Friday, January 29, 2016

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette - Swatches & 1st Impressions

Hi!
**purchased

Today I've got the last eyeshadow palette that has recently come home with me.  I picked this up when Ulta was recently offering 5X the points on Urban Decay purchases.  I had been wanting to get this palette pretty much ever since it was released - I was just patiently biding my time.  My other incentive for purchasing this palette was that I had received a coupon in my email to redeem for a free (with any purchase) Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar sample (it's .25 fl. oz. in size).  So extra points plus a "freebie" made it the perfect time for a smaller Urban Decay purchase.
Welcome to my collection, Naked 2 Basics palette.  This is available everywhere that sells Urban Decay.
I did feel like this palette was easier to open than my original Naked Basics palette I purchased a few years ago - I usually stick the end of a pair of tweezers in the catch and pry that one open.
 Skimp, Stark, Frisk, Cover, Primal, Undone
As per usual, my hand is not primed, nor moisturized.  Which reminds me, I need to put on some hand cream now.  The Ohio winter weather is taking its toll on all of my skin much worse than usual.  I did build up Frisk slightly and I needed to smooth out a couple of my swatches.
left column, top to bottom: Frisk, Stark, Skimp
right column, top to bottom: Undone, Primal, Cover

I'm really happy that I have more Urban Decay matte nude shades.  Unlike the original Naked Basics, this palette is completely matte.  The original has one shade that has a little sheen/sparkle to it.  I have not worn this on my eyes yet, but I'm looking forward to playing with it.  This will be good for a complete eye look in itself or as an accompaniment to more colorful and/or glittery shadows.

I always swatched this in Ulta and would tell myself "one day I'll get you," and it finally happened.  I'm happy that I finally added the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics palette to my stash.  As I mentioned in another post, I don't have the any of the larger Urban Decay Naked palette franchise (1,2,3 or Smoky).  The only larger neutral Urban Decay palette I have is the Gwen Stefani palette.  My other neutral palettes are actually from Too Faced (Chocolate Bar & Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar), Lorac (Pro, Pro 2, Mega Pro 1, Mega Pro 2) and the Balm (Nude 'Tude).

Do you have the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics palette in your makeup stash?  Do you enjoy using matte shadows or do you prefer shimmery/metallic?  What's your go-to neutral palette?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
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