Sunday, December 11, 2011

Purchase Review: Naked 2 and EOTD

When I first heard a few months back about there being a Naked 2 that was going to be released, I wasn't excited about it as the rest of the beauty blogging world was. I have Naked 1 and it's a really lovely neutral palette but a palette in which most of the colors are a bit too warm for my liking. I am also not much of a neutral colors kind of person. However, after seeing some of the early reviews by beauty bloggers that received the palette before the release date, I changed my mind. The reason being that it's a palette in which the colors lean toward being on the cool-toned side.

As soon as the released dated arrived, I went to Urban Decay's website hopeful but not getting my hopes up because one of the disadvantages to living in Hawaii is being in the latest time zone in the States. I was sure that it had already sold out by the time I went on at 8:00 a.m. Hawaii time but already 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the rest of the States. To my surprise, I was able to order a palette and received a notification 5 hours later that my order had been shipped!

8 days later, my order arrived and included was a gold eyeliner pencil.

I'm sure you've all read about the new packaging and the included mini lipgloss and brush so I won't go into much details about it.

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While I normally don't use the included applicators, this double-ended brush is nice and of nice quality so this is one applicator that I will be using.

The nice features about the palette is that it comes in a tin and has snap closures on each side. This ensures that the palette is securely closed and much easier to travel with, if you choose to.

In Naked 1 my favorite color is Half-Baked and that color in included in Naked 2. In Naked 2, I have to say that probably my favorite color is Pistol. I tend to favor silvers, grays, silver/grayish taupes, charcoals and blacks and those colors are what I consider to be my neutral colors.

For my EOTD, these are the products I used:

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette--Foxy, Verve, Pistol and Busted
K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner
Fairy Drops Mascara

My eyeshadow application is basically always using the same technique but using different colors. Primed my eyelid with Eden and lightly applied Foxy just under the eyebrow on the brow bone. Verve is in the inner 1/3 of eyelid and is blended upward just above the creaseline but not going into the contour/eye socket area. I also always like to blend it outward in that area above the creaseline so that the color fades out. Pistol is applied to the middle of the eyelid. Again, blending it upward and outward into the same area but at the outer 1/3 of the eye, I like to blend this color up onto the brow bone. I also blend well so that you can't tell where Verve ends and Pistol begins. Busted is applied to the outer 1/3 of the eye, blending upward to just above the crease line and fading out into the brow bone. Normally I like to smoke it out more and apply the same color or a charcoal or black to the outer "V" but I decided not to this time. Lined my upper lashline with K-Palette and the outer 1/3 of lower lashline.  I almost never completely line my lower lashline  because it tends to make my eye makeup look too harsh and can actually make my eyes appear smaller than they are. I lightly applied PIstol on top of K-Palette that has been applied to the lower lashline to soften it a bit. I have never mentioned this before but I usually do this with eyeshadow to soften the liner. I also try to fade the color inward toward the middle of the eye. I also applied Verve to the middle of lower lashline.

It is a good look for the day and for those who work in conservative offices. For the evening, you can "glam" it up by smoking the look. I came home and applied Blackout to the outer "V" area and blended it so there were no harsh lines.

This eye look is definitely more me. The first look is a little too soft for my preference and I actually was asked if I was feeling tired or coming down with a cold. I guess people who see me on a regular basis are used to me with a smoky eye look too.

Naked 2 is a nice addition to my growing eyeshadow collection. I can see myself using this palette much more than Naked 1.



Jamilla Camel said...

Lovely! Such a versatile and beautiful palette!

galpal.hi said...

@Jamilla--Thank you! I hope that I use this palette more than Naked 1.


K said...

What a lovely palette! I hope I can get one when I go to the US!!

Sheila said...

Very nice! I love how you made it more smokey just by adding more definition. Ahhh no more lemmings, please! =P

Brianna said...

I am so on the fence about this palette, but after your post I am more towards "wanting" than "not wanting" lol! I love how you made it go from day to night so easily. :)

I do think Pistol is a standout color in it from what I have seen in your post and other swatches. Hopefully Sephora gets it so I can get points towards VIB for it soon. ;)

galpal.hi said...

@K--Thank you. Let me know if you want me to help you get this palette too, although hopefully it will be available when you visit. It's part of their permanent line like Naked 1 but you know how difficult it was to get that--I think that it still is hard to come by.


galpal.hi said...

@Sheila--Thank you. My signature look is smokey eye so I look funny not doing it, I guess. Okay, no more lemmings as I don't think that I have anything else that I'm going to be purchasing until maybe Dior Spring collection.


galpal.hi said...

@Brianna--Thank you! I know what you mean about wanting to get the Sephora points! I wanted it badly enough that I was willing to forego waiting for it to arrive at Sephora to get points. I was also worried that the popularity of this might be like Naked 1, which is still difficult to come by.


tiffyama said...

Yay for NAKED 2! After reading your post...I'm liking what I'm reading. Gah! Love your smokey eye~ still suitable enough for everyday wear!

Jian said...

gorgeous!! I have been purposefully ignoring the posts and videos about the NAKED2 as not to be tempted, but after seeing your swatches on twitter I thought i'd take a look.

galpal.hi said...

@tiffyama--Thank you! So far, I'm really liking this palette a lot.


galpal.hi said...

@Jian--LOL! I'm sorry if I'm enabling you. It really is a nice palette.


Ruby Claire said...

Is it the latest version of the Urban Decay Naked palette..

Its really scintillating palette.

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