Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Review and Lookbook

As you may or may not be able to tell, I have an Urban Decay problem. Well, some people might see it as a problem. I see it as a… collection? Hobby? Whatever is is, I’m LOVING it.

I was SO excited to get this for Christmas, I’d had my eye on it since it was being teased back in the summer and NOW it’s finally mine. I’ve grown such a love for matte everything recently and in just 10 shades, this has become my every day holy grail.


My favourites for every day are by far the the brownish shades, perfect for a very subtle cut crease or warm smoky eye. The amount I use the Extra Bitter, I’m pretty sure in my head I still think it’s autumn, I just love it so much!

I also love Instinct and Lethal for smokey evening looks, with my green eyes the purple really makes them stand out. Magnet and Blackjack are my least used colours, mainly because they’re too hard for me to use on an everyday basis, but I’m definitely going to have to have an experiment.

The formula for these shades is bloody wonderful, they all blend SO easily, creating seamless looks, perfect for a cut crease, which tends to be my go-to style. I think the brush really helps with this, with the dense and fluffy Blending Brush on one end to really work colours in and the stubby Smudger Brush to blend out the lash line or for extra added precision.



As an everyday look, I love a quick subtle cut-crease, something rough and ready and for this I always use warm tones as they really suit my eyes, whatever colour they are at the time. When they’re brown, the warmth complements them and when they’re green it really makes them POP. I used Pre-Game as an all-over base, with Blow across my brow bone and a tiny highlight. Then I used Faith on my crease with Lockout over the top to deepen. Then my FAVOURITE colour Extra Bitter (because that’s what I am) in the outer corner and into the crease to warm it up a bit. I then complete this look with a touch of my Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit in the shade Summer over the rest of the lid. And then it’s just a sweep of eyeliner, or not, depending on how late for work I’m running and I’m done.


Smokey Evening

I wore this look out for dinner and it was super subtle but still made an impact in a pretty girly way, but not too much. I’m not very good at girly. For this I used Nude as a base colour with Tempted in the crease to give it a more neutral crease, basically to stop it going full out girl mode. Then over the lid I used Instinct with Lethal in the outer corner, with a touch of Tempted and Instinct on my lower lash line. Then I used a tiny amount of Vermeer from my Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette to brighten the inner corner and BAM. You’re ready for an elegant dinner.


Big Drama Eyeshadow

Now I don’t usually use colours this dark, so this was a bit of an experiment for me. But I don’t think it turned out too bad, right? Right? Anyone? For this my base was Tempted, starting with an already darker than usual base, just to set the tone. Β Mixing this with Magnet, I swept this over the entire lid, then blending Blackjack into the outer corner and down into the lower lash line. For more drama I’d put on a nice winged liner, but No.1, you wouldn’t be able to see the eyeshadow as well, and No.2, my eyes were SO sore after putting on and taking eyeshadow off all day.


And there we have it. If anyone else has any cool combinations, let me know and I’ll keep on experiencing to see what I come up with.


    • January 25, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you! I know, it’s just so good for everyday!

    • January 25, 2017 / 9:32 pm

      I think you should definitely get it! Thank you so much! Xx

  1. January 25, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    Such a gorgeous palette and I love the looks you’ve created with it! X

  2. January 25, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    This palette is absolutely gorgeous. All of the shades are so pretty. Need to get my hands on it as soon as possible. xo

    • January 25, 2017 / 9:37 pm

      The shades are SO nice! You definitely should! Xx

  3. January 25, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    You look fantastic with every look ! I kind of got in love with it too, just by seeing the pictures πŸ™‚

    • January 25, 2017 / 9:37 pm

      Thank you Nusha! ❀ it was love at first sight 😍

  4. January 25, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Never had Urbban Decay cosmetics but Id love to try this…these are so my shades! xxx

    • January 25, 2017 / 9:38 pm

      You should! I think they’d suit you SO well! ✨

  5. January 25, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Okay I knew i needed this before but now i NEED it!! I love the looks you created- you look so stunning! This is definitley on my wishlist!
    Robyn // http://www.midnightandlace.co.uk/

    • January 25, 2017 / 9:40 pm

      Thank you so much lovely 😭 payday is coming up πŸ˜‰

  6. January 25, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    wow you look amazing! I love this palette especially the colours and really need to get my hands on this! x

    • January 25, 2017 / 10:09 pm

      Thank you so much! You really do it’s AMAZING ✨

  7. January 25, 2017 / 11:30 pm

    Great review and lovely photos ! You’ve got such a lovely blog! I’d love if you could visit my blog and maybe even follow my blog. πŸ™‚

  8. January 26, 2017 / 12:06 am

    πŸ˜‚ collection, hobby! Ahah love that great post x

  9. January 26, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    This palette looks amazing! I think we have similar eye makeup tastes (browns for the win!) and I love your smoky-eye look! Still haven’t mastered that one…


  10. January 26, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    These colours looks so good, love the looks you’ve created so far. I can imagine this palette go a long way for any type of day!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

    • January 26, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s so versatile, it’s definitely my go-to! x

  11. January 26, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    Lovely pallette. I bought my gf the Urban Decay Alice In Wonderland one for her birthday last year & for Xmas she had one of the Smokey eye ones off my parents. They look amazing – only once has she done my make up though.

    Love Coco xxx

    • January 26, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      I love the Alice in Wonderland palette! Thank you for reading sweet x

  12. January 26, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    Urban Decay eyeshadow primer is the ONLY way I can wear any eye makeup at all! They saved me from life as a raccoon and I am eternally grateful. This is a perfect palette for any one – love it!

    • January 26, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      I LOVE the primer! Ahh, I don’t miss the raccoon life!

  13. January 26, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    I have heard so much about this palette and it’s so so gorgeous! I am so craving for it now! It looks amazing on you by the way. Amazing makeup! xx Corinne fromCorinne & Kirsty

    • January 26, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      You should totally get it! Thank you so much Corinne! xx

  14. January 26, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    The palette looks lovely. Loved all the eyeshadow looks!

  15. January 26, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    I’m only starting to be a bit more adventurous when it comes to makeup, so this review is just what I need. Love that you added your examples of how you use it, it brings more value to the post for a newbie like me ☺

    Maya | londondamsel.co.uk

  16. January 26, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    Your makeup skills are amazing. I have to get myself a makeup palette!

    • January 26, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      Thank you so much! You really should, it’s so good!

  17. January 26, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    Hi, the colours of this palette are perfect and versatile. I need to try and find it and treat myself. Thanks for sharing, Chloe https://pinkiebag.com #TeacupClub

    • January 27, 2017 / 11:42 am

      Thank you so much! Go on, you know you want to πŸ˜‰ x

  18. February 3, 2017 / 5:40 am

    If you love it that is all that matters! It’s only a problem if you run out of money because you keep buying it when you still have plenty left and now have no money for food! (: Your photos look great and I love how you made your smokey eye look!

    Single Vegas Girl

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