When I bought the original Urban Decay Naked palette, I was a student in art school working a $13.50 per hour job as a graphic designer. It was the first thing I bought for myself with my own hard-earned money, and it is still one of the most beautiful, versatile palettes that I own. Of course, I wanted to complete the collection so I recently purchased both the Naked II and III palettes. The eyeshadows in each are different from the original so I thought it would be helpful to give my first impressions on the packaging, shades, and formulation. Read on for my thoughts!
Being a UI developer and former graphic designer, I obviously have to mention packaging. The palettes are sleek and streamlined, which is a common theme amongst Urban Decay makeup in general. I also appreciate that they are hard-shelled, as opposed to the soft velvety material of the original Naked. Since they are more durable, it makes them more travel-friendly, plus they won’t get stained and messy. Due to the secure closure, I don’t have to worry about eyeshadow getting everywhere. Inside each palette is a nice-sized built in mirror and a slot with a double-ended shadow/blending brush (again, very handy for traveling). The brushes are decently soft and well-made.
Naked II features twelve cooler-toned shades that will work amazingly for sultry, smudged-out, smokey looks. Here are the shadow names and descriptions from the Urban Decay website:
- Foxy – cream bisque matte
- Half Baked – golden bronze shimmer
- Bootycall – cork shimmer
- Chopper – copper shimmer w/silver micro-glitter
- Tease – creamy pale brown matte
- Snakebite – dark bronze shimmer
- Suspect – pale golden beige shimmer
- Pistol – light grayish brown shimmer
- Verve – oyster shimmer
- YDK – cool bronze shimmer
- Busted – deep brown shimmer
- Blackout – blackest black matte
Naked III has twelve rose-gold toned hues. I’ve been somewhat following South Korean makeup trends and I know that pinkish makeup is very trendy right now; these shadows will be perfect for experimenting with that! Again the names and descriptions from the Urban Decay website are as follows:
- Strange – pale neutral pink matte-satin
- Dust – pale metallic pink shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter
- Burnout – light pinky-peach satin
- Limit – light dusty rose matte
- Buzz – metallic rose shimmer w/silver micro-glitter
- Trick – light metallic pinky-copper shimmer w/tonal micro-sparkle
- Nooner – medium pinky-brown matte
- Liar – medium metallic mauve shimmer
- Factory – pinky-brown satin
- Mugshot – metallic taupe shimmer w/slight pink shift
- Darkside – deep taupe-mauve satin
- Darkheart – smoky black matte w/rosy red micro-sparkle
From prior experience, I already know Urban Decay shadow formulation is top-notch – buttery, pigmented, and extremely easy to blend. These palettes don’t disappoint. The shimmers are not chunky, and the mattes are not dry. I can’t wait to create new makeup looks with them. Stay tuned for some makeup tutorials featuring Naked II and III (and the original as well, since I still love it). Also, I appreciate that Urban Decay products are 100% animal cruelty free. Always wonderful to hear! We need more makeup brands to follow suit, for sure.
I hope this post gave you some insight into the Urban Decay Naked II and III palettes. It is indeed my first look at them, and I’m so excited to finally have them as part of my makeup collection.