The Naked 2 case is made of metal, as opposed to the velvet cardboard casing of Naked 1. The inlay where the shadows sit are plastic, as opposed to the cardboard in Naked 1. The palette seems heavier as well. For everyday use weighty feels nice. For travel, I would prefer a lighter palette.
Here is a comparison picture of Urban Decay Naked (left) vs. Urban Decay Naked 2 (right). I think Naked 1 has more warm browns, pink tones, and dark colors. Naked 2 seems to have a better selection of light shades which seem to lean yellow/peach. I do think the shades are a bit more subdued and a touch cooler than Naked 1. In my opinion Naked 1 is more warm and intense. Naked 2 is more relaxed and neutral.
Here are close up shots of the colors in Urban Decay Naked 2, shot in indirect light so you can see the colors without the sheen seen above.
Finally, here are the swatches of all the colors in Urban Decay Naked 2 shot indoors. I wanted to eliminate shine to better appreciate the base colors. I'd also like to mention that I've organized them out of order to go from light to dark. I think it is easier to understand the spectrum of colors this way.
Foxy is a matte cream. It looks almost invisible on my skin. This is a great base color and was definitely lacking from Naked 1. Bootycall is a shimmery pale peach which is natural and brightening on the eyes. Verve is a cool oyster. I love the hint of grey in this highlight shade. Suspect is an infinitely wearable shade. It is an antique gold that is not too warm for me. Half Baked is my nemesis. I never reached for this in Naked 1. It's too warm and too gold for my taste. I was surprised to hear that most people love it. That said, I think I can make it work in small amounts with my fluffy dual ended brush. Chopper the copper is a shade I thought I would hate too. Coppers are usually to warm and red for my eyes. However, I was surprised that I found myself reaching for chopper fairly often. Again, the fluffy brush allows me to add the smallest hints of copper. I also find that chopper is a slightly cool copper which helps. There is glitter that does fall out, but it doesn't bother me since the glitter isn't colored. YDK is a rosy neutral which is also very pretty. Tease is my favorite color from the palette. I love this rosy tan matte eyeshadow. It's perfect in the crease and blends well with all the colors. Snakebite is a bronze. I prefer this to Smog from Naked 1. It's a little cooler and darker. Pistol is a grey taupe and one of the best shades in the palette. I don't have a shade in my stash quite like it. Busted is a dark plum. Blackout is a matte black.
Overall I love this palette. I'm happy with the colors and the brush. I can see msyelf packing Naked 2 as the solo eyeshadow palette for a trip.What makes this palette standout from Naked 1 are the matte colors. It has a complete set of highlight/base (Foxy), medium blending (Tease), and liner (Blackout) matte colors unlike Naked 1 which only had two medium tone mattes. The other colors are lighter and more neutral to cool which is a lot easier for me to wear. I prefer this palette to the original Naked, but I do think it is worth owning both. They seem quite different to me. In conclusion, Urban Decay Naked 2 makes me happy!
Thanks for reading! Have you or are you planning on trying Naked 2? Do you prefer one over the other? What are your favorite shades?