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Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette ($54.00 for 0.48 oz. ) is a new, permanent neutral-hued palette that features 12 shades with one shade that’s shimmery and 11 that are touted as matte (a few have faint sparkle/shimmer in the pan but none of them looked shimmery on the skin to my eye). I don’t have an exact release date, just that it will be debuting in September and will be available at all retailers that sell Urban Decay (but I’d expect it to launch on Urban Decay’s website first).

If you’re unfamiliar with Urban Decay’s eyeshadow formula, it is described as having a “velvety texture,” “rich color,” “serious staying power and blendability.” Some the brand’s best mattes are ones like Riff, which really did combine high color payoff with a silky, smooth, and blendable texture that applies well on bare skin as well as with traditional eye primer, but other times, their matte formula has left something to be desired, where the texture has been thin, chalky, dusty, and/or less pigmented.

Naked Ultimate Basics sits somewhere in-between for me overall; the texture is nowhere near as smooth or as finely-milled as I have seen from the brand, but it isn’t as dusty nor as dry as the shades in Naked Smoky. The press was firm enough that the majority of shades didn’t kick up too much excess product in the pan, had decent pigmentation, wear, and blendability, but there were some troublemakers (Instinct, Lethal, Magnet) that were harder to work with, even over primer. Most of the matte shades darkened slightly when I applied them to my skin compared to how they appeared in their pans.

