Urban Decay "Naked Basics, Naked2 Basics, Naked, Naked2, Naked3, Naked Smoky" - NAKED Overview/ NAKED Übersicht - Naked Guide in English/ German
Are you ready to get (a) NAKED? ... Whether your are a newbee to makeup or a professional, sooner or later probably at least one Urban Decay NAKED palette will join your makeup collection. As a newbee you might question yourself "Which palette should move in first?", as a true Makeup Junkie you will come to the point and ask yourself "Do I need all the NAKED eyeshadow pallets or are some just too similar?" - Of course I can't provide a generalized answer to these questions, but at least I am trying to provide a detailed overview of all the NAKED's from the standard range. This might eventually simplify your decision! First of all I must remark that all the swatches were made on light skin (NC20), for which the colors will look different on especially darker skin tones. In addition, a simple swatch does not always manage to capture the intense and partially multidimensional shimmer of some colors. However, the tendency of color/ depth is given with all the swatches. For now I wish you much joy with this overview:
VIRGIN: Light neutral beige with a frost finish.
SIN: Bright champagne color with pink undertones and a frost finish.
NAKED: A light warm beige-brown with a matte finish.
SIDECAR: Medium bronze-brown with a frost finish.
BUCK: A darker warm beige-brown with a matte finish.
HALF BAKED: Shimmering yellowish bronze with a metallic finish.
SMOG: Shimmering warm bronze-brown with a metallic finish.
DARK HORSE: Dark bronze-brown with green-golden undertones and a frost finish.
TOASTED: Medium brown with pink undertones and a frost finish.
HUSTLE: Dark chocolate brown with warm undertones and a frost finish.
CREEP: Dark turquoise blue with fine golden shimmer and a frost finish.
GUNMETAL: Gray-blue with a metallic, almost duochrome finish.
Conclusion: A real classic among Urban Decay's palettes with focus on warm shimmering colors - which were harmoniously arranged. Qualitatively speaking, I can just recommend this range, as those eyeshadows are all very soft, well pigmented and there is, despite shimmer, surprisingly little fallout. The colors all blend easily! The only problem I have with the pallet is this velvet exterior, which will eventually "get dirty" with extensive usage. Content: 15,6g (12 x 0.05 oz) / Double-ended brush.
FOXY: A soft yellowish, light beige with a matte finish - as in the NAKED Basics.
HALF BAKED: Shimmering yellowish bronze with a metallic finish - as in the NAKED.
Bootycall: Bright white-beige with a peachy tendency and a satin finish.
CHOPPER: Medium warm bronze with orangy-red undertones and a metallic finish.
TEASE: Medium mauve with a matte finish.
SNAKEBITE: A dark bronze with golden highlights and a metallic finish.
SUSPECT: Grayish light bronze with a frost finish.
PISTOL: Medium gray-brown with a frost finish.
VERVE: Light beige-gray with pink undertones and a metallic finish.
YDK: Warm copper with red undertones and a frost finish.
BUSTED: Intense purple-brown with golden undertones and a frost finish.
BLACKOUT: Matte deep black.
Conclusion: Although this palette seems at first glance slightly cooler than the NAKED and is supposed to fulfill exactly those needs, (according to Urban Decay), the range is surprisingly warm. Half Baked can be found in both palettes, and all the other shades are similar in the color tendency. Warm skin tones will definitely love the NAKED, if you like it a "little cooler" the NAKED2 is the one for you - both you don't necessarily need in my opinion! Qualitatively speaking, I can't complain about this one either. Those eyeshadows are all very soft, well pigmented and there is, despite shimmer, little fallout. The colors all blend easily! The NAKED2 definitely earns Brownie points with the sturdy, wipeable metal packaging. Content: 15,6g (12 x 0.05 oz) / Double-ended brush.
STRANGE: Light beige with pink undertones and a silky matte finish.
DUST: Bright pink with warm undertones and white-golden shimmer.
BURNOUT: Warm rosé with a frost finish.
LIMIT: A neutral pink-mauve shade with a matte finish.
BUZZ: Shimmering rosé with a coppery tendency and a metallic finish.
TRICK: Warm copper with brown undertones and a frost finish.
NOONER: Neutral rosé mauve with a matte finish.
LIAR: Medium brown with warm and gray undertones and a metallic finish.
