Palette of the Week: Urban Decay Ultimate Basics

As it was a full matte palette, I added one shimmer shade from my singles shadows to play with.

This week I pulled the Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Palette out of my dressing table drawer. It is an older palette, but a good one.  When I worked in an office on a daily basis it was my go to palette.  In fact, I liked the palette so much that I wore it out and re-purchased it. It has however been a while since I used it. 

Pulling this palette out on a week where I was incredibly busy with friends and family was actually a good idea.  One of the reasons that I liked it so much when I had very limited get ready time was that it is a very easy palette to create simple everyday looks.

The Shades

This was definitely the week for quick and easy.

The formula of these shadows is a good one, it is soft and buttery and once applied it lasts all day. The only issue is the same issue that most Urban Decay shadows have in that the colors can occasionally get muddy over the course of the day.  I’ve found that it is better to not layer the shadows because of this. I skip the base layer and transition shade all together.  It is better to simply take one shadow for the darker crease and then one for the inner corners of the eye, blending them a bit towards the middle of the eye. If you just use two shadows and limit the amount of overlap then the shadows work well.  It is mixing the colors that causes the muddying. And using only the two colors makes the application quicker. 

My additional shimmer

I know not the most exciting look on the planet, but there is enough color variation in the palette so that you are not putting on the exact same shades each day throughout the week. On me most of the tones (8 of 12 can be used as the darker crease shade, depending on how dramatic I want the look. As this really is more of an office wear palette, I didn’t need to get all that dramatic with most of the looks.

The shadows in this palette are all matte shades and work well for me. I found myself wanting a shimmer shade though for when I .  As such I did dip into my single shadows to add a little shine to the matte look. added the LOC liquid eyeshadow shimmer in the shade Midnight to make the look a little more festive. It is a silvery champagne shade and I found if I used the black shade in the palette (Black Jack) with the LOC it created a great smoky eye suitable for christmas cheer.

Over all, I really liked bringing this palette out from the drawer, and I liked that I had the chance to use a few of my single shadows as well.  This was the first palette I pulled out completely at random from the drawer and I have to say I really liked the surprise of it as well as the palette.  Despite having used the palette many times before it was like finding it for the first time. It was a fun surprise for the week and one I am eager to repeat for the following week. I can’t wait to see what I pull out next.

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