As a neutral lover, I have been really excited for the launch of the second palette of safe and natural eye shadows. After the slightly over-hyped Internet buzz on the night of the launch I had decided that I didn’t want to just do a general review of the palette as blog-land is going to be flooded with them.
So I decided to do ‘5 days of Naked (2)’… which is basically 5 days of wearing the Naked 2 palette, in different combinations. Of course, being me and using neutral shadows – this all seemed like a great idea…until most days look remarkably similar. But still, you can get the idea. Then, after five days of wear I could share my thoughts on the palette overall.
Here are the new shades that feature in Naked 2:
|L-R: Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper|
|L-R: Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol|
|L-R: Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout|
Day 1: Monday
Who knows how, but Monday was one of the days I made the most effort this week… I think largely due to being excited to use the new Naked 2 palette!
To beat the Monday blues I went for… the pale, shimmery, Bootycall all over the lid with a touch of Suspect (pale bronze shimmer) and a bit of Snakebite (darker bronze shimmer). I also used a bit of MAC Teddy eyeliner to line the lower lash line. It looks greyer in the pictures than it was in real life, probably because I took these in early morning light…
Day 2: Tuesday
Check me out making a little moving gif thingy…
Tuesdays look of choice was a simple combo of Bootycall (again) and Pistol for a bit of a smoky-ish look, rather than just bronze shades. I did this along the lower lash line too, rather than just on the lid.
At this point I think Pistol is in the lead for favourite shade of choice….
Day 3: Wednesday
Running a bit late, so just a sweep of YDK across the lid for today. Plus another smudge of Teddy eyeliner all around the eyes (current favourite eyeliner).
Day 4: Thursday
Bit of a golden look for today – love a bit of gold ever since I learnt it works amazingly with blue eyes. I teamed some Half Baked all over the lid, with a bit of Illamasqua gold eyeliner in ‘Alchemy’, along the upper lash line and a little bit along the lower lash line too.
How rubbish and smudged does my eyeshadow look!? I swear it didn’t look that bad until I took the photo with flash…
Day 5: Friday
Friday I went for Bootycall, all over the lid then with some Busted close to the lash line and in the crease to add a bit of definition. Busted is my favourite of the darker shades, this was my version of a work friendly smokey eye…
So after a week of Naked 2, I have the following thoughts:
1. The packaging is a win for me. The original palette looks nice and I love the colours, but packaging wise, Naked 2 is a clear winner. It’s compact, snaps shut and because it’s metal it’s much more travel friendly – firstly it withstands damage, and secondly it’s much easier to keep clean. So big thumbs up for the palette from me.
2. If you already have the original Naked palette, you don’t *need* the new palette. Being totally realistic that is. But I do love the new Naked 2 palette, so if you’re a neutral lovely like me and wear nothing but – then you can justify this. If I owned neither palette and had to choose one, I’d choose Naked 2 (mostly due to the packaging as much as the shades)
3. Shade-wise, I find it hard to compare the two palettes as there are some pretty similar shades in there. But in Naked 2 my favourite shades are: Bootycall (a nice pale, goes with everything highlight shade), Pistol (a pale silver-grey colour, with a hint of warm ‘pewter-y’ shade to it) and YDK (a champagne-bronze easy to do a one-colour look with). My one negative with the shades in Naked 2 is that there are a couple of matte shades I just can’t see myself using – Foxy (it would just vanish on me) and Blackout (it’s a gorgeously pigmented black but I just doubt I’ll use it to be really honest).
4. Not Naked-palette related as such, but I need to take more time in the morning with eyeshadow…
Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 is available now exclusively from Debenhams for £36.