Friday, December 9, 2011

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette: Swatches & Review + Original Naked Palette Comparison!

In case you haven't heard, Urban Decay came out with a new Naked 2 palette. As soon as I had gotten word a new palette was coming out, I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP! If you all remember from the first Naked palette, it caused quite a frenzy in the makeup world. It was so hard to get because it was sold out everywhere. It took me at least 2 months to order mine. There was quite a traffic in cyberspace the day I ordered the palette - I had to log on and off a few times. 

There are some similarities to the original Naked and Naked 2 palette. Both palettes contains 12 shades that range in color from light to dark, creating a wide variety of makeup looks for everyone. The Naked 2 palette came with a mini Lip Junkie gloss in Naked whereas the original Naked palette came with a mini Eyeshadow Primer Potion. 

The Naked 2 palette is packaged in a metal casing that keeps the shadows secure. Inside the Naked 2 palette  is a full sized mirror and comes with a dual ended brush- 1 flat all over shader brush and 1 crease brush. The original Naked palette came with a small mirror and a dual ended pencil liner in Zero (black) and Whiskey (brown). The packaging for the original Naked palette is a dark brown felt cardboard box. Both palettes are similar in size.

mini Lip Junkie gloss in Naked

Also, a free mini eyeliner in Eldorado ( a gold color) was sent when you ordered on the Urban Decay website.

Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

Here are my thoughts on the Naked 2 palette: the palette offers a more cool tone shade of colors, more on the cool, taupe side. The original Naked palette leans more on the warm tone side. There are only 3 shades in the Naked 2 palette that is a matte finish: Foxy (a light beige), Tease (a rose shade) and Blackout (matte black). The rest of the shades are more on the shimmery side. When I first opened my palette, I immediately noticed that there was a bit of a fallout from the colors. I find that Foxy was a little bit challenging to swatch. The color doesn't pick up as easily with a finger. But when swiped with a brush, the color does pick up and apply well on the lid. Half Baked is the only color that is common in both the original Naked and Naked 2 palette. Busted (Naked 2) and Hustle (Naked) look similar in the packaging but Busted is quite darker than Hustle when swatched. Another pair of colors that seem similar are Toasted (Naked) and YDK (Naked 2) but Toasted is a bit more pink than YDK. Snakebite (Naked 2) and Smog (Naked) is another pair of color that are quite similar when swatched - a metallic brown. Chopper and Sidecar are not similar at all in color but their texture is about the same: very shimmery- expect more fallout from these 2 shades.

So, do you need to get both?  Probably not. I think it's just preference which you would pick. For me because I collect makeup, yes, I want and need both. Both palettes offers a diverse range of shades that you can create many looks from.
As far as pricing goes, the Naked 2 palette retails for $50- $6 more than the first batch of the Naked palette that was released (with the dual ended liners) and $2 more that second batch of the Naked palette (with the brush). (For those that couldn't get their hands on the first batch of the original Naked palette, the second batch that was released came with a brush and not a dual ended liner). 

I used the Naked 2 palette today. The colors I used are Foxy for all over the lid and eyebrow highlight, Tease on the outer V and applied higher up on the crease, blended down lightly towards the lid and for a bit of shimmer, YDK applied all over the lid. For me this look is great for everyday office wear.

 You can order this palette on Urban Decay's website. Sign up for their emails to notify you when the palettes are available.

What do you think? Will you pick up the Naked 2?

xoxo, L

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