Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Swatches, Photos & Review

Urban Decay Naked Basics

In just three days the brand spankin’ new Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette launches!

This stripped down, simplified palette features five matte shades and one demi-matte shade. These are all shades that are really easy for pretty much everyone to wear. Four of the shades are new and exclusive to this palette.

The palette itself is small and feels smooth and silky. It opens up to a good sized mirror and the six eyeshadows. No pesky (aka useless) applicator here!

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Urban Decay Naked Basics Swatches
Venus, Foxy, W.O.S. (Walk Of Shame) (over primer)

Venus is the one shade here that isn’t matte, but rather a demi-matte. It’s a nice white/vanilla shade with very slight sheen. Super soft, great pigmentation.

Foxy is a pale vanilla/beige matte. Soft with just ok payoff.

Walk Of Shame is a pale pink/beige matte. Soft with just ok payoff.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Swatches 2
Naked2, Faint, Crave (over primer)

Naked2 is a medium taupe matte. Really pretty shade, would work well for eyebrows also!

Faint is a deep warm brown matte. Gorgeous, pigmented and super soft.

Crave is a dark brown almost black matte. Nice pigmentation, very dark!

Overall: Two of the shades (Foxy and W.O.S.) were a wee bit less pigmented than I would prefer and seemed a little bit chalky at first. I had to work a bit to get more color from them. The other four though were really quite nice. I like the size of the palette because it’s very travel friendly. I like that these shades are all very easy to wear for a huge variety of people. Like they said, these really are the basics!

Availability: Starting on November 29th at Urban Decay, Sephora, Ulta and select Macy’s.

Pricing: $27.00 for 0.05 oz each.

Now I want to hear from YOU! What do you think about Naked Basics? Do you love the matte shades?


Note: Urban Decay is cruelty free.

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  • November 26, 2012

    How does this palette compare to the Too Faced Naked Eye Shadow palette? I know the Too Faced palette doesn’t contain a black. While the Too Faced palette is more expensive, do you think it’s a better deal given shade availability and payoff?

  • November 26, 2012

    Kelly, Urban Decay have now been purchased by L’Oreal, will this affect their cruelty-free status, do you think?

    • November 26, 2012

      Great question I really don’t know. A lot of CF companies that have been bought by non-CF companies haven’t changed their ways, so we shall see…

      • November 29, 2012

        UD formally announced that they wouldn’t change their animal testing policy even after the purchase :) that’s good haha

  • November 26, 2012

    This is the kind of palette I definitely don’t need but want and probably will get at some point anyway haha
    I do like mattes a lot and it seems the perfect size to carry on your make up bag at all times.

  • November 26, 2012

    I love the idea of a six-piece matte basics neutral palette, but I don’t like the composition of this one; it leans too heavily to the light side rather than a mix of dark to light – they probably should have skipped either Foxy or Walk of Shame and added another medium-depth shade, maybe something darker than Naked 2 and lighter than Faint.
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    • November 29, 2012

      Agreed–that would balance things out. I would actually be willing to pay more for this had they done what you suggested.

  • November 26, 2012

    Yes!!!!!!!!!! This is exactly what I’ve been wanting! A good solid basic palette with mostly mattes (they always seem to have so much shimmer!) that has all I need for everyday. I think this palette needs to find its way ino my stocking this year haha
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  • November 26, 2012

    This is really UNinteresting to me. Too many light shades, not enough “in between” colors. Meh.

  • November 26, 2012

    I love all matte shades, but not this. Three of the shades are too light & NAKED 2 seems “meh.” If it was six bright mattes shades, I think I would like it better since I loved their old mattes (Chronic, Heist, Shakedown, Electric). I’m also not for it considering they are planning to let L’Oreal buy their company :(

  • November 26, 2012

    Finally, a matte palette! Thank you, UD!
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  • November 26, 2012

    I think UD’s heart was in the right place, but they should have included another brown or taupe color…just more varieties rather than a lot of light colors. And I see that chalkiness that you are talking about….I don’t know, I’m thinking they could’ve done better …..

  • November 26, 2012

    Thanks for sharing!

    JCrave really looks like black. I keep trying to see it as brown, but man it looks black!

    They have Foxy in the Naked 2, I like to use it as a highlight. I just wish they didn’t repeat shades in these. Thankfully, it’s not Half Baked again. I think I have that shade in 3 different palettes of theirs that I own. I’m pretty sure I’ll never run out. Hahaha!

  • November 26, 2012

    Finally!!! Just what I’ve been waiting for! A matte palette. But I’m a bit dissatisfied. I basically only use the matte colors in my naked palette. I need more range but I’ll probably end up getting this. It will get used.

  • November 26, 2012

    AAWWw it’s like a baby palette. Cute but I think I’ll pass on it… the lighter shades dont look like they would be flattering on me and the darker ones are too similar to those I already have.

  • November 26, 2012

    Faint is the only eyeshadow that attracts my attention. Not enough to get the whole palette, huh?
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  • November 26, 2012

    I have been a huge fan of UD mattes and was so upset when they pulled so many (most) of their mattes out of the line – there are only a few now when there used to be 10 or 12. For me, they work better than any other brand of powder eyeshadows. I would never wear Crave but I would wear all the others..it would be a good little one for me to have for travel too – I am curious if Naked2 is too pinky for me to really like on – I am a huge fan of Naked already as it is – I might look at putting this in my cart over at UD where i am going next to see about their Cyber Monday deal…I had an email ad for it but forgetting now what the deal was…thinking it was free ship and a discount as well.

  • November 26, 2012

    This pallet is gorgeous ! Great for everyday looks :) Thanks for the review and swatches!

  • November 26, 2012

    This looks very interesting, but I don’t need it right now. There are 4 out of 6 shades I actually wear everyday and I already have a quad with those shades.

  • November 26, 2012

    Ahh I need this- looks fab!
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  • November 26, 2012

    Thanks for swatching these shades. I was really curious to see this palette. Looks like a lot of staple colours – ones that most people who are crazy about makeup (hehe) won’t really feel a pressing need to buy.

    But for those who are starting out, this looks like a wonderful little set to have. And if your’e travelling and want just the basics, this is a good idea!
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  • November 26, 2012

    It’s so funny to me that everyone’s complaining that there are too many light shades because I actually always want palettes to have more light bright shades to suit my fair skin! If Urban Decay came out with an entirely highlight palette with different finishes and undertones I would be first in line to buy it!

    Definitely getting this to have some basic matte shades that I can actually use all of :))

  • November 27, 2012

    Can someone wake me up when Urban Decay is once again an edgy, exciting brand? The Naked palettes are SO boring and I’m just so over it. I love matte shadows, but these put me to sleep.

  • November 27, 2012

    Great swatches, thanks for doing them. That’s really too bad about Foxy, it’s one of the shades I’ve really wanted from UD. When I first saw this palette, I was so excited. I still am but, it doesn’t look quite as good as I thought. The pink shade I really don’t like much but all the rest are pretty. Naked2 looks lovely. I wish they’d included Naked as well, instead of the pink.
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