You all are probably getting all Naked out with the new release in the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow line but I thought I would give you a look of all 4 together! I own Naked, Naked 2 and Naked 3, my sister picked up Smoky the week after it came out and kindly let me borrow it to show you them all together. My first palette from the Naked line was Naked 2 followed by Naked 3 and I picked up Naked last. At the moment I would have to say my favourite of them all would have to be Naked 2 followed by Naked. I used Naked 3 a lot when I first got it but haven't really picked it up in quite a while. Not sure why it is a beautiful palette!
I know quite a few people have said that they don't like the metal tin packaging of the Naked 2 and 3 but they are my favorite. I would have to say that Naked is the packaging i am not the biggest fan of and that is only because I have a white cat and mostly white dog so it seems that if there is a piece of fur around the packaging is going to have it on it. I also like the packaging of the new Smoky as well, I think the plastic and metal packaging just seems safer and cleaner to me.
Now for swatches of each palette :
I'll start with the first Naked.
The shades are:Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, and Gunmetal.
I find that all the shadows are very pigmented except for Creep and to a degree Gunmetal. you can get Creep to me more pigmented if you wet your brush and than it makes a good liner. Naked is a warm toned palette and I think that's why I like it. I love the warm golds in this palette. Naked is a great transition shade and Buck makes for a great crease color. I found that Sidecar does have quite a bit of fallout but if you do your eyes first you can wipe it away.
My favourite look to do with Naked is Sin (Inner corner, inner third of the lid), Sidecar (other 2/3rds of the lid), Naked (blend out the crease) and Buck (darken outer corner).
The shades are: Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, and Blackout.
Naked 2 was my first Naked palette and is still my favourite. All the shades are pigmented and have minimal fallout. Halfbaked is duplicated from the original palette but it is still as pigmented as the other one. I found that the 'black' shade, Blackout, was more pigmented than Creep from the first one, but still not a 'true black'. I like to use Foxy as a brow bone hilight and Tease is a great crease/transition shade. I think that Naked 2 has more variety to the shades than Naked, where Naked is mostly warm brown tones, Naked 2 is a cooler palette with more silvery purple.
My favourite look to do with Naked 2 is Foxy (all over lid), Tease (to blend out crease), Snakebite ( outer corner), Bootycall (inner third of lid), and if I am feeling fancy I will use Blackout on a liner brush and lightly line my upper lash line.
The shades are : Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, and Blackheart.
I didn't get Naked 3 when it first came out, I didn't think I would like it. My sister of course bought it as soon as she could! She kept telling me I needed it and told me to try hers out for a few days, once I did that I had to get it! I picked it up in the Spring and used it quite a bit for a few months, not sure why I stopped using it? I found that the colors in Naked 3 all go well with each other. It seems to me that you can get a lot of different daytime appropriate looks from this palette, more so than the others. My favourite shades in this palette are Limit, Buzz, Trick and Nooner. Strange is also a great browbone hilight.,
My favourite look to do with Naked 3 is Strange (inner third of lid), Burnout ( outer 2/3rds of lid), Limit (crease blending shade), Nooner (darken outer v, crease) and again if I am feeling fancy I will use Darkside/Factory to darken upper lash line.
The shades are : High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smoulder, Password, Whiskey, Combust and Thirteen.
Like I mentioned earlier I don't actually own the newest Naked, Smokey, my sister had actually picked it up. I like the look of the palette but feel like at this time I don't really need it, shocking I know! I may yet pick this palette up later on, maybe after Christmas, for now I know that if I would like to try/use it I can always borrow it from my sister. The pigmentation on this newest palette is on par with the rest of Urban Decays Naked line, or at least from what I can tell from swatches. I found Dagger, Password and Thirteen to be the only somewhat patchy in the palette.
My favourite shades from this palette would have to be High, Armor, and Combust.
On to the brushes
I haven't heard a lot of people mention much about the brushes that come with these palettes. I like the brushes and find that Urban Decay does a good job on the brushes that are included in the palettes. The one thing I don't really like about them is the fact that they are double ended, how are you supposed to store double ended brushes without ruining one end? The first 3 all have a flat, packing end of various sizes on each that I think works great for packing color on the lid. The Smokey has a nice dense smudger on this end of the brush, which my sister says works great. The other end, or blending end as they seem to me, are great for this job as well. I would have to say that I prefer the blending brush of the the Naked 2 more so than the Naked and Naked 3. I like a fluffy blending brush though, the other 2 are ok but they are shorter and denser.
There you have my thoughts and swatches of Urban Decays Naked Palette line-up. I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts and ideas on the 4 palettes.
All my pictures where taken in natural indirect sunlight. The swatches are done on bare skin without primer, and done with one swipe of my finger.