Urban Decay starting baiting all of us beauty lovers last week by confirming the rumors of the second Naked palette. They also surprised us by releasing a limited quantity of them last week. Luckily I was in the right place at the right time and snagged one.
I have heard a lot of chatter about this palette- is it worth it, is it the same as the first Naked palette, and so on. Let me clear the air by saying, the palettes are NOT the same. I have seen plenty of online pictures comparing the two, but nothing comes close to seeing them in real life. I prefer Naked2 in most areas, apart from one. More on that later.
The first thing I like better is the packaging. I never cared for the velvet feeling on the first and it was impossible to clean or keep clean. This also snaps closed, vs having a magnet, a feature I also prefer. On to the pictures and swatches!
The single feature I dislike about the Naked2 palette (ok, and the fact that I have yet another half baked shadow) is the brush vs double ended liner. The flatter end of the brush, presumably for patting shadow on the lid is useless to me for powder shadows. I used this for swatching and it made the shadows a powdery mess…it did the same for every shadow I put it in (Naked1, MAC, Inglot). So unless you want a mess, I would go ahead and save using that for cream shadows. The fluffy end is very nice and soft and it doesn’t ruin the shadows like the other side does. Surely Urban Decay could have done better than that brush. *moving on*
I wanted to compare theBalm’s newer Nude ‘tude palette with it as well. In person, the only shade that is similar is the matte black Serious and Naked2’s Blackout. Sultry is warmer and more brown than Tease, and Selfish is quite a bit lighter than Pistol. The rest don’t have any similarities. I won’t be swatching this one because I haven’t decided that I want to keep it for myself. I may give it away, who knows?
We have seen Half Baked a lot before, so nothing special there. Foxy is a nice, slightly banana tinted matte shadow and Bootycall is a gorgeous light gold/peach shade that I can see becoming a favorite of mine, much like Sin is and was in the first Naked Palette. They have improved the formula of Chopper significantly. The first Chopper I had (in my first UD palette ever EONS ago) was dry, gritty and impossible to use. This was MUCH better. Tease is the perfect shade for the crease and I like the coolness of it. Snakebite is a stunner, a little bit a olive comes through it as well. All of these shades swatched and went on easily, but Chopper does contain chunkier glitter, so be on notice for fallout from that shade.
This group is my favorite. I already had Suspect in the UD NYC palette, but I was happy to see it again here because it’s a really nice, creamy shade. Pistol and Verve are my lovers. Seriously. Those two shades are awesome sauce. A cool toned lovers delight and they are so, so creamy. YDK is also a great shade, but there will be fallout with this one as well. It’s worth it! Busted is lovely and Blackout is a nice matte black, but reminds me a lot of Perversion which is also in the UD NYC palette.
L-R: Hustle(1), Busted(2), Half Baked(2), Half Baked(1), Sidecar (1), YDK (2), Suspect(2), Toasted(1)
In person Hustle is noticeably more purple toned, but not a huge difference. Both Half Baked shades appear to be the same, Sidecar is lighter and more gold toned than YDK. Suspect is lighter and cooler than Toasted.
L-R: Naked(1), Buck(1), Tease(2), Smog(1), Snakebite(2), Darkhorse(1)
No dupes here. Tease is much color and more purple in undertone than the warmer and more brown toned Naked and Buck. Snakebite is more cool toned than Smog, and not nearly as bronze. Darkhorse is quite a bit darker than Snakebite and the two are not really similar.
Swatches L-R: Foxy(2), Bootycall(2), Virgin(1), Sin(1), Chopper(2)
Chopper doesn’t have a comparable shade at all in Naked1. Neither does Foxy. Sin is much darker and more pink than Bootycall and Virgin is much softer and less gold than it as well.
Now I thought I would compare Naked2 to other brands and see what I could find as comparable shades…
Swatches L-R: MAC Carbonized, UD Busted, MAC Woodwinked, UD Chopper, UD Half Baked
Woodwinked is too gold, but is definitely in the same color family as both Chopper and Half Baked. Carbonized and Busted surprised me by being extremely close in color. Carbonized was a limited edition shade released by MAC with the MAC Me Over collection a few months ago. It’s nice to know there is a shade out there that comes this close.
Swatches L-R: UD YDK, MAC Tempting, UD Snakebite, MAC Mulch
None of the shades are dupes. Tempting is too gold to be close to YDK, and Mulch is too purple toned to be similar to Snakebite. I also tried Sable and Glamour Check, but Sable wasn’t close and Glamour Check leaned too purple.
Swatches L-R: MAC Nylon, UD Bootycall, Inglot Pearl 395
Nylon is more gold and Inglot 395 is less peach/pink. All are close though, if you aren’t too nit-picky.
Swatches L-R: MAC Haux, UD Tease, MAC Quarry
Both Haux and Quarry are more purple toned than Tease. Tease looks much brown here than it did with Naked and Buck. Funny how that works, right?
I looked through my MAC and Inglot shades and couldn’t find comparable ones for the rest.
Overall I am super pleased with this palette. It’s given me new shades to work with, cooler tones (along with some warm ones) and better packaging. I am far from being Urban Decay’s biggest fan so I don’t consider my review one that is hugely biased (not a fangirl by a long shot). The fact that I couldn’t find dupes in my stash for several of the shades included lends credence to the fact that this palette is far from being boring and familiar. I still like owning the original Naked palette, but I definitely think Naked2 builds on that foundation to make something that feels fresh, versus just being the same furniture in a different house, ya dig? I give Naked2 a big thumbs up and if you get the chance, definitely check it out. Definitely NOT Naked2 much, in fact, it’s just right.