Naked Basics offer classic shadows 
I started swatching my Urban Decay Palettes just as soon as I got them. I needed to know exactly where I stood with them. I detest buying makeup online if I have never actually sampled the product. It is buying blind, and you never know what you're going to get. 
Naked (original) on top and Basics below
I have seen a NAKED palette  before, but not really seen too much of it in use, so my idea of it was vague. Then there's also all the hype on the internet, and I knew I had to try these, at least just to know how they measure up. Now, you have to understand that I have been in the industry for over 20 years! Yes. I grew up in the film industry, and worked with brands like Kryolan, Ben Nye, Mehron, Joe Blasco and Visiora for many years. But then the nineties suddenly whipped the fashion industry on hits head with the birth of MAC. We all got our PPID cards, which you could only get through Canada at the time, and we ushered in a new era. Since then makeup has never been the same. But...
After a vigorous rub, the shadows are still there. I doubt any model will ever
rub their lids quite as vigorously, and so with normal
wear on a photo shoot, these will do just fine!
Will it ever be as good??!? I know you think that makeup gets better with every new must-have product that makes it on YouTube, but do you really know what to expect from a superior brand?? And do you need it?!? Most consumer brands are adequate for photographic requirements, in fact some are far superior to time-honoured old-school brands ( but that's another post).
The only Urban Decay products that I have are these two Naked palettes. I find that they are pretty much on par with Ben Nye shadows in terms of staying power, but the tones of the shadows are more useful to me, and that's what makes them so valuable in a pro makeup kit. I foresee myself hitting pan on these shadows very quickly! Even Kryolan shadows, with the most potent staying power of all the shadows I have ever worked with, do not have such skin-friendly tones. And that is where Urban Decay is a winner. They are also on par with Kryolan when it comes to blending freedom...another must for a set-ready product. And I think ...I have yet to do a makeup trial, but I think that with the eyeshadow priming potion samples that just arrived, my Naked palette shadows will perform to a degree that will knock the socks off of even the most demanding old-school makeup artist!


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