Rap battle in 3-2-1…
If you can’t cope when shadow palettes lack taupe,
Or you start to mope when you lose your favorite matte taupe,
Or you think “Dope!” when you see a palette with six taupes,
Then jump over that moat! And climb that slope! ‘Cuz…
OK…I can’t think of anything else that rhymes with taupe.
The $29 Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette
Yeah, man, Naked2 Basics ($29), Urban Decay’s latest vestiphobic eyeshadow palette, is a cool-toned taupe explosion. It comes with five matte shadows and one satin, with all of them being a different incarnation of taupe.
Five of the shadows are new (nude-pink Stark, warm gray Frisk, reddish brown Cover, muted brown Primal and smoky brown Undone), while the remaining one’s a re-promote (pale nude Skimp).
Essentially, the palette is a cool-toned taupe cousin of the original Naked Basics palette.
Compared to the shadows in its predecessor, the original Naked Basics Palette, these shadows seem much easier to blend. I haven’t had any problems mixing or mooshing any of the colors together and haven’t had any trouble with uneven application.
I have seen some fallout, though, but that’s pretty typical of Urban Decay.
According to UD, the palette works well for all skin tones, from like to dark and cool to warm, but I have to politely disagree with that… I’m an olive-toned gal with a darker skin tone, and I feel that without the help of some additional products, like a black shadow or eyeliner, or a warm beige or orangey brown, all six Naked2 Basics shadows tend to blend together into a nondescript haze on my skin.
It’s like when the newspaper gets left out in the rain, and then you open it and everything’s a muddled mix of depressing grays… Sad panda.
I think that lighter lasses with cooler skin tones will probably be able to appreciate the nuances among the different taupes better than darker divas.
On moi, the shades look more or less the same…especially after I start blending.
Also: The Naked Basics Double-Ended Brush
Also joining the palette, a new brush! — the $20 Naked Basics Double-Ended Brush — which I think is just OK… Put another way, I would use it in a pinch, but if it were lost, I wouldn’t post signs all over town that read, “Lost Makeup Brush — REWARD!” The stiff, synthetic bristles are better for applying than blending.
Both the new brush and palette arrive August 18, bound for the permanent line. Look for ’em in all their nude glory at Sephora stores, Ulta, select Macy’s stores and online at sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com.
PRICE: $29 for the palette, $20 for the brush
AVAILABILITY: Permanent; coming August 18 to Sephora stores, Ulta, select Macy’s stores and online at sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.comMAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/B (B+ for the palette and a B for the brush)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,