I thought I'd jump ahead of the blogging queue of swatches and reviews (in the UK that is) of the Naked2 Palette. As you may know, the UK got their first chance of getting their hands on the much awaited palette on Friday night via the Debenhams website selling for £36. The palette will be sold officially from today (Monday 8th) online and then in stores from the 6th February 2012.
So if you don't already know, the hype of this palette comes after the original Naked palette became the world's best selling palette (or there abouts!). It definitely has won a lot of awards and has become a makeup wardrobe staple for many.
Naturally, the sequel caused a bit of a commotion when it arrived at the UK too (an hour earlier than expected), with people claiming they were going to die if they didn't get it and so on.
Anyway, thanks to the lovely PR people at Urban Decay I managed to get my hands on the palette and some of the new Spring products that I'll be blogging about separately.
Many bloggers have said that this palette is a lot cooler than the original Naked palette and to some extent it's true but I find it's not as cool as I was led to expect. Here's a close up of the shades, to get a better view:
The palette comes with a generous sized mirror in the lid (filling the entire lid), a double ended Good Karma brush (with the crease brush on one end and shadow on the other) and instead of the usual primer sample, you get a lip junkie in the shade "Naked" (very coordinated!).
On to the swatches then:
And up close:
- Foxy (cream bisque - matte finish)
- Half Baked (golden-bronze- shimmery finish)
- Booty Call (cork - shimmer)
- Chopper (copper shimmer with silver micro glitter)
- Tease (pale purple-brown - matte)
- Snakebite (dark bronze shimmer with metallic base)
- Suspect (pale golden beige - shimmer)
- Pistol (light greyish brown - shimmer)
- Verve (oyster - shimmery)
- YDK (cool bronze shimmer with metallic base)
- Busted (deep brown -shimmer)
- Blackout (blackest black - matte)
As you can see the colours are slightly more silver-toned, but nevertheless browns/neutrals. My favourites from the original Naked palette were Half baked, Smog and Darkhorse. In this palette, Half baked is the only repeat which I still love and Snakebite is very similar to Smog (a warm chocolatey brown). Darkhorse can be recreated with Snakebite and Blackout mixed together though so all is fine if you have to choose between first or second Naked palette.
I would recommend Naked2 simply because there are more matte colours (which are harder to find in good quality) and also because the packaging and the brush is better too. Some of the colours are also very similar, like Bootycall (NP2) and Virgin (NP1) and Snakebite (NP2) and Smog (NP1).
As for the lip junkie, the colour is very wearable by many skintones, it's a pinky shimmery neutral:So there you have it, the Naked2 palette in swatches; Urban Decay products are available to buy from Debenhams and House of Fraser stores or online at beautybay.com, hqhair.com and lookfantastic.com.
What do you think of this palette? Will you be buying it if you haven't already? And which do you personally prefer?