Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Review

Thursday 9 October 2014

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Naked 2 Basics, urban decay, naked basics 2, eyeshadow, blogger, review, swatch, pale skin, my pale skin, em ford

Naked 2 Basics, urban decay, naked basics 2, eyeshadow, blogger, review, swatch, pale skin, my pale skin, em ford

Naked 2 Basics, urban decay, naked basics 2, eyeshadow, blogger, review, swatch, pale skin, my pale skin, em ford

When I heard the news that Urban Decay were releasing the Naked 2 Basics Palette I think I let out the loudest squeal. I absolutely adored the first Naked Basics palette and wore it everyday for about 6 months when I first got it as a present.
It was a no brainer to buy The Naked 2 Basics Palette from Cohorted when I saw it announced as an upcoming cohort and I actually managed to grab it for £15.40 rather than the full price of £22.00 which was an absolute bargain.

The Naked 2 Basics is palette full of 6 neutral mainly cool toned shadows, as a pale skinned girl, I'll talk you though the shades we have here.

Skimp -A shimmering highlight, ideal for the inner corner of the eye.

Stark - Can be a little too peach as a all over lid colour, but makes a great base transitional shade. 

Frisk -  More of a warm toned grey shade that's fairly taupe-like would work well in the crease for an every day basic look.

Cover -  A muted Red Brown shadow that makes a perfect transition shade if you're leaning towards creating a dark smokey eye.

Primal -
 A muted brown shadow that would be perfect for a laid back brown smoked out eye.

Undone -
A super deep brown shadow that I'd use in the crease or instead of black for a warmed smokey eye. 

I have to say that the one shadow I wish this palette had is a lighter neutral shade for us pale skinned girls. There are so many beautiful transitional shadows, with Stark being my favourite for a transitional colour, but i'm dissapointed by the lack of neutral pale beige shades.

The lasting power of these shadows is on par with Urban Decay's standards and by the end of a working day, my shadow is still there holding on even without a primer.

Overall, for £22.00 this is a great everyday wear palette with 6 highly pigmented shadows for the money. I look forward to creating some more looks using it and sharing them with you over the next few weeks.

Em xxx


  1. Totally agree about the wish for a lighter neutral which was matte. I think looking at this selection, I'll stick with my original naked basics for travelling. However, I do hope they bring out a mini one with some bronze/gold shades for more dramatic looks when travelling!

    Plus I'm totally checking out Cohorted now!

  2. I have the original one and although this is another gorgeous palette from UD, I am not too pushed on getting it as I think the original one is plenty for my when it comes to this kind of palette x

    Beauty with charm | TOOFACED GIVEAWAY

  3. I must be one of the only bloggers who doesn't own an urban decay palette! I just have so many others to use more first! Desperate to get my hands on them! xx

  4. I went out and bought Naked original and Naked 3, but found I rarely use the metallics, so I wish I'd just bought one of the basics instead D: This one looks great!
    Madame Raptor x

  5. I was really tempted to get it in the Cohort but I think I do just prefer the shimmers of the main Naked palettes. They're all really nicely pigmented except Skimp though x

    Jasmine // Magpie Jasmine //

  6. I actually thought this palette would be much lighter than it is on your skin! Thank you so much for the swatches, it's really great to know how it'll look like on someone as pale as me before committing to it! :)

    Elina | Miss Blue Eyes

  7. Thanks for these swatches, I'm still trying to decide which naked palette to go for! I really like the idea of the basics palette, but I think I agree that a lighter neutral would have been nice, even for me who isn't particularly pale!
    Francine from The Graduate Goddess xx

  8. This looks beautiful! Gorgeous Blog Em.
    Kate x

  9. These shades all look so beautiful but The Naked Basics one palette kinda tempts me more, I think the shades all look wonderfully pigmented here though!
    Jodie xo // La Lune Song

  10. Oh my god, it looks amazing! So natural! I will have to put this on my Christmas list. xx

  11. I snagged mine from Cohorted too, I'm still getting the hang of it as i'm not used to matte shadows. My favourite shade is definitely stark and primal xx

    Cream Tea And Rose Jam

  12. Absolutely love this palette!! <3 xo

  13. I like the colors in this one better than the first Naked Basics x