The Battle of the Basics

There's a lot of chatter out there about Urban Decay's Naked Basics palettes and how wearable and versatile these matte shadow sets are. But do you really need them both and are they even worth the price? Here's a look at how these basics measure up.

Left to Right:
Naked Basics, Naked Basics 2

Naked Basics
Venus (soft, off-white demi-matte)
Foxy (very light yellow/white matte)
Walk of Shame (very light nude matte)
Naked2 (taupe matte)
Faint (warm, dusty brown matte)
Crave (deepest, darkest brown/black matte)
Favorite Shadows: Naked2 & Faint

Naked Basics 2
Skimp (pale nude satin)
Stark (nude-pink matte)
Frisk (warm grey matte)
Cover (muted red-brown matte)
Primal (muted brown matte)
Undone (deep, smoky, brown matte)
Favorite Shadows: Frisk, Cover & Primal


 Naked BasicsVenus, Foxy, Walk of Shame, Naked2FaintCrave 

Naked Basics 2Skimp, Stark, Frisk, Cover, Primal, Undone 

When deciding which of these palettes to get I had originally wanted the original Naked Basics palette because I'm usually partial to warm tones and had heard so many people rave about how versatile these shadows are, but I was lucky enough to receive both of these palette as gifts from family members. While the original Basics palette has warmer toned browns and creams, the Naked Basics 2 is filled with cooler taupes. They both have the same sturdy, sleek packaging which makes them incredibly travel-friendly, and a range of matte light and dark shades that make them great for both subtle, work-appropriate makeup and a nighttime smoky-eye.

Although the shadows in both palettes are soft, creamy and pigmented, I personally prefer the Naked Basics 2 palette. I feel like the shadows show up better on my skin and, I don't know why, but they seem to wear much longer on my lids. I was actually really disappointed with the way in which the original Basics palette wore on me because after a couple of hours (even with various primers) the shadows were pretty much gone. I also didn't like that I could only really get use out of the 3 darkest shades in that palette because the lighter ones (especially Foxy and Walk of Shame) just blended in with my skin-tone. For this reason I do like to use Walk of Shame to blend out any rough edges on crease eye-shadows. I think this palette would have really benefited from having more mid-toned shades that could be worn all over the lid.

The Basics 2 palette just seems to have more wearable colors for me that work well together as a set. You can tell just by looking at the palette that there is more of a range of shadows, not just three lights and three darks. I was impressed by how well the shadows wore on me, even after a very long day. I do feel like the colors in the original Basics palette are probably more versatile if you want to mix them with other individual shadows because they're more "basic" everyday colors, but their lack-luster wear time is a big fail in my book. Unfortunately, I just don't think the original Basics palette is worth the money. If I had to choose one I'd definitely say pick up the Naked Basics 2 for some lovely, pigmented taupe shadows that can easily take you from day to night.

Have you tried any of the Naked Basics palette? Do you tend to prefer warm-toned or cool-toned shadows?

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