I know most of you will already have seen swatches of the shades in this palette, but I figured one more round of them wouldn't hurt anything; if nothing else, someone might find it helpful to see the swatches on another skin tone, and hear yet another opinion on the palette. Let's go ahead and get the basics out of the way. The Naked 2 palette is housed in a hinged tin, a significant upgrade from the Naked palette's flocked exterior, which gets dingy looking pretty quickly. It includes a double-ended eyeshadow brush and a mini lip gloss, in addition to its 12 .05 ounce eyeshadows, 5 of which are exclusive to this set. Urban Decay's website describes the shades as "taupe and greige neutrals", whereas the original Naked palette has more bronze, warm brown, and pinky brown shades. Both include Half Baked, which is a great gold, but I have to wonder why they felt the need to include it in both sets; how hard would it have been to formulate a slightly cooler cold to go in the Naked 2 palette? Oh well, I digress. The palette will set you back $50, which isn't cheap, but when you consider that you're getting 12 really wearable shades (so there will probably be very few, if any, that you'll avoid), a 2-in-1 brush, and a mini lip gloss, that ends up being a lot of bang for your buck. Especially if you can manage to get it combined with another promo, like I did, and snag some other mini-sized products.
I was really, really good, and took photos before I opened it and stuck my fingers in it. This is what the packaging looks like:
|Lip Junkie Gloss in Naked|
|All of the eyeshadows!|
|Left to right: Foxy, Half Baked, Booty Call, Chopper, and Tease|
|Left to right: Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve|
|Left to right: Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout|
|The smaller brush head|
|The larger end of the brush|
|The logo on the middle of the brush; the handle seems to be aluminum.|
So, I have swatches for you guys, and a couple of eye looks I did with the shadows. I'm so sorry, I cannot for the life of me remember all of the colors I used, but I do recall a couple of key players, so I'll point those out. They were definitely all created with shadows exclusively from this palette.
I swatched from the top of my wrist down my forearm in left to right order of the palette. That makes absolutely no sense. I'll just label the pictures. There is also overlap in each of the pictures, so some swatches show up in more than one picture.
|Swatches left to right: Corner of Tease, Chopper, Booty Call, Half Baked, Foxy|
|Swatches left to right: Snakebite, Suspect, Tease, Chopper|
|Swatches left to right: Verve, Pistol, Suspect, Snakebite|
|Swatches left to right: Blackout, Busted, YDK, Verve|
|I think this one uses Foxy as a base, Bootycall as a highlight, YDK on the lid, Half Baked on the bottom lash line, Black Out in the center of the crease, and Tease in the rest of the crease.|
|I think this one is Verve on the lid with Tease and Busted in the crease, Foxy to highlight...|
Ok, lesson learned: I shouldn't wait so long between taking pictures and posting what products I used and where!
Summary: I don't find myself loving this as much as I hoped I would, mostly because I feel like I've done it before with the original Naked palette. That being said, what it lacks in the excitement department, it makes up for in the usability department. The colors are generally pretty subtle on the eye, but they are easy to work with and blend like a dream. There's also a nice variety of finishes here; most are smooth, shimmery satins (a texture that Urban Decay does amazingly well), with a couple of glittery shades and a couple of matte shades thrown in for good measure. This definitely fulfills its claim as a great collection of taupe and grey based neutrals that you can use to make subtle daytime looks, dramatic dark nighttime looks, and most everything in between. I'm not sure if you definitely need both of the Naked palettes, but if, like me, you bought the first one before this was an option and were overcome with the feeling that this would suit your coloring better... then it's more of the awesome same!