Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette


The beauty world banded together online at UrbanDecay.com last Thursday with a quickness. Rumor had it that Urban Decay would release a follow-up to the ever-popular NAKED palette that sold out time and time again after its release—and as suspected, they did release one. The latest rendition, NAKED 2 sold out so quickly that many didn’t even have a chance to scoop one up. As I watched the #Naked2 tweets roll by on my Twitter timeline, scores said they were ordering two! Now that’s some serious NAKED love! Now, now…if you didn’t have a chance to snag one—never fear. Urban Decay promises more are on the way, and I would definitely sign up for their waiting list here so you don’t miss the next release. They promise everyone who wants one will get one—just like with the original NAKED palette, more will be released and from what I hear—this is going to be a permanent item.

Did you know…

  • The original NAKED palette sells at a rate of more than one a minute?
  • After two years on the market, NAKED remains the beauty industry’s best-selling palette?

In the meantime, let’s ooh and ahh over NAKED 2, shall we? After a few days of tinkering around with mine, I think it’s well worth waiting for!  

The top is nicely embossed and the case is easy to open. It also snaps shut securely.

NAKED 2 is housed in a sturdy taupe, hinged case with a large interior mirror (much larger than the original NAKED palette). While I’m not really going to focus too much on the differences between NAKED 1 and 2, there are a few differences I can point out along the way. NAKED 2 also comes with a mini Lip Junkie lipgloss in Naked (sheer shimmery neutral pink), and also includes a full-size shadow brush inside the palette. This is a welcome addition for me, because most of my palettes have mini brushes. NAKED 2 includes a full-size dual end brush with both a crease and shadow brush (with their signature cruelty-free synthetic bristles). I really like the crease brush in here!

Okay, and for the Pièce de résistance

The 12 eyeshadow shades! These shades are a little more on the cool-toned side and have more greiges and taupes than coppers like in the original NAKED palette (in which the shades are all a little warmer). Try to contain yourselves…I know I had a hard time myself—I was seriously “ooh-ing & ahh-ing” while swatching these!

All swatches were completed without any primer as to display the most accurate pigment payoff…

These shadows glide like buttah across my skin!

Here’s the shade breakdown:

**Blackout — darkest matte black
*Booty Call — shimmery cork
*Busted — deep brown shimmer
Chopper — copper shimmer with silver glitter
**Foxy — matte creamy bisque
Half Baked — golden bronze shimmer
*Pistol — light greige/brown shimmer
*Snake Bite — dark bronze metallic shimmer
**Suspect — pale golden beige shimmer
*Tease — pale matte creamy brown
**Verve — oyster shimmer
YDK — cool metallic bronze shimmer

*Indicates a brand new shade
**Indicates a shade not available as a shadow single

And last but certainly not least, swatches of the Lip Junkie gloss in NAKED:

Bottom Line: There’s not a single thing I personally can find wrong with NAKED 2, and I highly recommend it. Now, if you have the original NAKED—it’s going to be a personal choice for you whether you think both are necessary. NAKED 2 focuses on greige-y, cooler tones (with a few coppery ones thrown in), while the original definitely focuses on warmer, coppery shades. (Temptalia has great comparisons in this video.) It’s truly up to you which you’ll prefer, but I’m placing my bets on NAKED 2 this time around! This palette breaks down to $4.17 a shade with a free full-size dual-end shadow brush and mini gloss, which makes it cost effective to me. On my next trip, this will definitely be the palette that winds up hitching a ride with me in my suitcase!

Price & Availability: $50—UrbanDecay.com (get on the list!), and soon to be released (I think in January) at Sephora, sephora.com, beauty.com, ULTA, macys.com and select Macy’s locations.

An editorial sample was provided by the company and evaluated to determine our opinion of the product in this post. Please see the Disclosures page for further information regarding our policies for using editorial samples.
  • jumbly

    swoon! Loving that they included a brush this time instead of the eyeliner combo. can’t wait to check it out.

  • Celine

    Okay, I not only want this, but I NEED it! I asked for a sephora gift card for Christmas and I will for sure be getting this if of course it’s in. If they do sell fast as you say, maybe I should call and get one held for me. Thanks for this review.

  • Amber

    Jumbly, girlfriend! I know you will LOVE this one!

    And Celine, keep stay vigilant if you’re buying from Sephora. All I know is “January”, I don’t have a true time-frame but if I find out I will update ;)

  • http://goodmorningangel.blogspot.com L. Figment

    Omg.
    All those shades look amazing! And that black is so so pigmented! I need me this!!!

    Elle x

  • xmissxandristx

    suspect isn’t actually available in a single… it should have a double asterisk.

    great review! i love the naked2 palette.

  • Amber

    Great catch, xmissx! Thanks :)

  • http://lipglossandspandex.com Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex

    I just got mine in the mail today! I’m soooo excited to try it out.

  • Amber

    Have fun, Marilyn!

  • carrierae

    I reordered my today…I can’t wait to use it. I already have the first one and I LOVE it.

    I am, however, disappointed with the company. Someone noted on their twitter page that there is a lot of product on ebay. UD wrote back, saying that its sad but they try to limit it. I thought, “understandable…good on them for having a limit.”

    I was on the website ordering mine today (finally instock) and I just literally order my sister the first naked palette from another site with a 20% discount a few hours before I got the email. :( Major sadness. I wasn’t expecting them to go instock so soon.

    After going back to the site, I noticed there was NO LIMIT on the website. No wonder ebay has blown up with Naked2 paletted selling for $75-100 each. I was able to put 5 of the palettes in my cart with no problem. There was NOTHING on the site saying there was a limit. People who can afford to buy these in bulk, can buy 5-10 of them…turn around and sell them for 150-200% more, knowing that it is almost Christmas. [note: I didn't buy 5, I removed them from my cart after I got to the billing process]

    I’m actually kind of glad I got my sister the first one. She likes makeup, but she never gets to treat herself to great makeup (and Naked is one of the best). She is going to be just as happy with the first as the second….and the first one is pretty darn great, and she gets to sample the primer. I look at it this way, at least one person who was super excited for the palette will have the opportunity to buy the one I didn’t….or maybe an ebay seller who wants to make a profit.

    Shame on you Urban Decay…I LOVE LOVE LOVE your products, but don’t make statements that aren’t completely true. :( We can probably expect a lot of these palettes to be seen on ebay and not in the hands of people who truely want them.

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  • Alison

    I would get this, love the colors, but I don’t have 70 dollars to spend on eyeshadow):

  • April

    I think I love Pistol the most out of all the shades!

  • http://twitter.com/judie_hairchik Judie Tallman

    it is sooo worth $50.00. We use it for our Media Make up class.