Since starting blogging, my first ever real palette love came courtesy of the Naked2Basics, which is a fantastic little edit of six matte, very cool-neutral shades that are just an absolute joy to use and soooo flattering and soooo easy, so when the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics launch was announced, I could not wait to get my hands on it! I was kindly sent one last year that my Postman managed to smash, so I’ve only just got my hands on a replacement; normally in these sort of situations, where something has been so heavily built-up over time, I end up disappointed and underwhelmed, but that’s definitely not the case with this gorgeous collection of easy going nudes and neutrals.
I really like the presentation of the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette, as I find it inviting and enticing – there’s something about the antique bronze shade that really appeals. Inside the palette you will find 12 shades: 3 base shades, 3 warm browns, 3 cool browns and 3 non-browns which are basically 2 greys and 1 deep red. Consequently, calling this the Ultimate Basics describes it perfectly as it really is an ultimate intro to the essential basic shades. The brush is also really handy, with one end providing a short, dense brush that’s great for creating soft, smoky lines and the other is more of a multi-purpose shading brush. I have made a point of trying several looks using only this brush and it all works beautifully for that gentle, slightly undone finish.
The Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics is £39.50, which is a really good price for such a good quality palette. It’s the sort of palette that you will reach for time and time again as all the shades are wearable and there are so many looks you can create, from a little everyday enhancement to a full-blown smokey eye, this palette has got you covered. There’s also a brilliantly sized mirror, and as the palette is on hinges, you can easily use it as a standing mirror for application, making it ideal for travel, although I have seen others have had issues with the blacker shade cracking, so that’s worth keeping in mind. Find it here – link.