Naked2 Basics Review – Urban Decay
The new release from Urban Decay. Naked2 Basics eye shadow palette. Read on for the full review and swatches of this much-anticipated palette which is a selection of one previous and five completely new neutrals. They are cooler in tone than the original, naked basics palette but designed to complement it perfectly (or so they say). I was really intrigued to find out if Urban Decay had managed to pull off these matt shades with out them having the common problem that matt colours sometimes do of being chalky or powdery so below are the results.
Packaged In a Bronze soft to the touch case that has a suede-like feel and a satin sheen. It’s small, compact and fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. It’s actually exactly the same size as first the naked basics palette. There’s no brush with this palette but the full sized mirror more than makes up for that in my opinion and it fastens securly.
The Colours Include
- Skimp (pale nude satin)
- Stark (nude-pink matte)
- Frisk (warm gray matte)
- Cover (muted red-brown matte)
- Primal (muted brown matte)
- Undone (deep, smoky brown matte)
Firstly the shades are a lot more pigmented than they look in the palette. I found the colour payoff great on all the shades. So are they chalky? Well my honest opinion is no. I find they have managed to keep to that lovely rich buttery formula that Urban Decay are famous for. Skimp (the only shade seen before in the UD Feminine palette) is the only shade that is not matt it’s satin (or demi-matte as they have labelled it).Which is used for highlighting. I used this palette on both fair and olive skin and found all the colours worked. My friend and makeup artist (a.k.a Ms. LuvLuv) confirmed the palettes shades on darker skin (even the lighter two skimp and stark). So Urban Decay’s claim that all the shades are neutral enough for any skin tone seems to be spot on.
I found all the shades really easy to blend. I found Undone could get a little sticky in the crease line and harder to blend out but nothing major. On pick up and application I found little or no fallout. I prefer the darker shade in this palette Undone (the deep, smoky brown matte) compared to the previous palette as I find it a little more versatile. Finally Cover,Primal and Undone can be used to fill in brows depending on your skin tone. Undone can be used wet or dry as a liner with a flat angled brush.
The staying power was fantastic as I had expected as regular user of Urban Decay shadows. I started out in the morning with freshly applied shadow and found It gave a good eight hours of wear before starting to sag. I also experienced no creasing. Something interesting is when I purchased this palette in LA the assistant recommended always using a primer which I find quite strange as over here in the Uk I find with a high end brand such as UD you can usually get away primer free and still enjoy long lasting results. But on mulling this over I thought it’s probably due to that balmy LA weather (the lucky things). Myself personally here in the UK would say a primer is only necessary with this palette if it was for a special event, clubbing (ie a hot environment) or on holiday. Primer recommendations Urban Decays Primer Potion or Benefit Lemon Aid Eye Lid Primer
The first Naked Basics palette is a bit of a cult item as it’s just so versatile and this is where the second palette Naked2 Basics follows suit as it contains six full sized shades that are completely blendable and suited together (taking all the guess work out for the consumer) It would also work great as a companion to the bolder shades in the larger naked palettes. It provides an easy wearable everyday look. In such cute compact packaging with a great full sized mirror so just perfect for traveling or touching up on go, a perfect handbag handy. I managed to get my lucky paws on this palette early as it has been released in the states since for a few weeks now. Urban Decay UK confirmed it is due for release over here in early October. I expect this palette will be as popular if not more than its predecessors.
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