The Naked Basics comes in a soft-touch case that shuts tight just like Naked2. The palette measures a little over 4 inches by 2 inches and is half the size of the previous Naked palettes. It fit very nicely in my hand and since it’s so compact, you can literally take it with you anywhere.
On the inside is a wide mirror on top and six 0.05 oz shadows on the bottom. The shadows are the same size as the Naked and Naked2 palettes and feature a new Pigment Infusion systemTM, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.
Venus is a soft, off-white color. It is the only demi-matte shadow in the palette, with the tiniest touch of satin for highlighting and adding dimension.
Foxy is a creamy light yellow with matte finish. It was featured in the Naked2 palette and not available individually. The color blended into my NC30 skin almost completely.
Walk of Shame is a light pinky nude with matte finish. It is just a bit pinker than Foxy and almost disappeared into my skin as well.
Naked2 is a matte light taupe.
Faint is a matte warm, dusty brown that is darker than Naked2.
Crave is a matte almost-black brown. It is just a little more brown than Blackout from the Naked2 Palette but apply much smoother.
The colors were all very wearable and complemented each other nicely. You could use them to do a simple neutral eye, fill in the brows or even highlight and contour the face. The shadows also applied like butter and blended easily with excellent color payoff, whereas most matte eyeshadows tend to be chalky and stiff.
Value-wise though, this was not as good of a bargain. Both Naked and Naked2 retail $50 and come with twelve eyeshadows, a brush and either a travel-sized primer or lipgloss. This goes for $27 for just six shadows, making it more expensive per shadow. The variety in color was also more limited and two out of the six colors (Foxy and Walk of Shame) were really similar and barely showed up against my skintone.
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette is available at Sephora and beauty.com for $27.
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