Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette Review / Swatches

28th September 2014

Urban Decay have us in the palm of their hand when it comes to their ‘Naked’ Palettes.. the beauty world goes crazy as soon as there’s word of a new release to the Naked family, with the newest being the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette. 

When images of the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette started doing the rounds on Instagram, I was very excited as the shades looked so much nicer than the original Basics Palette. I already own the original Naked Basics Palette however I barely use it as three of the shades are just too pale for my liking and barely show up on my skintone.

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette Review / Swatches 
Both palettes contain five matte shades and one satin shade which is to be used as an highlight shade… in the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette this highlight shade is Skimp. I’ve seen so many people say that the palettes look exactly the same, but they clearly don’t.. the original has a warmer, more yellow toned collection of shades whereas the Basics 2 Palette houses cool toned shades.
With my skintone I find that cool tones work so much better and the Naked Basics 2 Palette is no difference, the shades just compliment my skintone so much better than the original.
Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette Review / Swatches
The Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette is slightly different in colour in that the rubberised packaging is a cooler toned brown to the first, and the writing on the front of the new palette is a metallic grey colour whilst the first has dark brown writing. Inside the palette the layout is the same with six shadows in vertical pans with a mirror within the lid.
There is no brush or applicators with either of the Basics’ Palettes which ties in with the whole ‘basics’ concept. The palette is the same size as an iPhone so it’s nice and compact making it perfect for travel, and the packaging feels sturdy and protective so I imagine it could withstand the occasional knock within a makeup bag.

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette Review / Swatches

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette Review / Swatches
Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette Review / Swatches
Skimp: Pale nude satin that works as the prettiest browbone highlight, or even as an all over the lid colour to even the skintone on days where I just want to wear liquid eyeliner.
Stark: Pinky nude matte is a really pretty crease shade for using with the Naked 3 Palette thanks to its rosy tones, but it’s equally pretty when worn all over the lid.
Frisk: Light grey/taupe matte that is the ultimate transition shade for practically any eyeshadow look imaginable.
Cover: Muted red/brown matte that works nicely as a crease shade for Skimp, Stark and Frisk on days where I want a softer makeup look.
Primal: Muted brown matte that is the most perfect shade match for my brows which I never expected.
Undone: Dark smokey brown matte that I love using as an eyeliner smudged along my upper and lower lashlines or for creating more of a smokey eye with any of the other shades.
I absolutely love this Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette and the shades it contains. All six shades have a beautiful, buttery silky soft texture which blend effortlessly and offer amazing staying power like all Urban Decay eyeshadows. Just look how pigmented those swatches are.. they’re not at all patchy or uneven.
The Naked Basics 2 Palette is such fantastic value at just £22* because it contains six full size 1.3g eyeshadows, which if bought separately would cost £84 which is absolutely insane. I knew I was going to love the Naked Basics 2 Palette, but I never imagined I’d be as besotted as I am.. it’s just the perfect eyeshadow palette and has pushed all of my other palettes to the side since I got my hands on it.
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