I know I am so late to hop on the bandwagon with this one, but I finally picked up the Urban Decay Naked2 palette last week at Sephora and I am already so obsessed. I mean honestly, there’s so much buzz about the Urban Decay Naked palettes and let me tell you, they are absolutely deserving of the praise and definitely worth the somewhat hefty price tag. In fact, I completely regret spending nearly the equivalent of one Naked palette on multiple dupes trying to find a great combination of eye shadows when this one was here all along.
I went with the Naked2 palette because I love my taupe tones. I’ve always gravitated towards nude or brown-based eye shadows (yeah, I was a child of the 90s, when brown shadow and brown lipstick were all the rage) because of my green eyes. And also because I am not very talented when it comes to eye makeup (unlike my beautiful friend Orane – you can see her handiwork over on her blog – she is AMAZING at doing her eyes). Nude shades just seem a bit more goof-proof to me. The original Naked and the Naked Smoky palettes were completely out of the question for me – I am one gal you will never see attempt a smoky eye because I literally cannot do it. I have zero talent for creating something that looks alluring; instead, my attempts turn out looking like your eyes after a night out on the town (you know, when mascara is all smudged everywhere; let’s face it gals, we’ve all been there). I was intrigued by the Naked3 palette, which features rose-based shades, but I already have the Maybelline Blushed Nudes palette, so I went with my gut and chose my taupe-nude favourites.
I was not disappointed. In fact, I have nothing bad to say about this palette other than yes, it is an investment.
So here’s what I love about the Naked2 palette (many of which apply to the other palettes, if those shades are more your style):
- The thing about Urban Decay shadows is that they are highly pigmented, which means a little goes a long way. I appreciate that after paying more than $50 for a palette I will use every day, I know it will last me a good, long time. Value for money is always a good thing.
- I also love the shades of the Naked2, which are fun to play around with and which, despite my ineptitude, I have actually experimented with quite a bit. I also love that it includes a dark black shade for lining your eyes – I much prefer using eye shadow to line my eyes for a daytime look than using regular eyeliner. The black shade in this palette is perfect for subtly enhancing my lash line.
- The brush is probably the best eye makeup brush I’ve ever used. I have the Naked2 Basics palette (a smaller, all matte palette which you can read about here) and it did not include the brush. You can buy it separately, but I did not, and after trying it, I wish I had. I could probably use more than one. I may even pick it up after all.
- I love the way the shadow looks when applied. It’s smooth, the shimmery shades are NOT garish, and it lasts all day long. Which is also a big deal, because with how busy my life is these days, I do not have time for touch ups.
Yes, I know if can be hard to get over the price tag ($54 USD or $66 CAD – see the links above), but I will promise you, it is worth it (just like the price of my favourite pants, found here, is totally worth it). I will not be using any other palettes, no matter how they catch my eye in the drugstore or in Sephora. Why would I bother when everything I’m looking for is right there in one perfect set?
Enjoy the pretty things in life,
(Also, how many times can one use the word “palette” in one blog post!)