Delighted to be blogging about the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. I received this to review, in addition to the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation which is my favourite foundation. I’ve actually already reviewed it and I love it, you can see my post here.
Moving on to the Naked 2 palette. I already own the first Naked palette and there’s no denying the Naked palettes just really work. From the varying textures in the palette, to the wearable shades, to the excellent formula both in terms of application and wear time and not forgetting the versatility, Urban Decay’s Naked palettes are just a brilliant idea, taking you from subtle looks to dramatic looks with just one palette, if you are not a makeup hoarder one palette could cover all your eye shadow needs, if you are a hoarder, then get them all!
And lets not forget, so popular have the Naked palettes been they’ve spawned a thousand nude and natural palettes from other brands, and they haven’t stopped coming yet, and its easy to see why.
Naked 2 is filled with taupe toned neutrals, in a variety of finishes, from ultra shimmery to ultra matte, from the softest cream shade to the darkest black and everything in between.
The palette itself is a taupe neutral metal with a satisfying click shut and a hinged, mirrored lid. Also included is a double ended brush and Primer Potion samples.
Before I go into the eyeshadows in more depth, a quick word about the brush. It makes a huge change for a brand to included a quality, useable brush with a palette (hello premium brands that include sponge tipped applicators!), and I love Urban Decay brushes and the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush is next on my wish list, having had it used on me in store and played about with it, it’s just amazing. So, the eyeshadow brush is great too and more than passable for on the go application.
Moving onto a closer look at the shades and swatches, you’ll see a photo of four shades, names underneath each shade, followed by swatches of the same shades in the same order. Swatches are all on bare skin, no primer.
Stand out shades for me are Tease, Busted and Bootycall, for no other reason than they are my favourite shades. Pistol was a little disappointing in the swatch, but let me tell you it’s incredible over primer. All of the shades are amazing over primer, if you don’t have Urban Decay Potion Primer eye primer, I’d recommend it, these eye shadows work amazingly well without primer, but they are incredible with. It not only affects the depth of the colour but increases the wear time.
If I had to choose between this and the original Naked palette I’d choose this one purely for the addition of the black, I wear a lot of black eye make up, and not just at night-time, so having a great black, handily packaged with my other shadows is a real bonus for me.
I’m no make up artist, but here’s a subtle little look I wore the other day, along with the Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Foundation.
Definitely recommend this one. As I say you can’t go wrong with Urban Decay eye shadows in general, but this is my favourite Naked Palette.
You can purchase your own Naked 2 Palette for £38 from Urban Decay online.
*Both the palette and foundation were received free of charge for review purposes.