Updated August 13, 2014
As opposed to the last time, I was one of the first to get their hands on the new Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette! Urban Decay just released this within the last couple of weeks and it has already sold out twice. I know the hype will eventually die down and this will be available widespread, but something about getting your hands on it first just appealed to me. Haha! I decided this would be my “push present” to myself. Oh, hell. Let’s just face it. If I want something (especially makeup) I usually get it.
I adore the first Naked Palette and I think every gal should own this lovely set of neutrals. So when I got the second palette, I thought…
Upon first glance, these palettes look very similar. I was even going to hold off on buying it because I thought it was just a gimmick for the holidays. Urban Decay is smart, I tell ya, always selling out of these… it just makes people want one even more! One thing I will say is I really dislike the packaging in the Naked 2. It “looks” sleeker, but it is really clumsy to open and close, and the plastic seems cheap. I love the packaging in the first one far more. So let’s take a look at the shade comparison.
Once you get down to business with the Naked 2, you will notice a few more matte shades. I think the biggest difference between the two is Naked 1 has far more warmer shades, while Naked 2 is chocked full of nice taupes, grays, and greiges. There is a repeat of one shade, Half Baked. My Naked 1 came with an eyeshadow brush, which I really dislike. I feel like it doesn’t pack the color on well unless you are using a highlighter color. The double-sided brush that comes with the Naked 2, however, is better (well, the crease brush half).
I swatched the entire palette on my arm so you can see what I’m talking about how this looks more taupe. The further right in the palette you go, the cooler the colors get. All of the shades are very pigmented, creamy, and blendable. I will say the shade on the far left (Foxy) is pretty useless as it matches my skin – that’s why you can’t even see the swatch. And there is a really awesome black shade, which I appreciate. The picture of me on the right I’m wearing Bootycall as highlight, Suspect on my lid, Pistol in my crease, Snakebite in outer corners, and Blackout as liner on lower lids. As you can tell, it’s very taupe-y and gray. I think it really helps bring out the gray tones in my eyes.
This look consists of Bootycall as highlight, Suspect on lids, YDK in crease, and Pistol in outer corners. Still very neutral, but a little warmer.
Biggest Differences in the two Palettes:
– Naked 1 has far many more warmer/golden shades
– Naked 2 is full of neutral/cool shades
What Both Have:
– Extremely creamy and pigmented shades that won’t let you down!
Dislikes of Naked 1:
– The brush that came with it
– The shade Sidecar. I absolutely loathe how much glitter fallout this shade produces. I end up with glitter all down my face every time I wear it. Even with primer.
Dislikes of Naked 2:
– Packaging is cheaper and more difficult to open and close
– The shade Foxy is practically useless to me, since it completely matches my skin tone
– The end of the brush that is identical to Naked 1’s brush
– The duplicate shade, Half Baked
Favorite Shades in Naked 1:
– Sin (gorgeous highlight color)
Favorite Shades in Naked 2:
– Pistol (seriously the best shade in the whole palette)
I think the original can’t be messed with so if you don’t own it, I definitely recommend you get it. It is a staple in my makeup drawer. I own a crap ton of eyeshadow palettes that range from drugstore to high end, and I reach for the Naked 1 a lot of the time. I feel like the Naked 2 is an extension of the first one, and gives you those shades that you wish you had to complement or contrast what’s in the first palette. If you’d like to read my thoughts on the Naked 1, go here. As far as which one is better… well, I just honestly think you need both. But I’m just overly indulgent like that.
Bottom line? You need it.