I’m finally here to review my lovely Urban Decay Ultimate Basics eyeshadow palette. I bought it a year ago and still there hasn’t been a palette that I tried better than this one quality-wise.
At first I couldn’t decide which one to take, NAKED BASICS PALETTE or NAKED 2 BASICS. At that time I loved only matte textures and dreaded shimmer shades. BUT NOW I’M THE QUEEN OF GLITTER, you know.
But then I saw this palette. It was totally matte with one shade that won me over - the Extra Bitter color, which is such a reddish terracotta color that I’ve been looking for too long!
Since I have red hair, all my cosmetics can be described as “1000 and 1 shades of red and beige”
All the terracotta, orange, pumpkin, brown, beige, etc. shades make me rave about them and really suit my hair color perfectly well.
1. Packaging and price
The packaging is actually a lightweight compact with silver sun beams on it. It has a magnet closure. The plastic looks as though it’s made of metal. Inside the palette there are 12 shades 1.2g (0.04 oz) each. There’s also a mirror and two-sided brush.
Some words about the brush! Once it appeared on my vanity, it has become my favorite and now I can’t even imagine my makeup without it. This is such a rare occasion when I don’t have any desire to throw the included makeup brush away.
The product expires within 2 years.
Now the palette costs about $54, but it’s possible to find it on sale.
These eyeshadows are the best quality-wise that I’ve ever tried! There aren’t any dupes that can show the same amazing pigmentation and coverage that is free from patches. Even if I apply these shades with my finger over my non-primed skin, the result will still look awesome.
Here are the swatches on my hand without a primer where I applied them with the provided brush. The light is artificial and I wrote down all the shades
3. Wear time
They stay on very long! I wear these eyeshadows over a base and I can see that it not only makes the colors pop, but it also increases the wear time. The products stay on my eyes the entire day.
Here’s a water crash-test. I poured a stream of water over the shades and you can see that they stayed in place.
However, it was pretty easy for me to wash them off with soap. (There are some loose pigments in my collection, which are so troublesome to wash off, that even a bast whisp won’t be much help there!
4. Makeup looks
Unfortunately, I’m not a makeup guru, this is why I can’t show you the beauty of this palette to the fullest. Here are a couple of shots of my daytime makeup, done with this palette.
Later, I hope that I’ll add a few pictures of my special occasion makeup as well.
I used the Extra Bitter shade as a base for the darkening. The Blow color is in the inner corners and the outer Vs are done with the Lethal shade. The sparkling color by Inglot in the color #22 is my all-time favorite and go-to for any occasion.
I also did my photo shoot makeup with the help of this palette. :)Maybe these shots aren’t actually the best that show my makeup, but I just don’t have any portrait pictures.
Here my makeup looks rather wearable with the #22 by Inglot in the inner corners.
While here I darkened the crease with the shade Lockout and applied the Blow color all over my mobile lid. The liner here is by Inglot in the color #77.
OVERALLI definitely recommend this palette for purchasing! It is worth every dime it costs! Now I’m looking through the NAKED HEAT palette, which has already become a fave of many makeup artists. I guess I’d better wait for it to be discounted.