When I first heard that Urban Decay (who you might know I have a serious obsession with when it comes to their eyeshadows) was coming out with yet another Naked palette, this time a Basics 2 palette, I was pretty excited…!!! I already own, and love, the original basics palette. I occasionally use Faint (dark brown) as an eyebrow color.
They did a sneaky photo on their Instagram feed, only showing the simple packaging. They finally released an image of the palette itself, featuring slightly darker, cooler, more taupe shades. And boy, do I love me a good taupe shade! A few YouTubers released their own promotional videos featuring the Naked Basics 2 palette and my excitement only grew.
August 19 came around, the release date on Urban Decay’s website and without even thinking I bought it. Now normally I never buy makeup online unless I’ve seen it in person and I really thought long and hard about it. But something about this… Well, maybe I just felt that it rightfully belonged in my collection of Naked palettes. Haha.
And it finally arrived on my doorstep!
Now if you look at it without the original, you might think they shades are pretty similar. However, Undone (far right) is a dark brown-grey. The four middle shades are are more grey undertoned, as well as more brown. Finally, Skimp is a slight satin finish with a peachy undertone. Very pretty highlight! For cheek and eye :-)
Here’s a comparison to the original palette.
Looking at the two, I like that Skimp isn’t so bright. I like that in a highlight. The four middle shades are great for a natural look, but then add Undone for a darker or more defined look is awesome. Not such a contrast with Crave and the other shades in the original.
I’ve only barely played with this, as I just got it yesterday! But I can already tell I’m going to love this even more than the original! The shadows are so smooth and buttery. When I first swatched this, I was just in awe of them. Just, wow.
As of right now, it is available via Urban Decay on their website for $29. I am not sure when it will be released to other retailers!
What are your thoughts on it?
FTC: This was purchased with my own money. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am not being sponsored by Urban Decay :-) But how cool would that be? Haha.