What can I say about the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette that has not already been said. By now you have seen all the swatches on light and medium and dark skin, you have seen reviews and comparisons and even more reviews. So what else can I add?
Well... not much really.
That's why this post will be short and sweet.
1) Quality - The Urban Decay quality is the same as almost any other Urban Decay shadow; Excellent! The matte shadows might need a bit more layering to get the finish or opacity you desire, but all in all the shadows are excellent. They are pigmented, soft, and wear a long time (with a primer) without fading or creasing.
2) Colors - With the exception of Half Baked, the Naked 2 Palette has 11 new colors compared with the first Naked palette. This is nice. While there are certainly more cool toned colors in the Naked 2 palette compared to the original Naked palette, I wouldn't call this a "Cool Toned" palette.The colors such as Half Baked and Chopper and even Foxy are far warmer than any cool toned palette should ever have in it. Does that make sense? And why did UD include a color, Half Baked, when it was already in the original Naked palette? That kinda ticks me off. It's a bit of a"F**K You" to include Half Baked in Naked 2. It's like they said...we know you have the 1st one so we are going to show you how ridiculous you really are for buying the 2nd one by including similar warm shades and an exact repeat of one shade entirely. Well at least that's what my little reptilian brain tells me. But notice I purchased it anyway.
3) Packaging - There was a lot of hubbub about the "cardboard" packaging of the original Naked Palette. I personally have not problems with it. It has yet to tear or break down in any way in the 10 months I have owned the original palette. The Naked 2 palette comes in a much sturdier metal container, houses a dual ended brush and instead of coming with a mini primer potion, it comes with a lip gloss. It's a pretty gloss and it claims to cool and plum the lips at the same time. Meh. Whatever. It's nice even if it does or does not live up to the claims. The original Naked palette first came with a dual ended 24/7 pencil but then switched to a brush.
4) Cost - This palette cost me $50 USD. That $5 more than the Original Naked palette with the pencil and $2 more than the Original Naked with the brush. Is it worth it? Well let's see: $50 for 12 shadows, 1 brush and a mini gloss...that comes out to about $3.57 a piece. Yeah. I say it's a good value if you adore neutral shadows. If you are looking for a true cool toned palette this is NOT the one for you. But if you are like me, and can wear both cool and warm colors, then this is an excellent palette because there are definitely more cool toned colors than warm colors in Naked 2 than there are in the original Naked palette.
Do you need both? No. No one needs 24 neutral shadows...unless you are a taupe hoor like me!
I hope you all found this helpful...or at least enjoyed looking at the pictures.