Urban Decay Naked vs. Naked 2
Posted June 5, 2012on:
Having reviewed both Urban Decay’s original Naked palette, as well as its much anticipated followup, Naked 2, I’d now like to take the chance to compare the two palettes for those who might be curious about which to get, or whether both are worth having. Personally, I’ve enjoyed owning both despite their relative redundancy (though they tend toward different color temperatures, both are comprised solely of neutrals), but those on a budget could obviously choose one or the other without missing too much. Both have been wildly successful, and I consider them to be staples for every day use.
Since I’ve already covered each palette individually in the reviews linked above, let’s jump right into the similarities and differences between the two.
Both palettes are packaged exceedingly nicely. For the original Naked palette, Urban Decay went a luxe velour route, while for Naked 2 they chose a more sleek metal package. Both are nice, however there are two key differences: Naked 2 has a larger mirror than the original, and closes mechanically rather than with a magnet. Barring these two divergences, the packaging of the actual shadows is identical. The more secure fastening and larger mirror do give Naked 2 the edge in terms of packaging and use on-the-go overall.
The eye shadows in both palettes are made from the same formula (which is excellent, as I’ve said before), and are full-sized. There is only one repeat between the two palettes: Half Baked, a shimmering gold. I am uncertain as to why Urban Decay would elect to have any overlap between the two at all, but at least it’s only one of the 12. Both palettes run the gamut from pale colors best suited for highlights to dark blacks (one matte, one shimmery), and each with one shade that is just a tiny bit too glittery (Sidecar and Chopper, while pretty, are very prone to fallout). Most of the shades in both palettes are shimmery; Naked has two matte browns, and Naked 2 has a matte pale yellow, reddish brown, and black. In structure and concept, the palettes are clearly very similar.
Where they differ, at least in my opinion, is color temperature. The majority of the shadows in Naked I would consider “warm,” while most of those in Naked 2 I would consider “cool.” This is not a hard and fast rule — Gunmetal clearly isn’t warm, and Half Baked, as I’ve said, appears in both! — but as a general statement, I feel it’s accurate. Based on this difference, I felt it worthwhile to have both — however, you may have a preference for one temperature or another, or you may wish to tailor it to your complexion. For me, I honestly wear the shades in Naked more, despite having cool-toned skin. This could be me being a bads, or it could mean that, really, both can work on most skin tones. Whether this matters to you, and how much, will have to be a personal decision.
Here are the swatches for both to aid in comparing!
Brushes and Extras
Both palettes come with a brush and a little something “extra” — for the original Naked it’s a sample-size primer, and for Naked 2 it’s a mini lip gloss. As between the primer and gloss, which is best is a matter of preference. Urban Decay’s primer is a fan favorite, and I use it constantly myself. It definitely fits the “theme” of an eye shadow palette better than a gloss, but the gloss is quite nice, too, and its size comes in handy on-the-go. I’m happy to have both.
The brushes, however, have a clear winner. Naked 2′s brush is double ended, with both a flat side for packing shadow on the lid as well as a fluffy round brush for the crease. I think it’s straight up better than the brush from the original Naked, which I found quite fussy. Your mileage may vary, but as with the packaging, I think Naked 2′s brush is just a small, but meaningful, step above.
I’m afraid I’ve thought from the start that there is no clear “better” palette between these two — since they are so similar in concept and function, what it mainly comes down to is personal preference. Hopefully I have explained what differences there are adequately enough that you can make an informed decision (or just get both, like me, if you’d rather not)! There are some design differences in the packaging, and one brush seems straight up better, but as for the shadows themselves, both palettes are versatile and excellent collections of neutral shades. I have no reservations about highly recommending both the original Naked palette as well as Naked 2. Cheers!