Primarily born out of a need to compliment the mostly shimmery Naked and Naked 2 palettes, Urban Decay released two 6 pan, all matte palettes called the Naked Basics (and Naked Basics 2, respectively). The cool thing about these palettes, though, is that they are versatile enough that they can be used all on their own! And at just $29, they’re also quite affordable.
Between the original Naked Basics palette and the one you see here (the 2nd version), I felt this one offered more of a shade range (the original has a lot of really light shades that I typically only use to highlight or on my lid). I also love that while the Naked Basics 2 is designed to compliment the cooler-toned Naked 2 palette, it still includes some warmer shades (which makes it more wearable in my opinion).
But if I’m being honest, Urban Decay does not make the best matte eyeshadows. In comparison to my beloved Kat Von D Shade+Light Eye palette, I feel that these shadows require more building and more blending to get the desired affect. Don’t get me wrong, this palette is way more pigmented and user-friendly then what you’ll find at the drugstore, I just feel that for $17 more you can get a lot more quality and a lot more product (also, the shade range is kinda light, so unless you have fair-medium skin, you might wanna pass on this one).
If, on the other hand, you don’t want to spend the $17, or really just want something compact and so simple that you don’t have to think about it, this is a great option for an everyday palette!
What do you think? Can you live with it, or without it?