Monday, 17 October 2016

Wishlist Purchases #5 ft. Urban Decay


Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics review

If you are a regular reader round these parts you may have noticed that this week and the last two weeks posts have been “Wishlist Purchases” aka haul posts. I promise this is the last of them for a while! I have definitely went a bit mad on the spending over the last few months and with a few new releases or launches of brands that have been previously been unavailable in the UK, I have treated myself big time!

I told myself when I first started seeing the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette popping up on Instagram before its release that I didn’t need it, that I could wait to Christmas etc. However, when an email telling me I had £10 worth of Beauty Club rewards to spend at Debenhams, I took it as a sign! (Side note – most of the £10 probably came from my Kat Von D splurge!).

Anyway, onto the palette and I have to say I was slightly disappointed when I first opened it. Don’t get me wrong, the outer packaging is lovely and I really like the change to a square palette instead of a rectangular one but it feels and looks quite cheap and plastic-y, something you can see especially in between the shadows. I feel like this is going to be quite a mixed review already because although I do really like the palette overall, some things, like shadow quality, fall a little short for me and I’m very glad I got this for £28.50 instead of its usual £38.50.

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics close up matte palette

The Naked Ultimate Basics has a really nice mix of twelve eyeshadows with cool and warm tones that’s bound to keep everyone happy and a double sided mini brush. I've only used the brush once and I don’t really rate it, I never use shader brushes and it’s tightly packed and feels quite hard. The opposite side is fluffier but is quite stiff and I prefer something bendier to apply shadow all over the lid so will probably only get a bit of use out of this as an inner eye highlight brush.

I’m never happy with my swatch photos but I think you can see what I mean about difference in quality between some of the shades. All swatches are done on my arm with my finger and I don’t use primer for them.

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics swatches 1st row
Swatches l-r: Blow, Nudie, Commando, Tempted, Instinct, Lethal

Blow is the only shade that is not completely matte, it has a very soft sheen and I’ve been loving it as a subtle inner eye highlight. It’s very similar to Skimp from the Naked Basics 2 palette.

Lethal hasn’t swatched well either but I’ve been using it to darken my outer corner with Instinct all over the lid and it applies beautifully and is a nice change from my usually taupey browns with its hint of burgundy (it is very similar to Punk from the UDxGwen palette)!

My most reached for shades along with these have been Tempted, Lockout and Faith!  

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics swatches 2nd row
Swatches l-r: Pre-Game, Extra Bitter, Faith, Lockout, Magnet, Blackjack

Pre-Game is a shade I probably wouldn’t reach for as an eyeshadow but like Foxy from the Naked Basics 1, multitasks as an under eye setting powder!

I think Extra Bitter has probably swatched the best out of all the shades – it definitely looks the most pigmented but unfortunately this just isn’t a shade I would go for.

Blackjack looks awful in the swatch, when you are used to the likes of Blackout from the UDxGwen Stefani palette it falls a little short. I use black eyeshadow every day to line my upper lid and add a little definition and use the shadow wet so it does perform a lot better this way.

Urban Decay Naked palette Basics 1 2 Ultimate

Overall, I have been enjoying this palette but I definitely do not think it’s a necessity if you already have any of the previous Naked Basics palettes and I find that both of those palettes shadows are more consistent. I will be getting my use out of this palette but I’m glad I didn’t pay full price because I think overall I would have been more disappointed with it.

What do you think of this palette? Did you buy it?

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Danielle xx 


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  1. Oh, I put this palette in my virtual basket a few times and then changed my mind quite a few times in last few weeks, especially when I saw some swatches on instagram, but now I am happy that you made this post with swatches without a primer or a wet brush, as I feel like I have palettes with similar colour and the performance is also not that exceptional... On the other hand I ordered Tartelette in Bloom from QVC, so I am not sure whether I really saved😇

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    1. Haha! Oh that palette looks amazing! I've had it on a wishlist before too! Xx

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  2. I really like the look of this UD palette, even though I really don't need any more haha

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    1. Haha if you have any of the basics palettes I dont think you need it! Xx

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  3. That looks alike a great palatte.

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    1. I found the formula wasn't as great as the other basics palettes I have xx

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  4. The original Naked palette is probably one of the my favourites and I use it every day. Great honest review x

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. Thank you! Naked Basics 2 will always be my favourite! Xx

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  5. I want that Ultimate Basics Palette! Also, I'm having a Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment giveaway and will have a new giveaway each week with products from UD, Too Faced, Fresh, Hourglass and more. You should come check it out!
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    1. Some of the shades formulas are hit and miss but it is a lovely palette! Xx

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  6. I love that you call your haul posts wishlist purchases...sounds so much better and I'm sure it doesn't lead to half as much guilt...lol! Its a shame about the cheap feeling packaging...some of the shades look gorgeous though! xxx
    Sal | UmmBaby Beauty

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    1. Haha it saves on no guilt unfortunately! Some of them really are! Xx

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  7. I wasn't really tempted by this palette as I just love my Zoeva and MUG matte eyeshadows so I'm kind of glad I didn't splurge on it as it does sound and look not the most impressive for the price. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. Yep definitely agree, I would have been so much more dissappointed if I'd spent the full amount! Xx

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  8. i just saw this post on my Instagram and I made a mental note to read it, and then I just so happened to come across this post! It's fate! I have this palette on my wishlist as well, it's so so beautiful. Might have to ask for it for Christmas.

