Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Third Time's the Charm With Urban Decay’s Naked Basics

When I saw the third Naked shadow palette line, a brand new set of Naked Basics, I fell in love immediately. Six neutral shadows ranging from ivory to dark brown? Pretty much made for me (and everyone else on the planet).
I’ll admit to being partial to matte shadows. I’ve always found them easier to wear. You can’t exactly pull the “Who, me? Wearing makeup?” with a face full of disco glitter (fun as that can be on occasion). These shadows are more natural, look great on all skin types and ages, and are perfect for the girl-next-door look.
Although five of the shades are matte, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the lightest shadow, Venus, actually does contain the tiniest hint of shimmer—it’s the perfect inner eye corner shade: just enough shine to make your eyes sparkle, but not enough to blind anyone in direct sunlight. The other five shades are straight-up matte, though: Foxy is a light sand, W.O.S. is a light pink-ivory, Naked 2 is a fawn-beige, Faint is a medium tawny, and Crave is a dark brownish-black with delicious color payoff (perfect for a warm smokey eye).
Overall, the Naked Basics palette lives up to its name. This is the perfect palette for a makeup neophyte to teach themselves with, but it’s also a great addition to round out the kit of a seasoned pro. And, at just six shades, it’s small enough to throw into your makeup bag.
Best of all? Since the shades are matte, the set also doubles as the perfect mix-and-match eyebrow palette as well!

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