At this point in my life, I have enough neutral palettes in my stash to last 10 lifetimes, but I loved the original Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette so much, I didn’t hesitate to purchase the Naked2 Basics palette as soon as it came out.
The Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette is available at Ulta and Sephora for $29.00. It’s housed in a sturdy, portable case nearly identical to the original, and contains a mirror and 6 neutral shades.
Left to right-
Skimp-A pale nude satin.
Stark-A nude-pink matte.
Frisk-A warm gray matte.
Cover-A muted red-brown matte.
Primal-A muted brown matte.
Undone-A deep, smoky brown matte.
Despite being described as a cool-toned palette, I feel most of these are actually more warm-toned, which works out well for my complexion. The majority of these perform well with the exception of Frisk and Undone. Both are very thin and powdery. Undone is extremely difficult to blend out, and sadly, I was most excited about that one since it’s a very dark brown and not a black like the original. The rest have great color payoff, are soft and buttery, and blend very well. I was hoping to like Skimp as a highlight as much as I love Venus in the original palette, but it just doesn’t highlight as well as I’d like for it to. It is truly a satin and not a shimmer like I prefer. Overall, I feel there is enough variation in this palette to create great contrast and dimension despite the shades appearing so similar to one another.
Here are a couple of looks I’ve done with the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette:
To be honest, this is what I wanted the original to be before this one was ever born. The shades appealed to me much more since they are more muted. If I was the type of person to wear neutral shadows on a daily basis, I would probably pick this palette over the original because the colors work with my complexion much better and I feel I can pull off more complete looks with it. Unfortunately, I am not that person, so I still find myself using the original on a regular basis when I need to add to a palette that doesn’t have quite enough neutrals for me. It’s not a total loss. I still really like it, but it will take me a while to get through it since I use it so rarely.