Urban Decay NAKED 2 Palette Swatches and review

Urban Decay NAKED 2 Palette Swatches

Urban Decay NAKED 2 Palette Swatches

It’s been almost two years since Urban Decay first released their original Naked palette, an instant hit with make-up addicts all around the world and a coveted ‘must have’ for neutral lovers including myself.

So when I was first told the news about the launch of their sequel palette, NAKED 2, I was ecstatic; had I not signed a waiver (?!) I would have told anyone who’d have listened, you guys first of course!

But at last I can now break my vow of silence after one long month of holding it in and share my thoughts with you about UD’s latest addition to their palette family.
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Looks wise the sturdy ‘greige‘ tin is a massive improvement on the original velvet casing; cardboard and fur may look plush but over time just aren’t practical and tend to wear badly as you can see from my well loved palette above.Surely if your going to use a palette daily and take it travelling etc then it needs to be strong and hard wearing, Naked 2 is much more robust in design and on the whole better thought out.
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Talking of design, inside there is a full sized mirror spanning the whole length and width of the palette which can be fixed to stand alone, handy hey?

The gap just below the shadows houses the double ended brush which comes in the palette, usually I’d chuck away any free brushes but this one is actually pretty good.
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One end features their Good Karma Shadow brush (right) which is a synthetic flat precision brush, great for a dense colour application and the other (left) is their Good Karma Crease brush, a fluffier, more rounded brush for creating definition in the socket.

Both do the job well and considering each has the RRP of £14 they are a fab and of course a functional addition to the palette.

Right, I’ll stop nattering about all things practical or superficial and move on to the most important feature of NAKED 2, it’s eyeshadows.
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Top – NAKED 2 Bottom – NAKED

At first glance you’d be right in thinking there isn’t a huge difference between the two and yes they are very similar which I presume will disappoint a fair few.

Personally, it doesn’t bother me, I love these kind of shades and for me the more shades of neutral in my collection the better; at the end of the day how different can they really be?

Although having said that I do think one palette outshines the other for me but more on that later, let’s talk swatches.

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Foxy is a pale beige matte shade with a hint of yellow to it that’s quickly become my new fave base colours. The yellow evens out any uneven skin tone on my eyelids and gets rid of all redness I may have.

Half Baked, a copper with golden shimmer disappointingly was in the last NAKED palette which in my opinion was a little lazy of UD but nonetheless it’s still a gorgeous shade.

Bootycall is another new fave of mine and a gorgeous highlight shade, the frosty off white with peachy tones looks great on the inner eye or brow bone.

Chopper an orangey copper is pretty shimmery and for that reason one I don’t use much, glitter fall out is not a good look.

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Tease is a gorgeous matte brown with purple undertones to it, although not as pigmented as the others it is great for how I like to do my eyes. I go for more subtle definition in the crease and I really enjoy using and building this shade, less is more.Snakebite is a really deep bronze packed with tiny golden shimmer which gives a gorgeous sheen.

Suspect, a lovely soft golden bronze is really pretty on the lid and I like to take it under the eyes for a subtle but pretty look.

Pistol, a really unique shade, is a murky grey brown with a slight sheen to it.
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Verve is beautiful on and again unique, the silvery champagne with a tinge of pink looks amazing all over the lids.

YDK is frosty deep pink and copper mix that’s very well pigmented.

Busted, a deep brown with purple undertones and golden shimmer.

Blackout is a simple black that’s very, very intense in colour with a matte finish. I don’t wear black so not for me but an essential for most I imagine.

Rather randomly Urban Decay also include a mini lipgloss in the set, in the shade Naked; it’s quite cute I guess but a tiny primer potion would have been more fitting, don’t you think?
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Back to the palette and what I really think of NAKED 2.

Personally, I love it, even more so than the original if that’s at all possible. The shades are just more ‘me’, more wearable and cooler in tone.

I find that they suit my lighter skin tone much more than the darker, warmer and pinkier toned shades that were included in the previous palette.

Don’t get me wrong I still wouldn’t be without the first version but I think NAKED 2 just slightly out shadows the original for me and I find myself reaching for the sequel over it every time.

Would I recommend you buy it?

Yes, it’s a great collection of natural, everyday eyeshadows to have especially if you have a lighterskintone as I think the combinations in this version are more wearable.

Do you need both?

No, I wouldn’t say you need both but if you have the original and didn’t find the shades were as easy to wear as you’d hoped then it’s worth checking out for sure and for those of you that are going to buy it regardless (neutral lovers/addicts) you won’t be disappointed.

NAKED 2 is available on Urban Decay for USA readers right now but those in the UK will have to wait a little longer as it won’t be out here till January.

It will cost £36 and be exclusively in Debenhams, Jan 2012 and everywhere else Feb 2012.

Ooh and check me out in UD’s Naked Around the World FB campaign – HERE :)!

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