Rock Star! Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette {Review and Swatches}


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Sequels, in my opinion, generally miss the mark. The Urban Decay Naked 2 palette was highly anticipated following the success of the original. The Naked 2 is cooler-toned palette, pretty much the opposite of the Original Naked palette.

The packaging is different from the first installment, being made of tin

as opposed to brown felt that iconized the first palette. It’s has a full sized mirror and comes with a dual ended eyeshadow brush. Often included are travel sized primer potions, eyeliners even lipglosses, depending on when you buy yours.

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Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette has 12 eyeshadows: a mix of matte, simmers and satins.

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The Good Karma brush is a shader brush one side and the brush on the other side can be used for blending. The quality of the UD brushes is on point and this is no exception.

The tin case snaps shut so it is safe for travel so you don’t have to worry about your eyeshadow opening an spilling out onto your clothes or whatever it is you pack.

Is it the slimmest palette? No. Is it the bulkiest, not a chance.

Swatches

First Six shades of the UD Naked 2 palette.
First Six shades of the UD Naked 2 palette.

The first 6 shades from left to right are:

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Foxy is a pale-yellowed beige with a matte finish. This shade is great for highlighting the brow bone on medium complexions. If you are of a very deep skin tone, dark, it may look too stark. However, the texture is smooth and glides onto the lid. It doesn’t have fallout that I could detect and the satin feel is truly beautiful.

Half Baked makes a re-appearance. Originally in the Naked Palette, this is a make up lovers’ fave. It’s coppery brown with a golden sheen and a slight pink shift. Watching a YouTube tutorial of the Naked palette and not seeing someone use Half Baked is rare . . . true story. This is a standout shade in the palette. It’s a great all-over-the lid shade and a go-to shadow to create a bronze goddess eye look.

Booty Call is shimmery beige with a beautiful satin finish. With its suggestive name, I guess I expected this shade to twerk all over my eyelid, but it blended easily and is great to highlight the inner corners of the eyes.

Chopper is a peachy bronze that is metallic and very opaque. It is prone to fallout and you can see a bit of glitter. Once you blend it out. Or pack it on.

Tease is a taupe with a matte finish. It is very chalky and dense and the worst shade in the palette, which is a shame because it is the only matte transition shade. The shade itself is a good choice for a cool transition eye shadow and is insanely pigmented, which may not be a good thing because it isn’t the best quality.

Snakebite is dark bronze that looks like an antique gold. It has a really lovely dense, buttery texture with excellent color payoff.

 

The last six shades of the UD Naked 2 palette.
The last six shades of the UD Naked 2 palette.

The last six shades of the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

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Suspect is a soft metallic bronze. The colour pay off isn’t as intense for my liking but the sheen of it when applied to the eyelids is undeniably beautiful.

Pistol is a metallic grey with a gold shift. It has a smooth texture, applies evenly and is opaque. This is a perfect shade for a classic smoky eye and the unique pink shift is unlike anything I have in my collection.

Verve is a pale beige-gray with a pink tinge. It is good quality and has a good colour payoff.

YDK is a warm, copper with a brown undertone with a frost finish. The color payoff is good with a smooth texture

Busted is deep brown with a burgundy undertone and, golden shift. It has a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff is good and the texture is smooth

Blackout is a matte black. It isn’t patchy like most matte blacks I have encountered, which is a blessing because a matte black was missing from the original UD Naked Palette

Final Thoughts

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The shadows are highly pigmented. With the exception of Tease and Chopper, the texture of the eyeshadows is smooth, and applies easily onto the lid. There are just 3 matte shades, with a solid black in Blackout and a satin highlight shade in Foxy, which is a winner in my book. However, with a taupe being the only transition shade in the palette, you will have to grab another matte transition shade to do a full look, especially if you have darker skin. Overall, this palette is primarily cool-toned despite the warmer shimmer shades.

Personally, I prefer the Naked palette to this one. While there is only one transition shade, can create more looks with the Naked 2 than the Naked palette. In my opinion, the shades definitely lend themselves to smoky, darker and sultry looks. If you aren’t afraid to be a bit bolder and play up your eyes, this palette is for you. Embrace your inner rock star and pick this one up.

Where to buy: Urban Decay stockists. beautybay.com ships internationally or you have the option of using a third-party courier or buying from amazon or a third-party seller.

Price: Between R850 to R1000

UD is set to launch in SA in June or July this year, so watch out for that!

 

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