October 15, 2012

Urban Decay Naked Palette 1 & 2 Comparison

I'd been wanting to buy an Urban Decay Naked eye shadow palette for quite a while, but had no idea which one to choose. I ended up getting both of them. (I needed a present from myself for my birthday, right?) When I was researching which one to buy there weren't a whole lot of people comparing them, so I figured I'd do just that!

Let's start with the important stuff - the colors!

Naked 1 has a generally warmer tone than Naked 2. The colors are more gold/brown. Naked 2 includes more taupe shades. I don't think there is as much of a difference in tone as others have said though. Naked 2 does have a nice dark black that Naked 1 lacks. There's a good range of shadow types in both palettes from matte to sparkle. I kind of wish there were more matte shades in each, but with both palettes there's 5 total which is workable. 

Naked 1 has a noticeably larger range from dark to light though. There are more light colors in Naked 2, so if you have that palette you'll have less mid-tone shades for your crease. A lot of the lightest colors aren't super noticeable in my swatches because I'm very pale, but they're going to be really nice as everyday shades.

Naked 1 swatches:

Naked 2 swatches:

I read somewhere if you're cool toned you may want to go with Naked 2 and if you have a warmer complexion go with Naked 1. Or if you're just super pale, whether you're warmer or cooler toned, go with Naked 2. 
I personally don't think there's enough of a difference to say that. Naked 1 is probably complete enough for anybody to start with. Naked 2 adds in extra light shades and a black shade. It's absolutely great to have both palettes, but if I had to choose just one to start with I'd go with Naked 1. It has a more balanced array of light, medium, and dark shades. 

Naked 1:

Naked 2:

Okay, now on to the packaging:
Naked 1 has a velvet box with a magnetic close which is nice because velvet is fuzzy and who doesn't like that? Naked 2 has a metal tin with a snap close which I like more because it seems like it'd protect the shadows better when traveling. Naked 2 also has a very large mirror that spans the whole lid.

Naked 1 comes with an eye shadow primer potion while Naked 2 comes with a lip gloss. I use shadow primer much more often than lip gloss, so I kind of wish Naked 2 came with primer potion too. 

Naked came with the brush shown here on the right. It's slightly bigger than the shadow side of Naked 2's double sided brush (on the left). Naked 2 has a brush with a shadow side and crease brush side which is really great. I like the brush in Naked 2 better because you get two-in-one and the shadow brush is smaller to really control where the shadow is placed. 

Overall, I'm happy to have both palettes because they're a complete set in my opinion. I get browns, taupes, golds, and grays which completes the neutral spectrum! There is a great range from dark to light colors and plenty of sparkle, shimmer, and matte shades. 

If I could only choose one, though, I'd go with Naked 1 because Naked 2 adds to that set of colors. If you really would rather have gray/taupe colors and don't mind that there aren't a whole lot of crease colors, go with Naked 2. I don't think either one really lends itself to a specific skin color or tone so I wouldn't worry about that too much when choosing. I hope this review was helpful to those of you trying to choose between the two palettes.

Finally, I'm really excited to play with these eye shadows! Both sets have gorgeous, highly-pigmented colors and I want to put them on my face ASAP.


Dilan Dilir said...

love the colors :D

Juliet Polilova said...

very good review! love it!
very nice blog by the way :)

kisses from Russia,

Meg Eileen Carroll said...

looks like the perfect complete range of colours, especially for your autumn. although I'm looking at experimenting with some wacky brights this spring/summer



thanks for the comparison! this will definitely help me with my purchase :)

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Micaela // Drifter and the Gypsy said...

I hadn't seen these before. They're probably the best eye shadow sets I've seen. You could pull of so many different styles with these.

Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails said...

i want an all brown palette like that - the colors are so pretty!!

<3 katherine
of corgis and cocktails

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