When I first heard about the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette, I got so excited seeing the swatches. I remember taking a screenshot of NikkieTutorials snapchat when she was swatching them. I was in awe. And then when I heard about it coming to South Africa, I was like “this is on my Hit List”.  Luckily for me, the Urban Decay team sent me one to try – which I have… Spoiler, it is amazing. I didn’t want to just post it on social media that it’s available, but rather tell you guys in detail why I think it’s something you should invest in. While it is a permanent item in the range, I think you need to get your hands on it ASAP. I foresee this being on many Christmas gift lists this year.

Now, Urban Decay is known for their great eyeshadow formulas. The texture is buttery smooth; the colours are pigmented; & the eyeshadows are blendable & easy to work with. I have felt like my Naked 3 palette is my favourite item from the brand, but I think this Naked Ultimate Basics palette may replace it. Here’s why…

Packaging: As you can tell, the packaging of this palette is absolutely gorgeous. I love that Urban Decay changed things up, & went for a square shape rather than the traditional rectangular shape. Other than the shape, I think the rose gold look of it & overall design of the outside is one of the best designs I have seen on any eyeshadow palette from any brand. On the inside there is a large mirror which always makes it great for applying your make-up. There is also a dual-ended brush which can be used for blending & more precise work, depending on which side you use. Side note: The Urban Decay Naked Basics palettes don’t come with a brush, but the Naked 1/2/3 & Smoky palettes do. The packaging is quite sturdy which makes me love it more. The worst thing is having your shadows crumble because it’s been bumped a little you know.

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The Eyeshadows: The Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette is made up of 12 new eyeshadows to the Urban Decay brand. Each shade is exclusive to this palette, so you will not find it available elsewhere. They have marketed the eyeshadows as all matte, but in my opinion there are 11 matte shades & 1 shimmer-matte shade if that makes sense. As you can tell, the palette contains an assortment of warm & cool tones. Personally, I prefer warm tones, however I do sometimes use cool tones as well so that doesn’t bother me. My personal favourite shade in the palette is Extra Bitter. I have used it in my crease, & on my lower lash line, and it looks beautiful against my olive skin tone. Shades like Nudie & Commando barely show up against my skin, but they are great to use as an allover lid colour. I feel like the variation of colours is great for all skintones. While I may use a shade like Nudie to set my entire eye, a darker skin toned person may use the same colour to highlight under the brow bone. There are also enough colours in the palette to be able to create a variation of eye looks.

The formula of these eyshadows is great. There is no powdery kick up when working with these shadows. And the formula blends great on the eyelids to give an even look. The plum shade Lethal is more plum/burgundy than it photographed. It almost looks like a dark brown with plum tinge, not as flat as it looks at all.  When I swatched the black shade – Blackjack, I found it a little chalky. However, when I used it on my eyes with a brush, I found that it applied much better than it had swatched. I feel like every palette needs a black shade, especially if it is an eyeshadow palette I want to travel with me. This palette has everything I could need. As I type this post, I am considering challenging myself to just using this eyeshadow palette for the next week. Do you think I can do it?

Price & Availability: This eyeshadow palette retails for R850 online via Urban Decay SA. It is not cheap, but I think it is worth the price tag considering there are 12 eyeshadows in the palette. It works out to a little more that R70 per shadow. I have also received news that the entire Urban Decay range will be available online via Foschini For Beauty very soon. As soon as I have details on that, I will let you guys know. I think this is amazing because if you don’t live in Johannesburg, you can now also shop the brand. I won’t lie, on my last trip to Johannesburg, I made my good friend Zaakira aka Princess Of Jozi take me to Sandton so I could stock up on my Naked Skin concealer. And obviously I left with something else too.

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If you’ve been reading this blog or following me on social media for a while, you know that I don’t speak about products that I am not excited about or in love with. Wanting to review this product started off with excitement, but I can honestly say that we’ve moved into the LOVE phase. I hope you have enjoyed this review. I have enjoyed putting it together for you.

If you decide to purchase the palette, or if you already have it, be sure to share your thoughts on it. I would love to hear what you think.