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?
YAY! Dovey, I am so glad you got this! Thanks so much for the shout out and this is an awesome and thorough overview. Yes, I knew you were going to love Pistol. I, too could pack this palette on a trip and not have to pack any other shadows.ReplyDelete
So it leaves plenty of room for lipsticks/glosses/blushes hahahaha!
You are so right. More room for other stuff, hurrah!Delete
The colors look nice. Glad you liked this palette as well. I also like the shadow brushes.ReplyDelete
The brushes were the big question mark, and it was nice to find that they worked well!Delete
Hmmm, you are sort of convincing me to buy this :PReplyDelete
*hangs head in shame * :PDelete
I love your review very insightful, but I don't own either 1 or 2 and I'm not planning to... I don't know I guess I have too much makeup... lol... is there such a thing? :)ReplyDelete
Hehe, too much? I think you are right that it isn't a 'necessary' item if you have a large collection to choose from already.Delete
Great review Dovey! I love Naked 2 and am happy you've jumped on the bangwagon :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Alex! I am definitely on the bandwagon!Delete
i am considering getting this! it looks gorgeous. i don't use naked 1 as much as i thought i would just because i don't like that there aren't any matte brow-highlighter shades or matte black, so i end up carrying my tarte palette instead. but i think naked 2 is perfect!ReplyDelete
I struggled with Naked 1 for a while too. I found this a lot easier for me to useDelete
I really enjoy reading every review you have done and this one is no different. I'm glad you like this palette. I'm going to swatch it in store and then I'll decide if I should purchase it. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for your kind comment! :) I think this palette definitely would merit an in-store swatching session!Delete
Naked and Naked 2 both have too much shimmer for my tastes (and age- kill me now) so it is Guerlain Rue du Passy for me.ReplyDelete
Haha, you will definitely get a lot of shimmer with the Nakeds. I'm quite shire you cannot go wrong with your Guerlain though!Delete
i am still hesitating, to be honest..i actually own quite a few UD singles and i already have some of the colors.
i think this is a great option if you are starting to build your collection. very versatile and it'd hard to go wrong with any naked palette. :)
Wow! I'm not hardcore enough to own singles yet :) I try not to buy redundant colors either so that makes sense. This is definitely a builder palette. I guess my collection hasn't reached epic proportions yet so I justified it for myself :PDelete
I'm feeling the hype, Dovey! It's telling me to go and get it!ReplyDelete
I don't think it's in the Canadian stores yet but I'll be sure to scope it out and test first. I like that the shades seem to be lighter in this palette. Naked 1 wasn't all that naked on me!
Oh no! Remember the reductionista mantra!!! jk. I think your last sentence is so very true.Delete
Thanks for review-have been looking at both palettes and couldn't decide-your comments helped. I'm a cool blonde so sounds like Naked 2 is better for me.ReplyDelete