I have sucumbed to the stereotypical beauty-blogger-wannabe review. But I couldn't resist. How could
you not love these two amazing palettes by Urban Decay? They are a must have in every makeup kit. The neutral tones make both palettes insanely wearable. The matte shades also make it possible to create everyday looks, with the dark smoky shadows offering a more sultry look. I am truly in love with these palettes. Whilst the original was a triumph, the second was no disapointment!
Here's the two palettes side-by-side, just to give you an impression of the difference:
The above palette is the original and comes in brown suede packaging. The palette shuts via magnet. The Naked 2 palette comes in a metal tin, admitedly, a bit more robust. However, so far I've had no problems with the original in terms of packaging. Both very different, but equally wonderful.
Here's the original Naked palette open:
And here's the second version:
You may have noticed that one of the colours appears in both palettes, namely, Half Baked. Whilst some might feel cheated by the overlap, I have no problem with this gorgeous colour being in both. The matte shades in the first palette are Naked and Buck, and in the second; Foxy, Tease and Blackout. They are extremely useful as a transition colour - for blending your colour out in the crease.
There is no reason to really say you should buy one palette over the other, although I would say that the shades in the second version tend to be a bit lighter includes more taupe and beige. Nevertheless the shimmer shades in both are beautiful. The shadows themselves are creamy, smooth and blend like a dream. Not to mention highly highly pigmented! Their weartime and vibrancy is improved by a primer like Two Faced Shadow Insurance or the Urban Decay Primer Potion. Just choose the primer that best works for you. I have swatched both palettes for you (take note I didn't use a primer underneath!).
Here's the original Naked palette:
And Naked 2:
If you're thinking of purchasing one of these palettes I really can't recomend them enough. I would like to make clear I am certainly no beauty professional or make-up artist, just a girl highly enthusiastic about beauty. If you're torn between one or the other I really couldn't pick - that's why I got both. Swatch both in your nearest Urban Decay and see which work best for you. But I promise that you won't be dissapointed!
In the UK the palettes retail at about £36 each. When you work it out it's actually great value for money,
given you generally get a full size eyeshadow brush with the palette too. The add ons vary from store to store!
Here's a few links to stores where you can purchase these amazing palettes!
House of Fraser
Urban Decay website
Feel free to leave comments down below about how you got on with this palette or any questions you might have, thanks! :) xx