It seems like years ago now that I filmed a video reviewing and applying the Naked Basics palette. I had just started out as a beauty blogger and youtuber and decided to give the palette a whirl for the first time. I loved it and found that I used the shadows daily, either for shadows, eyebrow powders or liners. That is how versatile the Naked Basics palette is. Due to that, I was pretty excited that they had brought out the Naked Basics 2 Palette with a new blend of cool toned neutrals.
The first Basics palette incorporated a shimmery snow white shade, perfect for highlighting the brow bone and inner corner, which I personally loved. Something that the Basics 2 has done away with, replaced by a matte cream, creating a full line up of matte shades. Whereas Naked Basics has three cream shades and three brown tones, Basics 2 instead incorporates 4 brown tones, from a cool grey through a red toned brown, a rich brown and a charcoal. I feel this may be due to the users of the Basics being a little underwhelmed by having three creams and lusting for more deeper tones to mix up their eye looks. I personally prefer having more brown shades to creams, and with the incorporation of the grey toned brown, contouring and shadowing will be a new reason to use the Basics 2. So for me, changing up creams for browns and a greater variety of shades gets a big thumbs up and if you’re wondering which one you should go for, I would honestly point you in the direction of Basics 2. Yet, if you like a good highlight shade, Basics has you covered, and I do miss that from the Basics 2.
But in terms of the product inside the palettes, they’re exactly the same. Pigmented, blendable and creamy eyeshadows inside a really handy sized palette that will become that one product you find yourself carrying with you everywhere.
And just for your information, here I’m wearing the Naked Basics 2, Skimp over the lid, with Frisk and Cover to the crease and a touch of Primal to the very outer corner. I used the double ended brush to apply the whole eyeshadow look, going from lighter shade to darker and using the compacted shorter brush end to apply product to my lower lash line. On my face, Im wearing that with the Clarins lipstick in Coral dahlia and Armani Luminous silk foundation (in 4) and some jet black liner from Eyeko.
So the question is, are you a Basics or a Basics 2 kind of guy?
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