other 2 naked palettes :D

    • Very true! ;) 

  • Pippa Jones

    such a pretty colour pallete! defently on my wish list.
    Your eyes are so pretty.

    Pipp xx

    • Cheers hun :) 

  • Rhian

    Excellent timing, I bought this palate yesterday! I’m a bit of an eyeshadow novice, tending to go for just one colour, a bit of eyeliner and mascara, so thought this would be a good palate to play with shading etc..
    Also, being the wrong side of 35, the other Naked palates seemed too shimmery for me to take the plunge, so the matt finishes appealed to me. Now I just need to spend this (snowy) weekend in front of a mirror trying it out.

    • Ah sounds like it’s perfect for you and I think a snow weekend is the perfect time for some makeup experimentation :) 

  • Andreanne X

    I love the fact that it’s small and travel-friendly, but I am not tempted in the slightest by this. Matte eyeshadows are just not for me. I really like that you reearched some other options, thanks for that! 🙂

    • No worries! :) 

  • Belle

    This looks lovely but I have a penchant for shimmer haha

    • Ah perhaps not the palette for a shimmer lover like yourself then ;) 

  • Ami S.

    I don’t have the two other Naked Palettes so I went ahead and purchased this! No regrets!!! I’m more of a matte shadow girl anyway, and I adore this selection of buttery, pigmented shades.

    • Ah sounds like it’s right up your street! :) 

  •  Perfect for the bare make-up look.

    • It is! :) 

  • Felicity

    I really love the look of this – I recently decided that I wanted the first Naked palette , but then this came out and now I’m not sure.  Quite tempted to get both…! x

    • Haha that Naked bug just bites you, right? :) 

  • Katie Fawcett

    I’m also very torn, I have both naked palettes. Argh! Might wait until I’ve got enough Debenhams points 😉

    Katie xo

    • Good thinking! :) 

  • Pri

    Your writing is soooo good.. I usually dont have patience for reading, but i really enjoy coming here! Congrats!

    • What a lovely comment – thank you :) 

  • I bought this after seeing Estee from Estee button rave about it, and I think it may well be the best sent £20 of my entire make up collection, its right up my street. Im a lover of the matte nude eyes so I caved pretty quickly, though, now the Naked1 is calling my name too, Ive became addicted to these bleeeding things, the quality is unbeatable!

  • Victoria

    I’ve got this on my birthday list as I’d like to start building up an eyeshadow collection and the shades all look perfect. Right up my street!

  • Katie Owen

    I think I may have to circum to temptation and pop into debenhams at the weekend. I mean for a high endish brand it is very good value especially in comparison to a mac quad which would leave a dent of £46.50 in your purse! This was a brilliant review in my opinion, very detailed

  • Beautiful Bedlam

    Great post!! Such a beautiful palette, even if it is super expensive (especially over here in Austalia haha) <3 We did a review on the Naked Basics palette also, please check it out if you get the chance xoxo