First off, let me start out by saying that there is no possible way I could be writing this post if it weren't for Judy (Judy's Beauty Blog) and her absolutely generous giveaway, that I won! I've never won anything before and it's fine and dandy that the time came during this one! The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette is the newest edition in the Naked family. It is Urban Decay's answer to all us Naked palette lovers; an all matte palette! I've always loved my Naked and Buck shades in the Naked 1. I use them for "no makeup" make up looks and they make excellent blending colors! So yeah, I was excited when this palette came out, to say the least!
Naked Basics is packaged in a rubberized material (think NARS packaging almost). It's super compact which would make it great for traveling! It's a little smaller than an iPhone 4 and it fits nicely in the palm of my hand. It's half the size of the Naked 1 or Naked 2 palette; instead of 12 shadows it comes with six. The palette is meant to be all matte but there's on shade that has a bit of sheen to it and it seems almost satin-y. Venus is a satin, pearl white shade (the only one that's not completely matte). I've been loving wearing this in the inner corner, it really brightens up the eyes! Foxy is a yellow-toned neutral shade that you may also have if you have the Naked 2 palette. Walk of Shame (W.O.S.) is the pink-toned neutral sister of Foxy. Either one makes a really nice natural looking brow highlight. I like to actually blend them together for an all over lid color. Naked 2 is a super light toned brown. It's really similar to Naked in the Naked 1 palette, just a tad more yellow toned and lighter. Faint is a light chocolate brown. It's not too deep a brown so it makes a nice crease color, as well as just an over the lid color. Crave is a a dark, matte black color. Nothing new there, you'll probably have a ton of matte blacks lying around in some palettes by now! The formulation on all of these was very smooth and pigmented save for Crave. Crave came out a little on the drier side but it still applied nicely on the lid. The colors blend really nicely and work well with a lot of different shadows.
Overall, I'd say this palette is worth the $27. At first glance, I wasn't sure if this was something I needed (I knew it was something I wanted!) but upon seeing it in person and then swatching it I'm sure I would have bought it myself. I highly recommend this palette for anyone who wants a few more matte colors to round out the neutrals in their collections! Winning this giveaway meant that my Naked Palette collection is now complete and I'll write up a post soon on wether or not you need all three/reasons to want each!
What do you guys think of this palette? Something for you, or something you'll pass?