You know when you give your makeup collection a well needed sort out and discover products hidden away that you forgot you even had? Well yeah, that. I found my Naked Basic palette a few weeks ago which I received as a gift last Christmas (oops) and it's safe to say that my love has been rekindled since introducing it back into my life.
If I'm honest, I've never really been a huge matte eyeshadow fan - I would say that I'm more of a shimmer/satin kinda girl which might be why this palette ended up being neglected over others, but as I've been more of an eyeshadow lover recently, I've realised just how important matte shades are for creating so many different looks. If you're looking for a really basic and versatile palette with a much cheaper price tag than the Naked Palette's themselves, then this is definitely the one for you. The palette includes 6 extremely wearable and pigmented shades (Venus, Foxy, W.O.S, Naked 2, Faint and Crave) which can not only be used as a starting point for a neutral, every day look but can also be used in many other ways too. Whether it's to define your creases, to create a smoky eyeliner effect, to highlight the brow bone or even as an alternative to an eyebrow powder, each shade has an amazing and extremely useful purpose.
Starting with the lighter shades - Venus is the only one in the palette that has a slight shimmer to it (the rest being completely matte) and is perfect as a base for any look you want to create, as well as it being shimmery and off-white enough to be used as a brow highlighter too which is an added bonus! Foxy and W.O.S are equally as versatile as Venus and are both very similar (personally I don't feel the need for both) although Foxy is more of a beige toned shade and W.O.S is more pinky toned. I'm guessing they've been put in there so that you have the choice out of the two, depending on your skin tone. Going on to the 2 brown shades which are my personal favourites...
Naked 2 is a pale taupe shade which is lovely when used on the inner corners of the eyelid and can be used to create a smokey eyed look, along with Faint which I would describe as a dusty brown shade (a lot of people use this as an eyebrow powder too). Lastly, Crave is our matte black-brown shade which is probably the one that I use the least from the palette. This is a great shade to use if you're ever wanting to create an evening or smokey eyed look, but I just find that it doesn't work for me - although I do sometimes use it as an eyeliner underneath my eyes as it's super easy to blend.
One last thing I would like to mention is the packaging for this palette which in contrast to the rest of the Naked family, is very minimalistic and a lot smaller than the others (probably the size of the palm of my hand) which means that it is perfect to pop in your makeup/travel bag. As much as I love my Naked 1 & Naked 3 palettes - I've always found that they take up a huge amount of space in my makeup bag which often means that I leave them at home when I go on holiday, so the Naked Basics palettes are the most perfect alternative and will definitely be making an appearance in my suitcase when packing for my holiday at the end of the month! You can buy one here for only £20.70.
Have you tried the shades in this palette before? Which ones are your favourites?