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!

Naked 1 (bottom) vs Naked 2 (top)

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*

Naked2 vs theBalm Nude Tude

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? 😉

Naked2 Swatches L-R: Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite

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.

Naked2 Swatches L-R: Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

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.

Naked1 vs Naked2

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.

Naked1 vs Naked2

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.

Naked1 vs Naked 2

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…

MAC vs Naked2

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.

MAC vs Naked2

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.

MAC and Inglot vs Naked2

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.

MAC vs Naked2

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.

35 responses to “Naked2, or Naked2 Much?”

  1. JC says:

    I’ve seen so many mixed reviews on this, and as usual you’ve made me feel better about my purchases. I say purchases because aside from Naked2 I also picked up The Balm’s Nude ‘tude palette and another Inglot palette (I have issues).

    • Ashley says:

      Don’t worry, I’ve purchased all 3 neutral palettes as well. The original Naked palette doesn’t hit the spot quite right so I’m hoping either Naked2 or Nude Tude will. Nothing wrong with testing palettes to see which one is perfect 😉

    • Danielle says:

      Oh, I think a lot of us bloggers have that same problem dear, at least we aren’t alone! 😉

  2. lilladylife says:

    hmmm very nice swatches!!! the first thing i noticed when you put the 2 palettes together is the matching half baked!!! i was like huh????

    regardless it looks like another beautiful set of neutrals and am glad u are enjoying it!!! strange, i kinda liked the velvet packaging lol even with all the dirt lol

    • Danielle says:

      LOL! Not strange 😉 Yeah, I wish they had done something different. Half Baked is overdone and I don’t want or need any more of that shade!!!

  3. Brooke says:

    Nude ‘Tude is amazing! I was glad I purchased it over UD

  4. great post! this was a really good review and comparison swatches. I’m not excited for/getting the naked 2, but that’s just because I’m not a neutrals girl and am honestly shocked that I even got the first one lol. that’s more than enough for a lifetime of nude looks for me

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Vonnie, I totally understand. Some girls love their neutrals and others like a little more pop. Probably good that you stay away from this palette and get something you will use more! 🙂

  5. Arianne says:

    I’m not sold on the Naked2 as I don’t really love my Naked palette that much anyway, but I do like that Foxy shade. I don’t have a matte highlighter shade that I like in my collection. Do you know a dupe of Foxy — maybe from MAC?

    • Looks close to Brulee to me!

    • Danielle says:

      I don’t really love my first Naked palette anymore either. I did at first. I wanted some cooler shades and Naked2 did give me that. I wish they had made it even more cool toned, but alas, I guess I can’t get my way *all* the time 😉 I already tweeted a swatch of MAC Orb, but Tracy’s suggestion is a nice one too!

  6. Nitzia says:

    Hi! Im so confused i wanted the naked palette for xmas then the naked 2 appears ! Which one to get? What do u recommend?

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Nitzia, it depends. If you really like warmer colors, I would say stick with the first Naked palette. If you want some warm and some cool tones, get Naked2 🙂 Hope this helps and I hope you love whichever one you get!

  7. What a fantastic and extensive review! Thanks for that! I love my first Naked palette and my hands are itching to get ahold of this second one, especially after seeing your swatches. I’m so glad to see there aren’t many dupes and that this palette can add something extra to my collection. I’m thrilled with the addition of a few more matte shadows as well, something I felt the first Naked lacked.

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks so much Michelle! I really appreciate that. 🙂 I am sure you will get a lot of enjoyment and use out of Naked2 when you get it!

  8. jessica says:

    Great post, think I’ll pass on this as well wasn’t interested in first one either I have a pallette that has similar colors n I love it. Thnx for sharing n helping me make up my mind doll

  9. Great REVIEW! Wish I was one of the lucky ones to receive the pallet.

    • Danielle says:

      I actually did purchase this with my own money, but I hear you on that. I am sure you will be able to get your hands on it soon 🙂

  10. Sabrina says:

    Can’t wait until I get mine!

  11. Sarah S. says:

    This post rocked! Thanks so much for all these bonus comparisons! I don’t have very many MAC shadows b/c I love pre-built palettes (as my collection will attest…). This makes me feel better about not forking over $11+ for one color at a time. I just ordered my NAKED2! Good to know there are some doubles with the UDNYC palette as well because I also own that… ahem… untouched (hoarder alert!).

  12. stephanie says:

    Ive seen this so much and at first I was tempted tp get it but i have so many eyeshadows already im not sure if im gona get one now… im on the verge of passing just because i own so much already lol.

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    • Danielle says:

      Oh, I know Stephanie. With so many products competing for our dollars it’s tough to decide what to spend them on to make the most of it. If you decide to get it, I hope you love it!

  13. Jaz says:

    All neutral eye shadows look the same to me on someone elses eyes. Its all the same stuff. Better of just buying $5.00 wet n wild neutral palette.

    • Danielle says:

      I agree that Wet n Wild makes some great shadows, but Urban Decay makes really nice ones too. Wet n Wild lacks cool tones in their neutral palette so this is a nice addition 🙂

  14. It looks great!! If I happen to see it, I will probably get it. But I won’t be stalking Sephora for it like I did for Naked1. If it’s there, it’s meant to be! Great pics Danielle!

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks Tracy! It is a nice palette, but probably not for everyone. Oh, the Naked palette frenzy….I remember those days!

  15. Kelsey says:

    I think I prefer the newer palette as well. If I could only have one, I’d go with the Naked2. The first one had a lot of what I would consider crease colors. Also, my first palette (maybe because I got it well after the release?) came with a brush instead of a double-ended liner. The new double-ended brush is disappointing. The shadow side is too small and the blending side doesn’t do a remarkable job because it’s a little stiff. I prefer the shadow brush I got in my last palette.

    • Danielle says:

      I hear you Kelsey, and I agree! I prefer Naked2 color wise, but I like the double ended pencil better than brushes. I don’t care for the brush that came in this palette, and will most likely replace with something else. 🙂

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