The UD Naked Ultimate Basics Palette contains 12 eyeshadows, all in matte finishes in a variety of cool and warm neutral shades. Urban Decay has always made very nice matte eyeshadows in my opinion and this palette is no exception. Surprisingly, I like the color range provided in this palette and the payoff. I did struggle a little bit with the lighter shades in application and found them to be rather chalky on application (most notably, Blow), but the other shades didn’t give me that problem. I also feel there to be a slight disconnect in how the eyeshadows swatched compared to how they appeared on the lids. The pigmentation is a touch lighter after application. Normally I wouldn’t care for that, but for some reason with this palette I didn’t mind it much and liked how the eyeshadows looked. Weird, huh?
After testing the longevity I didn’t find these to fade or turn muddy, as some of UD’s matte shades have done to me in the past, so two thumbs up for that (finally!). Now, do you need this palette? In all sincerity, it is a great all matte palette and if you’re looking for something like that, it’s an excellent one to add. However, if you have a variety of matte neutrals already, this is not one you “need” in my opinion. Nice, great quality, but not a must-have. What do you think about this one? Hit or miss?
- Faith (crease)
- Extra Bitter (outer half of lid)
- Pre-game (inner half of lid)