Another addition to the famous NAKED line from Urban Decay, this palette containing only matte colors is becoming one of my “everyday makeup” staples!
This miniature palette has a soft rubbery feel to it (think NARS) that surprisingly doesn't collect much of the makeup dust (now think NARS again). The super mini size allows the palette to easily slip right into a small purse, perfect for carrying it with you to work for routine touchups or for night outs.
The inside of the palette features a reasonably good-sized mirror which should come in handy when doing eye makeup on the go. There is no brush included (doesn't bother me since most of them are normally too small anyway). There are 6 full-size matte eyeshadows ranging from really light to really dark shades making it versatile for creating a wide variety of eye looks. Although it is supposed to be used as a companion to the Naked and Naked 2 palettes, I find that it also works beautifully on its own.
The shades include:
- Venus – this one I wouldn't call it matte, it definitely has a frosty finish with silver shimmer, good for all-over color, highlighting inner corner, center of lid, and browbone
- Foxy – matte vanilla beige, may be used as a base to “even out” lid color
- W.O.S (Walk of Shame) – matte pink beige, good for any “brightening up” work such as inner corner and browbone
- Naked2 – matte light taupe, this one would make a perfect crease color for paler skin tone
- Faint – matte medium brown, another crease color for medium to dark skin tones, may be mixed with Naked2 to create your own crease color too
- Crave – matte black (with a slight hint of brown), used along the lash line for the most natural eye look, or to define the outer corner or to create a V shape
The formula of these eyeshadows are of top notch quality, something everyone has come to expect from Urban Decay. The soft buttery smooth and incredibly pigmentation makes for effortless application. You don't need to be a pro to use this palette. In fact, I find this palette suitable for anyone, be it beginners or advanced users. The basic, very wearable shades may seem simple at first, but if you give it some time and play with it, you will be surprised at how many eye looks you can come up with. Whether for a natural, daytime office, or dramatic, heavy smoky, this palette is more than capable. It is so convenient that once you start using it, you may never want to use anything else for a while.
Texture wise, I really have to say I love Venus! It gives such a beautiful soft sheen, and it's so incredibly pigmented for a highlight shade. I find Foxy a tad bit chalky, almost powdery, but a light tap of the brush would easily fix that. Walk of Shame I have a hard time working with since it doesn't show up very well on my skin tone (NC30) and I find the color way too close to Foxy. Naked2 and Faint are two great transition/crease colors but I normally just mix the two together to get a good balance between them (I find Naked2 too light, and Faint too dark to be used alone as a crease color for me). Crave is no doubt the most pigmented of all and I like to line it along the lash line on days when I can't be bothered with an eyeliner or one can also use it to make a subtle V in the outer corner to create more depth to the eyes.
The only thing I wish this palette would have is a medium beige color or light coral (think MAC Bamboo). Having Foxy and W.O.S together in one palette (not to mention a very small palette!) is to me a redundancy. Had one of them been replaced with a slightly darker shade, this palette would have been perfect.
Most, if not all, of the colors are undoubtedly dupable but having them in one convenient palette makes it difficult to pass up. I consider this a worthy purchase and would give my highest recommendation to anyone looking for a basic palette with essential neutral colors.