NEW: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

ruth crilly model beauty blogger

I’ve been itching to tell you about this cute little “mini Naked” palette from Urban Decay! It’s not actually a “mini” version of the Naked palette at all, though it is much, much smaller; it’s actually something of a matte version. If you have either of the original Naked palettes then you’ll know that they’re chock-full of shimmery, high-sheen shadows – brilliant for creating a dramatic, glimmering eye. Not so brilliant, though, if you’re after a low-key daytime look or if you have crinkly eyelids that look ten times worse with shimmer piled on top of them! The Naked Basics palette provides five completely matte shades and one very pale shimmer – perfect for a completely natural-looking, slightly emphasised eye.

Three of the shades (Foxy, Walk of Shame and Naked) are great neutrals that really help to brighten the lid and fade out discolouration. “Faint” (second darkest) is handy for blending into the eye crease and creating depth or washing all over the lid for an easy daytime look. The very darkest shadow, “Crave” is very nearly black. You can blend it with “Faint” or use it alone as a smoky, soft line around the eye – it’s really pigmented so you just need to dab your brush to achieve a deep, strong colour. I actually find all Urban Decay shadows to be highly pigmented, long-lasting and incredibly easy to apply – they are right up there with the very best, for me, when it comes to eye makeup!

Have a look at the video and see what you think for yourself – I’ve done a little demo just to show off the darkest shades. I think that the Naked Basics is a really nice addition to the Urban Decay range – feedback on previous videos tells me that a lot of people had been waiting for matte neutrals. One of the main attractions for me, with this, is that it’s a “mini” of something, at least in terms of packaging, and I love anything that’s been scaled down like this.

Launch date for the Naked Basics palette in the US is tomorrow (29th November) but UK fans will have to wait until the end of December. It’s going to be $28 and £20.

If you can’t see the video, you can click here!

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  1. Misspapadita
    November 28, 2012 / 9:41 am

    8-O I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the UD palettes… have both Naked and one BOS, also a few single ones… I agree, I think UD shadows are top of the tops, MAC have nothing to do with them, and don;t get me started on NARS…
    BTW, just bought the Bobby Brown BB cream, and I have fallen in love with it!!

    • RuthCrilly
      November 29, 2012 / 12:06 pm

      Glad you like them! xx

  2. Aetheldreda
    November 28, 2012 / 12:29 pm

    Thank you for this review, it is so useful as it includes a demonstration of the product too.

    • RuthCrilly
      November 29, 2012 / 12:05 pm

      Thank you! x

  3. November 28, 2012 / 4:20 pm

    Hi Ruth, will be ordering mine asap! Can you please tell me where you got the large eyeshadow brush you are using in this video? I need it in my life. Thank you.x

    • RuthCrilly
      November 29, 2012 / 12:05 pm

      It’s from Smashbox xx

  4. November 28, 2012 / 8:39 pm

    What a truly great idea. This is a definite “must have”! Thanks, Ruth.

    • RuthCrilly
      November 29, 2012 / 12:05 pm

      Pleasure! xx

  5. Jennifer Monforton
    November 29, 2012 / 4:27 pm

    Wow, thanks for the review, Ruth! This looks absolutely lovely! Glad they’ve included one semi-shimmery shade to add dimension and highlights if desired. Really like the look that you’ve created with it! :)

  6. Jeanguru
    November 29, 2012 / 4:51 pm

    Boo I just called sephora and they don’t have it and she didn’t know when they would get it. Sad face!!! ;)

  7. Gemma
    November 29, 2012 / 10:25 pm

    Looks really nice but you’d think they’d bring it out before Christmas! :(

  8. Rachel
    December 4, 2012 / 10:19 pm

    wish it was coming out sooner in the uk! got the naked 2 palette, but definitely gonna get this too :) xx x x x

  9. kelly
    December 8, 2012 / 6:26 pm

    Think it comes out on the 11 but only the debenhams website

  10. MsMagpie
    December 18, 2012 / 2:30 pm

    I just got this (at Ulta in the US) for my upcoming trip to Hawaii. It is small enough to fit in a carry-on makeup bag and neutral enough for “beachy” makeup. Can’t wait to start using it!

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