12 Christmas Stockings: Urban Decay Naked Basics

Naked Basics palette

From polish to eyeshadow: Day 4 brought Urban Decay’s Naked Basic palette. I would’ve posted this sooner but I wanted to get some good natural light photos, however the sun refused to come out of the thick, grey clouds this week! (I’ll update with skin swatches or close-up eye shots as soon as I can).

Every person into their make-up collection will have heard of, or already own, at least one of Urban Decay’s Naked Basics palettes. I’ve been used to using the original Naked palette for some time, but, the drawback is that for people with mature skin and deep-set, hooded eyes, like me, wearing neutral eyeshadows containing shimmer or glitter on a daily basis doesn’t always give the most flattering or improving look, particularly in strong or harsh light.

But…I was reluctant to change as I still have an abiding love for all things glittery, it’s hard to get so excited over matte colours. Or so I thought.

Having tried out the Basics palette now, I can honestly say I would never want to be without it on a daily basis. I love it!

Urban Decay Naked Basics eyeshadows

The mix of colours in this collection are good ones for light/pale skins with a red or orange undertone. From left to right these are:

Venus: Soft, off-white, demi-matte

Foxy: Cream bisque matte

Walk of Shame: Very light nude matte

Naked 2: Taupe matte

Faint: Warm dusty brown matte

Crave: Deepest dark brown/black matte

As a basic every day look, my favourites are Walk of Shame applied to the lower, inner lid, Naked 2 for blending on the lower outer lid, Faint for the eye crease and just a touch of Venus as a highlighter for inner eyes and under brows. These give me a near perfect eye brightening and lightening effect, so it is great for when you feel like you’ve only had five hours sleep. I’ve yet to try a full, evening, smoky eye look with these, but I have also tried them with my favourite Illamasqua cream pigment in Hollow, and it’s a perfect match with that for a daytime look. (I thoroughly recommend Hollow too as a good base for powder shadows, especially when applied to the eye socket line first)

With an eye primer applied I’ve found these stay in place for a good six hours before needing a re-application. The best thing is that unlike the shimmers of the Naked palette, these don’t collect in skin folds so noticeably and create an ageing effect and it’s only with the darker colours of Faint and Crave that I’ve experienced some minor issues where they can need re-blending. I’ll probably stick with these as eyeline smudges rather than applied to the upper eyelid or crease.

Overall: This has instantly become my favourite make-up product of the year for its good range of colours, enhancing eye qualities for mature skin, good long lasting powder coverage, and finally because it’s just right for handbag portability.

Urban Decay products are available in wide range of shops but I bought my palette from BeautyBay.