I am both baffled and fascinated how Urban Decay keep coming out with new nude offerings… every time I think they must have expired all the nude options, they bring something else new and the neutral lover in me is always enthralled. This is the new Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette – and whilst it’s not necessarily one to get our beauty loving knickers in a twist in *quite* the same way as a Naked palette. It is a great new staple offering – with a capsule collection of six easy to wear shades that are great for every day, with the darker shade being ideal to add a bit of smoke.
Very much like the first Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, the six shadows are split so there’s one with shimmer and the remainder matte. The difference between the two being that the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 leans towards the cooler tones for the shades, where the original is slightly warmer. Although the difference is very subtle – I would say if you already have one then you probably don’t *need* the new one. And in my opinion (maybe I need my eyes tested) but the new one seems to be warmer toned to me for most of the shades.. But I totally get it if you want it to keep your Naked collection complete. I guess the main appeal is that with the new shades you can make a choice between the warmer or cooler shades that work for your skin tone.
To see the two swatched against each other I’ve put my swatches of each side by side below…
Overall, it’s a tough call to really pull out the differences between them. I’d say that the Naked Basics Original has stronger pigment for the pale shimmer/highlight shade and the dark shade. But the Naked Basics 2 is more universal and day to day friendly – the darker shade is softer in this so can add definition for day, or dial up for smoke for evening. These palettes – both of them – are both perfect for weekends away due to the size. They’re perfect for travel – but still have a decent sized mirror. The packaging really is ideal – light, rubberised, big mirror, no wasted space.
Had I not had either palette, on swatching them Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 would be my top pick as I like how the dark is softer and the shimmer is a bit less frosty than that of the original.
Which one stands out to you the most… tempted to purchase? Wonder what naked wonder they will come up with next…!
Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 * launches 1st October and will be available at Debenhams