Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Review & Swatches - RED LIPSTICK DIARIES

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Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Review & Swatches

The Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette launched a few months ago and I wasn't sure whether I would be picking it up or not. The main reason for the doubt had to be that this palette is $54. Sure it's the same price as the other Urban Decay Naked palettes, but for some reason it seems high for this palette. Also there are two sets of shades that resemble each other a lot, basically canceling two of the shades out and making this a 10-pan palette. But I have to admit that as a collector and lover of eye shadow palettes, it intrigued me. All I knew is that I would not be paying full price for this palette, I would have to either get it on sale or with a coupon, which is exactly how I went about getting it. I had a $10 off coupon which brought the cost down to $44 and made it more reasonably in my eyes. So I've had it for a few weeks and used it a few times and can now give you my review. 


The Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette has 11 matte shades and one demi-matte shade and costs $54. 


The packaging for the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics is quite pretty but cheap feeling. I notice not many people mention how this palette feels lightweight and kind of cheap even though it is very nice to look at. I have also seen a lot of reviews from people whose mirrors came unglued. Again, while it's pretty enough to look at, I think this packaging is def not as nice in quality as the Urban Decay Naked Smoky. That palette to me, has the best packaging of the entire Naked line.




As for the shade selection in the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics, well that also leaves some room to be desired. I just don't get why all the similar shades. As you can see, the first four shades on the top row are very similar and there are two on the bottom that are barely different. THIS is why I refused to pay full price for this palette. 



Still as someone who doesn't any other one of the Urban Decay Naked Basics, I knew that my collection definitely had room for an all matte palette filled with neutrals. Plus I own a lot more shimmer shades than matte and I like how convenient an entire palette of mattes is to match up with those. Plus, I was super charmed by the mauvey shades on top as well as the Extra Bitter shade, which is the most popular shade in the palette. 


The palette comes with a dual-sided brush which is definitely workable. The brushes in the Naked palettes are not the most amazing brushes in the world but I enjoy having one in the palette versus not and do usually find myself using them.


The Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics has really mixed reviews and before purchasing it I tried to watch and read as many as I could. But it was hard to get a really good feel for it because while some people raved about it, others said it was completely awful. That's when I knew I would have to buy it and try for myself. 



the swatches



I honestly thought the shadows would not have much pigmentation because of the mixed reviews. But I found all of the shades to be nicely pigmented, even the lighter ones. The eyeshadows were all very creamy and soft and there was no patchiness at all in the swatches. 


I still wish the top row (first 4 shades) could be more different from each other, but each shade has nice pigmentation and applied nicely both on the swatch and on the eyes. I'm happy to note that I wasn't at all disappointed in Tempted, Instinct and Lethal, which are my favorite from this row. 


The second row is definitely my favorite. Again, I am happy to note that Extra Bitter is as nice as I had hoped and that really the entire row is pretty great overall. The only shade that is not as good is Blackjack which is pigmented but not super black. I've definitely seen better black shades but it's not the worst black shadow either and def workable. 


This second row also contains two shades that are pretty similar, Faith and Lockout. You can see in the swatches how they look virtually the same, which is sad considering that they could have put another shade in here for more variety. But it is what it is and at least the pigmentation and formula are good in this row as well. 


The second row of the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics definitely made my heart pitter patter a little bit more. Had these darker shades not existed in this palette, I for sure would not have picked it up.


Overall I am happy with my purchase of this palette. Even with it's faults of the very similar shades, I I still think it's worth buying, especially if you don't already own the Naked Basics palettes. While I don't think it's a Must Have, I do think that there is a place for this palette if you need more mattes to balance out a lot of bright and shimmery shadows. Maybe you work in an office and need an everyday go-to that isn't full of crazy colors, or maybe you just prefer matte eyeshadows. If so, then this palette full of neutral mattes can be a nice addition to your collection. 


I have dryer eyelids which means that certain matte shadows don't work well with my eyelids. I have a hard time using certain ABH and LORAC shadows but I found these to go on my lids better than those. They still don't look amazing on my lid because of the dryness but I find they blend beautifully on the crease and rest of the eye. I can see this palette becoming a very integral part of my collection and I super happy to own it. Will you be picking up the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics?

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