Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette | Review & Swatches

If you have followed Be Loverly for a while, you probably know that I love a good neutral eyeshadow. I’m not one for bright colours (except when it comes to lipstick) or anything too complicated. I like simple and pretty colours that I can wear every day, and go well with a bright or nude lip. So it’s probably not a big surprise (especially if you’ve read this post) that I was excited when Urban Decay launched their newest palette, the Ultimate Basics, last month.

udultimatebasicsThis palette features 11 brand new matte shades and one demi-matte. Unlike the Naked Basics, which is mostly neutral and Naked2 Basics, which is mostly cool toned, the Ultimate Basics has a mixture of cool, neutral and warm tone shades. As you would expect from Urban Decay, the shadows are highly pigmented and smooth. The colours blend really well together, and work perfectly to create a really dimensional eye look, and act as a great base for shimmers or metallics (especially in conjunction with the other Naked palettes). I also really like using these shades for a quick swipe in my crease to add some definition when I don’t have time for anything else but don’t want to leave my lids completely bare. At the moment, my favourite shades are ‘Blow’, ‘Tempted’ and ‘Extra Bitter’.udultimatebasics-swatches

(L-R Blow, Nudie, Commando, Tempted, Instinct, Lethal)


(L-R Pre-game, Extra Bitter, Faith, Lockout, Magnet, Blackjack)

As you can tell from the swatches, the bottom row which has mostly warm tones is much more pigmented than the top. Personally, I think it works well because I like it when my cool or neutral shades are more subtle. They do build up really well though, so if you’re looking for more definition or more of a statement, all of these shadows will do that for you.

Should you get this palette? If you love neutrals, are looking for a one-stop shop when it comes to matte shadows, or want to dip your toe in the cool-toned or warm-toned pool without giving up the shades you love, I’d say this is the palette for you.

Have you tried the Ulitmate Basics palette? What did you think?


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