August 13, 2014

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Fall 2014

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette ($29) makes an appearance for Fall 2014 with a selection of six cooler eyeshadows. My review of the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette is likely a surprise so you know how much I dislike matte eyeshadow but I can’t deny Urban Decay does a fine job with the texture of their matte shadow which makes it a very easy to use, blend, and wear palette containing essential shades that you’ll likely reach for daily!

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette

The Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette comes in a soft rubbery case and contains six full size eyeshadows. It launches officially at on August 19 as well as at Sephora,, Ulta,,, and at Macy’s on August 28th.

You get:

  • Skimp (pale nude satin)
  • Stark (nude pink matte)
  • Frisk (warm gray matte)
  • Cover (muted red brown matte)
  • Primal (muted brown matte)
  • Undone (deep, smoky brown matte)

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette

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Five out of the six shades are matte finishes where as Skimp is the only satin shade in the mix. The shades are pretty powdery but not dry or chalky in the least! They have a nice silkiness to them and an easy to blend formula. They are sheerer but they build easily. I think matte eyeshadow is a difficult formula to work with sometimes but Urban Decay does a good job with the texture on these!

These shades are a good deal cooler when compared to the original Naked Basics Eyeshadow as well as the recently launched Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Eyeshadow Palette. According to Urban Decay these shades will work with both cooler and olive complexions. I didn’t have an issue with them on my medium fair skin! Since many of the shades give a certain smokiness to eyes I do see this being universally flattering across a wide array of skin tones.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Skimp, Stark, Frisk)

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics swatches

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Cover, Primal, Undone)

Where as the original Naked Basics palette was all about nude, natural tans and creams. I feel like Naked 2 Basics takes on more of a smoky neutral eye. So if you feel like you might be repeating yourself purchasing the new palette I don’t think you have to worry as both create different eye looks.

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I hate to say it as I love my shimmer but everyone does need a good basic matte eyeshadow palette in their collection and Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette or even the Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette are two great choices with a range of shades you’ll likely use quite often!

Will you be purchasing the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette when it launches next week?

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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  • diane

    these are such nice colors! This will be going on the wishlist for Sephora VIB sale 0=)

  • kim

    I used to think matte shadows were so boring, but have recently becomes obsessed with using them in my crease everyday. I just bought a ton of NYX single matte shadows, and will be picking this up as well. It is a great addition to all my sparkly taupe lid shades. perfect for fall.

  • Dea

    As you get older shimmer is not your friend as it highlights the creases and (shock) wrinkles. Now that I’m closer to 40 then 30 I’m tending towards matte. I’m not sure I need yet another nude pallet (I kinda feel like this has been done to death now. Every brand and its dog has one on the market. So it doesn’t get my blood pressure up. Will have to swatch it myself to see if it’s something worth having or not.

  • Cassi

    I love this! I didn’t want the original Naked Basics because I felt the colors wouldn’t work on me but this is really nice.

  • Christina D.

    My dear Sista Muse knows that I love my mattes and taupes, and Naked 2 is my favorite of the three Naked palettes.

    I’ve been seriously jones-ing for this since I first read about it. Will be purchased immediately (if not sooner).

  • Dee

    I didn’t like the Naked Basics and passed it on to a friend, but this one looks like it will work. Must get!

  • Simone

    Hmm. I was so scared when I saw this post cause I already have a few palettes on my wish list, but this actually seems so similar to the original naked basics, I don’t feel like I need it. Although I do wish stark was in the basics palette. I have a Jane single pot e/a that’s similar and I always have to carry it along with my basics palette.

  • Bonnie

    No I won’t be buying this as I have Naked 3 and there really isn’t a need to have another UD palette until I’ve gone to pan on Naked 3 and I don’t expect to do that for a while. Plus the price of Naked 3 makes the purchase of other palettes out of the question for me. Anyways, I don’t see anything that makes me want to rush out to Sephora this instant.

  • Caroline

    Dangit, I JUST broke down and bought the Naked Basics palette, and now this one comes out! Ahhhhh I need it! Thanks for the review – it’s fun to see the swatches. Perhaps I’ll make this a requested birthday item…. 😉

  • devil

    Yep, I’ll definitely get this. Thanks a ton for the pics and swatches – they help!

  • Dani

    Omg noooo. I don’t even have the first one yet! I seriously need to keep up.

    If you were to purchase just one, which would you choose?

    • Isabella Muse

      depends on what you like Dani 🙂 do you look good in warmer or cooler shades? do you like more neutral shades or a smoky eye? the two palettes are different so I think it is about preference. Personally I like a more nude eye and I look better in warmer shades so I like Naked Basics 1.

      • Dani

        Thanks Muse! I agree – looking at this again, most of the colors swatched look way too dark for the look I generally like to go for these days. I also did a search & found a blog that compared them side by side & then it was REALLY obvious how much darker this one is. Not for me!

  • Lacy

    Love the color tone in this. Love you Muse! always getting the scoop on new beauty to keep on our radars! (and empty my pockets… hehehe)

    • Isabella Muse

      love you back lacy 🙂 <3! hehe I'm sorry about emptying your pockets 😀

      • Lacy

        😀 Oh it’s not really you! I’ve always been a makeup junkie. I seriously cannot wait for this to come out, I will be snatching it up asap. I don’t have a palette that I reach for daily but this would be perfect for my everyday routine

        • Isabella Muse

          lol welcome to the club 🙂 <3! You should also look into the pulp fiction palette that one surprised me 😀 I loved it!

  • Mia

    I usually don’t buy palettes as they never have what I want in them: lighter colors that have a matte/satin/pearl finish. Most have a lot of darker colors and shades I’d never use then there’s all the glitter.

    I’m going to buy this once it comes out. I’d use all colors except Undone but I could use that for my brows.

  • MzCrafty1908

    I’ll pass on this. I purchased the first one and it was a waste of money. If Urban Decay was smart, they would have made this warm toned palette. This palette is too cool/neutral for my skintone.

  • Avalith

    I’m very very happy with my Sonia Kashuk Eye on Netural Matte Palette 🙂

    • Myra

      I loved that palette too…until I found out it contains parabens :(. Had to sadly take it back.

  • Barbara

    when is it going to be available at Sephora?
    also does anyone know around what time sephora is gonna do their VIB Sale?

  • Barbara

    oops i realize the date is listed haha!
    but really what about that vib sale?

  • dea elysia

    Which one do you think that most suitable with my slanting eyes? My skin tone is NC 25- NC 30(MAC). I really confuse to choose between naked basics 1 and naked basics 2 🙁