Urban Decay Naked and Naked2 Palette Visual Comparison

I FINALLY got my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette a few days ago!

I knew there would be a lot of similar colors to my original Naked palette but ordered Naked 2 anyway to do a comparison. I hope this post helps you decide if you’re thinking about getting Naked2 but already have Naked, or if you’re trying to decide which Naked palette to get.

Urban Decay: Naked (Original)

– 2 matte (naked and buck), 10 shimmery/satiny colors
– Colors on this palette are warmer than Naked2
– Brush included is nice too. πŸ™‚
“Naked Palette’s long, lean, seductive case is packed with TWELVE gorgeous neutrals, including FIVE NEW shades, and includes our pro-quality Good Karma Shadow Brush.”

  • Virgin is a very pale shimmery (slightly frosty) nude beige.
  • Sin is pale pink with a frosty finish.
  • Naked is a matte medium beige-brown.
  • Sidecar is a shimmery medium bronze brown. It has slight red undertone.
  • Buck is a deeper beige-brown than Naked.
  • Half Baked is a coppery bronze with a frost-metallic finish.
  • Smog is a medium dark bronze.
  • Darkhorse is a deep chocolate brown with hints of bronze.
  • Toasted is a medium dark brown with a pink shimmery finish.
  • Hustle is a dark plum chocolate brown with a shimmer finish.
  • Creep is a blue-black shimmer with medium amount of glitter.
  • Gunmetal is a blue toned metallic gray.


Urban Decay: Naked 2

– 3 matte (foxy, tease, blackout), 9 shimmery/satiny colors, 5 of which are new and exclusive to this palette (marked with a *)
– Colors on this palette are a bit more taupe-y.
– Double ended brush which I love!
“Naked2 has 12 pigment-rich, taupe and greige neutral eyeshadows, including FIVE NEW shades”

Comparison Grid

I’m a visual learner and needed to see the comparison side by side. Below, I tried to match up similar colors between the palettes. I kept Naked’s order as is and broke up Naked2’s order to line the colors up with their Naked match. If there’s no match, I just left the space blank.

Here’s the comparison breakdown:

  • 6 Very similar colors
  • 1 Color repeat (Half Baked)
  • So 7 out of 12 colors are very similar if not the same!
  • You’re basically getting 5 ‘new’ or different color (including exclusive: Pistol) in the Naked 2 palette if you already have Naked.
  • The one thing I really liked about Naked2 that Naked didn’t have is Blackout: a true black. Naked has Creep and Gunmetal which can also does the job, but it’s not a dark black.

Comparison Swatches

The swatches are ordered as they appear in the comparison grid above!~
(I really packed on the color in the swatches below to show you how they look and compare to each other. You can wear the colors more sheer or build up as seen below)Interesting, but some of the colors look different from it’s match in the sun!

Below are the five Naked 2 colors that didn’t have a match from the original Naked palette. So basically these are the ‘new’ colors found in Naked 2.

Overall conclusion:

I love these palettes. I haven’t used Naked 2 much yet, so as of right now… Naked is still my favorite because I’m comfortable with it. ..

“I already have Naked”

  • If you already have Naked, I don’t recommend paying another $50 for Naked 2.
  • If you’re interested in the 5 ‘new’ colors in Naked 2, not found in Naked… Think about it this way- Paying $50 for 5 new Urban Decay shades isn’t bad!

“I don’t have a palette yet. Which one should I get?”

  • Both palettes have colors that are super wearable for everyday and are build-able for a more dramatic look, so you can’t go wrong with either choice.
  • If you travel a lot though, I suggest Naked2 because the metal case is more suitable for travel. Plus the double ended brush is really handy to have. Oh… and the little lip gloss that comes with the palette is so cute, and a color I would actually wear! So maybe the stronger construction, double ended brush, and the mini lipgloss is worth the $2 bucks?!? πŸ˜‰ Decision decisions….

(*Update: After talking with a friend recently… I decided that I personally would get Naked if I didn’t have either. I just can’t imagine being without Virgin, Dark Horse, Sidecar, and Smog. But honestly, you can’t go wrong so don’t stress!~Β  )

I hope my Urban Decay Naked and Naked 2 Palette Comparison has been helpful! So… which Naked palette will you be getting?! If you want some more options, please checkΒ to my posts on the Naked 3 palette and Smashbox’s Full Exposure palette!Β 

Until next time, stay pretty… inside and out. xo

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  1. tootsie
    April 5, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    This is the best review i’ve come across. yet I still can’t choose. I feel like in sunlight i like the original, but when it comes to indoor like, i prefer naked 2…ugh lol.

  2. Sarah
    October 10, 2016 / 11:13 am

    Even years later your post is much appreciated. This just made me decide on
    the Naked2 (and the Naked Smoky, too😬…). Thank you so much!

    • Nicole Daniels
      October 17, 2016 / 7:19 pm

      Ditto! Years later and I picked Naked:-)

  3. Felicity
    October 4, 2016 / 6:07 am

    Very comprehensive, thank you.

  4. sidrah
    May 26, 2015 / 5:27 am

    Thanks so much … It’s really really really helpful

  5. April 23, 2014 / 11:41 pm

    I have Naked2 and I love it! This was really helpful though because I was wondering whether or not it was worth getting Naked (wow that came out wrong) and I liked seeing all the swatches too. Fantastic post! x

  6. Maria
    September 19, 2013 / 1:12 am

    Ugh FINALLY someone put the time in to literally put them side by side! Thank you SO much for your amazing review!! I am incredibly indecisive and figuring out which palette to get is taking way too much effort for me…): I am blonde with olive green eyes with pretty light skin. I seriously cannot make this decision and it’s killing me. I feel like Naked has too many bronzy colors and I’m not sure how that would look on me and I kinda like Naked 2’s plum colors. If you still check this blog, please give me your input on my situation. Thanks πŸ™‚

  7. Dyan Yu
    July 25, 2013 / 3:18 am

    i got a Naked palette but i don’t know what kind of looks are good for everyday? πŸ™‚

  8. Shirley Yip
    May 5, 2013 / 11:31 pm

    Thanks for this review xoxo. I’m from Malaysia πŸ˜€ Gonna get my Naked 2 Soon !

