Urban Decay Naked Palette 2: Better Than the Original?

Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette ($50) was released in early December as a follow up to their best-selling Naked Palette.

The Naked 2 Palette ($50) contains 12 eyeshadows:

Foxy: matte cream yellow.

Half-Baked: metallic gold.

Bootycall: satin white beige.

Chopper: medium rose gold with silver/copper shimmers.

Tease: matte purple taupe.

Snakebite: dark golden bronze.

Suspect: satin champagne.

Pistol: warm grey with slight brown undertones.

Verve: light pink champagne grey.

YDK: metallic copper taupe.

Busted: warm satin brown with red undertones.

Blackout: matte black.

Unlike the original Naked palette, the Naked 2 palette comes packaged in a tin container with a mini Lip Junkie lipgloss in the shade “Naked.”  It opens up to reveal 12 full-sized eyeshadows (3 of which are matte) and a full-size mirror going across the length of the palette.  The Naked 2 palette supposedly features more secure packaging.  Packaging for neither the original Naked or the Naked 2 is perfect: the Naked palette attracted plenty of fingerprints and loose eyeshadow, while the Naked 2 palette is prone to dents and scratches.

In regards to the eyeshadows themselves, the original Naked palette features much warmer colors, while the Naked 2 has more neutral medium colors and taupes. The quality and the color payoff of the eyeshadows in the Naked 2 palette are great.  A matte cream and a matte black are included, which complements the other colors well and makes this palette more well-rounded than the original.

I personally cannot recommend one palette over the other because I think that they are unique enough to warrant buying both.  If you were a beginner and were looking to invest in an all-in-one palette, I would say the original Naked palette is your best choice.  Not only does the Naked palette include a mini primer potion, but it also contains two matte brown shades that could be used on eyebrows as well.   However, I think that the Naked 2 is also a good investment, especially since it is a palette with such beautiful taupes and medium warm colors.  I do think that the Naked 2 palette is worth it, especially since you will 12 full-sized eyeshadows, a double-ended shadow/crease brush, and a mini lip gloss for the price. But it eventually comes down to what colors you prefer for your skintone and whether you’re willing to make the investment.

You can find the Naked 2 palette in your local Sephora, Ulta, and urbandecay.com.





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2 Responses to Urban Decay Naked Palette 2: Better Than the Original?

  1. La Proffessionnelle February 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Thanks for your review.–Too bad about the fingerprint issues! Blah!! :-/ I think I may actually prefer one of those Kat Von D palletes–have you tried those?

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