Sunday, 1 January 2017

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette review.

A couple of months ago I entered a giveaway on Twitter and I was very lucky to have won the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette through Sophia at Tattooedtealady and Urban Decay. After finally getting time to use it properly and take my time, rather than the 10 minute mum rush, I'm here to tell you my thoughts.

I've got a good handful of everyday shadow palette's with all your usual suspects in them. Your neutrals, your highlight shade, shimmers, matte's and deep tones. They're essentially what make up your makeup palette's. You see the same shades in every one of them with a pop of some random colour of the year like a bright green?!? Why?!? It's not my thing. Aka, when this palette landed in my hands I was a bit apprehensive to try it. Yes, it's a basic palette (the genius is in the name) but it's so much more and I'll tell you why. 

Let's start first things first. A square copper shield of goodness. It has a great medium weight to it, so even when I fling things around by accident, I don't feel like I'm cracking an egg. This comes in handy when you're a clutz like me. So let's face it, UD always nail it when it comes to packaging. 

Next we have a mirror inside which is the entire area of the palette, which is great for those on the move trips and we have 12 gorgeous shades with a handy as always duo brush. Personally I don't really use the duo brushes as I tend to lose them and I hate keeping them in my brush containers. It is lovely and soft on one end, and the other side is good for packing colour and smudging under eyes. 

The shades have a great mix from warm to cool. I'm generally a warm shadows gal, but sometimes I have days where a deep smoky eye is my jam so this is perfect.

Blow is the perfect highlight shade. It's got a slight shimmer to it, but nothing overpowering, so I use it for my brow highlight. Nude, Commando and Pre-game are all great transition/ base shades. I have very veiny eyelids so I always have to build up light eyeshadows and these are great. Tempted, Instinct, Lethal are great for a deep but also a subtle smoky eye. These are on the cooler side but I love to mix Extra Bitter and Tempted together.

Underneath we have Extra Bitter, Faith and Lockout which are a powerhouse three for warm eye looks. Extra bitter is very pigmented and a little goes a long way, so take your time when you're packing it on. Magnet and Blackjack are not shades I normally play with but after a cat eye and a smudged under eye for boxing day I think I'll be trying it more often. Magnet is a great shade to add depth to a look. Blackjack is a perfect smoky black and I'm sure with a bit of fix plus, it would make it jet black. 

The picture above shows the colours a bit more true to colour. There can be a little bit of fallout when it comes to the shades I find, but most eyeshadows have a little fall out these days. You pay for your pigment and colours and if you apply your eyes before your base, you can clean that mess up without having to ruin your look! 

Overall I love this palette, I think it should be a staple to anyones collection, and is a great starter palette for beginners to experiment with. My favourite shade has to be Extra Bitter as I use it almost every day, well, when I get a chance to put makeup on! 

Until next time, 


  1. I REALLY don't need another high end neutrals palette, but Extra Bitter is so nice I may need to get this for that shade alone?! ��

  2. I really like how clear your pics are! Looks like a great everyday palette but then you can switch up in nighttime with the darker colours