If you recall about a week ago I posted some hardcore breaking news on here: Urban Decay was coming out with a sequel to their classic Naked palette, the Naked 2. The world stood still for a moment.
The original Naked Palette came out in the summer of 2010 and took the make-up world by storm. It’s a sleek, well designed neutral palette containing 12 full size (0.5oz) eyeshadows for $45. That equals to less than 4 bucks per eyeshadow (which normal costs $17 for 0.5 oz.). Genius, Urban Decay, genius.
They were smart to come out with a sequel, because I sure took that bait… I was one of the lucky 5,000 to purchase one the weekend that it came out. So… is it worth the hype?
Here’s the palette:
12 full size eyeshadows (0.5oz ea.) Click pictures to enlarge.
My thoughts: The eyeshadows are rich, pigmented, and smooth. It’s exactly what you’d expect from Urban Decay. The quality is superb and very comparable to the original Naked Palette.
Now here’s the big question: How does it compare to the original Naked Palette? I swatched them both together, comparing the shades that looked similar in the pan. The only eyeshadow that they repeated is Half Baked, the rest are all different shades. There are 5 new shades and 7 repromotes.
Here’s the original Naked Palette (Naked 1):
And here are the comparisons: Again, you can click pictures to enlarge.
As you can see, they are very similar. Do you NEED the Naked 2 if you have Naked 1? My answer is no. Both are really solid palettes, but I would say you could go with one or the other. The biggest difference is that Naked 1 is warmer toned (bronze, cocoa neutrals). Naked 2 is cooler toned (taupe, greige neutrals). Naked 2 is also $50 ($3 more than Naked 1) and includes a mini lip junkie gloss and a brush. Naked 1 comes with a mini primer and a brush.
UNLESS- you’re a make up junkie /collector…. then yes, you need this palette
Glitter rating : 5 / 5
Right now Naked 2 is only available on UrbanDecay.com (currently sold out but you can sign up to be notified when it’s back in stock). Word has it that it will be in Sephora’s and Ulta’s late January / early February of 2012. You can purchase the original Naked at any Sephora or Ulta store, or here online.
So… what do ya think? Will you be purchasing?