Naked Ultimate Basics

Swatches: Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics

Naked Ultimate Basics

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Hello, class! I will teach today’s lesson mostly through pictures, for the following reasons:

  1. because a picture is worth a thousand words (or something like that)
  2. because I’m “differentiating” this lesson for our more “visual learners”
  3. because I’m just a little bit lazy

Let’s get back to the point. Today we are looking at Urban Decay’s new Naked Ultimate Basics Eye Shadow Palette. According to the description on Sephora:

Urban Decay introduces Naked Ultimate Basics—the matte eye shadow palette loaded into a sleek, square case with matte shades that have been requested time and time again. Each shade is exclusive to this palette and completely different from the shades in Naked Basics and Naked2 Basics. This palette offers a true range of neutral mattes, from cool to warm—all with a little edge. Create contoured all-matte looks, or pair these neutrals with your favorite bold hues.

The shades in Naked Ultimate Basics are neutral enough for everything from cool skin tones to olive complexions to darker skin. They feature Urban Decay’s proprietary Pigment Infusion System™, which gives the formula its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and blendability. Achieve the perfect application every time for a matte look that radiates.

OK, so now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s take a look.

Naked Ultimate Basics

Naked Ultimate Basics

Naked Ultimate Basics

Naked Ultimate Basics

I’m sure you wanted to see swatches too…

Naked Ultimate Basics

Naked Ultimate Basics

Overall, you can probably see that most of the shades are well-pigmented. The second shade, “Nudie,” gave me the most problems, but as this one is the closest to my skintone, I did not expect it to show up well. “Extra Bitter” is basically my reason for getting this palette and it doesn’t disappoint. Last thing – I’m not convinced the lightest shade, “Blow,” is actually matte. It shimmered on my arm.

Final thoughts

If you have another matte neutral palette, like the Kat Von D Shade and Light, you probably have a lot of dupes for these colors. However, there’s something about the shape and packaging of this palette that makes me think it will be better to travel with. I do want to hear your thoughts, though, so please share in the comments!

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