It’s Friday! Which means it’s time again for the next post in the Urban Decay Naked palette mini-series! This week it’s Naked 2’s turn to take the spotlight, and I will be reviewing everything in depth. It will have the same format as the first post about the Naked 1 palette; I will talk about the packaging, each individual colour in the palette, the pros and cons… Everything! I hope you are enjoying this mini series. I’m putting so much time and effort into these to make them perfect – it’s why they always turn out so long! I try and pack as much information and suggestions in to one little blog post as I can, and I hope it’s not all too much to take in at once! If you missed the first post about the Naked 1 palette, you can click here to read all about it.
Naked 2 is an overall cool toned palette, but that doesn’t mean you have to have cool toned skin to be able to wear these shades! However, I would recommend this palette for more lighter skins rather than darker skins. This opinion is only based on the fact that if you’re going for a natural ‘no makeup’ makeup look, there’s a lot more colours in this palette that paler people would be able to get away with, and the opposite can be said for the Naked 1 palette with darker girls. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy it if you like it though! The great thing about makeup is that you’re free to wear whatever you want. It is a form of art after all!
I absolutely love the packaging of this palette! It’s very simplistic, with a smooth, metallic exterior coloured a light beige with the iconic Naked font plastered largely across the front. I’m so glad Urban Decay decided to change the packaging from the first palette. The Naked 2 packaging is much sturdier compared to the flimsy Naked 1, and you could travel with this palette without the fear of it bending and breaking the colours inside. That doesn’t mean you can throw palette about though! As with any palette, a knock on the outside can still crack and ruin the eyeshadows inside. Another great thing about the packaging of this palette compared to the Naked 1 is the fact that you can easily clean it if it was to become dirty – which is a lot less likely with the metallic exterior. Obviously, a metallic texture is a lot different to suede, and everything clings to suede. With the metal, dust and other makeup just slides off, which is great if you’re the kind of person who loves to keep their things looking brand new!
This palette also comes with a much bigger mirror than the Naked 1, but it doesn’t stand up on its own – it kind of just flops back, so unless you were to prop it up against something or hold it in one hand while you did your makeup with the other (if you can do that, I’m impressed! I always feel like I need both hands for some reason, even if it’s just to rest my head on my hand to keep it steady while I do what I’m doing!) it would be quite difficult to use.
I also failed to mention in the post about the Naked 1 palette (sorry!) that it comes with a brush, but only a single ended brush. I didn’t have it with me when I was writing about it so it totally escaped my mind when I was writing it. So I’ll just say quickly: the Naked 1 brush is only one sided, with a flat eyeshadow brush, unlike the other palettes that proceeded it, which are double ended with a flat eyeshadow brush on one end, and a fluffier blending brush on the other end. Personally, I prefer to use my Real Techniques brushes than the brush in the palette. That’s solely just based on what I’m used to though. The Naked 2 brush is not a bad brush at all, however the blending end can seem a bit short and stiff for a blending brush (cue someone telling me it’s not a blending brush, haha! Correct me if I’m wrong!). If you would like to see the brushes, click here for a picture – I don’t have the Naked 1 brush so I can’t take one myself!
The Naked 2 palette was the last of the palettes to enter my collection. This one was a gift from my Mum and Dad this Christmas, and I believe it was bought at Debenhams. Like all the other palettes, this one costs £39 as well, which like I said before can seem pricey for makeup – but you must keep in mind that these are high quality eyeshadows, and you also get 12 shades.
The 12 colours in the palette from left to right are as follows:
- Foxy: A matte cream shade. If you’re a pale girl like I am, this shade will most likely just blend in with your actual skin tone. This shade is a good base colour, but you need to make sure your brush is completely clean before diving into it. Literally just now I made the mistake of using the brush I had used this morning to apply MAC’s Amber Lights to my lid to try and pick up some Foxy with some Fix+ on my brush and the only thing that happened is that I made a nice long orange streak down the center of the eyeshadow (good one Antonia). However, no, using Fix+ didn’t seem to make the shade appear any brighter. It could be used as a matte highlight for darker people, but for paler girls it’s better to just stick to this shade as a base colour.
- Half Baked: I never noticed it until I started comparing these palettes but as soon as I saw the name of the shade I realised there is also Half Baked in the first Naked palette! To make sure they were the same, I got out the first palette and swatched the two shades next to each other; they are similar, but not exactly the same. The Half Baked shade in the Naked 1 palette is a lot softer compared to Naked 2 and applies a lot easier. The Naked 2 version seems to be more compact and slightly less shimmery. In terms of colour, Naked 1 is a more orange-gold, whereas the Naked 2 is a more yellow-gold. This pretty shimmer gold shade would be a great colour on the mobile lid on both lighter and darker people.
