I have a serious love/hate relationship with the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (£37), mainly because I've owned this palette twice now. The first time I bought the Naked 2 palette, I was very, very silly. A friend had bought one from eBay from a 'reliable source' that didn't turn out to be quite so reliable. I had a palette pretending to be the Naked 2, which yeah OK the shades were good, the formula was good, it was only £15.99 (yes, alarm bells should have rung at the price), but there was no way I could know for sure exactly what ingredients had been shoved in there to make the almost identical dupe, and in the bin it went. After that I was a little bit resentful towards the Naked 2 palette, silly considering it was my own fault for being stupid enough to buy makeup off of eBay. But I've learnt my lesson, and eBay will never be a beauty destination for me again!
When I finally decided to 'repurchase' the Naked 2 palette, I was glad to have the real thing in my hands, but I had already fallen in love with the original Urban Decay Naked Palette (£37) (read full review here) and so my Naked 2 palette wasn't getting much use. Shades wise, I find the original Naked palette to be better for everyday looks, whereas the Naked 2 palette is one I reach for more in the colder months and when I'm looking for a darker, sultry eye. That said, the shade selection in the Naked 2 palette is just absolutely beautiful, and it's easy to see why it's the favourite Naked palette for a lot of beauty addicts. There's 12 taupe-hued neutrals, as well as a couple of gorgeous stand-out shades, given a modern and cool twist to a classic neutral eye.
Foxy is a cream bisque matte.
Half Baked is a golden bronze shimmer.
Bootycall is a cork shimmer.
Chopper is a copper shimmer with silver micro-glitter.
Tease is a creamy pale brown matte.
Snakebite is a dark bronze shimmer.
Suspect is a pale golden beige shimmer.
Pistol is a light greyish brown shimmer.
Verve is an oyster shimmer.
YDK is a cool bronze shimmer.
Busted is a deep brown shimmer.
Blackout is a true blackest black matte.
The shadows are what you would expect from Urban Decay - amazing. The quality is one of my favourites, if not my favourite, for shadows and I love how effortlessly they apply, blend and with incredible longevity. All of the shades are beautiful and highly pigmented, by my favourites are Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, YDK and Busted. The palette itself is very different to the original Naked palette, an art-school inspired case with hinged-lip with a taupe metal theme and chocolate brown embossed logo. I'm glad I have Naked 2 in my stash, and it's a palette I definitely plan on using more (although I still prefer the original Naked palette). Have you tried the Naked 2 palette? Are you a fan?