December 6, 2011

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…!

Submit your Naked photos to Urban Decay by Facebookin’ them and Tweetin’ ’em and show the world where you’re getting Naked.


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.

Shades Include:

  • 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.


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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?

Do share!

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?

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Nazih

    I hauled the Nude’Tude palette instead 🙂 I like the original naked palette better

  • Stacy

    You look gorgeous! Your tree looks gorgeous!!! Your dog awww what a little love!!! Thanks for the UD Naked 2 review!!

      • Stacy

        Ya know, I’m still debating……I have the original UD palette and just purchased TheBalm’s Nude palette. Oh what’s another Nude palette to add to my collection???! Right??
        We shall see, LOL

    • the Muse

      aw thanks court, do put up a tree? I’m a bit behind..eep! I was away a few days and just got it up.

  • xmissxandristx

    it was delivered monday and i love it. i’m really ill right now, so i’m doing my best to leave the palette alone so i don’t get it all germy. so tough

  • Marina

    Want! I’ll probably get it when it hits Sephora. I’m trying to resist, though, as I have the original……
    Your doggie is ADORABLE!

  • Sarah S.

    I ordered it today yayyyyy! And I want to put up a picture of my tree because I loves it <3

  • divinem (Melissa)

    Is that your Xmas tree? Gorgeous!

    I passed on NAKED 2. I have 1, and it appeals to me more because the colors are cooler. This palette is too warm for me.


    • the Muse

      yeah Melissa. 🙂 thank YOU! that’s kind of you 😀 I always think it looks crap…I try and do it different every year but it always end up gold, gold, and gold lol. oh well. Did you get your tree up yet?

      Thanks chica! Sorry to hear you skipped ;-D bet you start lemming it the more you see it hehe!

  • Blair

    The Naked 2 palette…there are no words! <3 I haven't gotten my hands on it (it always sells out so quickly!) but I plan to eventually!

    Judging from the swatches, I have to say Chopper is my favorite, as it looks all kinds of amazing. And so does your Christmas tree – great work! 🙂

    • the Muse

      blair very worth picking up chica ;-D Chopper is lovely ;-D!!!!!!!!

      aw thanks! cheers! send me a piccie of yours if you put a tree up! would love to see!

  • Erin S.

    Gorgeous tree!

    I concur with all your findings of Naked2. I have both and very, very happy with the purchase! Naked2 doesn’t disappoint! And for someone of cool coloring, the slightly less warmness of the new shades is just perfect now that my summer skin has faded…

  • Comrade Garlic

    Yup, January is when Sephora gets its it. It will depend on the volume of your local store as to when and how many. Just order it form UD website if you really want it. The Sephora I’m at now still runs out of the first Naked. I did manage to order Naked2 today, even though I cursed it for the past week.

  • Karrie

    I’m going to get this, but I don’t know when.
    It’s out of stock again.
    I don’t mind waiting though.

  • Andrea

    I spent at least half an hour on the site last week when Naked2 released before I got my order in, but I’m glad I did. I love colorful eyes, but my go-to look for most days is a neutral eye with winged liner and a bright lip, so I’ll get plenty of use out of the palette.

    Your tree is beautiful, Muse! Finals week is coming up for me, so the only decorating I’ve done so far is pulling out my Christmas candles.

    • the Muse

      Happy to hear it andrea, lately I’m alllllllllllll about nudes. so I def will get plenty of use out of this one, it’s just a great palette overall ;-D glad you hauled one!

      Aw thanks hun! Candles are good so long as they smell awesome girl ;-D Good Luck on your finals!

  • Kate

    Want! But I just bought the original pallet in October so I couldn’t justify buying another neutral pallet (though I think I like this one more).

    I’ll just have to wait a little bit.

    Ps your dog has the same look mine does when I pull out a camera. ^_^

  • Littlecreek

    Well crap. The first pics I saw made this look really warm and I had convinced myself I didn’t need it cause the colors wouldn’t look good. BUT now I’m seeing pics on various sites and it looks so much cooler toned. I say screw it and im gonna order it. I have no will power.

    • the Muse

      it’s not REALLY cool toned littlecreek but the colors aren’t as rich and warm as the prior version imho ;-D you really need it imho, it’s such a gorg selection particularly if these are colors you normally like to wear.

  • Quinctia

    Nothing else they’ve launched lately compares with the anniversary palette for me. This is a no-go. So wish they gave this treatment to anything else but more neutrals!

    I’d be happy to see them work Pistol into another palette in the future, one I’d use more…that color does interest me.

    We’re putting up the family tree tomorrow. Nothing super exciting, no themes, all the ornaments are more sentimental than super gorgeous. Going to try out some tinsel garland this year, since my cat insists on eating as much tinsel (or easter grass!) as he can manage…and that’s bad!

  • 33

    Gorgeous xmas tree… Lol! I have to admit pistol is such a gorgeous color! I have to keep telling myself not to get this… But ;___;

  • Cindy

    Thank you for the swatches, nice !
    Still waiting for this palette, a friend of mine in the US ordered it for me, happy 🙂
    Can’t wait to receive it.

      • Cindy

        Me is happy too 🙂
        Especially when i read on Twitter that the Dutch Sephora is getting it in may 2012….

        • the Muse

          that’s not bad! I thought it would be longer Cindy but hey you get it WAY early ;-D!

  • theRothstanator

    OMG your doggie is too cute! He needs to help you review more things 😉 Also, love the tree. Is that a snowman ice cream cone ornament?

