Hello lovely readers, I’ve got a real treat today. Due to a series of events that I won’t bore you with, I got the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. Yay! Now, I have a bunch of photos to share with you featuring this awesome palette. But first, let me address the cost issue. Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is very expensive by this blog’s standard. At full price, Naked 2 is $50 for 12 eyeshadows, 1 dual-ended brush, and a mini lip gloss. That’s a lot of money. However, despite the price, it is actually a really good deal. Urban Decay eyeshadows retail for $18 each, and the Naked 2 palette offers 12 full size shadows for $50. That is less than a quarter of the cost it would take to purchase the same amount of shadow individually, because $18 eyeshadow times 12 is $216. When you break it down, each shadow in the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette comes to $4.17, which is at the drugstore price point. You may not be used to buying 12 Maybelline or Revlon shadows all at once, but if you did it would cost as much (or more) as the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. Plus, you get a dual-ended brush and a mini Lip Junkie thrown in. If you manage to catch a sale at Sephora or Urban Decay, or if you cash in your Ulta Rewards points (as I did), you can get an even better bargain. Despite the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette being a high-end item, and despite its $50 price tag, I still deem it in the Beauty in Budget category.
Here is how the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette comes, front and back. The palette and gloss are nestled in a sturdy cardboard bed, and the whole thing is encased in a clear plastic box. (Click to enlarge all photos.)
The palette itself is metal and has a full size mirror that spans the entire length of the palette. The packaging differs quite a bit from the original Naked palette. Naked 2 has a snap closure which is extremely secure, yet very easy to get into. I really HATE it when companies make their palettes impossible to open without breaking a nail, which is often the case with drugstore, so I love how easy Naked 2 is to open. The snappy closures make Naked 2 a great palette to travel with because, combined with the sturdy packaging), it can get jostled around without fear of it unintentionally opening or the shadows breaking.
And now onto the shadows themselves. I understand why Urban decay has such a cult following. The consistency of the shadows is fan-freakin-tastic! Straight up, there it is. Although I do not think high-end makeup is necessary in any way, it’s hard not to be seduced by the silky smooth formula. The shadows blend easily without getting muddy, are very pigmented, and are versatile enough to be equally sheered out or built up for any look you want. Urban Decay is known for embracing shimmer shades, and Naked 2 contains 9 shimmers and only 3 matte shades. I love shimmers, so I don’t have a problem with that, but if you are a matte girl at heart be warned. The shadows are soft, so there is some fall-out with some of the shimmer shades, but nothing tragic.
Urban Decay Naked 2 palette really appealed to me because of the mid-toned taupes and greiges. I feel that you can accomplish both warm and cool toned looks with this palette, unlike the original Naked palette that leaned warmer and had more dark, smoky shades. The shades in naked 2 are much more my style. The following swatches were applied over bare skin, no primer.
- Foxy: Matte buttercream highlight shade. Foxy is a pale yellowed beige with a matte finish that is a bit on the sheer side.
- Half Baked: Golden bronze with shimmer. Half Baked is a light bronzy brown with a golden sheen. It has great color pay-off and minimal fall-out. Half baked was also in the original Naked palette.
- Booty Call: Shimmery pearly pink. Booty Call is a very light, whitish peachy-pink. It’s more of a frost finish.
- Chopper: Copper shimmer with silver micro glitter. Chopper is a medium red-toned copper with great color pay-off. Some fall-out.
- Tease: Matte mauve-brown taupe. Tease is medium taupe purpley-brown shade. Because Urban Decay doesn’t excel at matte shades, Tease is the weakest shade in the palette. The pigmentation isn’t as good as the other 11 shades, which is a shame because this could be a great crease color. You can absolutely still work with Tease and it makes a great transition shade.
- Snake Bite: dark antique metallic bronze. Snakebite is dark brown bronze with a golden olive sheen. It has a fantastic buttery texture with intense color payoff. It’s a fantastic shade and one of the strongest in the palette.
- Suspect: Medium champagne shimmer. Suspect is a soft golden beige taupe with a frosted, metallic sheen. It is a great neutral tone because I wouldn’t call it either cool or warm.
- Pistol: Simmery taupey pewter. Let me say, right off that I could not get a good swatch of Pistol. This picture doesn’t to it justice. Pistol is a pewter gray-brown shade with a frosted finish. It’s darker than it appears in this photo. In some lights it looks pewter gray, and in others it looks more brownish taupe. The payoff is good, and the texture is soft and smooth. I love Pistol; it’s one of my favorite shades.
- Verve: Shimmering Oyster. Verve is a pale grayish beige (greige) with hints of pink. It has a frosty finish that really catches the light. Verve pairs really well with Pistol.
- YDK: Metallic taupey bronze. YDK is a medium coppery brown with a frosted finish. The color payoff is great, but there are fall-out issues with what looks like glitter from who knows where. It’s worth it, though, the color is gorgeous.
- Busted: A dark purple chocolate brown. Busted is a deep brown with cool burgundy-purple tones. This is not the best swatch of it, because for some reason you can’t see the purple as well as you should. It has more of a satin finish. Good color pay-off, so be careful. You can get a black eye in a hurry with this one. 😉
- Blackout: matte black. Blackout is a really intense, deep black with a matte finish. It has really great payoff and goes on very black. It is perfect for eyeliner.
Lip Junkie Lip Gloss in Naked: Sheer neutral pink. I didn’t get a swatch photo of the gloss because I’m a big dork, but on the lips it applies sheer, but pretty, like a my-lips-but-better shade. I didn’t expect much from this gloss, but I may now be a Lip Junkie Lip Gloss convert. I love the formula and wonder if the other shades are also sheer, or if it’s just Naked. The gloss is non-sticky and really moisture rich, like a balm almost. It lasts for hours, too, which is awesome. The only thing I don’t like is the minty taste and tingle. I am against using irritants like mint in lip products (which is why I don’t use lip plumpers, JUST SAY NO to tingle) but the mint fades after a few minutes and doesn’t seem to cause a reaction on my lips. If not for the mint, I’d give the gloss 5 stars.
In conclusion, Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is great and I’m glad that I got it. The shadows are richly pigmented, blend beautifully, and last all day. The brush is good quality and increases the travel-ability of the palette with a shader, blender, and shadows all in one place. Although the lip gloss sample is small, the gloss is really nice and a great extra. I’ve already discussed what a great deal the palette is, and I couldn’t be happier. Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is available at Ulta, Sephora, and urbandecay.com, and retails for $50.