Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – Review and Swatches
I was hesitant to purchase this. Not only did I “recently” (make-up time) purchase the original Naked, but it seemed so excessive to have both the original and the sequel neutral eyeshadow phenom. But, this was my second birthday gift from my youngest sister Harmony and I have to admit – there’s a lot to say for this baby. Let’s get started! And of course, expect a picture heavy post. Oh! I will be refraining from comparing this to Naked 1 from here on – as I’ve got a comparison post in the works and we don’t want to overwhelm you now do we?
This is the follow up to the cult classic, Naked palette from Urban Decay. It contains 12 shadows, a dual-ended shadow brush and a sample of their Lip Junkie gloss in Naked. All this for $50 USD. However, you get full sizes of each shadow including 5 exclusive shades and several repromotes. The value for each shade individually, assuming you could get them, would be $204 USD. And then there’s the gloss and dual-ended shadow brush (each full size side would cost $26 individually.) It’s a spectacular value.
UDN2 is packaged in a metal case that snaps closed. There’s a large mirror on the inside of the lid. It’s approximately 8in wide by just under 3in tall and a bit over 1.5in deep. Of course, it’s not super daily-trip travel friendly but it’s a good solid package for actual vacations. My biggest gripe with the packaging is that my lid keeps popping open! It’s quite frustrating and I’ve taken to using a bit of resealable tape to keep it shut.
Naked 2 comes with a cardboard insert depicting the contents. This means official swatch images~ Of course if you want official product shots, you can view the best ones at the Urban Decay website’s page for this palette: here.
I know that I’ve mentioned that UD takes really good product images. Did that stop me from going snapshot happy? Noooooooope. Remember to click for full size images.
Enough pictures for you? I hope not because there’s a TON more coming your way…Swatches below.
Here’s the color breakdown with Sephora’s color descriptions in parenthesis.
Foxy (cream bisque with matte finish) – I’d call this a matte cream or off white. It’s the least pigmented and chalkiest of the palette. It’s definitely not a “bisque” at all – bisques are a soup that are usually strongly colored with tints of orange or yellow. And chalky isn’t exactly creamy now is it?
Half Baked (golden-bronze with shimmering finish) – Does this need any elaboration? It’s the same shadw that was included in N1.
Booty Call (shimmering cork) – Cork makes me think a strongly yellow or orange based brown. This is not what booty call is. It’s a very light peachy champagne with a satiny finish in the pan. For some reason it goes quite colorless on me and I use it for the golden iridescent that peeks out. This is one of the five exclusive new shades for N2.
Chopper (copper shimmer with silver microglitter) – I’ll go with Sephora on this one. It’s a true coppery color and there are small specks of silver that glitter in the light. It’s got reddish and pink tones in certain lights so I can see why some people refer to it as a rose gold.
Tease (creamy pale brown with matte finish) Another of the 5 new shades, tease is nicely spot on. I’d venture to say it goes into browny, matte taupe territory.
Snake Bite (dark bronze shimmer with metallic base) – This color is really hard for me to describe. It’s a chocolately brown with lots of metallic sheen to it. The reflective properties really make me think of a snake’s scales. It too is a new shade.
Suspect (pale golden beige with shimmering finish) – Pale? Beige? No, not so much. It’s a metallic champagne that’s warm but doesn’t border on brown. I’m tempted to just give in and call it a pale gold too but it’s NOT pale and it’s almost too taupey or gray to be gold.
Pistol (light gray-brown with shimmering finish) – Pistol is a true gray-brown taupe. It’s one of the five new shades.
Verve (oyster with shimmering finish) – Oyster or mother of pearl? I’m going with the latter. It’s got some interesting tones to it (ranging from silvery to gold) that I’m pleased were captured in the above close up.
YDK (cool bronze shimmer with metallic base) – If Half Baked and Chopper had a baby, it’d be YDK. It’s a lovely rosy gold.
Busted (deep brown with shimmering finish) – It’s definitely a nice deep dark brown with what I believe are coppery shimmers throughout. It’s one of the 5 exclusive shades.
Blackout (blackest black with matte finish) – It’s a matte black, but it’s not THE BLACKEST BLACK. I was oddly disappointed by the pigmentation of this one.
Of the twelve shades, foxy and blackout (ironically the two most basic and matte shades) are the only ones that disappoint. The rest are richly pigmented. I will say that Blackout isn’t the WORST black I’ve seen, just nowhere near the blackest.
8 of the included shades are a joy to apply. Suspect is kind of fall-outy and as mentioned above, Blackout and Foxy are a bit unpigmented, chalky and hard to blend out. Overwhelmingly though, these are good, buttery shadows that love to be blended.
Without primer, I found that the cooler metallic shades didn’t wear very long on my oily lids. About 5-6 hours. With primer (but not UDPP) they can all last for about 8-9 hours with only the most minor of creasing.
The Naked 2 palette comes with two extras. The Lip Junkie mini gloss and the dual-sided eyeshadow brush. Let’s take a look at them…
As you can see the lip junkie comes in a squeezey plastic tube with your standard (if miniaturized) UD styling. I was actually a fan of this mini, despite its strong minty scent and taste.
I like the consistency, the shimmer that manages not to look too crazy-fake and the tacky but not sticky formula.It’s got reddish pink micro-shimmer that adds to the pinkish shade. It’s a good MLBB shade for brown/rosy pigmented lips like mine.
The other extra is the dual-sided Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush. It’s an exclusive offering with this set but I wasn’t terribly impressed.
It’s got stiff, synthetic fibers that serve “okay” to pat on color but not so much for blending it out. I took it out and put in my own brush because this one doesn’t do much for me. Getting both of these brushes would cost you $52 USD so it’s still nice of them to include it. I’m just not a fan.
UD presents it as a 12 Taupe/Griege (Gray Beige) Neutrals….not so sure about that. I’d say there are about 3 shades that could be described as either and the rest are just metallic would-be neutrals. And a black. A lot of people say you don’t need both. Normally I’d be bound to agree if I had set color preferences for my shadows. If you do, I’d say choose the one who’s selection appeals to you more. For my small shadow collection and myself: I’m happy that I have both warm and cooler options of shadows with such great payoff and texture.
Worth every penny. Easily.
Sturdy and clean but not travel-friendly for everyday use. And there’s that lid…
Color Accuracy: 7/10
Amazing product images…occasionally questionable descriptions.
The matte shades leave a lot to be desired while the shimmers blow the competition away.
The same shades that suffer from pigmentation suffer in the application round. There are some fallout issues as well.
More than most are long-wearing colors and the rest can go just as long with some primer!
Useless but expensive, full-size dual-ended brush and a nice sample of a gloss. I liked the extras but sincerely hope they didn’t contribute to the price.
Overall: 80% (B-)
This is a solid palette, good for expanding a budding collection. It suffers from a lot of minor issues that bring the value down for me – the extras feel more like a placation than a genuine offering, the matte shades are hugely disappointing and UD really needs to rethink their descriptions. The PRODUCT itself is great and I highly recommend it.
All for now!