Naked Basics Palette
Consider this a beginner's entry into the Urban Decay family of Naked eyeshadow palettes - a stripped-down offering of six instead of twelve shadows in neutral, mostly -matte shades, save for one shimmery highlighting color.
The Naked Basics shades are good, but surprisingly limited. Three are in the light beige and cream-colored category, and three are medium to dark browns, so there's a lack of "in-between" tan shades that would provide a better gradation from really light and soft to dark eye design. Still, all the colors can be combined for a wide variety of attractive neutral eye looks.
The pigment quality of all the shades is strong, and you don't have to use much to get a good dose of color. These shadows blend easily and wear well throughout the day, without any obvious fading or creasing.
What keeps this palette from getting our "BEST" rating is its texture. The shadows do apply easily, but they're more powdery than buttery in consistency, which means if you try to pack on too much product you will get fallout on your cheekbones, which is especially unattractive with the darker shades! Otherwise, if you don't mind the lack of medium shades, this is one of the better Naked palettes from Urban Decay.
- Included shades can be combined for a variety of attractive neutral eye looks.
- Shadows blend easily.
- Shadows wear well throughout the day without fading or creasing.
- Shadow texture is powdery, which means if you pack on too much product you will get fallout onto your cheeks and undereye area.
- Lack of medium-toned shades makes this smaller palette less versatile.
Urban Decay At-A-Glance
Strengths: Workable options in almost every category; excellent cheek tint; bonanza for anyone who wants lots of shiny eyeshadows; good mattifier;bronzing powder; brow products; makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: Mostly average to poor mascaras; limited foundation shades and some disappointing lip glosses; the products designed to help makeup last longer don't help.
From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.
Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.
Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.
For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.
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