Blow is a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer. It had good pigmentation paired with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. The color lasted for eight hours. Wet 'n' Wild Sweet as Candy #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Lucius (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Mixologist (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #10 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Serendipitous (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Pretty Vulgar Pillow Fight (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Preferred Blonde (LE, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Vanilla (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Shiver Me (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dazzlelight (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Puppy Love (LE, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm #18 (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Joy to the Pearl (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Foam (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Bribe (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Shroom (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nudie is a light-medium peach-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was slightly dusty and thinner, which made it more prone to sheering out on the skin. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was buildable to opaque coverage with two layers. On me, it wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Tarte S'more (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Not a Basic Peach #6 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Macaroon (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Buff (PiP, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Nudes (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M518 Nude (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade I (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #11 (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Lady Killer (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bone (PiP, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Honoree (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Pirates Chest (LE, $19.00) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay ABC Gum (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Just Malt Away (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Her Mistress (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Camel (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Dope (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Vanilla (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Velvet Nude (LE, $14.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Fawn (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Commando is a muted, medium-dark beige with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had a very soft, smooth feel to it that blended out nicely on the skin but didn’t lose its intensity immediately. This shade had good color coverage and lasted for eight hours. Giorgio Armani Nude Smoke (24) (P, $39.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Hanky Panky (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Hearts & Crafts (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Clinique Nude Rose (PiP, $15.00) is lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Infinity #2 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte View from the Taupe (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Hey Nude (04) (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Cookie Dough (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Cove (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tempted is a medium-dark taupe with a hint of rosiness and warmer undertones paired with a matte finish. The texture was dustier, and it was harder to apply this one evenly without the use of primer underneath. It had semi-opaque color payoff and started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Kat Von D Heaven Knows (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #2 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Syrup (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Haux (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Almond Truffle (PiP, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Pink Sienna (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte For Realism (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Instinct is a muted, medium-dark rosy mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. This shade had a much firmer press to it, which made it hard to get the product out of it and resulted in semi-sheer coverage. It didn’t blend well, and I couldn’t really get the color to build-up much either, as it did not respond well to layering. What little I managed to apply lasted for seven hours from what I could tell. Makeup Geek Petal Pusher (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Rose Bud (PiP, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Tickety Boo (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Cashmere (PiP, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Otherwise (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) (P, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Feisty (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Chic Happens (P, $4.50) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Natural Beauty (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Tick Tock (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Amnesia Rose (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose in the Air #3 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Lure (LE, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Mauve (PiP, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). KKW Beauty Tree (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Rustique (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Cloak (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Quarry (P, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). LORAC Sorbet (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Feel (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lethal is a deep plum with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, while the consistency was lightly dusty but not too thin and blended out decently. It would be easier to work with over a primer, but it was manageable on bare skin. I found this shade to be buildable to opaque coverage in two to three layers. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. Ciate Day Dream (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Power Plum (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Doe-a-Deer (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sydney Grace Brilliant Realm (PiP, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Deep Dahlia (DC, ) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Define) (PiP, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Huda Beauty Nude Rich #9 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Plum (PiP, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Mauve #7 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (DC, ) is lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild VI Purple #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Wild Card (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Mulled Wine (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Exposure #2 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Snappy Style (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Nightcap (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Meanstreak (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Aubergine (24V) (PiP, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #160 (DC, $20.00) is brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pre-Game is a light, buttery yellow with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, though it was not fully opaque, that applied evenly and blended out without any trouble. The texture was soft, a bit powdery, but it sat well on the skin and did not look dry. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear. MAC Real Fantasy (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Moulder (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Puppy Love (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Beurre (Warm Mattes #1) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Custard (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Glamour Light (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #11 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Buttery (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Lay (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Mirage (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Locked and Loaded (DC, $4.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Canvas (PiP, $8.00) is brighter (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #2 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Vintage Lace (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Preview (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop One & Done (LE, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Warm Browns #6 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (DC, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M405 Straw Yellow (DC, $17.00) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Extra Bitter is a medium-dark, coppery-brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and blendable; it wasn’t too powdery nor was it too firm in the pan. It was one of the best-performing shades in the palette. The pigmentation was fantastic, and it wore well for a solid eight hours. Colour Pop Popular Demand (DC, $4.50)(100% similar). Colour Pop Feathered (P, $4.50) is darker (95% similar). Zoeva Cheap Bar (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Dose of Colors Stay Sassy (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Macchiato (LE, $4.50) is darker (95% similar). Huda Beauty Coco (Remastered) (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Throwback (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Sydney Grace Chocolate Raspberry Fudge (P, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). Pat McGrath Paradiso (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Coloured Raine Raise a Glass (LE, $6.99)(95% similar). Colour Pop Want U Back (PiP, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Persona Audacious (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Romance (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone #1 (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Burnt Umber (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Huda Beauty Raw (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sydney Grace Solomon (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Milani Heat is On (PiP, $5.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Dogman (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Whipped (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Faith is a soft, medium-dark brown with warm, yellowy undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow has a soft, silky consistency that was smooth and easy to work with on bare skin, as it applied with rich coverage and blended out nicely. This shade stayed on for eight hours when I tested it. Urban Decay Lockout (PiP, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Chessboard (LE, $19.00)(95% similar). Dior Cuir Cannage #3 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Clove (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Taupe (PiP, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Feel #3 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Becca Cognac (LE, ) is darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Mocha Minded (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Natasha Denona Titania (108CM) (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Hipster (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #4 (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Toffee (Dark Matte #1) (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Hot Chocolate (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Driftwood (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Hourglass Infinity #4 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (DC, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Whiskey Neat (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Terre (Right) (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Coloured Raine Nighty Night (LE, $6.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Charming #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lockout is a dark brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. It is just slightly darker and less yellow-based compared toFaith (but I do think they are too similar to have in the same palette–they could have made this one darker or much cooler to add more differentiation). The texture was soft, blendable, and silky without being powdery or dusty. It had good pigmentation and applied evenly, while the color lasted well for eight hours. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (DC, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Romance (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Faith (PiP, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Mocha (Warm Mattes #11) (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Sydney Grace Tippy Taupe (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Cedar (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Hot Chocolate (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Coco (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 1) #9 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Tutti Cutie (PiP, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Suckerpunch (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Coco (PiP, ) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Charmed, I'm Sure (PiP, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Hollyhock (DC, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Cognac (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Coloured Raine Duchess (PiP, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Huda Beauty Smokey #8 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Infinity #4 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Tails & Top Hats #2 (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Driftwood (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Magnet is a muted, dark gray with a hint of purplish undertones paired with a mostly matte finish. You can see subtle sparkle in the pan close-up, but it did not translate onto the lid. The texture was thin, drier, and dusty, which caused it to sheer out and apply unevenly. This shade was difficult to use alone; it was better used to darken other shades, as it just looked uneven and patchy alone. It lasted for seven hours on me. MAC Interior Life (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Shisha Smoke (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Delphes #2 (DC, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Scene (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Crazy Paris #5 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Concrete Jungle (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sydney Grace Officer (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Iron (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #10 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #4 (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Ignite (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Hello Kitty Playdate (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Slate (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blackjack is a deep black with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, a little dusty, and fairly blendable, though it is not the easiest black eyeshadow to work with. I liked it best applied in sheerer layers to minimize any unevenness/patchiness that might occur. The application issues with this one seemed mostly resolved if used over a primer as well. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably. Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fin (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Glamour (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Raven-Eyed (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Obsidian (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Noir (PiP, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is warmer (95% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Nocturne (P, $8.00) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (DC, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE, )(100% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty In the Dark (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Shax (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is darker, cooler (95% similar). theBalm Righteous (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). NARS Pandora (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Blow Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Blow Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Blow Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Blow Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Nudie Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Nudie Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Nudie Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Nudie Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Commando Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Commando Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Commando Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Commando Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Tempted Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Tempted Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Tempted Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Tempted Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Instinct Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Instinct Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Instinct Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Instinct Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Lethal Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Lethal Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Lethal Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Lethal Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Pre-Game Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Pre-Game Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Pre-Game Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Pre-Game Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Extra Bitter Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Extra Bitter Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Extra Bitter Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Extra Bitter Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Faith Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Faith Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Faith Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Faith Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Lockout Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Lockout Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Lockout Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Lockout Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Magnet Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Magnet Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Magnet Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Magnet Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Blackjack Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Blackjack Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Blackjack Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Blackjack Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette
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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Same here… Too bad Instinct and Magnet (potentionally such a great color!) are performing so bad. And your eyelook rocks indeed Christine. Some good inspiration πŸ™‚

