How do you replicate success? How do you take an amazing product and make it more awesome? Many have failed in this task. We have seen sequels to blockbusters, not quite sharing the same lustre. Sequels to number one bestsellers, not quite matching up to its popular sibling. So, when you come across that rare occurrence where sequels match up to the original, you have to celebrate it.
After the hugely popular Naked palette, Urban Decay released its sequel Naked 2 in 2011. And what a sequel! Urban Decay hit all the right chords and the sequel is also singing with the same success just like the first palette. While Naked is made up of warm toned eyeshadows, Naked 2 is more cooler. Except for Half Baked which is a repeat from the Naked palette, the other 11 eyeshadows are all different.
What Urban Decay has to say about their Naked 2 palette
The most anticipated sequel of the decade! Our new palette is meticulously packed with 12 Taupe + Greige Neutrals.
The most anticipated sequel of the decade. Naked 2 has 12 pigment-rich, taupe and greige neutral eyeshadows. 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 a metallic look with a hinged lid. The writing on top is in embossed dark brown. It’s smooth and modern in appearance and sports a totally different look from the Naked palette. The palette has travel-size Lip Junkie lipgloss in Naked, and a double-ended Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush. Once again, I am not happy with the performance of the shadow brush but the crease brush is decent and can be used for blending. The name of the lip gloss Naked is quie apt. It has very light coverage and unless you have very good lips, you can’t apply this alone. I know I can’t. Have to apply a lip pencil or a lipstick before putting this on. It has a very strong minty smell. Doesn’t really makes me want to put it on my lips.
Once again, the colors are gorgeous. The colors are leaning more towards grey. But then, grey hasn’t looked better than in the Naked 2 palette.
The 12 shades are :
Foxy is a pale yellow beige with matte finish.
Half Baked is a coppery metallic bronze.
BootyCall is a frosty white beige.
Chopper is a orange-y brown with shimmer.
Tease is a mauve brown with matte finish.
Snakebite is a dark bronze with golden shimmer.
Suspect is a soft champagne-y metallic bronze.
Pistol is a frosty grey-brown.
Verve is a pale beige-grey.
YDK is a warm coppery reddish brown.
Busted is a frosted deep plummy brown.
Blackout is a deep dark black with matte finish.
The quality and color payoff of all eyeshadows is excellent as is consistent with all other Urban Decay’s eyeshadows.
Here is the weight and ingredients of the eyeshadows and lipgloss as listed on Urban Decay’s website
Fill Weight: Eyeshadow: 12 x 1.3g e 12 x 0.05 US oz, Lip Junkie: 3.23ml e 0.11 US fl oz
BOOTY CALL / FOXY / PISTOL:
Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, PTFE.
HALF BAKED / SNAKE BIT / YDK:
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.
Talc, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sobric Acid, Acrylates Copolymer, Tin Oxide.
Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide.
Talc, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, PTFE.
BUSTED / VERVE:
Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.
Zinc Stearate, Talc, Silica, Ethyhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Boron Nitride, Sorbic Acid.
All Shades May Contain:
CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride).
Polybutene, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Silica Silylate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Pil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Benzyl Benzoate, Tribehenin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Flavor (Aroma), Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Saccharin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide.
CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake).
Below are the swatches of the 12 eyeshadows. All have been applied over Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.
As usual, I tried out many looks with this palette and one can create light shimmer day looks as well as dark sultry looks for the night. I went for the dark look, trying out various combination of colors. After my previous post on Naked palette, you all must be aware of various parts of the eye and hopefully got inspired to try some eye makeup.
What did I use for my look?
Urban Decay Naked 2 palette (can’t begin my look without it!)
Urban Decay primer potion (it’s very essential to use an eye primer before applying eye makeup)
Nyx jumbo eye pencil in Milk
Loreal Contour Khol for lining the waterline (as kajal)
Deborah 24 ORE eyeliner pen
Loreal Volume Million Lashed mascara
Coastal Scents crease brush, BH Cosmetics’ angled eyeshadow brush, blending brush, classic smudge brush and small smudge brush.
Basically, the same stuff I used for my eye look with Naked palette.
Start by applying Urban Decay’s primer potion all over the lid. Dab it in well from lash line to brow bone. And also apply some below the lower lash line as well.
Leave it on for about a minute or so, and then swatch the Nyx jumbo pencil in Milk a couple of times on the lid. Dab and mix it over the lid with your ring finger or you can use a small concealer brush.
Now, using the angled eyeshadow brush or normal flat eyeshadow brush, lightly sweep Foxy all over the eye, from upper lash line to just below the brow bone.
Using a crease brush, lightly dab into Tease and apply back and forth into the crease of the eye and then blend it out and upwards with the blending brush.
Taking a small eyeshadow brush or flat smudge brush, apply Bootycall all over the brow bone and beneath the eyebrow. Blend it into into Tease. Also, apply Bootycall with the same brush into the inner corner of the eye to give a brightening effect.
Now, taking the angled/flat eyeshadow brush, load it with YDK and apply on the eye lid, keeping it below the crease. Blend it into Tease and soften the edges of the eyeshadow.
Taking the crease brush, dab it a few times into Busted and apply into the crease, bringing it outward and below into the outer lash line to give the shape <. Take the blending brush and blend this color to soften the edges and reply Busted into the outer corner to give an enhanced effect. Don’t forget to take a pencil brush/small precision brush and sweep Busted into the lower lash line about two-thirds of the way.
Apply more YDK, if the color fades. To make it more dramatic, you can apply Blackout into the outer corner of the eye. I didn’t do this because I wanted to keep it different from the Naked look.
Again, I must reiterate the use of CLEAN brushes, especially the blending brush, else it will muddy the whole eye look. Trust me, I have had experience with this.
Now, take your kajal pencil and apply it into your waterline. Then using your eyeliner pen/gel liner/ pencil, apply it above your upper lash line. Make it thin or fat, according to your preference. Apply two coats of mascara and…
HERE ‘S THE FINAL LOOK!
Availability and Price : It’s available for $50 at the Urban Decay website and AED 236 (approx) at Sephora in UAE. I got mine from an online shopping website http://www.lookfantastic.com (totally worth a look) along with the Naked palette.
Final Verdict : A BIG YESSS! It’s an amazing palette with beautiful shades. And you can totally own it along with Naked without thinking of colors clashing or overlapping.
So, what did you think of this sequel? Do you think it’s worth purchasing?
I just wanted to mention that even if you don’t own any of these palettes or can’t afford them or think they are not worth the price, you can totally try eye makeup looks with other brands as well. Sometime in the future, I will be posting about cheaper versions for these two palettes. In the meantime, all you need are just three eyeshadows and brushes. The main concept is to always apply a light color, preferably beige, white on the brow bone and inner corner of the eye. Apply a medium toned shade onto the eyelid and a dark shade into the outer corner of the eye. As long as you can blend them well, you can a create a real classy look with any color and any drugstore brand product.
Hope you all try it out and share your views with me on this post.