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.