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Naked 2: Swatches and Review

Good Afternoon

So one of the gifts I received at Christmas was the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. It cost me £37, which is a substantial amount of money but I feel that it's a good investment for the future. As I am still very much considered a makeup 'newbie' I was not quite sure of the difference between the three palettes. An incredibly helpful Urban Decay representative took me aside an explained them throughly before suggesting that my pale skintone suited the Naked 2 more.
 The front of the box

 The back of the box

 The tin packaging

The Packaging
The packaging is a simple brown tin case, with the words 'NAKED 2' and 'URBAN DECAY' written on the front in raised writing. It is very nice and feels very sturdy. If it gets dirty with makeup caked fingerprints (let's face it,  makeup gets everywhere) it can easily be wiped down. I much prefer the case design when compared to what I've seen of the original Naked palette. The velvet casing of the original Naked doesn't look as strong (correct me if you have found differently). The case has a magnetic closure, which is a great idea if you want to travel with the palette; it won't open in your handbag. 

The Inside
On the inside of the lid is a huge mirror; larger than what I expected. I think that the palette was made to be on the go; everything that you would need in a ittybitty package. The palette consists of twelve eye-shadows, all of which are more of a taupe hue than the original Naked. There are three matte shades in the palette, while the rest are all shimmer. The shades, in order, are: Foxy, Half-Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted and Blackout.

The Brush
The brush is great quality considering it just came with the palette. It's the same colour as the case and features two different brushes; one for patting on the colours and another for blending. The brushes are very soft and fluffy, which is a perfect quality in makeup brushes. 

The Shadows

Foxy is a pale yellow, reminiscent of butter, eye-shadow with a matte finish. As I have very pale skin this colour barely shows up on me unless it's been packed on (as seen in the swatch). I feel that the formula has a slight chalky feel to it that I'm not a big fan of. This will probably work best as a highlighter for my brow bone.

Half-Baked is a golden copper toned eye-shadow with a shimmery finish to it. I've seen that this was featured in the original Naked palette and was considered something of a 'cult' favourite. I think that the colour pay off is great, especially when compared with Foxy. I can definitely see this getting a lot of future use.


Bootycall is a light champagne colour with a shimmery effect. I love it! It will make a fabulous colour for all over the lid, or as a inner corner highlight. The colour pay off is as could be expected on me but the shimmer makes up for it vastly.


Chopper is very similar to Half-Baked, I feel, except that it's a reddish copper instead of a gold copper.  It's full of micro-glitter which makes it a very eye catching shade. 

Tease is a mid-tonal matte brown with purple undertones. I regularly use this shadow as my everyday crease colour. It is such a pretty colour on any eyes, but nicely emphasises my green eyes.

snakebite is a very muted, dull bronze shimmer shade. It almost has a metallic effect which I find to be perfect for more dramatic night-time looks.

Suspect is a pale golden eye-shadow with a frosty shimmer effect. It is of a similar shade to Half-baked, but not quite as golden and the tone is cooler. This is definitely one of the shades that I will use on a regular basis.

Pistol is a greyish, smokey brown shade that has only a very slight shimmer to it. I think that this could be the ideal shade for a simple night-time look that requires not so much effort.

Verve is a light grey tinged beige colour with plenty of shimmer in it. I find it to be a good shade for highlighting the inner corner of the eye, or on the other hand, using it all over the eye for a bright eye effect.

YDK is a pale copper colour with a shimmer effect to it. It is a less red version of Chopper, and also appears to be a bit duller too. It is another shade that I am very excited to use more in the future.

Busted is a deep, reddish toned dark brown eye-shadow with a frosty shimmer effect.  It would be a perfect shade for a smokey eye effect. The deep red hints to the colour would help to offset green eyes.

Blackout is a very intense, deep black eye-shadow that is the last matte effect shadow in the Naked 2 palette. There is not much else to say about it as, since it is a matte black, it is very versatile. 

What's your favourite Naked palette? Do you prefer the Basics?

Louise x x


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