Happy Weekend!! I have been patiently waiting for the Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Palette release for weeks. I had it set in my calendar and ordered it direct from Urban Decay’s website. I actually received it before the Sephora release, which was awesome. I don’t typically write a review so fast but I knew how I felt the moment I swatched it.
Urban Decay says that once you go NAKED you will never go back and that seems to be the case with me. I’ve been using this palettes, while all others are collecting dust. I had so much fun photographing this palette due to the sleek and dimensional design. The packaging feels sturdy and of course it comes with a miniature double-sided brush with one side for blending and the other for smudging. The brush works really well for one that comes with a palette.
Ultimate Basics contains 12 all new shades that are exclusive to this palette. These shadows are created using UD’s Pigment Infusion system for a velvety texture, rich color, serious stay power & blendability.
For those of you that haven’t experienced UD shadows, they blend super easy for a flawless look. They are great for a beginner or expert. In my opinion, it’s the perfect palette to get if you are a first-time buyer. You just can’t go wrong with UD shadows, specifically Ultimate Basics because it’s neutral enough for all skin tones. For the record, I have olive skin tone with neutral undertones and I’ve used every single shade in the palette. There isn’t one shade that I dislike,for me, that’s what justifies the price. I totally expect to hit pan on every shade.
Now for the details and swatches in order of appearance:
Blow: light nude demo-matte (Perfect for packing on the lid, inner core, or highlighting the brow bone).
Nudie: soft pink nude matte (matches my skin tone I use this all over as a base).
Commando: light taupe-brown matte (great lighter transition shade).
Tempted: pale brown matte (on the lid or transition shade).
Instinct: Medium pink-taupe matte (all over, transition, or crease).
Lethal: reddish-brown matte (great for outer corners, crease, and smudging upper or lower lid as liner).
Pre-Game: pale yellow matte (on the lid, inner corner, or highlighting the brow bone).
Extra Bitter: burnt orange matte (on the lid, crease, and great for blending out a smokey eye).
Faith: medium warm brown matte (on the lid but better as a tradition shade).
Lockout: rich neutral brown matte (on the lid, transition, or crease for a blended out smokey eye).
Magnet: smokey gray matte (appears blueish on me. Great for the outer corner & crease or smudged liner).
Blackjack: warm black matte (super smoked out eye, smudged liner, and a winged liner).
If I haven’t convince you yet, take a look at the Swatches:
Now I have the full haul with purchases that really surprised me:
Urban Decay is throwing it back to 1997 by bringing 4 UD Exclusive XX Vintage shades back, (that were way before their time), for a short time only. I suggest you get your hands on these before they sell out. These shades are also created with UD’s Pigment Infused Technology with amazing color payoff. Since I had 4 shades in mind, why not get the Nirvana Build Your Own Palette compact? It’s simple just pop the shadow out of the subway for omen compact from the bottom and pop it into the compact.
Most of the 12 UD XX Vintage shades are in the permanent collection, however for a short time UD exclusive XX Vintage shades are back. 4 of the 12 are only here for a short time (Gash, Acid Rain, Roadstripe , and UV-B). Here are the 4 shades I chose:
*Roadstripe: iridescent white with blue-violet shift. (exclusive & limited)
*Acid Rain: pale yellow-green pearl with slight gold shift. (exclusive & limited)
Chains: moss-green with patina shimmer.
Rust: yellow-orange with gold shift.
Here are the swatches of these beautiful Vintage shades:
As you can see, they are highly pigmented and very intense. I love having all of them in the cute little Nirvana Palette. I can easily see this becoming and obsession.
Urban Decay also sent me a sample of a brand new shade in their single shadow line called Fireball which is a peach shimmer with a pink shift and it’s stunning.
Here is a swatch including Fireball to the far right.
UD Ultimate Basics retails for $54 USD and you can get it here.
Nirvana Build Your Own Palette retails for $10 and you can get that here.
Roadstripe retails for $19 USD and you can get it here.
Rust retails for $19 USD and you can get it here.
Acid Rain retails for $19 USD and you can get it here.
Chains retails for $19 USD and you can get it here.
Fireball retails for $19 USD and you can find it here.
I am completely happy with every single shade in both the Naked Ultimate Basics and my custom-made Nirvana compact.
What do you guys think of these shades? Have you tried any other Urban Decay Shades? What are your favorites? Give Me Some Lip!