Ever since I ran out of my Eye of Horus brow pencil, I discovered what a great brow team this Urban Decay palette is with an angled brush that I had to include it in June’s cruelty-free favourites.
A word of warning though, while Urban Decay’s products are cruelty-free, it is a subsidiary of L’Oreal – a company that conduct testing on animals. So profits made from UD sales inevitably travel upstream to the parent.
The Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette features six mostly cool-toned neutrals, five of which are matte and one with a satin finish. The shadows aren’t powdery but are quite buttery soft, making them easy to blend.
The colours in this palette can easily be used for multiple purposes, e.g. Skimp and Stark can be used as highlights on the brow bone, and the browns and dark grey can also be used as brow powders. Its compact size makes it a convenient palette to take with you in your makeup bag.
- Skimp is the lightest shade in the palette and is a slightly warm peachy nude with a satin finish.
- Stark is a slightly cooler beige than Skimp with a matte finish with decent colour payoff.
- Frisk is a muted taupe with a matte finish that people with cooler skintones could use for the cheekbones.
- Cover is a medium red-brown shade with a matte finish that’s highly blendable with great pigmentation.
- Primal is a muted medium-to-dark brown with a subtle warm undertone that is the least powdery of the lot.
- Undone is the darkest shade of the lot and is a slate grey with subtle touch of cool dark brown.
The shadows are housed in a compact but sleek casing made of matte rubber that’s soft to the touch. It also features a decent sized mirror that spans across the ‘lid’ of the entire palette, further enforcing the convenient nature of this basic palette.
Each individual shadow pan also sits flush within the casing, with the actual product filled right to the brim as authentic Urban Decay palettes are. Each shade is also labelled beneath each pan.
The swatches above were all taken in natural light and blended out to soften the shades on my skin. As you can see, Skimp is the only demi-matte shade with a slight pearlescent finish.
As for pigmentation, you may need to use a heavier hand when applying Stark and Frisk. I had no problems with Cover and Primal but Undone was chalkier with lighter colour pay off and definitely harder to blend.
All in all, this palette is pretty similar to the original Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette so if you already have that one, you probably won’t need this one. I’m currently using this as a brow powder where I mix Cover with a touch of Undone which works perfectly fine for me.
With this Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette comprising of matte shades, it would do well to accompany other palettes featuring different finishes. I can see this palette complementing the rest of the Naked range of palettes well when creating more complex looks.