Monday, 13 October 2014

Review: Naked 2 Basics

I watched the hype for the Naked palettes and I let them pass me by, so it was with surprise that I found myself ordering the Naked 2 Basics palette last week.

Let me explain. I really do like natural palettes. But I already have Too Faced's Natural Eye palette for my daily look, which has been so loved that half the sections have just traces of any eyeshadow left in them. I also have Sleek's natural palette which is good quality and cost me less than a tenner. So the idea of buying yet another natural palette where let's face it, the colours aren't going to be all that different but will cost about £30 more really did not appeal to me.

However, as mentioned, my Too Faced palette is nearly no more and I had to start looking for a new product - bring in the Naked Basics palettes. I found it hard to choose between them as, well, neutral palettes tend to look very similar... In the end Naked 2 Basics won as it seemed like the colours were better suited to my skin tone, and conveniently I managed to get a good price for it!

Let's have a look then shall we?

First up, the packaging - these little boxes really are well made. It's a nice quality tin with a nice design and is easy to open (there have been days where I've considered throwing my Sleek palette across the room because I can't think of any other way of getting the darn thing open) and it's a really good size as well - it will fit really easily inside even my smallest nightclub bag!

Upon opening I was pleased to discover that the colours are actually much nicer than they appeared online. I ordered somewhat optimistically not really sure about how I felt about the colours - it seems that these shadows are just pretty difficult to photograph accurately, they appear much more pleasant and varied in person. The colours are Skimp, Stark, Frisk, Cover, Primal and Undone. I'm especially happy to see that Skimp looks like it will be a great replacement for one of my used up Too Faced shades, and I think I'll be able to use all of the colours. The shadows have a nice creamy texture to them and you get a lot of colour with them. None of them have any shimmer which pleases me - I HATE neutral shimmers! I love glitter in my bright colours, but I like my natural sets to look, well, natural.

I'll add that all photos in this post are completely unedited so you can see the colours as true as possible.

The inside of the palette is equally well made with a large mirror and good presentation. I sort of wish it had come with some sort of brush though! I know that I almost certainly wouldn't use it and would continue to use my own brushes, but sometimes its just much more convenient to have one included - especially if you're planning on sticking the palette in a small bag!

Overall though I'm happy with this little box :)



  1. Great colors! They are are so pretty!
    Melanie @

  2. Smoothie Spoonie24 October 2014 at 12:25

    The colours look great! Thanks for sharing your review :)

    Lennae xxx


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