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— September 03, 2014 —

URBAN DECAY Naked2 Basics | Comparison


Urban Decay Naked2 Basics (6 x 0.05 oz is 0.30 oz.) retails for $29 USD ($35 CAD) and is said to be "a versatile, matte eye shadow palette with six shades in taupe-hued neutrals. "

Skimp is described as a pale nude satin.
Stark is described as a nude-pink matte. 
Frisk is described as a warm gray matte. 
Cover is described as a muted red-brown matte. 
Primal is described as a muted brown matte. 
Undone is described as a deep, smoky brown matte. 
"Cooler in tone than the original, Naked2 Basics complements Naked2’s palette perfectly. Featuring six taupe-hued matte neutrals, it also includes five never-before-seen shades. Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and blendability. They’re neutral enough for a range of skin tones—from cool to olive complexions to darker skin—and they’re perfect for creating a neutral matte eye or base eye looks with your favorite bolder shadows. It even has one shadow with a subtle, satin finish (Skimp), which is ideal for highlighting and adding dimension."
The packaging is the exact same as the original Naked Basics palette. The only difference being the palette and lettering is a slightly lighter color. The compact features a mirror and has a rubberized texture. The overall size is small, slim and travel-friendly. The compact is a great size to throw in your makeup bag for all day touch-up.

Skimp is a pale, peach beige with a satin finish and neutral undertones. The texture was soft, smooth and blended easily. This shade was slightly thinner and more powdery than your typical Urban Decay shadow. It had decent color payoff and lasted +7 hours before fading slightly.
Stark is a a neutral, peach beige with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. The texture was soft, smooth, blended easily but was a little powdery on the skin. It had good color payoff and lasted +7 hours before fading slightly.
Frisk is a medium taupe with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. The texture was soft, smooth and blended easily. This shade was rather powdery on the skin which caused the shadow to appear less pigmented once applied. It lasted +6.5 hours before fading.
Cover is a medium-dark taupe with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. The texture was soft, smooth, buttery and blended easily. It had fantastic color payoff and lasted +8 hours before fading slightly.
Primal is a neutral medium brown with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. The texture was soft, smooth, blended easily but was lightly powdery on the skin. It had good color payoff and lasted +7 hours before fading slightly.
Undone is a dark brown with a matte finish and stuble cool undertones. The texture was soft, smooth but more difficult to blend on the skin and with the other shadows. This shade was rather powdery on the skin which caused the shadow to appear slightly patchy and less pigmented. It lasted +7 hours before fading.
Overall, the performance and quality of the shadows are good, but not what you'd typically expect from Urban Decay. (They're missing that ultra buttery, fine texture!) Although some of the shades do apply a tad powdery they don't look that way once applied to the skin. I would recommend pairing this palette with an eye shadow primer to improve the color payoff and help the shadows adhere to the skin a little better.

As most of you know, I'm a huge fan of the original Naked Basics palette and while this one isn't AS good, I'm still a fan and will be reaching for it when creating simple, easy looks. You can for sure bet it'll be found in my suitcase when I go travelling, too!

COMPARISON:
The Naked2 Basics does lean more cool-toned when compared to the original Naked Basics, but the shades within the palette still have warmer undertones than true, cool toned shadows would normally. 
The original Naked Basics eye shadow texture is more consistent and performs better, more like what you'd expect from Urban Decay. The shadows have a soft, smooth, fine, buttery feel and they blend easily on the skin.
The Naked2 Basics eye shadow texture is similar but a tad powdery in-pan, more tricky to blend and are missing that beautiful buttery, soft feel.
Both palettes are convenient, travel-friendly and perform great - it's really about deciding which range of colors will work best for you!

* Please note for those ordering within Canada; Sephora currently has the Naked2 Basics palette listed as $35 CAD, but the original Naked Basics palette is listed for $34 CAD. You're being charged an extra 1$ for the new palette.

* Please also note, both Basics palettes are listed for $29 USD. There is no price difference if you're in the States.

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics

Urban Decay Naked Basics vs. Naked2 Basics

Urban Decay Naked Basics (top) vs. Naked2 Basics (bottom)

Urban Decay Naked Basics vs. Naked2 Basics

Urban Decay Naked Basics vs. Naked2 Basics

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics in Skimp

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics in Skimp

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics in Stark

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics in Stark

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics in Frisk

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics in Frisk

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics in Cover

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics in Cover

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics in Primal

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics in Primal

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics in Undone

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics in Undone

Urban Decay Naked Basics (bottom) vs. Naked2 Basics (top)


Disclaimer: All products featured were purchased by me for personal use.