So for Valentine’s Day, Hannah and I decided to spoil each other. I bought her the Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance palette and she bought me the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics. As it’s a relatively new palette, I thought I’d show swatches, share my opinion and just let you know you need it.
The packaging is absolutely gorgeous. I’d say it is my favourite from Urban Decay so far. It feels really good quality, nice size and I’m totally loving the colour. The mirror inside is a good size and really good quality so would be super handy if you were travelling or touching up on the go (not that I ever do that!). I also like the layout of the shadows, it’s something a bit different for urban decay and I think it works.
The brush inside is shorter than those that come in the Naked 1, 2, 3 and smoky but that’s understandable as the palette isn’t the same shape and gives it the edge on the Basics 1 and 2 because they don’t come with a brush at all. It’s double ended which is always handy; on one end you have the usual flat shader brush that came with 1,2 and 3 but then has a small pencil brush that is perfect for smudging out the bottom lash line or packing on shadow in the outer corner of the eye.
The shadows themselves are lovely. Some have less colour payoff than others but overall I think they’re really good shadows. They are perfect for your everyday look but can also do a smoky eye too. I must admit, the colour selection on the top row is my favourite but they are all easy to blend, have a good colour payoff and wear well throughout the day.
If you’re thinking of getting a palette from Urban Decay, I would recommend this one. It is a good compromise between the Naked 2,3 and both basic palettes with its colour selection. The only downside is that it doesn’t include any shimmers and whilst that doesn’t bother me, if it’s the only palette you have, it may be limiting and one of the other Naked palettes may be a better option. For me, it fills the spaces I had in my collection. It’s a thumbs up from me.