FACTORY: Brown with red undertones and a frost finish.
MUGSHOT: Warm gray-brown with a metallic finish.
DARK SIDE: Cool dark gray-brown with purple undertones and a frost finish.
BLACKHEART: Intense black-brown with red/ purple undertones, a matte finish and tiny red shimmer particles.
Conclusion: From a holistic point of view, this pallet is a striking combination of 12 wonderfully pigmented, fine, buttery, easy to blend, warm colors from the rosé/ mauve/ brown spectrum. While the other NAKED palettes are quite similar in color/ tendency, this range distinguishes itself clearly from the "family". The perfect "underdog" - a beautifully modulated range, yet looking at the colors individually, all of them are still somewhat unique. I also like the wavy design and the sturdy, wipeable metal packaging which has been adapted from the NAKED2. Content: 15,6g (12 x 0.05 oz) / Double-ended brush.
HIGH: Light champagne beige with pink/ warm undertones, a metallic finish and tiny shimmer particles.
DIRTY SWEET: Light bronze with yellow/ warm undertones and a metallic finish:
RADAR: Medium brown with warm undertones and frost finish and tiny golden shimmer particles.
ARMOR: Dark gray with a subtle, cool toned duo-chrome finish.
SLANTED: Medium gray with blue undertones and a silky finish.
DAGGER: Dark gray-blue with a satin finish.
BLACK MARKET: Deep cool black with a silky finish.
Smolder: Dark plum with warm undertones and cool shimmer particles.
PASSWORD: Cool taupe with purple tendency and a matte finish.
WHISKEY: Dark warm brown with red undertones and a matte finish.
COMBUST: Light beige with pink undertones and a matte finish.
THIRTEEN: White with delicate beige undertones and a matte finish.
Conclusion: Despite various shades with warm undertones, the range is still a predominantly cool compilation of brownish tones, strong blacks and cool toned blue-grayish shades. The colors are a bit dry compared to other NAKED's, yet are still easy to work with and blend. In order to prolong the wearage and intensity of the colors, I would recommend a primer when using the Smoky! The packaging is so cool looking and quite sturdy, closing with a magnet. What I enjoy about the Smoky is the fact that you can create both, intense smokey eyes, as well as neutral everyday looks! Content: 15,6g (12 x 0.05 oz) / Double-ended brush.
Similar Colours/ Dupes:
Here is an additional overview of colors, which are not necessarily dupes, but shades are very similar in tendency:
Venus (NB)/ Virgin (N)/ Bootycall (N2)/ Verve (N2)
Naked 2 (NB)/ Frisk (N2B)/ Naked (N)
Sidecar (N)/ Toasted (N)/ Chopper (N2)/ YDK (N2)/ Trick (N3)/ Dirtysweet (NS)
Faint (NB)/ Primal (N2B)/ Buck (N)/ Whiskey (NS)
Hustle (N)/ Busted (N2)/ Darkside (N3)/ Blackheart (N3)/ Smolder (NS)
Gunmetal (N)/ Slanted (NS)/ Dagger (NS)
Crave (NB)/ Blackout (N2)/ Black Market (NS)
Foxy (NB &N2)/ Half Baked (N & N2)
Personally, I am an absolute fan of the NAKED Basics. On the one hand, they complement each other very well, on the other hand the small compact is perfect for traveling! If I had to choose one of the two, I would prefer the NAKED2 Basics, as I don't really know what to do with the predominantly pale shades of the NAKED Basics! Thus, for a total (Urban Decay-) newbee I can definitely recommended the Basics! Let's come to the "big" palettes: My absolute favorite is the NAKED3, owing not only to the quality, but rather the "girlish" compilation - the pinkinsh color spectrum clearly distinguishes itself from the other NAKED's! Superficially speaking, the colors of NAKED and NAKED2 resemble much, here it comes down to whether you prefer warmer tones (NAKED) or the bit cooler toned NAKED2. Personally, I like the warm arrangement of the NAKED, however, having a strong aversion towards the velvety packaging (if UD would revise this/ repromote in a more sturdy packaging, it would be a perfect palette). Qualitatively, there is at least no difference between the two! The colors of the NAKED Smoky are slightly drier, but the color scheme I find perfect - it allows you to create a variety of looks, ranging from subtle everyday to intensive Smokey-Eyes.
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