LOVE this palette! I have the original Naked palette as well and I like this one so much better. I got Naked 1 before 2 came out, but if I had had the choice when buying I would've passed on the first Naked for this. I have fair skin with cool undertones and I find Naked 2 to be much better suited to my skin tone.
The formulation of all Urban Decay eyeshadows is great. Very smooth application, great pigmentation, practically blends itself.
I love that the shades in this palette lean cooler than the shades in the orginal Naked. There are also more matte and satin shades as opposed to all the shimmer and sparkle of the first palette. This palette has a matte black, which you'd think would be standard in any neutral palette but the first Naked didn't have.
There are tons of shade descriptions and swatches out there for this palette so I won't list individual shade descriptions. Like any pale shades, Foxy and Bootycall don't show up very well on my skin tone. I do love Foxy - an unusual yellow-ish highlight shade - and I could see this being beautiful on someone with a deeper skin tone than me.
Half Baked and Chopper are the two "outliers", if you will, in this palette, because they seem more suited for warm-toned skin. Then again, my hair is reddish and I could see Chopper working on cool-toned people without red hair. I was disappointed that UD put Half Baked in both palettes, not just because I don't like the color, but I think they should have used completely different colors than the first.
The other shade I was disappointed with was Tease. It's a beautiful taupe (leaning more towards brown than grey) with a matte finish. I really love the color but the texture is lacking. It's very powdery, not very pigmented, and doesn't blend easily. It's the only shadow from UD that has had this problem for me. It's a shame because this kind of color is right up my alley and I would probably use it all the time if it performed like other UD shadows, but as it is I rarely reach for it.
My favorite shades in this palette are Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, and Busted. I didn't expect to like YDK on my skin tone but I find myself reaching for it a lot as an all-over lid color. Add Snakebite in my crease and Busted or Blackout along my lash line, and there's my usual day-to-day look.
I often pair Verve and Pistol together for a smoky eye, again along with Busted or Blackout. So many of these shades pair so well together. That's one reason I love this palette - quite a variety of shades that you can use to create just about any look, in one convenient palette. I usually travel with both of my Naked palettes but if I had to choose one it would definitely be this one. I use it every day and every night I go out. Granted, I'm not an eyeshadow junkie, but if you're like me and want one main go-to palette, this is the one to have.
I appreciate that UD changed their packaging with this palette. It's in a tin palette with a secure closure, as opposed to the velvet-covered packaging and magnet closure of the first. This is easier to keep clean and you can throw this in a suitcase without worrying that it might open in transit. It has a large mirror that makes it top-heavy, which is kind of annoying to me, but if you like having mirrors on your palettes you'll like the size of it.
It comes with a two-sided brush and I do use the fluffy side pretty often for application of all-over color and for blending. I don't like the other side of it but I can easily use other brushes. It's nice to have an included brush in a pinch, and the space for the brush is big enough to put your own brush in if you want.
I'm not into brightly colored eyeshadows so if you like purples or greens or whatnot you will need to supplement, but if you find yourself mostly using neutrals - whether you're a natural eye or dramatic eye kind of girl - this may be all you need. It's very versatile.
I think $50/$55 is a very fair price for this palette. They could charge $75 and it'd probably sell just as well. It's a steal when you think about the fact that you're getting 12 full size UD eyeshadows that normally sell for $18 each.
If you have the first or third Naked and love it, you may not need this one. Having the first two and knowing that my skin/hair isn't suited for pinks, I definitely don't feel the need to have Naked 3. I wasn't wholly satisfied with the original Naked palette but after getting Naked 2, I understand the cult status of these palettes.
Which of the three palettes would be best suited to you depends on your skin tone and hair color, and what kinds of shades you find to be flattering on you. But I think that out of all three Naked palettes, this is the one that is most versatile/neutral, with the best and largest range of shades and finishes. I personally think it would be flattering on anyone.
If you're a neutral shadow junkie you could justify owning all three palettes. The third is most noticeably different than the others, but I think the original and 2 are different enough from each other to warrant having both, unless you find yourself completely satisfied with the original.
