Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Makeup Review: Urban Decay Naked2 Palette

Yes, I finally got the Naked2 because who wouldn't love to get naked with Urban Decay a second time? Knowing that I already loved the first palette made me have some high expectations for this palette, but I must say, this palette is exceptionally done just like the first one, and despite some others' thoughts, these two palettes are much more different than they seem!

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette along with bonus mini Lip Junkie Ligloss in Naked


Starting off with packaging, there is a sizable improvement! the Naked2 Palette is made of sleek taupe metal with embossed grey-brown letter with a hinged closure for good measure. Much unlike that of the original Naked Palette made of chocolaty colored suede with gold foiled lettering and a magnetic closure. I much prefer the packaging of this one because I feel like the hinged closure is much more secure without being a hassle or too hard to open unlike the magnetic one of the original which can easily open and close if left loose in a bag. I also like the sleeker overall packaging and their choice to go with metal instead of the suede because the original's suede tends to attach to any dirt and dust which makes the palette look chronically dirty whereas the Naked2 can easily be wiped down with a cloth. I also find that the gold lettering on the original has started to wear off due to constant use and from friction of bags when traveling (and I have only had mine for just over a year!). Plus, the mirror in the Naked2 is huge and takes up the entire length of the palette compared to the smaller one in the original which really does make me more likely to bring this palette with me when I need to quickly change up my look.

Crease/Blending Brush
Shadow/Shader Brush















I also love the fact that Urban Decay added the crease/blending brush on the other end of their eye shading brush (which is actually a bit smaller than the one in the original) in the Naked2 because it is much more convenient to have both brushes needed within the palette rather than only having the shading brush and then hunting around to find your own crease/blending brush. It was also nice to see that instead of including their original Urban Decay Primer Potion they decided to go with the Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked because it is always nice to have some variety since they tend to include primer potion in every eyeshadow palette, sometimes you just get sick of having a thousand little travel sizes of primer potion. Going back to the point, the mini Lip Junkie Lip Gloss is a welcome change and this slick gloss earns two thumbs up from me for average wear time of 2-3 hours without eating or drinking and a pretty neutral color that can be worn by anyone.


Now that we finally have the packaging covered, let's get down to the eyeshadows and their new formulation! However, there is something I need to get out of the way before I give you the details on the shadows, what I mean by matte, shimmer, and sparkle.


Matte: No shimmer or glitter, just plain color
Shimmer: Small, but noticeable flecks of glitter
Sparkle: Large, very obvious and noticeable flecks of glitter 

All Eyeshadows Left to Right: Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease,
Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, and Blackout

Eyeshadows Left to Right: Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, and Tease
Foxy- Matte creamy yellow that can be used as a highlight shade or used under or over other shades 
Half Baked- Shimmery golden color which is great as a lid color or as a highlight/inner-corner color for smokey brown looks
Bootycall- Shimmery warm-pink champagne that is perfect as a highlight shade and inner-corner color for almost any eyeshadow pairing
Chopper- Silver sparkle rusty copper color that works well as a lid color
Tease- Matte pale mauved-brown that looks great when used as a lid color, transition color, or crease color

Eyeshadows Left to Right: Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, and
Verve
Chopper- Silver sparkle rusty copper color that works well as a lid color
Tease- Matte pale mauved-brown that looks great when used as a lid color, transition color, or crease color
Snakebite- Shimmery dark bronze perfect for a lid color in a bronze smokey look or as a crease color or outer corner color in everyday looks
Suspect- Shimmery golden taupe-beige that works nicely as a lid color or highlight for a dark bronze look
Pistol- Perfect light shimmery grey-taupe that can be used as a lid color, crease color, or outer corner color
Verve- Shimmery silver with pink undertones that can be easily used as a highlight/inner corner color 

Eyeshadows Left to Right: Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, and Blackout
Suspect- Shimmery golden taupe-beige that works nicely as a lid color or highlight for a dark bronze look
Pistol- Perfect light shimmery grey-taupe that can be used as a lid color, crease color, or outer corner color
Verve- Shimmery silver with pink undertones that can be easily used as a highlight/inner corner color
YDK- Sparkle cool pink-bronze perfect as a lid color or crease color for lighter looks
Busted- Slightly shimmery deep brown with mauve undertones (similar to Hustle) that works great as a crease and outer corner color
Blackout- Matte saturated true black perfect for a crease color and outer corner color for smoky eyes or if used sparingly can deepen another crease or outer corner color and can even be used with a liner brush to line the upper lashline

Overall I must say that I like the new formulation of these eyeshadows. Urban Decay eyeshadows have always been great quality with a smooth, creamy formula, but these are just a tad bit creamier than before to the touch and the sparkle eyeshadows have much less glittery fallout than the ones created with the old formulation. Thanks to this new formulation, I can actually see myself using the sparkle eyeshadows much more often than I used to. However, I don't really like that they included Half Baked again in this palette because as much as I like the color, I just don't reach for it everyday and I probably won't ever go through both pans of it but, I still find that each of the Naked palettes are great deals, especially this one because it includes all twelve eyeshadows, a mini Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked, and a double ended brush, plus a super-sized mirror!


The Stats:
 - Great Quality
 - Made with new reformulated eyeshadows!
 - Great Deal! Just $50 for 12 eyeshadows (each $18 separately), plus a double ended brush and mini Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked
 - 5 exclusive shades (Urban Decay recently added these shades to the permanent line except for Bootycall)
 - Travel Friendly!
 - Contains everyday neutrals to dark colors perfect for a smokey eye
 - New Sleek, Durable Packaging
 - Huge mirror that runs the length of the palette


Do you own the Naked2 or Original Naked?
Which one do like better? Tell me in the comments!

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