    I still don’t even have the first Naked palette, but think I might pick this one up first. I’m excited that Verve is in here; I saw it in the Rollergirl palette but didn’t want to get it for that one color only. Great swatches as usual!

  • Jenn

    I’d like to say I have restraint in not buying it, since I have the first one…but I am sure I will cave, haha, probably wait for to get it on Dec 27th though. 🙂

  • gliteratti

    I LOVE the original naked but I’m just not as excited about this one. I’m not sure what I was hoping for, but this doesn’t seem like a need right now type of thing. Maybe because I’m so happy with the original? I agree about the quality of UD shadows, wonderful.


    You’re so freaking pretty! Your eyes are huuuuuge, they’re all like, “come hither!” * jealousy*! <3

  • telle

    Aw Muse! Cute puppy and lovely Christmas trees!! 🙂

    I didn’t because im not a huge fan of neutrals and the one palette I have is good enough. Also n2 looks fairly similar to the original so it’s. It a must have for me.

    • the Muse

      aw thanks telle! ;-D I loved the one def thought it was worthy of a haul ;D!

  • Claudia

    Uuuh, I love your tree – so festive! And I agree with all the other ladies: your doggie is too cute :)))

  • Kimberly

    Wow this looks like a great palette for anyone’s collection. I love how versatile it looks. Your dog is too cute.

  • Majick

    Your dog called, he said, “Majick needs 2 get NAKED!” LOL
    What a CUTIE!

    I passed on this for the moment. I really wish the first Naked was like this one. I really like the packaging and the brush looks great. I think I have enough 24/7 liners to last into the next century. LOL

    • the Muse

      LOL majick are you sure he didn’t dial you and yell for help? PLEAZE do not want nekkid pics of me circulating on the Internetz! ditto, those 24/7 liners tend to pile up ;D!

  • jenn s.

    Beautiful Christmas decorations, Muse! I love to see how others decorate their trees. 🙂 Just bought Naked 1 for my sis for Christmas. Maybe I’ll snag this one for myself, since I usually get at least one Sephora gift card for Christmas! 😉

    • the Muse

      aw thanks jenn! send me a piccie of your decorations would love to see ;-D! me too!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sephora gc=AWESOME gift ;-D

  • kiwikiwidragon

    Whew! Lots of comments on this one! Hee hee!!
    I am so tempted to get it from UD directly but I really want to wait for it from Sephora, that is killing me!!! I do have a few lovelies coming at me friday, Hervana and some Lorac goodies to tide me over

  • Mary the Muse Militant

    Your Mini-Muse little doggie is the cutest fella ever. He looks far nicer than that Naked palette. I adore animals. I’ve not gone for the palette as I go for darker colours mostly but it’ll be a sellout like the last one.
    My tree is still in the cupboard before you ask 🙂
    Your tree is a masterpiece !
    Happy Christmas to you x

  • Coquette in Paris

    Muse, your tree is AMAZING! So sad I’m not putting one up this year !! Gorgeous 🙂

    • the Muse

      aw thanks chica! awww no tree? that’s ok! Keep the spirit in your heart ;-D!

  • anonymous

    if i can only get one, should i get the naked 1 or 2? i have fair skin if that helps. PS love your blog!

    • Marty

      I think you should get naked 1, the shades in naked 2 are warmer! 🙂 On Temptalia there’s a comparison between the two (I hope you don’t mind me mentioning this Muse!)..

  • Michelle

    Muse, why do I have to read your blog? I returned Naked 1 earlier this year (unopened) b/c of buyer’s remorse and I turned my nose up at Naked 2, now after reading your review I want both palettes. I swear you have bewitched this place. 🙂

    • the Muse

      LOL Michelle! Whoa I can’t believe you returned 1! I loved 1 ;-D even more than 2 ;-D You NEED these in your makeup life chica!

  • Marty

    Wooooow! Your tree is stunning!
    I really want it…but I have NAKED1… I don’t need it…I don’t need it..I don’t need it! (Maybe if I keep repeating this I will convince myself!)

    • the Muse

      aw thanks marty that’s lovely to say ;-D ha you try to convince yourself ;D!

  • Marty Pauline

    I still have not been able to get it, hope soon, your tree is great. Of course your dog wants Naked2, he takes after mommy after all.

  • Steph

    I just compared your reviews of both palettes (looking at the swatches) & I like these colours so much more!! Naked 1 was mostly browns & golds, whereas this one has more taupes & pink-ish shades. I love it!

  • Caitlin D.

    I wisk the eyeliner still came with the palette, cause then I’d so get it. But as it is, I may get the latest book of shadows.

  • Madai

    Hi! kinda late w the qustion i know haha but I read everywhere that Naked2 is more of a “cool” version, would you think Naked is better than Naked2 for a medium oliveish complexion?

  • Melody

    I hauled in Nov: both Naked palettes, Book of Shadows Redux, Vice, & every Vintage I could get my hands on! I’m new to UD & addicted! I’m torn, as a makeup junkie…the Deluxe and Black palettes or Deluxe and this one that came outta nowhere? Got a discount coupon from them for screwing up an order (they even threw in a new formula single instead of a Vintage I ordered! SCORE!) I’ve read mixed reviews on Black palette and this one. I need your opinion, Muse, none of my friends understand my addiction! 😉
    Also, your tree & stairs..AMAZING! I won’t be able to put up anything this year so I’m sending last years pic!