Although I love dark, smoky eyeshadow colors, let’s be honest—on a day to day basis, it’s neutrals that are the staples of my makeup look. New from Urban Decay is the Naked Basics Palette. Read on for my thoughts…

The Naked Basics Palette is a “little sister” to the already legendary Naked and Naked2 Palettes (and if you don’t have them yet, get on it!). What makes the Naked Basics Palette different is that these shadows are matte.  Naked Basics is a collection of five fabulous neutral base shades (four are new) and a demi-matte shade, Venus, perfect for highlighting.

The eyeshadow colors in the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette include:

  • Venus – soft, off-white demi-matte
  • Foxy – cream bisque matte
  • Walk of Shame – very light pinky nude matte
  • Naked2 – rosy taupe matte
  • Faint – warm, dusty brown matte
  • Crave – deepest, darkest brown/black matte

In wearing it, I’ve found that like the other Naked palettes, the Basic Palette is one I keep reaching for over and over again. I like the matte shades and find that I’m actually mixing and matching shades between all of the palettes to create a gorgeous, coordinated neutral eye. My favorite shades in this palette are NAKED2 and Venus.

Although the eye shadows in this palette have good pigmentation, I still recommend a primer for best results. I think this is a palette that you want in your makeup drawer, in addition to the other Naked palettes, not in place of. While everyone loves a good shimmer shadow, it’s not always appropriate in an office setting. You need different textures for different looks.

The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette retails at $27. Find it at Sephora, ULTA, select Macy’s stores, and


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