I sympathize with the neural loving folks who are disappointed in the low rating this palette got. Not my cup of tea but I feel for those who anticipated that this would be a good palette.

Wow, way too many clunkers to consider this, what a disappointing show for an UD naked palette… I’m kind of glad because I could use an excuse not to purchase another Naked palette at this point. I have dupes upon dupes for these colors, but the lure of a palette for travel is always strong for me lol. You still managed to get a very pretty look out of this Christine, it looks lovely as always!

Yes, two being so lowly rated is a disappointment for sure πŸ™ If they were more buildable, they would at least be workable, but I can’t get over Magnet!

Only Extra Bitter speaks to me, and I won’t buy a palette for one shade, so it’s a pass. I really hope UD releases Extra Bitter as a single someday.

Yep, not surprised. Wasn’t too impressed by the sneak peek. Many of the swatches looked sheer, like DS quality, will never make it on my oily lids, even with primer. At least 3 of the light tan shades will all look the same on my lids, Faith is a 95% dupe of Lockout (WTH?) , and what’s up with Magnet? It looks like another MAC Carbon πŸ™ $54 for this? Uh no thanks. The only shade I like is Extra Bitter, but thank goodness I have Realgar as dupe in ABH Modern Renaissance. Between that palette and MAC C’Est Chic, I have almost all of these shades covered, and both kits scored much higher than this, with better color mix too

YIKES what a underperforming palette. Magnet is just rough…I didn’t plan on getting this and this assured me that I didn’t have put it on the list anyway. Their naked palettes never quite work on my dark skin.

My everyday nude palette has been the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette. It has just the right nudes for my skin tone. I use it almost every day even as just a base color or main colors.

This palette is a huge question mark for me. I do have that new MUFE Artist Palette #4, ABH Modern Renaissance, plus a bunch of Lorac mattes in the Pro #1 and MAC Pro pan singles.
Combining that with the rather weak performance on several shades has me leaning towards “no”.
Disappointing because I was kind of excited for this one. ?

I’m still looking forward to getting my hands on this and playing with it — I will make it work!!! I will definitely be adding it to my collection the moment I can purchase it.

Imagine my disappointment Christine! I’ve been waiting for this all-matte palette and such a letdown.

MAC c’est chic palette is not available in Canada. Tarte matte palettes do not perform well. So I had such high hopes for this UD palette.

Your eyes look gorgeous btw (as always) :).

If you can swing an eye looks as great as that, I think it’s worth buying. I won’t be buying this because of the size, actually. I *love* my two Naked Basics palettes and half the reason is because they’re so small (but mighty) and fit in a little box on my tiny vanity where I keep some “every day” things. I don’t have room for anymore palettes πŸ™ . I almost wish they had split the top row from the bottom row and released two palettes in the original packaging.

Well, it took much longer than I’d normally spend on my eye makeup, so there’s that, and I don’t think it’s that good!

Such a shame about those two Instinct Magnet. Those are two of the shades I would really be drawn to the most, so I guess that makes this a no-go for me.

Christine, you haven’t reviewed any of It Cosmetics’ shadow palettes, have you? I love the ones I have. I’d be interested to see what you think.

Interestingly enough, every time I start thinking I might purchase one of these they get terrible reviews for the colors I’m most interested in.

I’m glad I wasn’t hyped for this. The packaging is lovely and of course Extra Bitter had my eye (shades like that are always my weakness), but I just wasn’t feeling it, which is a relief. I’ve spent enough money on eyeshadow palettes lately. ?

