Hello my lovely beauty bees, I hope you are all well and glad that cold and dismal January is almost over! I don’t know if it’s just me but I feel this month is dragging ever so slightly. Maybe 2017 will do the reverse of 2016 and go by really slowly?
Speaking of 2016, I feel it was the year of new eyeshadow palettes and liquid lipstick launches. As Instagram did it’s thang and upped up video time to 60 seconds-It was a perfect opportunity for makeup gurus to showcase their skills using their latest eyeshadow palette releases and make every makeup addict lust over them.
There were many new launches I was enthused about but the two that caught my eye was the Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance palette and the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette. I haven’t managed to get my mitts on the Modern Renaissance Palette yet, but was kindly gifted the Ultimate Basics Palette for my Birthday which I almost passed out over as I’m a huge Urban Decay palette fan!
The original Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette was the first high-end one I ever purchased and one of my favourite all time Palettes. Where else are you going to find beautiful metallic shadows like ‘sin’ and ‘sidecar”?
With that being said all the shadows in the Ultimate Basics palette are matte shadows which are a nice change for me as I don’t own any palette that solely contains matte shadows. I also don’t own any of the other Urban decay basics palettes so this was a perfect addition. Usually, when a brand releases an ultimate palette, they tend to include all the popular shades from their other palettes, however, all the shades in this palette are new and exclusive to this palette which is an added bonus. Having compared the shades to the basic 1 & 2 palettes, they don’t seem that different so you’re not missing out on anything if you jump straight to this palette!
The packaging is different from the other naked palettes that are traditionally rectangular, containing a long line of 12 shadows. Refreshingly, the packaging is in a compact square shape, dividing the 12 shadows. The rich gold packaging feels and looks luxurious which justifies the £37.50 price tag. In fact, every detail that has gone into the packaging is lavish, including the large mirror it contains, which is convenient for doing a full face of makeup. It feels sturdy and robust plus once opened, stays upright so it makes it fiddle free for applying shadow on you or a client. It’s also a perfect palette to travel with due to all these perks:)
Now let me talk about the shade range of these shadows which asides from the packaging I feel are the star of the show. It contains a selection of light/cool and darker/cool neutral shades which in my opinion are all super useful and wearable. There isn’t a single shade in this palette that I would ditch as you’ll usually find a dodgy green or blue shade you have no use for other than for fancy dress. Some might find this palette dull as the shades are far from out there, but I feel you can create so many versatile looks. Some of the shadows have already become my go-to shades.
On first impressions, the shadows feel quite chalky to the touch and when applied with a brush there is a fair bit of fallout. However, once applied to the lid they feel smooth and blend out effortlessly. One thing I will say and is the biggest let down for me is that they are not super pigmented. It’s defiantly not the palette to reach for if you’re stuck for time as the shadows do require some back and forth blending, though, once applied they have no patches and give a striking flawless, matte look.
I don’t feel they are the longest lasting either due to their slight sheerness but, if set with my trusty Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, they can last a good six hours on me before fading away. Let me give you a quick run through of the shades themselves:)
Blow (Light Nude Demi-Matte)- Perfect for setting eyeshadow primer or to use as a base colour
Nude (Soft Pink Nude Matte)- Again can be used as a base colour or to gradually build up a crease
Commando (Light Taupe Brown Matte)- The ultimate transitional crease colour
Tempted (Pale Brown Matte)- A Great addition for deepening colour for any look
Instinct (Medium Pink Taupe Matte)- Looks beautiful when applied to the lid for a plummy smoky eye
Lethal (Reddish Brown Matte)-Gorgeous for a plummy smokey eye or to deepen an outer crease
Pre-Game (Pale Yellow Matte)- Can be used for an under brow bone highlight or to set concealer
Extra Bitter (Burnt Orange Matte)- The perfect Instagram autumnal crease colour
Faith (Medium Warm Brown Matte) A staple for a brown smokey eye or for any look
Lockout (Rich Neutral Brown Matte) Looks great with faith when added to the crease
Magnet (Smoky Gray Matte)- Perfect for a grungy smokey eye
Blackjack (Warm Black Matte)- Versatile for any look, can also be used to create a powder liner
As mentioned, all of these shades are super wearable and you can defiantly create an array of looks for both the day and night. I do have my personal favourites which I reach for on a daily basis when I’m heading off to work. I like to use nude on my lid to even out my eyelid area and then I go ahead and take command across my crease, finishing off with mascara for an effortless everyday look. If I want to look a bit fancier then I’ll add my favourite shade from the entire palette ‘Extra Bitter’ along with a super black wing liner to give it that ever so popular ‘instagram makeup look’.
If you are deliberating whether or not you need this palette then I would honestly say that If you’re into matte eyeshadow that creates non-fussy looks then one is one is for you! Although I’ve mentioned the shadows are not super pigmented, you can build them up to get a flawless colour payoff and are very easy to work with. Although I am a shimmery eyeshadow kinda gal at heart this palette has somehow converted me to wearing mostly matte shadows and experimenting with different matte looks.
Have you tried this palette yet? Let me know your thoughts:)