After a few days of using this palette I knew it would become a firm favourite in my beauty bin so I actually added it to my April Favourites as a "honorary mention" item. I can clearly and confidently say now that this palette is by far my favourite palette ever. Yes, I am saying that I even love it more than my Naked2 Palette. I only say that because I find myself reaching for this palette every single day for simple, clean & natural eye-looks for work and have also found it can create really lovely smoky eyes for night.
Venus: This colour is the only frosted/shimmery one the palette and acts as the perfect highlight. I have been wearing this on my brow bone & inner eye to bring a bit more light to my looks lately and I’ve really loved it! It applies very lightly but adds a really beautiful sheen to the areas applied.
Foxy: Foxy has long been a favourite shadow of mine. I first tried “Foxy” when I purchased the Urban
Decay Naked2 Palette and it has been a colour I wear almost everyday since. This shadow is a soft buttery yellow tone that applies very lightly. I've found this shadow to make lids almost have a velvety look to them. Because it's a yellow-tone I've found that it really battles eyelid redness - a problem I run into whenever I am a bit on the tired side!
W.O.S (Walk of Shame): Another stunning eye shadow by Urban Decay! This shade is a soft dull pink that applies similar to Foxy in it's velvet application but WOS is just more pink toned. This colour is really gorgeous but it's quite similar to my skin-tone so I only really wear this when I want to "brighten" my eye lids up a bit!
Naked 2: This muted brown is a perfect blending colour as well as a great crease shadow. I like it as a blending colour because I find that it makes the transition from Foxy or WOS to Faint less harsh when applied overtop of the crease colour (faint).
Faint: A deep chocolatey matte brown shadow that is fabulous for a crease shadow. This has fast become one of my absolute favourite shadows ever. It's a stunning colour that I've been wearing each day in my eyelid crease. It can be applied very naturally but can be built up to create more of a dramatic look as-well without looking thick or powdery.
Crave: I have never worn or owned a matte black shadow but now that I have one in my collection I definitely think it’ll be a permanent part! This colour applies very opaque but is wonderfully bendable. I noticed that it can apply slightly streaky but that’s nothing a blending brush cannot fix!
Packaging: I adore the packaging of both the Naked2 palette and the Basics palette. The Naked2 is more of a metal casing as the Basics is a sort of hard shell rubber. I feel like I prefer the basics casing, it looks and feels luxurious and I like that it also feels durable – perhaps a good travel palette!
Cost: It costs $32 in Canadian Sephora stores (or at least where I bought mine) and is $27.00 on the
UD online store. It is expensive but the quality of UD shadows is unmatched, making this palette very worthwhile.
Dupes: I have yet to come across a matte palette up to par with the Naked Basics Palette. I would say you can purchase individual shades from MAC which would be comparable to shades in the palette though.
Summary: All in all I adore this product and will definitely repurchase it in the future. The colours are all very versatile and I love how compact the packaging is. I also really adore this palette because I find matte shadows a bit more versatile for day & night looks.