The Naked 2 Palette: A Review and Comparison

“The most anticipated sequel of the decade. Naked2 has 12 pigment-rich, taupe and greige neutral eyeshadows, including FIVE NEW shades. Our palette proves once again, neutral is anything but boring, (and is downright sexy when worn Naked). Feast your eyes on our shades ranging from pale to deep, matte to sparkly. This collection lets you achieve lots of neutral looks, smoky dramatic eyes, and everything in between. Let’s just say there’s a whole new way to get Naked! The case has an art-school inspired look with hinged lid – taupe metal with embossed chocolate brown artwork. It’s smooth, modern and cool to the touch – a real tactile experience. Plus, our palette also features a travel-size Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked, AND a double-ended, cruelty-free Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush (available only in this palette). Any self-respecting makeup lover will have to have both palettes to get their complete neutral fix! ”
Taken from urbandecay.com

The Naked 2 Palette, along with 24/7 Glide-On Eyepencil in Bourbon, and Lip Junkie in Naked

Sorry this has taken so long to do this review, I’ve been pretty busy, but it’s finally up nonetheless. I must say, I was pretty excited when I heard Urban Decay was coming out with a new Naked palette. As much as I love the original, I still had a few quibbles regarding it and I was looking forward to seeing how UD would improve on their hit (See my review of . Within hours of it’s first release the Naked 2 was sold out, so I missed the first round. After perusing eBay and seeing the palette being sold for sometimes double the price, I decided I would wait for the next round to be released. (I can’t actually believe that Urban Decay would only produce such a limited quantity of palettes after the hubub of the original palette; my thought is they just planned this “selling out” and “re-stocking” business to create a little more buzz). After a few weeks of waiting, once I was notified that the palette was back in stock, I ordered right away. I even got a 10% discount from Urban Decay so I got a better deal than I’d anticipated. When my Naked 2 palette arrived in the mail, I was not disappointed.

Reflecting back on the original Naked palette my biggest complaint was that it didn’t have enough matte shades to balance all the shimmer and glitter. The eye shadows were also much more warm-toned, and the velvet casing gathered lint easily. When comparing the palettes, at first glance you might feel that it looks very similar, and they are, but there are many subtle updates and additions. First off, the velvet casing was replaced by a clean, metallic “art-school” inspired case. I like the fact that this makes it much easier to clean the palette off. Second, the palette also comes with a larger mirror, and the included a good-quality double-ended brush is also great for when you’re on the go. Also included with my palette was a sample of UD’s 24/7 Eye pencil in Whiskey, as well as a mini Lip Junkie in Naked (minty and plumping!).

But let’s talk about the colors, the Naked 2 palette introduced 5 brand new shades in this palette and repeated 1 shade, Half-Baked. I would have much preferred them to be all different/new shades, but I can’t complain too much. They also have less glitter, and more matte shades in this palette, so my “not enough matte” complaint with the original palette was definitely addressed…
Here’s my run-down of the colors.

1. Foxy – A matte cream, good shade for highlight on light to medium skin tones.
2. Half-Baked – The only repeated eyeshadow, subtle golden bronze.
3.  Bootycall – A light beige highlight with hints of peach, very similar to Virgin in the original palette, just warmer.
4. Chopper – Light copper with shimmer and some glitter, just imagine a darker and warmer version of Sin.
5. Tease –  Matte medium taupe.
6.  Snakebite – Dark bronze shimmer, like a combination of Smog and Darkhorse.
7. Suspect –  A dark champagne with bronze hints, similar to Sidecar but just a bit cooler in tone.
8.  Pistol – Medium and warm metallic grey.
9.  Verve – A beautiful in-between gold and silver with soft shimmer.
10.  YDK – Warm and coppery brown with a frosted/glittery finish, very similar to both Sidecar and Toasted, just a bit warmer.
11.  Busted – A very dark burgundy brown with light shimmer. Very similar to Hustle in Naked 1.
12. Blackout –  An extremely dark matte black.

Overall, this is a great palette for a good value, you get over $200 dollars worth of eyeshadow, brush and lipgloss for $50. It can stand alone or compliment the Naked 1 palette. I think this palette is friendlier to the cooler skin tones as well. If you’re the average girl, do I think you need both palettes? Probably not, I say try the colors out on yourself and see which palette is better for you. (Just a hint, if you’re a warm-toned girl or have a darker skin tone go with Naked 1, cooler or neutral skinned ladies can go with Naked 2).

For more thoughts and reactions watch my video here:

The Original Naked Palette and the Naked 2 Palette

A Side by Side Comparison, The Original on the Left, Naked 2 on the Right

Swatches of the Naked 2 Palette: From Left to Right – Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

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