Urban Decay is coming out with a new handy palette from the Naked series, the Naked2 Basics!
As many of you know, in December 2012 Urban Decay released one of my most loved palettes ever released, the Naked Basics Palette. For those of you who don’t really know what I’m talking about, the Naked Basics is an Urban Decay handy palette with five out six matte shades and an highlighter. The Naked Basics complements the original Naked Palette with mostly warm neutral shades.
*I uploaded a proper review of the original Naked Basics with some swatches and tips. Check it out here. In a few days on my Instagram i’ll post a look done only with the original Naked Basics. Come check me out!
Well, no one expected them to come out with a new Naked palette and not even this soon! They teased us two days ago on their Instagram page with this picture:
When is the Naked 2 Basics coming out?
It’s only a question of days, because the official launch is scheduled for August 19th , but you can already find it as a “coming soon” product on the urbandecay.com site.
What does characterize this palette?
The difference between the original Naked Basics and the Naked2 Basics stays in the undertone.
As the Naked Basics complements the original Naked Basics, the distinctive element of the Naked2 Basics stays in the fact that it complements the Naked 2 Palette, since it has mostly cold taupy shades. However, I see this performing well with the Naked 3 palette too.
How is this palette composed and how do the shades feel like?
As the first one, this cold hued palette is handy, compact and provided with a nice mirror. Perfect to carry in the purse!
The Naked2 Basics is composed by six shades, one satin and five matte. From left to right, mat shades are disposed from the lightest to the darkest, suggesting you the right order to create a nice smokey eye with a good gradient.
I haven’t tried it yet, so I logically can’t really tell you something more than impressions on it, but, as the original Naked Basics , they should have a really good payoff, they should feel very velvety, almost something in between a powder and a cream to powder shadow and they should be easy to blend too.
Taupe, Brown, Ashy shades and Pink are the key colours of this palette.
Exception made for Skimp that was already featured in another UD palette (The Book of Shadows IV), the Naked2 Basics has to offer five never-before-seen, brand new shadows.
• Skimp: It is a cold and pale pink shade with a satin/shimmery texture that it’s great for highlighting the inner corner, the brow bone, the cupid’s bow and the cheeckbones. It’s the only satin shade in this palette.
• Stark: It’s a matte light pale pink. Should be perfect to neutralize the eye and/or preparing it to further purposes like easing the blending work.
• Frisk: It seems a matte taupe with a very cold undertone. It should be great for the lid or for the crease used alone or with darker shades like Cover or Primal (just to mention shades from this palette) to create a nice gradient for a smokey eye, for example.
• Cover: It’s a matte and brownish grey that it’s darker than Frisk and lighter than Primal. Should be great to create a nice gradient for a smokey along with the other shades of this palette or, in general, with other darker and lighter shades.
• Primal: It’s a matte and cold medium brown. It’s the second darker color, after Undone. Recommend this for the lead or for the crease too.
• Undone: It’s a matte dark brown, the darkest colour in the palette. Should work amazingly on the crease.
I only made some examples on how to use it, but you can definitely do everything with them.
Ingredient list of each shadow on the UD website.
How can I use the Naked2 Basics?
The main purpose of both the Basics palettes is providing you the shades you need to obtain almost any look! Both palettes are very versatile.
You can go from fresh and natural looks to dark smokeys to soft smokeys with this palette alone, but you can use it to complement, balance and make coloured looks, for example, more wearable.
They’re called “basics” for a reason.
For example, I use the original Naked Basics* every single day from the eyes, to the brows, to the cheeks and more.
*Click here for my review of the original Naked Basics with some swatches and tips. In a few days on my Instagram i’ll post a look done only with the original Naked Basics. Come check me out!
Can you compare them?
On the top photo, we have the original Naked Basics and on the bottom one we have the Naked2 Basics.
As it seems, I think that the thing that they improved is the fact that in the Naked Basics we have Foxy and WOS that, once applied, don’t look that different. In the Naked 2 Basics, the two lightest matte shades look different.
So, is it a lot different from the original Naked Basics? Do I recommend both?
It’s not that different. It’s all a matter of undertone.
Another thing I noticed is that these shades are, overall, lighter that the original Naked Basics, so the Naked2 Basics it’s perfect for a daytime look, even though you can create intense smokeys. It’s really versatile.
If you are not a makeup artist or if you don’t work with makeup, if you are not really into make up, you’ll think that these two palettes are almost the same thing.
And, in this case, for some points of view, I agree, but you have to consider that you don’t really need them both.
I like both the Basics palettes, but I can buy only one. Should I buy this and be happy of the choice I made?
• If your skin is yellow undertoned and/or you love better on you warm hues, then go for the original Naked Basics.
• If your skin is pink undertoned and/or you love better on you cold hues, then go for the Naked2 Basics.
• If your skin has a neutral undertone, go for the one that think suits you best. For example, if you love pink, purple or grey shades, then go for the Naked2 Basics.
Can I use it for the brows too?
I personally use the original Naked Basics on the brows.
I don’t really know how the Naked2 Basics performs on brows, but I suppose it would perform ashy.
I already own all the Naked palettes. Do I need this?
I would say no, since the mat shades from Naked 2 and 3 would be a nice alternative, but I think that this palette will be amazing, so I’ll add this to my collection. I create looks on Instagram and I’m a make up enthusiast, so I will definitely buy it.
I can’t help it. I love Urban Decay.
29$ as the original Naked Basics one.
Where can I find it?
You can already find it on the urbandecay.com website, at your local Sephora and wherever Urban Decay is sold.
Can we expect a Naked3 Basics that follows the steps of the Naked 3?
I think so!
A proper review will come when i’ll put my hands on it 😉
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