(L – R: FOXY, HALF BAKED, BOOTY CALL, CHOPPER, TEASE, SNAKEBITE, SUSPECT, PISTOL, VERVE, YDK, BUSTED, BLACKOUT)
Perhaps surprisingly, the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette was the first palette I ever bought, so this palette will always hold a special place in my heart, due to more than sentimentality though. It’s packed with twelve versatile shades that can take you from daytime to night; it’s creamy and highly pigmented formulas are a dream to blend and create the perfect smoked eye look (however light or heavy you like it!); basically, the presentation and reputation of Urban Decay’s Naked palettes are phenomenal. It was well worth the money, having had gotten significant use in only the few months I’ve owned it, making me think – why didn’t I buy one sooner!?
In all honesty, I used to be a little scared of eye shadow. After a few memorable makeovers in my younger years (where eye shadow was applied from lash line right up to the brow… with little gradient), this definitely wasn’t the first thing that caught my interest when delving back into make-up. However, with a little practice, a few tutorials, and a light hand, I think I’ve cracked it.
The gorgeous shade range, from the perfect matte highlight Foxy, to the ultra glam and metallic Pistol, all the colours work well in an overwhelming number of combinations (I didn’t know what to try first!). Some of my favourite combinations so far are:
- Tease (base on whole of eyelid), Half Baked (through whole of the crease) and Chopper (on the outer corner) – this is a heavily bronzed look, and because it’s not too smoky, very wearable during the day!
- Bootycall (base), Pistol (thick throughout crease and lashlines), Blackout (blended well on outer corner wings) and Verve (brow and inner corner highlight!) – Ultra glam, I’d reserve this one for evenings and nights out!
- YDK (Lightly pressed all over lid), Tease (medium/heavy throughout crease), Bootycall (inner corner highlight) – When well blended this light look, with just a slight shimmer from the base it’s really fresh and daytime-happy.
I am excited to say that the Naked 3 palette is on it’s way to me as I write these very words (I will get some better swatches from this one!); I absolutely cannot wait to use the pinky hues to add some spring colour into my make-up, perhaps retiring the somewhat more autumnal Naked 2 for the season.
Do you love the Naked palettes? Or is there something better out there I should be trying? Let me know!