Monday, January 30, 2012

Urban Decay Naked2 Review

Didn't I say that my recent New Year Haul would satiate my urge to shop for the month? Totally not true!

Just the next day after I wrote my post, I woke up to a Facebook notification tagging me to one of the massive makeup haul photo I've ever seen by my dearest cousin, Rina (MakeMeUpPink), who lives in Australia. So apparently she shops online and those that can't be shipped internationally she ships them over to our other cousin in Connecticut and then she ships them to her. She went into a crazy makeup shopping spree and ordered a lot of things over the holidays and she snapped a photo of it and tagged me. I was amazed by the amount of makeup she got and I was so jealous when my eye caught the NAKED2 palette in her haul. After her babbling about how great it is and how she made our other cousin give in and order it and after hours upon hours of pondering whether I should order it online too, I finally caved in. So I went to the Sephora website and immediately added it to my cart before I could change my mind. And a few days later I got it! The NAKED2 is finally in my hands! Yay! :)



I'd say this outright and some would probably curse me for saying this, but I'm honestly more in love with NAKED than with NAKED2.

Well, let's get to swatches first. Below you could see the swatches of the shadows in the NAKED2 palette.



The Naked2 palette is cooler toned compared to the Naked palette which have warmer shades of neutrals. This palette also boasts of five new shades from UD which are Bootycall, Tease, Snakebite, Pistol and Busted.

Most people have been asking, "Is it really necessary for me to get Naked2 if I have the original Naked palette?" Well, my answer for that is simple. It depends on your personal preference. I prefer using cooler shades of neutrals if I have a tan and the warmer shades against my natural skin color. I received the Naked2 palette around the time where my tan from vacation is already fading back to its natural tone and that I'm looking for warmer shades to wear thus my preference to the original Naked palette.

Don't get me wrong, the Naked2 is really a great palette but there are just some things I would like to point out. First, the shade Half Baked is an obvious repeat from the original palette. C'mon, Half Baked is a wonderful eyeshadow but I think Urban Decay could do better than repeating it in Naked2. Another thing is, as much as I love the original Naked palette with all the wonderful shadows, I realized upon receiving the Naked2 that there are some shadows I want to exchange with the palettes. I'd very much want Sidecar and Sin from the original to be transferred into the Naked2 and from the Naked2 I'd like Chopper and Snakebite to go into the Naked palette. Though I love shimmery and frosty lids, I was also expecting more matte shadows from the Naked2 and they only came up with three: Foxy, Tease and Blackout. Tease is a wonderful blending/transition color and I think it is one of the best shades in the Naked2. For this palette, my favorite shadows would be Snakebite, Suspect and Tease which I mostly use together.

Urban Decay eyeshadows is one of the most pigmented and buttery shadows I've ever encountered, however, upon getting the NAKED2, I was a bit disappointed in one particular shade - Foxy. Foxy applies a little bit sheer than I would like. When picked up by the finger or by the brush it shows nice pigmentation but upon application it's too light and sheer to show up on my skin tone. Mind you, I'm not that light in complexion. I'm more of warm medium in skin tone and for this shade not to show up is kind of a miss for me. Other shadows in this palette are absolutely amazing - pigmentation and application-wise.

The packaging for this palette is art-school inspired and it is so reminiscent of tin pencil cases I used to own as a child. The case is much sturdy than the original palette's but I still don't know how I feel about it. If there's one thing that I really love about this palette and it's packaging it would be the mirror inside which is wider compared to the other palette and take up the whole inner lid space. I also have to point out that along with this palette is a sample size of the Lip Junkie Lip Gloss in Naked as opposed to the UD Primer Potion of the original Naked palette. This is kind of an interesting mix since this gloss would go with any look you would create with the shadows but I would still prefer the UDPP since that would make the shadows stay longer without creasing and become more vibrant.

This particular palette is definitely not a miss but I wouldn't say it's a great hit for me either.  I am really glad that I picked up both palettes since both would cater to my weird preferences. I could already even picture myself using this palette more often in the summer with my tanned skin.

20 comments:

  1. See I'm on the fence about this one I was just about to finally break down and buy Naked when Naked 2 came out! I kind of lean more towards Naked myself I like the overall appearance of the colors better but I just can't decide. Maybe I should just get both lol.

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    1. True, when you can't decide, buy both! haha Actually for the past few weeks I've been wearing Tease, Suspect and Snakebite a lot though I still generally prefer the Naked. :) I guess, it's just whatever tickles our fancy. :))

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  2. I got mine in the mail on Sat and have been playing around with the eye shadows every day since. I agree with you--Tease is an amaaazing color and I've used it in every look I've created, but I so wish there were more neutral mattes like Tease in the Naked2. Also, besides Half Baked being an obvious repeater, the new shade Busted is almost an identical dupe of Hustle from the original palette. The only difference is that Busted is silkier to the touch. Other cons: hate the brush... ugh!!! It doesn't matter though, b/c Verve, Pistol, Tease, Foxy and Bootycall all make up for it lol

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    1. I actually love the blending brush but the flat shadow side I don't really love.

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  3. The palette looks gorgeous, I haven't got either of the Naked Palettes but really like them, can't decide on the NAKED (1) or Too Faced Natural Eyes Kit, what do you think I should go for? xxx

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    1. The Too Faced Natural Eyes hsa more pinks in it but you could also do smokey looks with it though it doesn't have much options than Naked/Naked2 because it only has 9 shadows. It really depends on what you think would suit you better because the quality is also great. :)

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  4. Ugh, I want this palette SO BADLY. It just came out here in Canada last Wednesday but I don't have a Sephora and I won't be getting up to one for a while so I'm almost at the point of ordering it. I didn't buy N1, because I found the shades to be too bronze-heavy, so I'm really looking forward to building some grungy greige eyes with N2 when I finally get my hands on it.
    xxxx

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    1. Have fun with it when you get it! :)

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  5. thanks for your honest in-depth review.
    i always think about getting one of naked palettes whether it's original or II, but then remind myself that warm neutrals don't work best on me, plus i own more than a couple shades from the palettes as single shadows.

    i'd love to see some EOTD or FOTD of yours with these! :)

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    1. I already have one up, but I'll do make more. :)

      http://urhappybunnie.blogspot.com/2012/01/greige-eyes.html#comment-form :)

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  6. your swatches look great, i can really see the colors. :) i think they are all pretty, but my favorites are chopper, tease, and pistol. :D

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/
    Udderly Smooth Giveaway

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  7. ..."The packaging for this palette is art-school inspired and it is so reminiscent of tin pencil cases I used to own as a child."

    LOL that's exactly what i thought at first too!

    my opinion hasnt changed - i love both NAKEDS equally.. they are like my babies and if i favour one more than the other, it'll be like im betraying one of my kids LOL

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  8. Despite having the original naked I didn't hesitate to pick this one up. I haven't played with mine yet but I love the swatches you have up, makes me glad I picked up this palette.

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  9. This stuff looks amazing.. I love the 'half baked' shade

    thanks for sharing xx

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  10. I'm a bit jealous! I really want the naked 2, I think it looks gorgeous :)

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  11. I just ordered NAKED after having a long debate with myself between the naked or naked 2! I definitely like the color palette better on naked rather than naked 2!

    Love your blog! Following :)

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    1. Good for you! Hope you have fun with your naked palette! :)
      I will go and check out your blog too. :)

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  12. I want this soo badly! Still unsure whether to get this one or the second one!

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  13. Well that solved a lot of questions. I've been debating it and I think I will hold off on the purcahse!! Hey thanks for visiting my blog. :-)

    http://vaintastic.blogspot.com/

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