I am not really an eyeshadow girl. I will choose lipstick over it any day. It's the showstopper is most of my looks, but I was still lacking some neutral eyeshadows to go with it. So, when I was in a Sephora six months ago, I saw my chance and I took it. Naked Basics 2 came home with me.
As opposed to the Naked Basics 1, this one is more taupe orientated and more cool toned. Being warm toned myself you'd think I would prefer the original. But when I swatched it in store, it seemed more powdery and most of the shades in that palette I already owned. Also, I prefer cool toned shades for some reason, even if they can look ashy on me.
|Sorry for the blurry picture, yikes.|
- Skimp: the only shade that is not matte, but satin. A beige-peachy highlighting shade. I found this shade to be the least useful - not shimmery enough to be a highlight, not matte enough to fit in with the rest. It doesn't look to flattering on my skin, so I don't use this often. Sometimes as an innercorner highlight.
- Stark: a matte beige-peachy nude shade. A bit too dark to be a base for me, but it makes a great transition shade!
- Frisk: a matte taupe shade with a slight purple undertone. One of my favourites! Makes a great crease shade.
- Cover: the warmest shade in this palette, it's a matte warm but taupish brown. It reminds me of hot chocolate with milk. That has some taupe to it as well, or is that just me? I don't use this too often.
- Primal: a pretty basics brown shade with a hint of taupe. Also, a great shade for in the crease.
- Undone: a matte almost-but-not-completely black, it's slightly lighter. Works nicely to smoke out your eyeliner, but not a must have and nothing a regular black can't do.
|Skimp, Stark, Frisk, Primal, Undone (I forgot Cover, hehe)|
The quality of these shadows is very nice. They are pigmented and easy to work with. I did find that they can be powdery (they kick up quite some products if you go in with a brush) but don't appear chalky on the eyes. They are not the easiest to blend out, but that could just be my eyeshadow primer and can be easily helped with using a base shadow (I use Alverdes mono in Warm Vanilla).
|Please excuse that fabulous mosquito bite.|
For this look I've used Frisk and Primal in the crease, blended out with Stark, that is also on the lid. Undone in the outer V (that could've been blended better, but hey). Cover on the lower lashline, but appear cooler than it is. Skimp is used as an highlighter in the inner corner - as you can see, it is beyond subtle. Jordana Made To Last eyeshadow pencil in Continuous Almond is chillin' on the waterline and mascara is by Essence.
Overall, I love this palette. The shades were very well chosen. The shades are powdery but not chalky and the blending process can be made easy by adding base shadow. It's been a staple in my stash ever since I got it. Some shades (especially Frisk and Primal) already have a serious dent in there. Maybe I should swatch the original once more, especially now Urban Decay is available in the Netherlands, hmm...
This palette is available at Sephora (or ICI Paris in the Netherlands) for €27,00.
Urban Decay is cruelty free, however their parent company is not.
Do you own any Naked palettes?