First and foremost..I caved. I thought I would just try and not give in to the palette, since I already have the first but that failed. My friend actually bought this for me as a pre-bday gift and a parting gift from work. I wasn't expecting it, but I was totally thrown off and it was incredibly sweet of her. :)
My initial thoughts:
On the packaging: ★★★★☆Love the packaging. The casing is of shiny metal, has a bit of weight, and feels quite sturdy. Inside the shadows are encased in a plastic pan that is also quite stiff. The plastic itself doesn't bend easily. The case closes with what I describe as 'Hippo teeth'. There are two slots at the bottom corners to shut the palette and the closure feels secure. It snaps quite nicely :). The mirror is larger; takes up the entire upper portion of the palette. The only thing I don't like is the crease holding the top and bottom of the palette. I fear that with constant bending, the plastic will wear and eventually snap. I don't know if this -will- happen, it's just a concern. If it does..I will post up :). Palette comes with a dual ended brush and a mini lip gloss. I like both, but haven't used them yet. So far I really like this palette. :)
On the palette: ★★★★☆
This is more cool toned than the original Naked Palette, which I don't mind. This also has more shimmers than mattes than the original, also don't mind. The palette has 3 mattes (Foxy / Tease / Blackout). Even 'Blackout' has sliiiight shimmer in it, barely noticeable. I don't like that they repeated 'Half Baked' in this palette. In my opinion, I think it would've been better to just include a newer color. Pigmentation seems really good. The shadows are really smooth and creamy, as usual. I found that 'Foxy' to be the least pigmented. I had to swatch it over 2-3 times to get the color to show on my arm for the photos. The rest are really good though.
Photo compared to original Naked palette:
Good pigmentation on all but one colour
Better packaging: Sturdy, easy to keep clean, secure
Creamy, velvety texture
Cool tones, more shimmer colours
Dual ended brush
Good price for the amount of colours (60$ CAD / 12 colours = 5$ a pop) Pretty good!
Foxy - least pigmented
Has only 3 matte colours (if you prefer matte to shimmer)
Repeat colour - Half Baked.
Overall I really like this palette. I've yet to make a look on it, but soon will. Will post up :) Hope this post wasn't too blah. I know there are several, other fully detailed and better reviews on this palette. I didn't feel I needed go all the way out there.
Let me know if you've also got the palette and what your thoughts are..