Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review, Photos, Swatches, and Comparison to Naked and Naked 2


Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($27) Naked Basics is more than just the long-awaited, multipurpose MATTE companion to Naked. It’s the palette EVERY woman needs in her beauty arsenal. With six stripped-down, Nakedly neutral shadows, it has everything you need for the perfect neutral matte eye—including four totally new and exclusive shades.

It all comes in a sleek compact (embossed with a pretty, metallic “NAKED” on the front) that has a slight sheen and a suede-like feel that practically begs to be touched. (Hello…how gorgeous will THAT look coming out of your bag?!) Best of all, the slim design is perfect for travel—so you’ll never have to be without these must-have shades.

What you see is what you get: Venus (soft, off-white demi-matte), Foxy (cream bisque matte), Walk of Shame (very light nude matte), Naked2 (taupe matte), Faint (warm, dusty brown matte) and Crave (deepest, darkest brown/black matte).

Fill Weight: 6 x 1.3g e 6 x 0.05 US oz

My Thoughts:

I love the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette! I’ve been waiting for a matte palette from Urban Decay for what seems like forever. It’s perfect for anybody looking for neutral matte eye shadows, anybody who isn’t into bold colors or glitter shadows. It’s exactly like its name: basic.

The palette comes with 6 full-sized shades, 4 of which are new.

Venus - a demi matte soft, off white

Foxy - a matte yellowish beige

Walk of Shame (W.O.S) - a matte nude

Naked 2 - a matte light taupe

Faint - a matte medium brown

Crave - a matte black with a hint of brown

All the shades lasted for hours and went on so smoothly. I didn’t experience any fallout or powderyness (is that a word?). They are all very pigmented and true-to-color.

The Naked Basics palette itself is really small and compact compared to previous Urban Decay palettes (see comparison photos to Naked and Naked 2 below). It’s smaller than the size of my hand! The palette is perfect for travel and feels very sturdy. The cover is made of a rubbery material with raised embossing.

Now, did I notice any repeat shades in the Naked Basics palette that are already in the Naked and Naked 2 palettes? Just one: Foxy. It’s part of the Naked 2 palette. I was quite surprised because Urban Decay usually includes at least a couple of repeats in their palettes. Good job Urban Decay!  The other 5 shades are different, but still similar to the shades that are part of the Naked and Naked 2 palettes.

Venus is similar to Bootycall from Naked 2. Venus is a little bit more champagne while Bootycall is is more pinky golden.

Foxy is the same as Foxy from Naked 2.

Walk of Shame is the only one that isn’t similar to any of the shades part of Naked and Naked 2.

Naked 2 is similar to Naked (duh right? It is called Naked 2 after all) from Naked. Naked 2 is not quite as brown as Naked and has a bit of greyness.

Faint is similar to Buck from Naked just a bit a darker.

Crave is similar to Blackout from Naked 2. Crave isn’t a pure black like Blackout. Instead, it’s a brownish black.

I wish I could tell you to skip the Naked Basics palette if you already own one or both of the previous palettes, but I can’t. I just love it so much! I love neutral shades especially if they are matte. I recommend this palette to everybody who loves neutral shades. It is a total must have. I would definitely repurchase the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette.

Check out more photos and swatches of the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. Also, see comparison photos to the Naked and Naked 2 Palettes!

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16 comments to Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review, Photos, Swatches, and Comparison to Naked and Naked 2

  • Megan G

    Ahhhhh!! I must get this! I’m waiting for it to be available at Sephora or Ulta

  • i never got the naked hype really.
    i guess i already have a few go-to neutrals that i never saw the purpose of a whole palette, especially MULTIPLE palettes of very similar colors.
    that being said… this would be the only naked i would consider because its smaller, its matte and much more usable than the others!

    • Audrey Dao

      if i had to choose between the 3 naked palettes, i would pick this basics one. like you said, it’s smaller, matte and more usable :)

  • layla

    I dont own any of the naked palettes, though i’ve been lusting after them for a while :) but this is something i wouldn’t mind getting! would definitely get more use out of it!

  • Julie B.

    I like the idea of a small naked palette, but looking at the colors, I know I’d only like the two darker ones. I don’t tend to like light colors on me.
    Audrey, if you had to pick between the Naked 1 or 2 palettes, which would you choose (I like taupes and bronzes in shimmery shades.)?

  • BooBooNinja

    How well do these eyeshadows blend and last on your lids? Some of them appear a chalky in the swatches.

    • Audrey Dao

      They last the whole day especially if you use a primer. None of them were chalky. They were all true to to color. They work as well and blend as well as the usual urban decay eye shadows

  • BooBooNinja

    Thanks, Audrey. I don’t own any UD shadows… yet. :)

  • I already have Naked 1 and Naked 2 and have been trying to tell myself I don’t need this all matte palette… but I think I do :P The plastic casing looks cheaper than I’d expect from Urban Decay though.

    • Audrey Dao

      I think you do too haha :)

      The case doesn’t feel cheap. It feels pretty sturdy. I like it better than the usual magnetic closure urban decay usually does. This basics palette has a snap closure.I feel safer traveling with it because I know it snapped shut

  • I have both NAKED palettes as well and at first, I hated the packaging and the shades but I think it would actually get a lot of use! And surprisingly, I’ve grown to like the sleek packaging too!

    • Audrey Dao

      i don’t like the packaging for the first naked palette. i just don’t like that felt/velvet outer case, but i like the colors. i like the packaging for the naked 2 palette but i didn’t like the colors as much as the first naked. now this basics palette, i like like everything. third time is the charm right? haha

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