Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

urban decay naked 2

Sexy, no?

When Mr AMR saw me open the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, he actually commented on it.

Mr AMR: “That’s a nicely designed palette, isn’t it?”

Me: “Yes, and look at the amazing shades inside it! I’d wear every shade! And there’s a full-size brush!”


Me: “And it’s a really nicely designed palette, isn’t it?”

Mr AMR: “Yes, very nicely designed.”

The above conversation demonstrates exactly the level of interest that (most) men have in cosmetic and beauty-related items. If it’s something housed in metal, or tin, then they’ll comment. If it’s something with a sharp edge or a mains charger, they’ll have a (limited) opinion. If it looks like mud or something gory, they might have a sniff or poke their fingers into the jar. Anything outside of these quite restrictive categories and you will struggle to raise any interest whatsoever. You may as well be showing off a banana skin that you found in your handbag or trying to impress him with an elastic band…

So the Naked 2 gets instant top marks for packaging – it’s sleek, sexy, opens and closes in a pleasing manner and reminds me a little of the pencil tins we were banned from having at school. (They made too much of a racket, apparently. Why we didn’t ever question this reasoning at the time, I have no idea!)

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Review

I’m not going to go into excessive detail about the shades because there are so many in-depth reviews online, some with swatches and some with demo videos. I’ll definitely include this palette in a video soon, because it does house a brilliant little run of shades, but for now I’ll just link to the posts that I have seen and liked.

I think that this palette is a great buy – I’d use any of the shades on a daily basis, and it’s convenient to have all of your neutrals in one place. I find that the Urban Decay eyeshadows have excellent colour pay-off and staying power – I voted them top in the eyeshadow category when I was judging the Cosmo Beauty Awards! The brush is good quality and double-ended so that you can easily and effectively colour-wash and blend. There’s a little bonus included, too, in the form of a mini Lip Junkie Gloss. I have to say that this confuses me; the original palette included an eye primer, which is surely more appropriate!

Gloss aside, the Naked 2 gets a big thumbs-up. It doesn’t break any boundaries with the shades, but that’s entirely the point. All of them are designed to be flattering and wearable – they are timeless, not seasonal or trend-led. There’s definitely more shimmer here than matte, but I don’t find any of the finishes to be garish or OTT. Perhaps the shade “YDK” is a little pearly, but it’s definitely not glittery! I’m going to get good use out of this selection…

Naked 2 Palette, £36 with free worldwide delivery from HQHair.com

Links: Vivianna Does Makeup  (in-depth review with swatches and great photos)

Pixiwoo for a comparison between Naked 1 and 2

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  1. Misspapadita
    March 14, 2012 / 2:27 pm

    I just got this palette last week and absolutely love it!! I think I like it better than Naked1 because I do not like all that glitter some of the UD shadows has and how they all end up all over my face…
    The lipgloss was confusing for me too… an eye liner / mascara / primer would have been more of a natural option!!

    March 15, 2012 / 9:32 am

    ADORE this palette, I have both this and the original ‘naked’ I bought it as soon as Debenhams online had it, I use it nearly every day, all the colours are wearable even for me a natural redhead with fair skin, I can’t imagine anyone not liking this bring on ‘naked’ 3 lol!
    I am also loving Bobby Brown’s Party Eye Pallete in the neutral browns, similar colours to the naked palettes but in a nice slimline small palette (6 colours) ideal for handbag or weekends away, abit pricy at £36 compared to the naked 2 but I still love it, its perfect for fair skin like mine :-)
    Has anyone or yourself Ruth tried the Bobbi Brown tried the new neons & Nudes eye palette, just wondered how the colours comapare to the naked xx

    • Ruth
      March 15, 2012 / 9:04 pm

      @Loveinanmist I haven’t but I LOVE the look of it! x

  3. March 16, 2012 / 2:01 am

    You made up mind, thank you! I’d been putting in and taking out of my Sephora cart the Naked 2 palette for month, ordering everything but! I finally did it and love it. Am so loving the Alpha-H too.

  4. Theresa
    March 17, 2012 / 3:03 pm

    You had me nearly laughing out of my chair reading your conversation between you and Mr.AMR followed!! Love your humor :) I have the NAKED1 and I really enjoy it, but think I would enjoy this one as well. Thanks for your thoughts.

  5. March 27, 2012 / 6:12 am

    My partner actually preferred the look of the first Naked palette, which I hated! The case got so dirty looking so fast, and there was nothing I could do to make it look clean.

    I, too, love the Naked palettes. There is something perfectly wonderful about having all of your neutrals in one easy to travel with/carry container. The brushes aren’t too bad either! I prefer the brush that came in the first one to the one in the second, but I use both.

    The gloss isn’t too bad — I actually ended up grabbing another after using that one up.

    • Ruth
      March 27, 2012 / 10:20 am

      @Cat yes, I love those glosses, I’m just not sure how appropriate it is in an eye palette – the primer seems so much more useful! x

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