Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Review, Swatches, Photos
People are getting Naked everywhere around the world for the Holiday Season. As for me, I say there’s no place like home for the Holidays so I’m getting Naked at home, right in front of my Christmas Tree.
Where are you getting Naked? My dog wanted to get Naked but I proceeded to take out the camera and instead he was absolutely terrified of getting Naked on film as you can see from his bugged out eyes. Oh well! Some folks were born to be Naked, others not so much…!
As you know Urban Decay Naked 2 launched last week. What an incredible launch! With 5,000 palettes to go around it sold out in the blink of an eye and today when it came back in stock again it was gone as quick as the Flash.
Is it any wonder considering the popularity and cult following that the original Naked Palette garnered?
You either love nude, natural shades or you don’t but I’m going to throw it out there and say that most everyone enjoys a lovely selection of nudes and this palette of course, brings exactly that to the table. This time around Urban Decay packages not only 12 shades of fantastic traditional browns, bronzes, nudes, and naturals but also some outstanding taupes and grieges. Some people have dubbed it a “cooler” version of the original Naked but for me it’s all about warm, rich hues of gorgeous.
The 24/7 Eyeliner that was originally launched with Naked has been replaced as you know with a brush and Naked 2 also includes a brush but it’s dual sided this time around. I find the brush extra helpful and I’m pretty much all stocked up on 24/7 Liners so the addition of the brush makes this one truly travel friendly and worthy. One side has a nice blending brush and the other a flat head which can double up as a liner brush and a regular shadow brush for packing color onto lid.
Further change is on the horizon here with a new snap close tin compact that the shadows and brush come housed in. The original Naked Palette came in a velvet lined box. Pretty yes, practical no as it was a bit of a lint magnet or at least that was the case for me plus it did have a magnetic closure but didn’t prove as travel safe for me as Naked 2 does. This new compact snaps tightly closed and will take a jostle or two in your tote without worries about it flipping open and breaking the contents inside. I love the new packaging but it does take a little jiggle and wiggle to get it open, for some reason it proves an ickle tricky to get open if you have shorter nails like mine. But that rant aside I love this new packaging as it proves way sturdier. You also have a long, full size mirror for application on the go if that’s your bag baby!
Mmm I’ll be doing a shade comparison in another post which includes shades from Naked 2 and the old Naked Palette however for now I will say, yes, sure some of the shades look very similar but I think the shades in the original palette are a tad richer and warmer versus the present palette where the shades are warm but not as rich and vibrant, a bit more subdued, lighter if you will but no worries, definitely pigmented to the max. Naked and Naked 2 only share one of the same shades which is Half Baked outside of that this palette contains five exclusive shades and 6 other general catalog shades not included in the original palette. So indeed they may look similar but they are in fact an entirely new shade selection outside of the one common shade they share.
- Foxy (matte beige)
- Haled Baked (copper shimmer brown)
- Booty Call (iridescent peachy beige)
- Chopper (copper shimmer)
- Tease (matte light brown)
- Snakebite (dark, rich golden chocolate brown)
- Suspect (light brown)
- Pistol (gray, taupe-y brown)
- Verve (taupe-y gray)
- YDK (red copper shimmer)
- Busted (dark chocolate brown)
- Blackout (deep true black matte)
The value here is the fact that you are hauling 12 full size shadows in a single palette for $50. It’s extremely rare for any brand to include full size anything in a palette so this is a true value considering a single shade of shadow from any brand will set you back $18-$25 and up depending on who you purchase from. Should you want to buy a full size pot of each of these shadows from Urban Decay you’d be spending over $200 and this palette includes a mini gloss (you get a mini Lip Junkie Gloss in Naked with the palette see my review of these glosses by clicking here) plus a dual sided brush AND your 12 shadows for $50.
Of course, I need not get into a major discussion about the eyeshadow formula considering I’ve reviewed Urban Decay Eyeshadows a plenty on Musings but I will say they have incredible pigmentation, blend easily, and have a beautiful, flawless wear. I had a few hiccups with the matte shades in the palette but me and matte, we don’t get along no matter who’s making ‘em.
I’m sure it’s boiling down to do you really need Naked 2 if you already own the original Naked Palette? I’d like to think so. It’s an outstanding selection of color at a very small price. I don’t think the shades are necessarily dupes to what you might already have in the original palette, each shade has it’s own special characteristic and you’ll easily find something to love about them particularly if you are partial to nude, natural shades of color. These colors are a little less vibrant, a little less rich, and a little less warmer than the original but they still all pack a mighty punch and will create some outstanding looks.
I think the palette is not only a value but a very nice line up of colors. I’d suggest hauling it if you love colors like these or just generally like Urban Decay’s shadow formula. This is also an incredible introduction to the brand so if you’ve never tried anything from their line before this is a perfect place to start.
I’m wearing Snakebite, Foxy, and Suspect in my look below.
I gotta slap a Muse Approval on this one, it just deserves it.
It’s not available now but you can sign up to be alerted as soon as it restocks by visiting UrbanDecay.com
I’ll be doing comparisons shortly of the two palettes, stay tuned!
Did you haul?
What did you love about?
What didn’t you like about it?
Didn’t haul it? Why?
P.S. Did you get your tree up yet? Send me a pic and I’ll share them in our next Open Thread Day! Deal?
This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR.
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