11/08/2012

Naked 2...in review!

Anyone who watches beauty videos on YouTube will have seen the Naked palettes appearing in hauls & favourites vlogs countless times over. For those who don't know, Urban Decay's Naked Palette is a neutral eyeshadow palette containing 12 shades which can all be worn individually or combined to create a range of eye looks.



You're probably thinking, what is the point of investing in an entire palette? They are usually always incredibly expensive. To put things into perspective, a single Mac eyeshadow costs around $38 NZD, this palette will set you back $60 or so with free shipping from Beauty Bay. These palettes are such good value! As well as the 12 eyeshadow shades, each Naked 2 Palette also comes with a Shadow & Crease Brush & a sample sized Lip Junkie lipgloss. 

I have the Naked 2 Palette as Naked 1 was sold out when I went to purchase a palette. Naked 2 does differ from Naked 1 though in that it comes with less matte shades & instead has more shimmery neutral shades. Shimmer eyeshadow tends to scare some people but these colours are not extremely glittery once they're applied to the lid, depending on how much you build up your shadows. These colours are also a lot lighter than those in Naked 1 so if you're cooler toned like me then this may be a better choice for you. 

The first 6 shades.



Here's the first 6 shades included in Naked 2. Pictured are; Foxy, Half Baked, Booty Call, Chopper, Tease & Snake Bite. My favourites are definitely the first four from the list & I am frequently using Foxy as a highlight & Booty Call to line the inner corners of my eyes. Tease is probably a shade better suited to Autumn & Winter which is why I haven't really used it. Snake Bite is a bit of an unusual colour, it's probably best described as a dark brown shimmery shade. It'd be alright for a smoky eye I think but it's just a bit too dark for my liking.

The final 6.



The final 6 shadows are definitely a lot darker but the only matte ones are the last 2, although Busted has a slight shimmer to it. Pictured are; Suspect, Pistol, YDK, Busted & Black Out. In truth I haven't used many of these shades a great deal but I do love YDK as an all over lid colour & Suspect which works well blended with some of the other colours. Suspect also reminds me of a more sparkly version of Mac's Satin Taupe eyeshadow which I love. The silvers have been neglected mainly because I don't really wear silver/grey eyeshadows very often anyway. Blackout is great to line the eyes but do be careful how you apply it! 

Overall I would recommend this palette to anyone looking for a wide range of neutral shades at an affordable price. The only criticisms I'd have would be that sometimes the shadow end of this brush can be a bit difficult to work with & the Matte shades aren't all too appealing in this palette. If you're after Matte shadows you'd be better off investing in the Naked 1 palette. I was also a little disappointed this palette didn't come with a Primer Potion sample which is another of Urban Decay's bestselling products, but oh well the other extras make up for it!

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