Urban Decay · Naked Ultimate Basics

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We can thank Urban Decay for making Naked part of our beauty vocabulary, and just when you thought things couldn’t go “nude-er”, along comes the latest addition to the family: Naked Ultimate Basics. Filled with 12 of the brand’s most popular matte shades, none of these hues have ever come together in one palette before, which means that this palette also has the honour of standing apart from past iterations as well.

Previously reviewed Naked palettes:

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Urban Decay · Naked Ultimate Basics

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Urban Decay · Naked Ultimate Basics

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Naked Ultimate Basics (CAN $68.00) | For starters, honourable mention has to go to the packaging; housed in a square rigid plastic case which includes a full-sized mirror on the inner lid as well as a dual-ended brush, the cover almost steals the show with its rose-gold hue and precisely etched radiating lines along with the raised lettering on top. STUNNING. Moving on …

There’s a good mix of hues that range from pale neutral to darker nudes, as well as some colour thrown in that might stretch one’s concept of “Naked” but somehow still fit in well with the overall theme. The shades in this palette also have the added bonus of being workable, as well as suitable for a broad variety of skin tones, from the fairest to quite dark. With nary a shimmer in sight and while have a matte finish, it’s not of the flat variety but rather rich in hue and each throughly pigmented. Easy to blend and without any fall down upon application, staying power — over primer — is excellent as well.

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Urban Decay · Naked Ultimate Basics (brush detail)

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  • Blow – light nude demi-matte
  • Nudie – soft pink-nude matte
  • Commando – light taupe-brown matte
  • Tempted – pale brown matte
  • Instinct – medium pink-taupe matte
  • Lethal – reddish brown matte
  • Pre-Game – pale yellow matte
  • Extra Bitter – burnt orange matte
  • Faith – medium warm brown matte
  • Lockout – rich neutral brown matte
  • Magnet – smoky grey matte
  • Blackjack – warm black matte

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Urban Decay · Naked Ultimate Basics swatches, direct sunlight & natural light (below)

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Pulling out both the Naked Basics and Naked2 Basics palettes for comparison, it’s fairly obvious that we don’t have any real duplication, and while a couple of shades might appear to be similar, there’s still enough variety in Naked Ultimate Basics to turn into a well-worth investment.

 

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Urban Decay · Naked Ultimate Basics, Naked Basics & Naked2 Basics swatches in direct sunlight & natural light (below)

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NAKED-palooza

 

For neutral-fans such as myself, you’re going to absolutely love this palette. And even if you’ve held off from Urban Decay’s Naked frenzy until now, you should still check the Naked Ultimate Basics palette out, as it has a grouping of colours that are not only all totally wearable, but one I’m fairly certain you’ll be turning to more often than not. This is very, very good naked …

Available at Sephora & online

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Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own

2 Responses to Urban Decay · Naked Ultimate Basics

  1. Ana Samuel says:

    Comprehensive and helpful review as always. Happy to have found you Eugenia! 😀😍

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