As many of you probably know, the NAKED eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay is pretty much the Holy Grail of makeup. Oddly, (and most likely because it's ~$50), it's not the type of beauty product that you buy for yourself; most girls I know received it as a Christmas gift. It's almost as if obtaining the NAKED palette somehow signified some weird induction into womanhood.
For a while now I've been telling myself "Psssh, who needs that? I can get by without silly, expensive, crushingly exquisite eyeshadows."
Well luvvies, I gave in. Sort of. I compromised with myself and bought the NAKED Basics palette, which consists of six gorgeous shades in nudes and browns. I have very dark brown eyes, so I have always gravitated toward a neutral eye makeup. The Basics palette pumps up the natural color and shape of my eyes without looking too glam or too drag-y: an "everyday look," we could call it. It ended up being worth every penny I spent on it, (around $27 at ULTA), and below I will show you the palette itself, as well as my method of application.
The palette comes with six different shadows (four of which are exclusive to NAKED Basics): Venus, Foxy, Walk of Shame, Naked 2, Faint, and Crave.
My weapons of choice: all three brushes are from Sephora, each with different purposes. The brush on the far left I use for smudging liner or applying shadow in high-density areas (under the lower lash-line); the big, angled middle brush is used for blending shadow into the crease of my upper lid; the small flat brush on the right is my most basic, trusty brush. I use it for entire lid coverage, as well as the highlight color below my brow bone.[caption id="attachment_824" align="aligncenter" width="181"] top: bare eyelids
bottom: with lid primer[/caption]
Step one: Primer. I use a champagne-colored lid primer by Too Faced. This not only keeps the shadow on and in place, but it also helps prevent creases in the shadow as the day goes on. I cannot remember life before primer, nor would I want to.[caption id="attachment_825" align="aligncenter" width="178"] top: foxy
Step two: I chose Foxy for my all-over lid color. It's a matte shadow in sort of a buttery cream color. I use the small flat makeup brush to sweep Foxy from lash line to brow bone.
Step three: For my crease, I used Crave. This color -- a sort of sparkly chocolate -- is darker than I would normally choose, but for the purpose of this review I wanted to test the wearability of the darkest shade. Using my angled brush, I blended a VERY SMALL AMOUNT of Crave into the crease of my eyelid. Every shade in the Basics palette is highly pigmented, so be sure to tap off any excess shadow. Then blend, blend, blend.[caption id="attachment_827" align="aligncenter" width="195"] top: highlights with venus
bottom: with mascara and eyeliner[/caption]
Step four: I highlighted the inner corner of my eyes and my brow bone with Venus, which is the lightest shade in the set. Again, blend forever.
Step five: Black liquid eyeliner (when applied well) makes everything better. I elongated my upper lash line with delicate wings. Black mascara gives the entire look a polished feel, even if my iphone camera detracts from the effect.
Verdict: Obessed. This is an extremely fun palette for the brown-eyed girl, as I am always reluctant to try any shadow colors that stray from my beloved browns and shades of tan. This NAKED Basics palette provides an excellent spectrum of smooth, rich neutral powders. The bad news: my desire for the full-scale NAKED palette has been inflamed rather than sated; stay tuned for the inevitable review of the real deal.