Friday, 3 October 2014

Naked Palette vs. Naked 2 Palette

Naked 1 - £37 and Naked 2 - £37
The Naked Palettes are the popular neutrals palettes of the beauty world, but the question for those not brave enough for the Naked 3 still stands- Naked 1 or Naked 2? It's incredible just how amazing the quality of Urban Decay shadows are and they are worth every penny!

L-R: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked

L-R: Smog, Dark Horse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal
Naked 1
This palette is what began my interest in makeup, I loved how easy it was to transform your look with a few simple eyeshadows and a brush. The versatility of this palette means that it can be used for daytime looks and then can be transformed into an evening look with a deepening of the crease. 

The quality of these shadows is just amazing, so soft and buttery (a phrase I didn't really understand until I bought this palette) which makes for really easy blendability. They're the easiest shadows I've ever used and make the likes of Nars and Stila seem like nothing - there is not a single shade in this palette which lacks the creamy formula that they're famed for. 

The warm shades are beautiful and really wearable, though I'm not so sure about Creep and Gunmetal- I'm not quite that adventurous! The first 6 shades (from Virgin to Half Baked) are all I used to wear, rarely delving into the other half, even now. This palette provides a really easy lovely range, leading to easier eye looks!

L-R: (Foxy doesn't show up), Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite

L-R: Suspect Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout
Unlike the warm toned shades of the original Naked palette, I find the shades in the Naked 2 to be much cooler and quite frankly, harder to wear. This would be perfect for a frequent smokey eye wearer who likes dark shades, but I find that the number of daytime shades is quite limited. This could be down to my hesitance to wear darker colours but personally I find this to be harder to wear.

I find that some of the shadows are slightly chalky, like Foxy, Tease and Blackout. For me, Blackout isn't a problem because I only ever use it to line my upper lash line, and not with a smoky eye. However I would like to use Foxy as a base colour and it has become downright impossible - I couldn't even swatch it, hence its absence in the above pictures!

However it still goes that the rest of the shades have the same buttery formula as the original palette, but those two chalky shades bring it down. 

Although I use both palettes regularly, if I could only pick one, I would have to pick the original Naked palette, just because of the slightly plainer, more day-to-day wear that I can get out of it. I prefer to wear warm toned eyeshadow colours which makes the original preferable to me, as the Naked 2 is definitely more cool toned. Side note: The brush that comes with the Naked 2 palette is much better, especially the blending brush!

This last bit is just a special mention to that shadow that is wearable every single day, whether just alone or with other colours. Half Baked, my all-time favourite eyeshadow, I declare my loyalty to you. I can wear it alone or paired with the other colours, either way it always brightens up the eye. It seems like an unlikely pick for me, being a highly pigmented gold, but it just turns out so beautifully!

Go into a Debenhams and have a swatch for yourself, just so you can feel how creamy the shades are before invested in them. The Naked palettes retail for £37, but wait until a 10% off sale if you want to save a bit of money! 

1 comment:

  1. I have the naked 1 palette and have been going back and forth about whether I want the naked 2 palette. I'm not big on dark shades so I think I'll stick with the naked 1. Thanks for the review.