- Bootycall: This shade doesn’t look shimmery in the pictures, but it is actually a shimmer shade! It’s looks quite white but it has some peachy pink undertones. It would be nice as an inner corner or brow bone highlight on all skin colours. It may be a little more subtle on lighter skins though. For me, it barely shows but it certainly adds something a little extra.
- Chopper: Chopper is a very unique colour in this palette, and another shade that I think would be complement both light and dark skin tones. It’s a kind of rose gold that would be a very flattering colour on the mobile lid. Chopper is one of my personal favourites in the palette and I use it almost every time I use this palette.
- Tease: Tease is another one of three matte shades in this palette. It’s a pale pink-brown, and perfect as a transition colour.
- Snakebite: A gorgeous bronze/copper shimmer. Great for darkening the outer corners of your eyes and creating smoky eye looks.
- Suspect: Suspect is a shimmery taupe colour that would make either a great transition shade or an outer corner colour for very light looks. I don’t think I’ve ever used this shade, but I’m definitely going to try and work it in somewhere!
- Pistol: A dark shimmery grey, another shade I don’t really use. Would be nice on the outer corner.
- Verve: Verve is a light silver shimmer. I think this shade would be great for highlighting the inner corners, or even as a mobile lid shade for darker looks!
- YDK: YDK is another one of my favourites in the palette. To me, it feels like a darker version of Chopper, but the shades aren’t actually very similar. Chopper is more of a rose gold shade, whereas YDK is a more coppery colour with subtle pink undertones.
- Busted: Busted is the darkest shimmer colour in the palette, and appears very purple in the pan. However, I think once swatched it’s a lot less exciting. It’s definitely not black like Blackout, but it doesn’t come off very purple either. To me, it looks like a very dark brown with a slightly purple hue. This is another shade that would be great for a smoky eye look, and would definitely be a great shade to put in the outer corner.
- Blackout: Blackout is the last matte in the palette, and is literally just a dark flat black. Personally, I never use this shade because I’m not a fan of black eyeshadow. I think it has a tendency to get very messy, and it’s not easily fixed when things go wrong. I know a lot of people think that black is a staple colour for almost everything, but with eyeshadow I think it’s better to pass. It’s nice to know it’s there if I ever need it but honestly, I never reach for it at all.
I have similar complains about this palette to the Naked 1 palette which is that there is just a huge lack of matte shades! Out of the 12 shades, only three (Foxy, Tease, and Blackout) that are matte, and they are all drastically different from each other. I also feel that the shades in this palette aren’t as soft as the Naked 1 shades, and I also feel like they are slightly less pigmented in the Naked 2 palette. When swatching on my arm, the shades Foxy, Bootycall, and Verve barely showed up on my skin – and I know this is also because I’m pale, but with the exception of Foxy (the matte shade), I barely saw any shimmer on the other shades! I think this is very odd for a Naked palette, as they are mostly great quality – it’s just that some of the shades in this particular palette are quite a let down.
If you would like to create some new eyeshadow looks with this palette, here are a few pairings you could try:
- Foxy (base), Tease (crease), Chopper (mobile lid), Snakebite (outer corner), Verve (inner corner + brow bone highlight).
- Foxy (base), Suspect (crease), Half Baked (mobile lid), Pistol (outer corner), Bootycall (inner corner + brow bone highlight).
- Foxy (base), Tease (crease), YDK (mobile lid), Busted (outer corner), Verve (inner corner + brow bone highlight).
- Foxy (base), Suspect (crease), Verve (mobile lid), Half Baked (outer corner), Bootycall (inner corner + brow bone).
- Beautiful cool toned shades.
- Very different from the Naked 1 palette, with the exception of Half Baked being a repeat colour.
- Universally flattering – however is better suited for paler girls when going for a no makeup look.
- Pretty, simplistic, and sturdy packaging.
- Has 12 shades.
- Plenty of colour combinations.
- Long wearing.
- Comes with a double ended brush.
- Bigger mirror.
- Not as pigmented as Naked 1.
- Lacking matte shades.
- Some colours don’t work very well/appear different when swatched.
- Price is £39 (only a con depending on how much you are willing to spend on a palette).
I hope that wasn’t all too much to take in! Since starting this blog the weeks seem to come up so quickly, I can’t believe it’s time for the second Naked palette post already. I hope you enjoyed this one, and in case you missed it earlier, if you missed the Naked 1 post and you would like to read about it, you can click here to go straight to it. Next up is the Naked 3 palette (my personal favourite!) so I’m very excited to write about it. See you in the next one!