You could say that I am late to the game on the Naked palettes from Urban Decay…very late. I just couldn’t justify purchasing one since unlike the other 99% of the makeup wearing population, I don’t wear a lot of neutrals on my eyes. I am a total color girl. However, there were a few eye shadows I was hitting pan on from other Urban Decay palettes that I own. Upon further investigation I found four of them were included in the Naked 2 palette (Half Baked, YDK, Verve, and Blackout) and decided for the price I should just opt for buying the Naked 2 palette ($54 vs. $18 for their individual pans of eye shadow).
When I received the palette I was very pleased. I love the packaging, it is very sleek and sturdy and would be ideal for travel. While I thought this was going to be a more cool toned eye shadow palette, I was pleasantly surprised to see both cool and warm tones. There was also a nice mix of matte, satin, shimmer, and metallic finishes. One thing I really enjoy about this palette is I have noticed far less fall out from these shadows than I normally experience from Urban Decay or other brands.
The shadows have a buttery texture, are very highly pigmented and blend like a dream. Which is no surprise coming from Urban Decay. I do recommend using an eye shadow primer (I love Urban Decay’s Primer Potion in Eden or NARS Pro-Prime) before you apply the shadows to make them more intense and longer lasting. I love the look of Half Baked and Chopper when applied with a damp brush. It really intensifies the metallic look of the shadow.
Overall, I don’t think this palette is a “necessity”, but I definitely think you get a lot of bang for your buck. If you are a neutral eye shadow kind of person, I think you would get a ton of use from this palette. It is very easy to transition this palette from day to night. A favorite combination of mine to wear for day is Verve on the inner third of my eyelid, Pistol on the outer 2/3 of my eyelid and blended up into the crease, I then do the same with my lower lash line. Next, I blend Tease into my crease to transition the eye shadow from my eyelid to my eyebrow bone. The last step I do is to add Bootycall to my eyebrow bone and inner eye area to brighten the whole look. For night, I just use a small detail brush and add Blackout to the outer corners of my eyes and softly diffuse it. I also add it to the outer third of my lower lash line and blend it out. This is just one look I have enjoyed wearing, I feel that with this palette their are tons of different combinations you could use, or better yet just use one color as a wash over your entire eyelid…beautiful. If you are in the market for a neutral eye shadow palette I would highly recommend that you give the Urban Decay Naked 2 a go. You won’t be disappointed.