You know how it is when you see a new eyeshadow palette especially if you are a neutral eyeshadow lover and it is by Urban Decay -- you want it badly! Even though there are several palettes out there offering colors that are really easily accessible individually and probably already owned by many as basics in their stash; Urban Decay Naked Basics ($27) puts them all together in one handy sized palette.
The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette is a BYOB; bring your own brush. I honestly would have been more ecstatic if the palette included an eyeshadow brush but all is not disappointing since it contains the basic (thus the name) neutral shades. Shades that actually give the look of wearing absolutely very little or no makeup at all.
Why own a palette that results in a natural or no makeup look? Well, if you are old like me and remember your days with the burgundy mohawk and heavily lined eyes with blue painted shadow, then you pretty much aren't in any mood to scare anyone any longer.
Seeing oneself as is but with some enhancement is nice and this is what the Naked Basics nude eyeshadow palette offers. There are six basic colors: Venus-shimmer vanilla, Foxy-beige cream (yellow based to cancel out any redness around the eyes), W.O.S (Walk of Shame)-flesh tone peach (peach to cancel out any blueness around the eyes), Naked 2-the basic taupe, Faint-neutral medium brown, Crave-matte black brown.
The colors are all matte except for Venus which I assumed would be shimmery since it is named after the alluring and sexy goddess. After all, a palette full of eyeshadows which result in a no makeup look is not exactly going to capture much attention without some glimmer. Like the previous Naked palettes, the texture and color payoff is excellent. However, remember since these are basic colors, if you are porcelain to medium skin tone; these will only give a slightly darken flesh tone effect to the skin. They are pigmented colors and will blend into the skin more than stand out.
Here is my simple look of naturally alluring eyes. If as an Asian I lived during the Regency era (think Jane Austen), I would be prancing around with this eye look and looking to court a handsome gentleman.
What do you think? Am I worthy of Jeremy Northam's hand? LOL