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Urban Decay Naked Basics vs. Naked 2 Basics vs. Pulp Fiction

Urban Decay Naked Basics vs. Naked 2 Basics vs. Pulp Fiction Comparison Review Swatches

When I was looking at the Naked Basics and Naked 2 Basics palette, I pondered the question, which palette is best for me between the Urban Decay Naked Basics vs. Naked 2 Basics vs. Pulp Fiction? So I created a video to look at and compare all 3 palettes. Can you guess which palette comes out on top?

Urban Decay Naked Basics vs. Naked 2 Basics vs. Pulp Fiction

Urban Decay Naked Basics vs. Naked 2 Basics vs. Pulp Fiction Comparison Review Swatches

See my Naked Basics, Naked 2 Basics, and Pulp Fiction reviews.

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Urban Decay Naked Basics vs. Naked 2 Basics vs. Pulp Fiction Comparison Review Swatches

Pulp Fiction is more expensive at $34 for 4 eyeshadows (one is split into 2 shades, making 5), but you’re getting .06 oz x 4. (total .24 oz)
Naked Basics and Naked 2 Basics are $29 each for 6 eyeshadows, each shade is .05 oz. (total .30 oz)
You end up getting more product for the price with the Naked Basics and Naked 2 Basics.

The Naked Basics and Naked 2 Basics palette are more sturdy than the Pulp Fiction, though it’s no slouch.
I’m declaring the Naked Basics and Naked 2 Basics the winners of this category.

Number of Shadows
Pulp Fiction has 5 distinctly different shades.
Naked Basics and Naked 2 Basics both have 6, but some shades are quite similar.
You end up getting more variety with the Pulp Fiction palette.

Urban Decay Venus, Furious, Skimp, Swatches, Review, Comparison

I like Venus, though I also really like Furious. Skimp is darker than what I prefer for a highlighter shade. It blends into my skintone.
I’m declaring both Venus and Furious as winners here.

Urban Decay Walk of Shame, Righteous, Foxy, Stark, Swatches, Review, Comparison

Base or Lid Shades
I’m not a fan of Foxy, too yellow on me.
I love Walk of Shame nd I’ve even hit pan on it. It’s a pale peachy pink matte.
I really like Righteous! It’s an awesome light peach beige.
Stark is sort of a peachy brown matte, not my favorite between these shades.
Walk of Shame has been a favorite of mine for 2 years. Righteous is a new favorite.
WoS and Righteous come out on top in this set.

Urban Decay Naked 2, Frisk, Cover, Primal, Swatches, Review, Comparison

Naked 2 is a light milky brown taupe.
Frisk is a light grey brown taupe.
Cover is a reddish brown taupe.
Primal is a deeper brown taupe.
I’m not a fan of any of these shades. I prefer my taupes very grey-toned.
Pulp Fiction comes out ahead of Naked Basics and Naked 2 Basics in this category.

Urban Decay Faint, Crave, Undone, Tyranny, Vengeance, Anger, Swatches, Review, Comparison

Darkness and Depth
Faint is a deep brown with a hint of taupe to it. It’s ok.
Crave is a dark blackened brown. LOVE THIS!
Undone is a smoky deep taupe. I really like it.
Tyranny is a warm caramel brown. This is surprisingly flattering on me.
Vengeance is a dark brown. I like this shade.
Anger is a black. This is useful.
While I love Crave and Undone, I actually find all 3 of the deeper shades from the Pulp Fiction palette to be useful for me.
Pulp Fiction is first here while Naked Basics is a close second.

Naked Basics tutorial
Naked Basics tutorial

My original Naked Basics palette tutorial.

Naked Basics Tutorial
Naked Basics Tutorial

Another Naked Basics palette tutorial.

Wearing the Pulp Fiction Palette
Wearing the Pulp Fiction Palette

Pulp Fiction Palette tutorial.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette Tutorial

My upcoming Naked 2 Basics palette tutorial.

Between the three palettes it’s easy for me to eliminate the Naked 2 Basics from the running because I don’t feel like I’ll get a lot of use out of Frisk, Cover and Primal. While I really like Undone, it doesn’t outweigh those 3 shades. Skimp is ok, but not really as a highlighter on my skintone. Stark is ok.

I primarily use Crave, Walk of Shame and Venus from the Naked Basics Palette. I’ve never figured out a use for Foxy. I’ve rarely used Naked 2 and Faint.

I’m surprised to say that the Pulp Fiction Palette wins between the three of these for me! Naked Basics takes second and Naked 2 Basics comes in third.

See my UD Naked Smoky vs. Silk Naturals Bare Necessities Smoky Comparison. See my UD Naked Smoky vs. Kat Von D Innerstellar Comparison.

Which palette is the right one for you? Let me know below!

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  • Hi chica. I’ve had this post open for about three weeks now. I want my “ideal” small matte/satin/neutral palette, darnnit! The Pulp Fiction palette would suit me best, but I went the superficial route and got the sleek & small Naked Basics palette with the Sephora gift card. [Thanks again!] Well, whaddayaknow. I was unhappy with NB’s lack of a warm brown. My ideal would’ve been NB with PF’s Tyranny instead of Faint. I prefer to keep my eyeshadow stash spare so I played with using my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer for the crease. BUT. I got greedy and got the PF palette after you tweeted about the price slash. Woo hoo! Now I think I have all the browns I’ll ever need. 🙂

    By the way, I grin every time you lament over Foxy. I think I’ve seen you do that on your blog, in a few videos, *and* on Temptalia. Heh heh. If you ever choose to depot that shadow, send it right over. I get a good base colour when I mix Foxy with WOS. Later, Skater. 🙂

    Edit: Scratch the above re: getting rid of Faint. Upon more reflection, it’s a toss up between Faint and Naked 2. Err… or maybe My ideal palette would be a 7-pan NB with Tyranny.

