Saturday, 14 January 2012

Urban Decay NAKED2 Palette - Review, Swatches & Comparison


Two weeks after it's original intended release date in Ireland, I finally got my hands on the long awaited, NAKED2 palette from Urban Decay!
 It was supposed to be available in Debenhams from the first of this month, but they extended the release date another week. When that day finally arrived, the Debenhams in my county didn't have it and they still don't, so I had to order it online. It seemed like a real pain at the time but I was really just over reacting, oh well.
The package arrived at my house yesterday, which was surprising because the last time I ordered anything from them online, it took three weeks.
I got my original NAKED palette around March of last year, so instead of the double-ended eyeliner, I received the brush. 

And now onto the review.

Packaging
When I first got my NAKED palette, my one and only problem with it was it's packaging. It wasn't a huge deal to me, but I didn't like the fabric on the outside of it. It got dirty very easily and the writing has started to chip away of mine. So when I saw that the NAKED2 palette came in a hard metal case, I was delighted! It's quite heavier than the original but that's expected with a sturdier case.
The NAKED2 has a much bigger mirror than NAKED does, which I absolutely love! The NAKED2's mirror takes up it's entire lid whereas NAKED's mirror barely takes up any of it.
The one fault I have with its packaging is that I can't really fold it over like I do with my NAKED palette and when I do, it feels as though I'm about to break it.  Also, since the lid is rather heavy, when you put it down, it usually flips backwards which is quite annoying. Although that's nothing major at all.
Both palettes are pretty much the same size as each other.


Eyeshadows
The eyeshadows in this palette, just like in NAKED, are absolutely amazing. They're incredibly pigmented and creamy.
The first colour, Foxy, is very similar to my skin tone so it's practically invisible when I put it on. It'd be amazing on darker skin tones, however. I have the same problem with the colour Bootycall as well, but not as much.
NAKED2's eyeshadows are more taupe colours, whereas NAKED's eyeshadows are much more bronze. NAKED also offers more darker shades. Really, the only dark shades in NAKED2 are Blackout and Busted. I find that it's easier to create completely different looks with NAKED because of it's darker colours than it is with NAKED2.
There is only one shade that is included in both palettes which is Half Baked. I do love the colour, however, I really do think they should have put the colour Naked in both palettes obviously because of its name. It's not really a Naked palette without Naked.

The back of the packaging the palette came in.
Swatches
Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper

Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol

Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

The Brush
As most of you know, when NAKED first came out, there was a double-ended eyeliner that accompanied it. However, since they took too long to make and the palette was selling out so quickly, they decided to change it to an eyeshadow brush. So of course they did it again this time! Except with this palette it's a double-ended brush which comes with it, which I find will be much easier for people who travel.
On one end, there is a big, fluffy blending brush which I think is an essential for everyone, and on the other side there is a small, flat brush. The flat brush is very similar to the one that came out with NAKED. It's very good for applying eyeshadow to concentrated areas of your eye. Some people also like to use it for applying eyeshadow to your upper and lower lashes, but I prefer using an angle brush for that.



The Lipgloss
Unlike NAKED, which came with a mini Primer Potion, NAKED2 came with a mini Lip Junkie in the colour Naked, of course. I've seen plenty of people complaining about this online, about how Urban Decay should have put in another Primer Potion in with it. I quite like it the idea of it though. You get mini Primer Potions with every palette, so it's a nice change I think. I've never tried Lip Junkie's before and this is a good way of making people more aware of them and seeing if they like them or not.
On the packaging, it says that it cools and plumps, which it does a very good job of. It also smells a lot like the Pout plumping lip gloss.
I don't usually like wearing lip glosses, as I find them quite sticky, but I can see myself getting some use of of this as I love the colour!


Comparison Photos


Conclusion
I absolutely love the NAKED2 palette and I definitely do not regret buying it. I'll get amazing use of out it, just like I have with the original. I think for €40 it's a great buy for any make up lover. You get twelve beautiful shades which will last you absolutely ages
However, if I was to only recommend one of the palettes, I'd still go with the original NAKED palette as you get more of a variety of colour shades in it. 

NAKED2 is now available from the Urban Decay site, Debenhams and Sephora.


4 comments:

  1. I've had the Naked Palette for a little over a year now.. quite frankly, I don't really see the point of the Naked 2 - Like you said, it was the variety that made the Naked such an icon :) Especially for travelling, the Naked it just super essential for me!
    But great review overall, well done!

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  2. Hello :)
    Thanks for following! I really like your blog and your writing style!
    xo

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  3. The colours in this look lovely, I've not got the original but am tempted to get this one as I'm starting to experiment more with eyeshadow x

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  4. Completely agree with you that its much harder to create looks with naked 2 than it was with number 1!
    I've just done a blog post on it myself, glad to know I'm not the only one!
    Great blog!

    abbi xo
    petitfilous.blogspot.com

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