Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - £20
I'd been lusting after this little palette way before I got around to purchasing it. I'd never owned a Naked palette by UD before, primarily because I was put off by the shimmery shades and the fact that my MUA Heaven & Earth palette already provided me with such great dupes for them all. When they released Naked Basics however I was immediately impressed by the pocket-sized compact; filled with neutral matte shades it seemed unlike anything else I had in my collection. The shades included are:
Venus - a light champagne colour with a hint of shimmer
Foxy - a soft, matte gold
Walk of Shame (W.O.S) - a wearable, matte nude
Naked 2 - a soft, light brown
Faint - a deep chestnut brown
Crave - a highly pigmented matte black
I swatched the shades in my local House of Fraser and fell in love straight away. The shades are all incredibly well pigmented and have a soft, velvet texture that feels very luxurious and far more expensive than they actually are. Whilst the lightest shade 'Venus' has a slight hint of shimmer the rest are completely matte and are incredibly blendable on the lid. I've experimented with a wide range of looks so far and have found no end of different ways to use these 6 basic colours. The compact itself is perfect for use on the move, with a large mirror inside the lid that's perfect for touch ups (should you ever need it!) Unlike the first two Naked palettes this comes on it's own and an eye primer isn't included. Urban Decay of course stock a wide range of primers should you feel you need one but I tend to just apply a little of MUA's Eye Primer to my lid before using this and the colours last perfectly well.
If you're a little eyebrow obsessed like me I would recommend trying some of these shades out for filling in purposes. I do actually own a few shadows and pencils specifically made for my brows but I find that by mixing 'Naked 2' and 'Faint' I can conjure up the perfect shade that compliments my brows perfectly when applied with my Real Techniques Brow Brush. Obviously using this method won't be for everyone but it suits me as I travel a lot and I hate having to pack more products than I need to!
The look above was created using all of the shades included in the palette and is probably my favourite to create, although I'm usually too lazy and just sweep one shadow over my lid instead! I know that £20 for eyeshadow may seem a little steep initially but when you consider they work out at just over £3 each it really doesn't sound so bad. I can honestly say that I've got a ton of use out of every single one of these since I bought it and it's got to be one of my wisest cosmetics investments to date!