After receiving so many requests to create makeup looks using the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, I decided to get one when I went to Sephora last week during their 15% off Chic Week event. I am a proud owner of the original Naked palette and have made several looks using it, so I wasn’t in a rush to buy Naked 2 or any other palette for quite some time. Now that I have Naked 2, I’m really liking the range of colors and finishes — possibly even more than the original!
Naked 2 comes in a tin container with hinged lid reminiscent of pencil cases I used to bring to school. I prefer this packaging to the Naked palette’s velvet cardboard case with magnetic closure — not only is the tin case more durable, but it’s also easier to wipe clean and the mirror is much larger — it’s almost the size of the lid, unlike the much smaller mirror in the original. In addition to the eye shadows, the Naked Palette comes with a double-ended Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush and a 0.11 oz travel-size Lip Junkie Lipgloss in “Naked”.
Click on the picture above to see swatches of the 12 eye shadows in this palette. Naked 2 features taupe and gray-beige neutrals, whereas the original Naked palette focuses on warmer, bronzier colors. From left to right, the names of the colors are: Foxy (matte cream), Half Baked (shimmery golden-bronze), Booty Call (frosty champagne), Chopper (shimmery copper with silver sparkle), Tease (matte pale brown), Snakebite (shimmery dark bronze), Suspect (frosty pale golden beige), Pistol (frosty light gray-brown), Verve (shimmery pale beige-gray with a hint of pink), YDK (metallic bronze), Busted (shimmery dark plum-brown), and Blackout (matte intense black). Half Baked is the only color that appears in both Naked and Naked 2. I love the addition of the matte highlight color (Foxy), which was one of the drawbacks I found with the original palette. When you have so many shimmery colors, it’s nice to have a matte highlight color for balance.
Here are closeups of each end of the double-ended Good Karma brush that comes with Naked 2. The picture on the left is the flat shadow brush. This brush is both narrower and thinner than the Good Karma Eyeshadow Brush that comes with the original palette. The fluffy crease brush is shown on the right. The crease brush is denser but similar in size and shape to the MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush. Both the shadow and crease brushes can be purchased individually for $26.00 each. I don’t normally like double-ended brushes, but this one is convenient to carry around this this palette (especially when traveling).
The picture below is how the travel-size Lip Junkie Lipgloss in “Naked” looks on its own (no lip liner or any other lip product). The color is a pinky neutral, and it’s very sheer. This lip gloss has a vanilla-mint scent, and it stays put and lasts longer compared to other lip glosses.
Overall, Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette is such a great deal — you get 12 full-size eye shadows (0.05 oz each, the same amount as a single UD eye shadow that sells for $18.00 — that’s 12 x $18.00 = $216.00 value), a double-ended brush (that’s worth ~$35 if each brush separately is $26), and a 0.11 oz lip gloss (that’s 32% of a full-size Lip Junkie at $19.00 each, so that’s worth ~$6). That means you’re getting about $216 + $35 + $6 = $257 worth of product for only $50.00! If I could only buy either the original Naked or Naked 2, I’d lean towards Naked 2 because it’s a complete package — the matte highlight color and matte black are great to have in a single palette that I can take with me on vacation without having to bring additional eye shadows. However, I don’t think you absolutely need to have both Naked and Naked 2 palettes — if you like at least 3 colors from Naked 2, then it’s definitely worth checking out! I’ll be posting makeup looks using Naked 2 soon.