Thursday, November 3, 2016

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics

I am a magpie when it comes to makeup, the brighter, more sparkly the better.  Urban Decay is a perfect brand to feed the craving.  Urban Decay were doing bright loud eye shadows and unusual lipsticks way before anybody else, let alone a main stream company, they also changed the shape of the neutral or naked eye shadow palette.   I get very excited when I hear Urban Decay are launching a new palette (or new products) and I was intrigued by the NAKED Ultimate Basics*.
So colour and shimmer are my thing, even though as I am getting older I know its more flattering for my aging eyes (they are laughter lines OK) to wear neutral Mattes and all the cool kids are wearing Matte shadows (I have resigned myself to the fact that I will never be a cool kid, I know 80 year olds cooler than me).   The world is trying to sell me on Matte shadows and if anybody can it would be Urban Decay.

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics is a square palette (its hip to be square) which contains 12 All new Matte eye shadows (with the exception of Blow which is Matte with a pearl pigment - so basically it has a shimmer).

So does the world need to get more Naked?  When I saw the palette my heart skipped a beat, the packaging is definitely the best packaging we have seen from a Naked palette.  Its sleek, sturdy plastic (not metal so no clunky noise) in a rose gold that looks like a sun burst.  Its impossible not to OOOOO at it when you see it.  It is a dam fine looking palette. 

Top Row: Left to Right Blow, Nudie, Commando, Tempted, Instinct, Lethal
Bottom Row Left to Right:  Pre-Game, Extra Bitter, Faith, Lockout, Magnet, Blackjack
My initial thoughts (apart from the standout shades) was MEH.  I thought the top row, in particular Nudie, Commando, Tempted were very samey.  Then I started to use the palette.  I have been using the palette every day for the past couple of weeks and I am so impressed with it.  The eye shadows are buttery soft and what I am most surprised about is how bendable they are.  Sometimes with Matte shadows you get streaks or drag marks but with the Urban Decay mattes they blend and buff out easily. They help me (and trust me I am no great shakes with the makeup skills) create beautiful eye "LOOKS" - this is a big deal, I have actual eye looks (sure I will be thinking I am Pixiwoo).

I have gone from thinking the palette is a bit MEH (keep in mind I tend to like a palette that has a rainbow springing out of a Unicorns bum in sparkle and colour) to absolutely loving the Naked Ultimate Basics.  The palette has changed the way I look at Matte shadows - they are now my friend. 
The shadows are buttery and I cant get over how bendable they are.  The palette is perfect if your like me and don't have a lot of time to apply your make up.  I have been using the shades Extra Bitter and Lockout a lot, they are bold but really flattering shades especially for those of us with light coloured eyes.    To mix it up I have been using the gray shade Magnet all over the lid with the shade Blackjack as a liner for the easiest (and laziest) smoky eye know to womankind.

Oh the power of social media.  Urban Decay creator Wendy created the palettes standout shade Extra Bitter because of the demand and love the shade Bitter from the Vice 4 palette received, and the shade Lethal is in homage to a beloved shade from the Gwen Stefani palette.  Urban Decay listen to their Urban Junkies.  
As you can see Extra Bitter has a bit more oomph to it

I have been seriously won over by the Naked Ultimate Basics palette but do you need it?  Its a fantastic palette for everyone from beginners (the shadows are easy to use and blend and the colours have complementary tones so you don't have to have a degree in colour auras to work out which shades go together) to the more mature person (OK I admit it Matte shadows are very flattering on the more mature lid)  although people like my mam would need some convincing to use the shade Extra Bitter (it would be fab on her).  Good news is the palette is going to be a permanent part of the Naked Collection so fear not if your broke right this second.  I think the Naked Ultimate Basics palette with make a brilliant gift this Christmas, sure you might as well put it on your list.  

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics is out now and costs €47.00
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