Last year, Urban Decay launched the Naked palette, which probably most of you have heard about it. It then went on to become nothing less than ‘the world’s best-selling palette of all time’! So, after all the anticipation being built up since the last months of 2011, last week the Naked palette 2 was finally released in Debenhams in the UK, and I had to get my hands on it ASAP.
And here it is, girls! This is the Naked 2, a sequel to the original Naked palette, containing 12 neutral shades, including 5 brand new ones. There’s a bit of everything there; shimmer, matte, glitter – pretty much everything you’ll ever need to take you from day to night.
Foxy – Cream (matte, excellent pigmentation). This is your average cream, skin-toned eyeshadow which is great all over the lid to even out and highlight your eyelids at the same time. The fact that it’s matte was a major plus for me, and a good palette would not be complete without one of these. In the original Naked palette, the shade ‘Naked’ was the closest it came to a skin-toned eyeshadow, but it was more leaning towards brown than cream.
Chopper – cooper (shimmer + glitter, good pigmentation). A good wordplay on the name of this shade. It’s the only shadow of the palette that in addition to being shimmery, it also has tiny flecks of glitter. It’s quite a warm copper tone and I can see me loving this during the summer to accentuate a sunkissed look.
Suspect – bronze gold (shimmer, good pigmentation). I had a really hard time differentiating this shadow from ‘Half Baked’. Apart from the fact that ‘Suspect’ is less pigmented and less chalky, the only other difference I noticed was that ‘Suspect’ has cool bronze undertones and ‘Half Baked’ has warm bronze undertones.
YDK – bronze (shimmer, excellent pigmentation). I like the looks of this colour and I don’t have anything like this in my collection. It’s bronze, shimmery and beautiful with an amazing pigmentation! You only need the tiniest amount of it, but be careful of fallout as it can be a bit chalky.
The palette comes with an exclusive double-ended crease and shadow brush that says ‘Naked 2′ on the handle. How cool is that? I love the feel of the crease brush, and the bristles are sturdy and soft at the same time, which is great to give you more control over blending colours. The shadow brush looks like the same one that I got in my original Naked palette.
If the brush wasn’t enough, the Naked 2 also comes with a miniature Lip Junkie Lip Gloss in the shade ‘Naked’. which is a neutral pink shade.
This is one of the best lip glosses I’ve ever tried! The formulation is thick, moisturising, non-sticky and it smells and tastes yummy. It is also really cooling on the lips and it has a plumping feeling, without it being too tingly.
Overall, I’m really happy with the Naked 2. The original Naked was a pretty big deal, and its sequel did not disappoint! I might even like the Naked 2 a little bit more (sorry original Naked!) just because it has a few more matte eyeshadows and because the actually palette feels more sturdy and secure.
What do you think of the Naked 2? Are you disappointed or impressed? Do you prefer it over the original Naked? Leave a comment below :)