I wanted to love this. I wanted to love it *so much*. I’d heard sooo much about Naked (original) but it just looked too warm for my skin (though I do have a slight yellow-leaning tone, most warm shades look awful on me!). Naked2 seemed ideal, with it’s “greige” (aka grey-beige) and taupe shades – right up my alley, I thought!
Um, not exactly.
Yes, the colours all swatched gorgeously on my skin. However, I find this palette very hard to wear unless you mix it with other mattes (only 3 in here, I believe), OR you can handle very shimmery-to-almost-metallic eyeshadows. For myself, I find I can usually use one very shimmery/metallic shadow but I like to balance the rest with matte or satin shadows or it’s just too much on me. I also purchased the Naked Basics palette and LOVE that – using the Basics and adding a high-shimmer from Naked 2 would work well, but I felt that it was not the best use of my money to have the Naked 2.
The quality sure is there; I could immediately see what people are so crazy for UD shadows! You need the lightest hand for the shadows as they’re so pigmented. They feel creamy to apply and only the most glittery shadows have much fallout.
The double-ended brush it comes with is cruelty-free (synthetic bristles) and works nicely for patting on shadow with one end (can also use the flat end for lining the eyes with shadow); the other end is great for blending and crease definition.
Considering that each pan is almost exactly the size of a full, single eyeshadow but costs approx.as much as 2.5-3 X single shadows would, you can’t argue with the price.
I would rate it 5 stars for quality, but only 2-3 for wearability – again, unless you can easily rock a lot of high-shimmer shadow or you don’t mind mixing in other more matte shadows with the Naked 2.
Features a good variety of shades that work well on many skin tones and some surprising essentials (the pair of highlighters is nice, as is the all-matte taupe Tease). The brush is durable and usable, and the packaging itself, while a step up from Naked’s hard cardboard, has a weird flaw: the individual pans are not very tightly attached to the metal case. While this can be fixed with a hot-glue gun and some patience, it’s a bit of a pain. Another curiosity is the repetition of the shade Half Baked from the original Naked palette; while it’s a great shade, a bright glittery gold might be harder to use everyday than say, another matte nude. Regardless, it’s a great palette and makes an excellent present.
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette ($50.00 for 0.71 oz.) contains twelve eyeshadows: Blackout (blackest black with matte finish), Booty Call Shimmery cork), Busted (deep brown with shimmery finish), Chopper (copper shimmer with silver micro glitter), Foxy (cream bisque with matte finish), Half Baked (golden bronze with shimmery finish), Pistol (light greyish brown with shimmery finish), Snake Bite (dark bronze shimmer with metallic base), Suspect (pale golden beige with shimmery finish), Tease (creamy pale brown with matte finish), Verve (oyster with shimmery finish), YDK (cool bronze shimmer with metallic base), and Lip Junkie Naked (sheer shimmery pinky neutral) and Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush. The brush is good; it’s like Urban Decay’s full-sized brushes–same size, feel, density, and softness.