    • Ok. I’m back –>
      I am a perfectionist and gee, I get an itch in my lower back when I see that square Tyranny pan . I really really really wanna find an empty UD pan so I can repress Tyranny and replace Faint with it. I also wish all the PF eyeshadows were the same shape as the NB eyeshadows. (I depotted the PF e/s, but in such a way it’s easy to pop ’em back in the original packaging.) Better yet, the next best thing to that 7-pan palette would be to get someone’s discarded NB palette to house repressed PF eyeshadows.

      *groan* I tell you too much. I’m a freak!

        • Nix everything I wrote about the pans/packaging/perfect palette. I wore the PF palette last night. Beautiful shadows. And, because it was the best eye makeup I’ve ever done, here’s what I used: Tarte New Taupe pencil; Kat Von D Trooper liquid eyeliner; Chantecaille Sel; NARS Light-Reflecting Setting Powder, and… drumroll… UD Furious, Venus, Naked 2, Tyranny and a touch of WOS + Foxy!

          My fiancé told he liked it. Unsolicited! That’s a big deal.

          UD Naked Basics and UD Pulp Fiction palettes are fantastic! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  • So glad to see this comparison. I was considering Naked2 Basics and now I know it is not for me.

  • Hey Phyrra, thanks for the comparison! I don’t own any of these because I don’t use matte that often. I always need maybe one as a transition shade, but that’s about it. Since I already own several in different palettes, I decided to pass. I do agree with you that Pulp Fiction looks like the best out of the three though!

  • I thought the Naked 2 Basics was more cool-toned but seeing swatches I’m not so sure. I think the Pulp Fiction palette is probably the best for me out of these three, but I wonder if it’s too similar to my UD Theodora palette? Might be able to save my money 😛

    • How about if someone doesn’t have the Naked 1 or 2, which would you recommend? I’ve got a more yellow undertone, so I think warm shades are better for me, but I do like the matte-colours of the Naked 2 Basics.

  • This is such a cool comparison! 😀 I have to admit, I’m tempted by the Naked2 basics, but only for 3 of the shades, which means I’m not sure if it’s really worth it..

    • So glad you find it helpful! I know that (to me) the 3 palettes seem similar on the surface, but when you dig a bit, they’re different.

  • I don’t have any of these palettes. Pulp Fiction I might buy just because I like the movie

  • I haven’t tried the Pulp Fiction palette but I have Naked Basics for myself & in my kit. Although I just realized that Crave shattered and got all over the other shadows… I might replace it with Naked 2 Basics

  • I absolutely did not like Pulp Fiction. Sometimes I feel like the only person in the world who didn’t like it! However, I do like the palette 🙂

  • Although I am not a UD Naked fan for myself, I like the colors and the looks you created are pretty as well.

  • I was going to buy Pulp Fiction and then i heard rumors about N2 Basics. Between those two I think I would probably choose N2 Basics, mainly because it has all the cool shades I love from Naked 2.

  • I think I need Pulp Fiction just because PULP FICTION. I want Naked Basic 2, the first one was a fail for me.

  • Fabulous post!! I love the look you did with Naked @–can’t wait to see what you used under your lower lashes!

  • wow really awesome comparison! while I like the colors of the pulp fiction more (with the exception of tyranny), I’d have to choose naked 1 due to more solid & slimmer packaging.

  • I like the Pulp Fiction one, but I’m bummed that the two most useful shades are halved! They should get their own pan. I actually really like the taupe shades from Naked 2, but I’d need to swatch them on my skin. Naked 2 should have eliminated one of the taupes and added a black similar to Crave, though. That would make it a much more useful palette, I think.

  • I have Naked Basics but really wanted a warmer brown. Is it just me or does anyone else find Naked Basics a teensy tiny bit cool? When I saw your tutorial for Pulp Fiction and got to see Tyranny in action, I was sold! I can’t wait to get the Pulp Fiction palette. <3

  • Is there a “none of the above” option?! LOL I’ll take Naked 2, to complete my Naked 1 and 3 collection!

  • Wow. Until you did this post it hadn’t even crossed my mind how similar the Naked Basics is to the Pulp Fiction (maybe because I don’t own either). I was never interested in the Basics palettes, but now that the second one has come out, not only am I interested in that, but also the first. Funny how that works. 🙂

    • I’m so glad that you found it useful! I figure they’re all 3 around the same size, and close to the same price point, and similar shades, so it would be helpful to compare them all.

  • I’m going to finally break out my Naked Basics palette that I still haven’t even used plus I just bought Viseart Neutral Matte palette that is gorgeous, so I will pass on the new one but I imagine it will do well at any rate. Thanks for the great review of the 3

  • OOPS! ;p Misread the blog in my haste! HA HA I thought it said the regular Naked 2 Palette. So to correct my choice it would be Naked Basics, Naked Basics 2, then Pulp Fiction.

  • I’m going in the opposite direction from you! ;D I choose the Naked 2 Palette first because I need to have some shimmer in my life and I like the variation in colors!!! ;D Next would be the Naked Basics 2 for the mattes, because we need them too! The Pulp Fiction would be my last choice because I could live without Tyranny ,it is too warm for me (HA HA I think I made a joke there without even trying!!! HA HA I also love your photo holding the 3 palettes. It is the look all of us girls get when we have to choose from our stash of goodies!!! 😀 😀 😀

  • I’ve been loving what I see of the Pulp Fiction palette, so I’m definitely going to have to check it out. I was expecting Naked Basics 2 to steer a different direction. But let’s hope if UD does a third edition they’ll pick a different scheme.

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