When you come across a palette with this color range and quality for only $50, it's hard to pass up. This palette will last me a long time but I will repurchase when it's gone.
I had the Naked original and the Naked 3 before I bought the Naked 2. I felt that the original had too much of dark colors for daytime. Since I love Urban Decay eyeshadows I decided to buy the 2nd on August, 2014 (online order). I received the palette in a beautiful cardboard box, similar to the one for the 3, which was strange. Imagine my surprise when I saw on the back of the box that I received the same primer testers as the ones that came with the Naked 3 instead of the lip junkie. I opened the palette and another surprise: the dual ended brush looked exactly the same as the one from the 3. It ended up being the same brush in different color. I miss the fluffy crease brush. The price increase doesn't justify the gifts: for the lower price I've received a deluxe sample of primer or could receive a deluxe sample of lipgloss.
The palette remained gorgeous. The only color I didn't and don't like is the Half Baked. The shadows are ridiculously pigmented and very easy to apply and blend. They stay whole day, and with primer they stay even longer.
Though the original has nicer shades I feel as the 2nd has more day appropriate ones. The 3 is gorgeous and incomparable to original and 2. Recommend and would buy again.
I will add photos of the brushes so you can be prepared for the sad truth of the brush "improvement".
Beautiful colors (esp for cooler undertones)... BUT the fallout on this palette is crazy. I truly do not understand its fame. If you want a nice palette, try a Tarte, Too Faced Chocolate Bar or a fancier Dior one, etc. the fallout is truly terrible. Will not last more than a few hours w/ light priming.. You need a lot of primer to work with this one and it just bugs me.
Its a nice palette and been using it for a awhile now but i like the naked 3 more. This is really pigmented which i like and really last long! This is a must buy!
I seriously wanted to love this. I have the first Naked Basics, and I was hoping for another version, but sadly, this disappointed me for the same reasons. The big issue is the lack of color variation. A palette of this size really doesn't need two colors (the two lightest) that are very similar. The other colors are ok, but almost disappear on my pale skin. The darkest wasn't useful to me for anything but a liner. Now I know this is made to be a compliment to the large Naked 2 palette, but there are many of us who hoped to use it as a stand alone palette, and that's where it falls short. The colors themselves didn't disappoint, but I had to reach for other products to build depth and get a decent nude look. If I want to do just one neutral matte color on my lids, this works fine, but I might as well save $10+ and just buy one color. I returned this, and exchanged it for the Urban Decay Pulp Fiction palette, which I like so much better. I can get basically the same looks, but it has enough color variation to be much more versatile.
It's true. Everything about this palette, from the rich pigmentation, beautiful packaging and skin flattering shades. Even the free lip gloss that comes with it is beautiful. The only thing that I didn't like is the slight 'artificial ' scent. Good basic to have.
This is seriously the only eye shadow palette I use. I can go have a neutral makeup look on one day, then have a smokey eye look on another day.
It's so versatile! I got it as a gift from my bestie so I can't really comment on the price.
The shadows are so silky and pigmented, it's a must have for everyone who loves makeup. No matter if you're a beginner or a pro - this is perfect for any kind.
I've been using this for about two years now (yay for finally reviewing it!) and the ONLY shadow that is slowly breaking apart is Tease. Basically proves that this palette will last for a longass time right haha.
Now I know why people love it. The colors are so pigmented, the packaging looks gorgeous. Easy to use shades. I never into eye makeup so much before, I'm mostly a lipstick person, but now, everything change. I been using this continuously since the day I got it. Love love love. Chopper, tease, busted and snakebite are my favorite colors. Also, blackout is super pigmented, usually use that as liner
I love this, I hate hate hate all the naked pallets besides this one and naked basics. The only issue is that I have to hot glue gun them back in because every few months they pop up. Booty call and tease are my favorite. Along with YDK and suspect.
I am in love with this palette and how pigmented all the colors are. I could not live without this palette. Any eye shadow made by Urban Decay is amazing! This is a must have in your make up collection. It is definitely worth splurging for! The only thing I would change is the packaging. I like the packaging a lot more in the original Naked palette.