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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Well, I had successfully avoided it until very recently when the taupes became too tempting. The Naked 2 Palette is the cooler, taupe counterpart to the original Naked Palette and this is another product that has been around long enough for people to have already decided if they need it or not. Still, I'm going to give you my thoughts on the Naked 2 Palette and the products that come with it and with whether or not it's worth the $50 price tag when there are other, more affordable neutral palettes available.

To start, the palette comes with 12 shadows (.2g less than a full-sized 1.5g shadow), a double sided brush, and a sample sized lip gloss in Naked. While there is a repeat shadow, Half Baked, from the original Naked Palette the rest are a new assembly of shadows with cool undertones. In terms of diversity in finish and shade, there are two matte shadows (Foxy and Tease), a nearly satin finish shadow (Bootycall), and the rest are very frosted or shimmery. For those who don't like the UD shadows with chunky glitter, the good news is that there is none of that here. But, it also means that if you don't like a good shimmery shadow, this palette won't be for you with its measly two mattes. But, in its defense, they are good mattes and all of the shadows are up to the smooth, evenly applying shadows with stellar pigmentation. And, unless you have shadow singles, or previous palettes from Urban Decay, the colors will be unique to your collection too.

The brush and gloss are good additions to the palette although the brush adds some serious value, whereas the lip gloss might give you 4-5 uses. The double ended brush has both a crease and shadow brush valued at $26 a piece. So if you love a good UD brush, you get double the fun at a bargain price! Naked, the lip gloss, is an aptly named brown based pink shade that comes off very sheer on the lips and has a hint of shimmer. Still, it's smooth and has a hint of peppermint to give your lips a plumped look.

In terms of value, the shadows and brushes make this palette worth about $268, yet it's available for $50. Although this is $2 more than the original Naked was when it was released (what's up with that?!), it's still a great value considering the products you get. If you buy makeup sparingly and for quality, I definitely recommend this palette. The quality is stellar and the shades are rich, but they aren't necessarily unique. That means that if you're shadow obsessed, you could probably dupe the bulk of these colors with your collection. But, there is the convenience of having it in one compact. When it comes to asking, "Naked 1 or Naked 2?", the choice comes down to whether you want warmer or cooler shades.

Hope the mini analysis helps! Now, for the closeups and swatches.

Lip Gloss in Naked
Naked Gloss on Lips

From the left: Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper

From the left: Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper

From the left: Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol

From the left: Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol

From the left: Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

From the left: Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

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