I can’t thank you enough, Christine, for this review. I was all in, now I am happily all out. Just got the KVD Shade and Light palette, and I can’t believe how well those neutrals suit me. Blowing my mind how happy I am.

The early pix of this palette got me weirdly invested in like “I have to have it.” And I’m not the kind of person who needs a gazillion options, so I’m good with a capital “P” pass on this. Those dark colors that need to be close to perfect to work well and aren’t = deal breaker.

This is the best, most in-depth review I have seen of this palette. You put in so much work! Thank you for helping me make a decision on whether to buy this palette or not. I will always check with you before I buy any palettes again!

It’s pretty sad overall considering the quality of their mattes in the past realeases. So many B’s in combination with 2 duds bring the average down so hard and I can tell they look slightly sheer in pigment even with working with them.

Makes me want to get Beauty Treats 12 Color Matte Eyeshadow in Neutral online some how more.

Kat Von D’s SUCCUBUS reminds me of Extra Bitter but I guess it warmer/browner in comparison to E.B.

I kind of want to get it just to do a comparison of these two palettes but I don’t want to spend probably $70CAN on it. Hope I can get it in a swap πŸ™

BF disappointment. But not really. Only 2 I don’t have (better) dupes for. MUFE teak remains on the wish list for next year, yellow would not get much love/use. The very idea that magnet was bettered by a C rated cool matte pretty much says it all……and I’m thrilled to be able to write off another UD palette. Your education of the readership is working. As usual, you make great looks from some fairly mediocre product. At least the 20 year reissues are better. Easy pass. $ saved for bijoux.

Hmmm – Lockout and Faith are actually dupes of each other – I wonder why UD didn’t pick that up in such a small palette. And the only grey shade is a complete dud. I don’t think this is as good as it should be.

Love your eye look Christine.

I just find this palette so uninspiring. I can see the appeal of the original Naked Basics palettes, as matte companions to palette that are too shimmery, but this one? Nope. And the way the shadows swatch doesn’t raise my level of interest…

It never fails, the cool tone shadows: B-,F,B,D- *sign* At this point I have to figure that they are genuinely harder to make good than warm ones.

This palette looked to me exactly like Stila’s Eyes Are the Window palette in the Mind colorway at first glance! I’m surprised that they would come out with something this similar, but then again it is true that the UD Naked “brand” probably has a larger following than Stila’s eyeshadows…

Meh. I think I’m done with the matte shadow palettes. But your review is comprehensive and in-depth as always, Christine πŸ™‚ And I agree with the others; as I was looking at the swatches I was wondering, “What kind of interesting look will Christine be able to create with this boring palette” lol…but you did it! The glittery pink liner on the lower lash line is FABULOUS <3

I was so hoping this would be amazing. I feel like I am missing a lot of mid tone neutrals in my collection. Since this is slightly a bust, who do you feel makes the best mattes? I would prefer something I can buy in singles (like ABH, MAC, Inglot, MUFE, etc)

You are better off buying the best from respective brands, rather than trying to find one brand that does them all well, IMO.

I already have the Stila Eyes are the Window palette in Mind and find that the shades look pretty similar to the photos above and am hoping the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette would be like Mind but with an upgrade in shadow quality. From the previous posts it seems some of the Urban Decay shades are problematic. Could you please tell me how the 2 palettes compare in terms of quality?

In the pan magnet looks like the Stavros of UD shadows. It’s swoon worthy. But dang, it’s no Stavros. Easy pass, sadly.

I actually had high hopes for this palette, though I did have doubts after the seak peak. I feel I always lack matte eyeshadows, so I figured this would be a really good complement. Sadly, no.
I’ve already joined the corner, but will bring phone to browse for another option πŸ™‚

Wanted to buy this as my first palette ever, but after reading reviews I’ll pass. Probably get single eyeshadows from makeup geek instead.

Or maybe anyone can recommend a good basic matte palette for pale skin? πŸ˜‰

Will have to look in to these in depth, haven’t caught my eyes before πŸ™‚ Thinking aboug Meet Matte Trimony and in love with the new Anastasia palette “modern renaissance”, but it’s not really a basic I guess πŸ™‚

I’ve lusted over the naked palets forever and havet boght them because I cant decide which one I like better, I had decided to get this one πŸ™ so bummed that the reviews are not grear, I’m back to square one ?

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