Urban Decay are real leaders when it comes to all things palettes. You would be hard pushed to find a lady who doesn’t own at least one of the Naked palettes. Once you mention the words Urban Decay and naked, our ears are sure to prick up and take notice.
Last summer Urban Decay released another addition to their Naked palette family, the Naked 2 basics palette. It was met with mixed feelings from many the Naked lover, as people claimed it was far too like the original Naked basics palette and while yes they are similar, the Naked 2 basics leans a lot cooler than the Naked 1 basics palette. Not only that, while I don’t personally own the Naked basics original palette, the colours in the Naked 2 basics palette look to be far more complimentary to each other than with the original basics palette.
The Naked 2 basics palette comes in a soft rubbery case, that is dinky in size, making it perfect for your handbag. It contains 6 eyeshadows. 5 matte and one with a little more of a satin finish. The shadows lean on the cool side, but as someone who doesn’t normally like cool toned shadows, these are quite beautiful on the eye. They are a little sheer in pigment, but they can be built up to a much stronger colour. I find that the colours in this palette are perfect for someone who doesn’t like to wear a lot of shadow, or likes a much more natural look.
I did find the texture of the shadows a little powdery in the pan. When I put my brush to them, they tended to crumble a little. However, when applied to the eye they didn’t look or wear powdery at all. There was little or no fall out and they blended really well and lasted throughout the day. In saying that, I do think a primer is a must with these shadows.
Overall I really quite liked this palette. I am shying away from the whole palette thing in favour of individual shadows at the moment, but the Naked 2 basics palette makes the perfect palette for days when I am looking for an easy natural look. The Naked 2 basics is actually the perfect palette for work and for woman who want to wear shadow, but who don’t want to look to “done” when in work. If you’re someone who is ageing around the eye area, this is the perfect palette for you,as there isn’t a single spec of shimmer in sight.
I got my palette from The Loop duty free where all Urban Decay products are at least 15% cheaper than high street prices, or if you’re not traveling through Dublin Airport any time soon, you can buy Naked 2 basics palette in Debenhams for €30.