Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (or first edition here)
I'll start off by saying I wasn't as excited as everyone else was when this palette came out-- I hadn't even heard of the Naked palettes before! But since going through my makeup collection, I had realized that I lacked quality eyeshadows. Shopping for eyeshadow just doesn't seem as fun as shopping for lipstick, you know?
If you're like me and are terrible at choosing individual shades of eyeshadow, a palette is the way to go! I logged on to Sephora and bought this one, which is the "neutral sequel" to the original UD Naked Palette, which features brighter shades.
I must say, I am impressed. The colors are absolutely beautiful and super pigmented. I hardly had to sweep the brush across the shadow to pick up any color. This is how all eyeshadows should be!
Here's a (somewhat) close up of all the colors. I haven't tried to mix and match them all yet, but I can tell that the colors will work well together or just on their own.
Today, I wore "Verve" as a base color all over my lid, concentrating on the inner corners for a highlight. Then I used "YDK" for my crease, and "Snakebite" to define the outer corners of my lids. I am definitely not an eyeshadow expert, and often just wear one shade all over my lid at a time. But with so many colors, why not experiment?
The end result is a very natural and soft wash of color. I normally use an eye primer, and probably should have to get a more dramatic result, but I wanted to see how the colors look on bare lids. It's not bad at all!
The price is a little hefty, but I assure you that the quality and variety make up for it. I'm curious to see if they release a third one!
Let me know if you have suggestions for your favorite eyeshadow palettes! I love trying new products!