    • May 6, 2013 / 9:50 pm

      great! i hope you like it as much as I do! thanks for visiting and i hope you’ll visit often!

  9. April 17, 2013 / 9:32 pm

    Really helpful post! I was really surprised at how often I reach for the Naked Basics palette. Love it!

    Jillicious Cosmetics

    • April 17, 2013 / 9:56 pm

      I know! I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did. It’s really a great add on to any neutral collection!

  10. Jaspreet
    March 20, 2013 / 3:29 pm

    Your review and post is SO comprehensive and so perfectly worded! Wonderful talents to have to review/blog stuff! You have no idea how long I’ve been trying to decide which one to get – I’ve searched the internet for blogs, I’ve gone in myself and swatched the testers, I’ve never been able to get a good idea about them until your review! The way you literally compared the similar colors (taking the time to cut and match the Naked 2 to the Naked’s palette AND swatches – I thank you!) AND after showing the colors side by side so that we can make our own decision as well, you also broke your opinion down into ‘if we had one and are wondering about the other’ and ‘if we have neither and can’t decide between the two, or we are wondering if we need both.’ You covered and answered every possible situation that we might be coming to your blog in search for, as well as laid out for us the comparison visually and detailed-ly. THANK. YOU. I wish you the best!

    • March 20, 2013 / 4:12 pm

      Thank you soooo much for your kind words. I’m glad it was helpful. I just try to provide the type of reviews I’d look for if I were researching about the two palettes. Thanks again and I hope you visit again soon!~ xo

  11. February 25, 2013 / 10:04 pm

    I’m finding my answear bcoz it’s so right to me : β€œI don’t have a palette yet. Which one should I get?”woah!!! I have asian skin and I wear pink-tone face make up (without any eye shadows) because my face looks always tired. How do you think, which one should I choose?

    • February 25, 2013 / 10:15 pm

      and I hear one said the brush in palette 1 is way much better than the brush of Naked 2, is that real?

  12. Zara
    November 17, 2012 / 1:03 pm

    Which palette do you think will create the best ‘classic hollywood glam’ look? Looking for a highlight colour, a warm medium brown and a transition colour. Preferably matte. Thanks!!

    • November 18, 2012 / 12:28 am

      Either of them would work, but my personal favorite is Naked. I LOVE Virgin and Sin as a highlighter. Naked and Buck are the perfect for creating depth.. and a Dark Horse is an amazing brown. My only concern is that you want matte colors. Naked and Naked 2 consist mostly of shimmery colors. I don’t have a review up (yet), but you may want to check out Lorac’s Pro Palette… 8 of the 16 colors in that palette are matte. πŸ™‚ CLICK HERE for the product!

      • Lishy_E
        January 19, 2013 / 3:27 am

        Totally agreed, and fornthe holidays they came up with a smaller palette of all matte neutral shades…with a light shimmer highlight colour. Used in concert with their primer, it melts into the skin so you get beautiful sculpting/shading of the eye which is more dimensional rather than colour. So much fun, can be as dramatic or subtle as desired. Really love the mini matte palette!

        • January 19, 2013 / 1:21 pm

          I know! Excited to try that our too! Thanks for visiting and commenting! Xoxo

  13. September 16, 2012 / 10:56 am

    thanks so much for this it was so helpful! xxx

    • September 16, 2012 / 12:48 pm

      You’re welcome! So glad I can help. πŸ™‚

  14. Smita Patel
    July 31, 2012 / 1:01 pm

    Awesome comparision! Just perfect for my requirement….was confused which one to buy…Naked 1 or 2….thanks for the review once again

    • July 31, 2012 / 5:40 pm

      Thank you so much. Glad it was helpful. Please visit often!~

  15. Katie Holderness
    January 7, 2012 / 5:31 am

    I hate & love Urban decay in equal measures for creating this. I already own the Naked palette which I lurrrrrve but sometimes I wish there were some ‘warmer’ coppery colours in there and and some more browny-blacks rather than bluey-blacks. Naked2 has all of this….I think they read my mind.
    I don’t wanna blow a whole day’s wages on another frickin’ eyeshadow palette! Lol.

    Evil. Sweet Evil.


    • January 7, 2012 / 10:25 am

      I know exactly what you mean… Naked would have been perfect if they had a true black. πŸ˜‰

  16. January 6, 2012 / 1:17 pm

    Awesome review!! wow! I just got the original Naked palette today (I don’t have Naked2) and it’s so lovely. It’s really a palette for everyone! πŸ™‚

    • January 6, 2012 / 1:26 pm

      Thanks. You’re going to wonder how you lived without Naked. πŸ˜‰ It’s my everyday go to these days…

      • April 28, 2013 / 8:37 pm

        I’m not sure if you still check these posts but thank you SO much for posting it! I wish everyones blogs were like this showing both the differences and similarities rather than just saying “This is cheaper and looks nicer” etc so thanks for that! I have a question though. I can’t figure out which one to get as I was never huge into eyeshadows but nowadays I am. I don’t wear a lot of eyeshadow on a normal day but it’s my must have on nights out and events. You said Naked is your everyday go to, I’m thinking Naked 2 palette might be better for me for nights out? If you see this, please give your thoughts I’d appreciate it and thanks again so much for the review I’ll definitely be checking out the rest of your blog! xo