    Tia | The 10am Blog

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    1. I found the formula a bit hit and miss but it's still a pretty palette! Xx

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  9. I love the colors.
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  10. This and ABH Modern Renaissance palettes are the last two eyeshadow palettes that I plan to purchase this year. Or at least that's what i tell myself now. I don't have any Naked Basic palette so I definitely need this!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I found some of the shades to be a bit hit and miss formula wise but everyone else seems to be raving about it! Xx

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  11. I had contemplated purchasing this palette but I'm glad I passed. Even though it didn't knock it out of the park, at least there are still some good shades :D

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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    1. Totally agree! And I think a lot of the shades are dupable! Xx

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  12. I skipped out on this palette. I do love my Zoeva palette. It's a shame the quality of the packaging isn't on par with most of their other products.
    Beautetude

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  13. Thanks for the honest review! I'm glad I didn't go for this since I probably would have been a bit disappointed too. I expect a lot out of an UD palette!

    She Likes to Shop

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    1. Me too and I was just expecting more with this one! Glad I used my points to get some money off it! Xx

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  14. I love how shades look but shame that quality is not so great. I guess there are many other better palettes than UD !
    -Karishma
    http://yourbeautyjournal.com/diy-caffeine-under-eye-serum/

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  15. I was very tempted to buy this when it was released but told myself not to because I have enough mate shadows & I'm glad I didn't because there is nothing unique in there and the pigmentation seems hit & miss! xx

    Beautylymin| Kat Von D Contour Palette & brush Giveaway

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    1. It definitely is! I keep reading rave reviews though so I think I'm the only one who is disappointed! Xx

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  16. I was expecting more from this palette, it is shame to hear that it is not really worth £38.50. I wish they had spent more time on the eyeshadows rather than the shiny gold packaging :)

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. Me too! Formula is a bit hit and miss! Xx

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  17. I love the colors. Seem perfect for Fall. No kidding I am a dummy when it comes to make up!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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    1. I definitely think their are better matte palettes! Xx

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  18. aw that sucks. Extra Bitter is the only shade I would purchase separately! :p
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. I think it really shows up the difference in quality because it is crazy pigmented! Xx

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  19. Everyone raves about this palette and I'm not an eyeshadow gal otherwise this would've been brought by now, but it sure does look great. The shade range is amazing.
    Have a lovely week ;)

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    1. Some shades definitely have a better formulation that others! Xx

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  20. I was looking at this palette the other day but could not really justify spending more money this month. The shade range looks great but it is a shame that the packaging is a bit cheap.

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    1. Totally agree, I think there are better quality matte palettes! Xx

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  21. If I ever decided to splurge on a Naked palette it would probably be the Naked 3, I love the shades in that. So cool about your points. I wanted to get a Beauty Rewards Card the other day, but they said they don`t make it anymore. I don`t know if that`s true or the lady couldn`t be bothered.

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    1. Ah no way! I haven't heard that they discontinued it, I hope they haven't and I hope you get one soon! Xx

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  22. Such pretty colours, its a shame the quality varies from shade to shade x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog x

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  23. Amazing colours love them, I need one of these. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.. :-) Have a lovely day! Visit me whenever you have time www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk kisses Dominica! xXx

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  24. Completely agree, when I saw this on Instagram I was all over it, completely obsessed with the gorgeous rose gold packaging but once I saw it in store all that excitement completely evaporated. I really wish they had changed the shape of the actual shadows into squares instead of rectangles, I hate the huge gaps and the colours really didn't excite me. It just was a bit of a let down, plus for the first time ever when I swatched them they disappointed me. Not as pigmented or creamy as I have come to expect from UD. Awesome review, Danielle xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. Thank you Kiran! They hype got me good, definitely better matte palettes about, Naked Basics 1 and 2 for a start! Xx

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  25. i have never been a greatest fan of the naked palette like I am of others (i love zoeva!) but I like the small duo you have.

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ kate/idoscope.com

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    1. I generally love the Naked palettes! I will still get a lot of use from this but disappointed in the quality from shade to shade! Xx

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  26. Tempted looks like my dream shade!! :D

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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    1. It's one of my favourites, a really nice base! Xx

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  27. Oh wow that palette looks absolutely amazing! I actually didn't even know they came out with another NAKED basics palette!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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  28. That UD palette looks amazing! I need to look into getting that.

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic

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    1. I don't think the quality is as good as other UD palettes! Xx

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  29. I kind of wish they would release a full shimmer palette as I'm not really one for matte shades, the colour range is good though!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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    1. It is! It's just a pity the quality isn't the same for all shades! Xx

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  30. This is so pretty palette! I love matte shadows and UD makes amazing eye shadows x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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    1. They do but I don't think this is their best! Xx

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  31. Ah I want this palette so much but I don't know if I could justify it haha. The shades are gorgeous though xx

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    1. I definitely don't think it's a necessity! Some of the shades are lovely! Xx

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  32. Not that I need anymore of these, but I do love the more muted colors in this palette. I love that they are less sparkly and just better base colors. I had seen a youtube blogger use the Pre-game shade and it looked amazing !

    Denise | | Fashion Love Letters

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    1. I love a muted eyeshadow too! Some shades don't have the same quality as others though which is a bit disappointing! Xx

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  33. Haha I'm the same when releases happen that are limited edition and not easy to get hold of here! I literally feel like I have to purchase things, especially when I get a voucher/discount lol. I completely get what you mean with packaging though, that's important to me too. When I spend a lot on something, it has to feel luxurious for me. I have to say, I haven't tried a lot of products from Urban Decay. I think I'd have got this if it was all warm tones. Just because I don't create many cool toned looks at all. I definitely get what you mean about inconsistency with the pigmentation too. But I hope you're able to make them work for you.xx

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    1. I'm doing my best! I use way more cool tones so always look for those in a palette! Xx

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  34. I love this palette. look so pretty.
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