Saturday, December 22, 2012

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

I know, I know, I'm really late reviewing this palette. But considering the amount I use it in FOTDs, I felt it was my duty to give you the run-down on this massively over hyped product -- the pros, the cons, the truth.

Let me start off by saying I never owned the original Naked palette. I'm neutral in terms of undertones, but sometimes shadows that are too warm blend in too much with my brown skin and don't pop the way cool toned shadows do. So I passed on Naked and got VERY excited when the Naked 2 came out. It seemed to be everything I had wanted Naked 1 to be -- lots of gorgeous cool tones and variations of taupe, my favorite eyeshadow shade.

Gorgeous, right? If you love cool toned neutrals, this palette is the one for you. Every shade is well pigmented and with primer, they last ALL day -- no creasing or fading. As is the case with most Urban Decay shadows, the shimmery colors do have a bit of fallout. This isn't a deal breaker for me because it can easily be swept away with a fluffy brush or covered with concealer.

Here are the swatches, from left to right: Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, and Blackout.

As many beauty bloggers have already said, this palette is in desperate need of more matte shades. There are only three -- Foxy, Tease, and Blackout. It also could have stood to have a good dark brown. The only two colors that are really good for outer corner and crease blending are Busted, a dark grey-ish purple, and Blackout, a matte black. Having something in between that goes better with the bronze shades would have been helpful. 

You can find the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette on the Urban Decay website or at Sephora stores for $50 USD. It has its flaws, but it's an amazing palette and great for younger girls just starting out with makeup, or experienced ones who need more neutrals! Stay tuned to see my review on another neutral palette I've recently bought that I'm LOVING -- maybe even a little more than this one! :)

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