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Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Review & Swatches

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Wow! It has been a busy week. I have much to post about in the following days and weeks ahead. Hope you ladies have been as excited about all the fantastic new products that have been coming out for summer. Can’t wait to try them.
This is the most talked about palette, since the debuted of Urban Decay’s Naked 1. UD Naked 2 is $50. You can find them at retailers like Sephora and Ulta.  Let’s take a look.
The palette comes nicely housed in a tin-style container, reminiscent of an old pencil case.

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Opened up, the layout is quite similar to the Naked Palette with 12 full-sized eye shadows and a full-length mirror going across the top. (My mirror broke) Value-wise, this is great for neutral lovers since 1 eyeshadow for Urban Decay retails for $17 so you are getting $204 worth of eyeshadow for $50 and that’s not even taking into account the brush included.

This mirror is actually much larger than the old palette, embedded in cardboard. I didn’t use the mirror on the last one since it was so small but this one is a more adequate size for actually putting eyeshadow on. The synthetic brush is dual-ended with a rounded blending brush end and a flat brush end.

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Here you can see the palette contains 12 shadows, 3 of which are mattes (foxy, tease, blackout) and I think it’s a good call that they added a matte highlight shade and matte black this time around. I was actually hoping for more mattes since I dearly love Buck from the last palette but they have quite a lot of metallics and satin-finish shades instead, and of course a signature metallic-with-glitter Chopper.

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Here’s a close-up of each section:

Foxy – matte cream
Half-Baked – metallic neutral gold
Bootycall – satin champagne (very similar to Virgin from the original Naked palette)
Chopper – metallic rose gold with silver micro glitters
Tease – matte mushroom taupe with purple undertones

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Tease – matte mushroom taupe with purple undertones
Snakebite – satin deep bronze
Suspect – satin light taupe
Pistol – satin warm steel grey
Verve – pale metallic slightly pinky grey (I really love this shade from the Rollergirl palette)

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Pistol – satin warm steel grey
Verve – pale metallic slightly pinky grey 
YDK – metallic toasty taupe with coppery micro micro glitters
Busted – satin plummy dark brown
Blackout – matte black

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I used a white base to make the shades pop more. Here are swatches of all the shades on my hand:
foxy / half baked / bootycall / chopper / tease / snakebite / suspect / pistol / verve / ydk / busted / blackout

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Do you need both Naked and Naked 2? Honestly probably not. Most of the shades are close enough to being duplicated from the first palette that it wouldn’t warrant another expensive purchase. If you don’t own either palette though, I think the Naked 2 is a really wonderful and well-rounded palette with a good range of light to dark colors in a variety of finishes. The glitter shades from Naked (Sidebar, I’m looking at you) went less used than the rest of the shadows but the glitter in Naked 2 (gorgeous rose-gold Chopper) is such a beauty and the glitters seem less dense that I think it might be one of my most-used shades in the very near future.

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It just comes down to what shades you prefer on yourself. If you want traditional warm browns, I recommend the original Naked. If you prefer medium, taupier colors then try Naked 2.

In other words, you can’t make me decide! Too bad we can’t have it all unless we own both….☺

So what do you think? What are your thoughts on the Naked 2? Which palette do you prefer?

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