Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

The original Urban Decay Naked Palette is a staple in my traincase, it has been a favorite of mine since I first bought it in the late summer of 2010 and I still reach for it more than any other eye palette that I own.  This month, Urban Decay released a follow-up to this best selling palette of neutrals and bronzes and I first posted a picture of it when I saw hints of it on Facebook.  I was lucky enough to be on my computer when the official email came, stating that it was available for purchase in very limited quantities.  I ordered the product so fast that I never even looked at and hoped that I would love it the way that I loved the original.  Within an hour, the Urban Decay website was completely crashed and the palette was soon sold out and every restock every since has been sold out.  I was very lucky to get mine when I did and now I am glad that the semester is over and I have time to really play with the shades in it.

So far this product is only available on the Urban Decay website, I have heard rumors of a late winter release to Sephora and to other retailers that carry this beauty product line.  It is still sold out but at least it is listed on the website, an improvement from the first sell out.  I'[m sure that there are a lot of ladies that are looking at this on the company website and beginning to decide how they want to spent their spring beauty budget...

"The most anticipated sequel of the decade!  Our new palette is meticulously packed with 12 Taupe + Greige neutrals, featuring five exclusive new shades.  Naked 2 has 12 pigment-rich taupe + greige neutral eye shadows, including five new shades.  Our palette proves once again, neutral is anything but boring (and is downright sexy when worn Naked).  Feast your eyes on our shades ranging from pale to deep, matte to sparkly.  This collection lets you achieve lots of neutral looks, smoky dramatic eyes, and everything in between.  Let's just say there's a whole new way to get Naked!  The case has an art-school inspired look with hinged lid - taupe metal with embossed chocolate brown artwork.  It's smooth, modern, and cool to the touch - a real tactile experience.  Plus, our palette also features a travel-sized Lip Junkie Lip Gloss in Naked, AND a double-sided, cruelty-free Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush (available only in this palette).  Any self-respecting makeup lover will love to have both palettes to get their complete neutral fix!"

This palette contains five shades that are brand new and only found in this palette; the rest of the shades are from their normal eye shadow line (some of which were also in the original Naked palette).  The shade list...

- Foxy - cream bisque with matte finish
- Half Baked - golden bronze with shimmer finish
- Booty Call - cork with shimmer finish (exclusive to this palette)
- Chopper - shimmering copper with silver micro-glitter
- Tease - creamy pale brown with matte finish
- Snakebite - dark shimmering bronze with a metallic base
- Suspect - pale gold beige with shimmer finish (exclusive to this palette)
- Pistol - light brown/gray with shimmer finish (exclusive to this palette)
- Verve - oyster with shimmer finish
- YDK - cool bronze shimmer with metallic finish
- Busted - deep brown with shimmer finish (exclusive to this palette)
- Blackout - blackest black with matte finish (exclusive to this palette)

This palette contains several standout shades and one major letdown.  The standouts are the shimmer and metallic finishes; the best are Half Baked, Booty Call, Verve, Suspect, and Snakebite.  I am not going to talk at length about Half Baked, this has been a favorite of mine for years and I have covered it many times before.  Booty Call is a great highlighting shade, it is pretty champagne with enough pigment for a highlighter.  Verve is the shade in the palette that has the most gray in it, it is a true greige.  It is very pigmented, easy to work with, and looks great with all the neutrals in the palette.  Suspect is not very unique but is another shade that works well as a highlighter and blends well with every shade in the palette.  Snakebite might be my favorite shade in the palette, it a dark bronze with gold shimmer.  I use it right on the lid or as a liner.  Very pigmented and buttery soft when applied, this is among the best of the Urban Decay Eye Shadows.  The major let down is the Tease shade, I don't like mattes to begin with and this shadow embodies all the reasons why.  It applies hard and the texture is really lacking, it is very dry and hard to blend.  I tried it as a highlighter and it took longer to get on than any other shade in the palette.  It looked dirty when applied with the NARS 3 Brush and I had to start blending it with my fingers to soften it, my least favorite of the palette.

This palette also contains a small lip gloss and a dual-ended brush.  One side of the brush is a crease brush, the other side is a stiff shadow brush.  The crease side made me the happiest, I was actually looking to buy a crease brush with a stiffer bristle than my MAC 224 Brush so that was an unexpected treat when I opened the container (I ordered this palette so fast that I never even took notice of the brushes in it!), the shadow side is just like any other stiff shadow brush.  It applies nicely but I prefer to use my MAC shadow brushes, they are larger and can get more shadow on my lid much quicker. 

The lip gloss included with this palette is a small version of their Lip Junkie product, a gloss that I haven't tried yet.  The gloss was another surprise since I never looked at what shade it was when I was ordering it.  "Get hooked on shine, without the sticky hangover.  Lip Junkie features a soft, luxe texture, stay-put shades, and tastes like wedding mints.  Addicted yet?  You want a super-shiny lip gloss, but can't stand the sticky texture, right?  Wait til you feel the soft, cushiony texture of this gloss!  Lip Junkie stays put longer than other glosses, but never feels gummy or gooey.  It comes in a range of pretty amazing shades (if we do say so ourselves), and the color payout is amazing.  Take your pick from sheer to pretty neutrals, kick-ass brights, or glimmering near-black.  And the flavor?  Think yummy wedding mints...a sweet mint with a little zing that makes breath feel fresh."  Naked is the shade that is contained in this palette, it is a permanent shade and the name makes it a great addition.  It is a pinky neutral, very my-lips-but-better.  The flavor is great, I love mint glosses and this one has a bit of kick to it.  I want to try more of these glosses!

In conclusion, if neutrals are your thing than you will love this palette.  If you are an Urban Decay fan, than you will love this palette.  These shades are very wearable and you will get lots of use from them and the palette is worth ordering and waiting for.  But is it better than the original Naked and do you need one or both?  That will be covered in my next post...

photo courtesy of Urban Decay

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