Monday, 16 January 2012

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Last year's Naked palette was an absolute hit for Urban Decay - it sold out again and again, leaving many very happy beauty lovers in it's wake.  The recently released follow up, Naked 2, is already creating waves - and it's only been out a week!

Containing twelve glorious neutrals in a mix of matte, shimmer and glitter finishes, the Naked 2 palette doesn't deviate much from the original.  The first couple of batches of the first palette came with a double ended 24/7 liner, which was quickly replaced with an eyeshadow brush as Urban Decay struggled to keep up with demand.  Naked 2 also comes with a cruelty-free synthetic brush, handily make up of a fluffy end suitable for packing colour onto the lid, and a tapered brush for defining the crease.

Packaging wise, Naked 2 is definitely superior.  Naked 1 was incredibly pretty and tactile with its chocolatey flocked outer casing, but stray bits of fluff and bits of makeup stuck to it like glue, and the simple flap casing didn't feel particularly sturdy.  Naked 2 is housed in an actual metal tin, with a sturdy closure which you have to put a bit of effort into opening, which makes me feel that the precious eyeshadows within are well protected.

Anyway, on to the shades!

As with Naked 1, the colours are generally shimmery with a few matte shades thrown in for good measure.  Chopper suffers from the same irritating glitter fallout as Sidecar from Naked 1 and pretty much any Midnight Cowboy variant ever made, which I find really annoying - so much less usable, particularly in a palette that's all about wearability.

Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall

Chopper, Tease, Snakebite

Suspect, Pistol, Verve

YDK, Busted, Blackout

The standout shades for me are Bootycall, for it's incredibly highlight worthy subtle shimmer; YDK for it's beautiful metallic finish; and Pistol and Verve for their slightly more greyish, silvery tones.  The shades are all predictably well pigmented, with butter soft textures, to the extent that some of the shades can be a little crumbly on application.  

Finally, a distinctly non-Naked look using a few of the shades from the palette.

Bootycall on the inner corner and to highlight
Chopper on the centre of the lid
YDK on the outer lid
Busted in the crease
Blackout in the outer v and to line the upper lashline

Gorgeous.  I can see that this little palette, much like it's predecessor, is going to get a lot of love from me in the coming months.  You'll find the Naked 2 palette exclusively at Debenhams online and instore until February 9th, when it'll roll out to House of Fraser too.

Disclosure: PR sample

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