You know the drill. You look at the sky high pile of palettes in your stash and promise ‘no more!’ with steely determination. Then a month later something new and shiny comes along and low and behold, not only do you want it, you need it.
So here we are with the latest purchase you definitely don’t need but possibly may desperately want – the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette. So here’s what you need to know in both written and video form cause, you know, I really want you to love it as much as I do.
Blow (light nude demi-matte), Nudie (soft pink-nude matte), Commando (light taupe-brown matte), Tempted (pale brown matte), Instinct (medium pink-taupe matte) Lethal (reddish brown matte), Pre-Game (pale yellow matte), Extra Bitter (burnth orange matte), Faith (medium warm brown matte), Lockout (rich neutral brown matte), Magnet (smoky gray matte), Blackjack (warm black matte).
At €47, this isn’t cheap, but it’s a luxury purchase that works hard to justify the considerable price tag, especially with 12 shades, a large mirror and a very handy brush (especially when you consider the original basic palettes offer 6 shades and no brush for €30). The palette itself is an etched rose gold affair that looks both beautiful and expensive. Open it up and you’re met with a blissful mix of 12 warm and cool eyeshadows (11 matte and a demi-matte highlight shade which is an absolute perfect little eyeshadow). I have to admit Urban Decay are, for me, the best brand for a soft, subtle matte eyeshadow. Often, even expensive matte eyeshadows have a habit of looking chalky or a little hard. These are foolproof, easy to match and use and can be blended until your arm falls off. I love the shade selection, from the peachy and cream lighter shades to the taupe (all hail taupes) and a nice little injection of pink. Then there are the warmer red toned shades which I normally shy away from but find very easy to use here. Even the regular looking Blackjack is actually a warm toned black (genuinely I’ve seen comparison swatches from other black UD shades and it actually is). The little double ended brush that comes with the palette is also a true gem for the smudging end alone which manages to help achieve the perfect soft smoky look without an ounce of effort.
Wear time here is also excellent and nothing has faded significantly or creased in the slightest on any day since I bought it. I’ve owned both the original Naked Basics palettes and over time (and being clumsy) I managed to drop and break eyeshadows in both. That would be my only gripe about this range in general, they’re delicate and even when I bought this newbie, the girl actually took it out of the packaging first to check all the eyeshadows were OK. Some also kick up a little excess shadow when you agitate them with a brush and not every shade is universally as silky smooth as the next but these are small negatives compared to the bigger positives.
If you can promise to look after it, this palette will basically look after you. Those who already have the Naked Basics palettes don’t really need this despite it having all new shades unless you’re a huge matte addict. For those that have a gap in their collection though, this is a truly beautiful palette that’s a joy to use and wear. I actually can’t fault it even though it is 99% perfect rather than 100% simply because it’s just a wonderful little beauty buy. Yup, I’m a smitten kitten.
If you fancy a Halloween splurge (is that a thing? Sure why not!) this palette is available from Debenhams instore and online here for €47
*No samples, no b******t
So girls are you tempted?