MAC Dupes for Urban Decay’s Naked2 Palette


If you enjoyed the UD Naked1 MAC Dupes post, you more than likely were looking forward to this one – me too!

I will say I found Naked2 much harder to find exact dupes for within MAC’s permanent collection. Again, I am not using LE shades as I don’t feel that’s fair for those who don’t own them. If there are LE shades that are dupes, I will mention them, but they will not be the main comparative examples used here.

Unfortunately, to get more “exact” and true dupes for the Naked2, I found myself doing a LOT more mixing of shades. You can get there, but it will require some mixing and matching to achieve it. Please also keep in mind UD has a LOT more glitter in their shades, so some of the formulas are not an exact match. For many of you who aren’t fans of glitter that may actually be a sigh of relief! Ha! Anyway, here we go!

UD Foxy = MAC Ricepaper

Foxy is a matte, yellow-leaning shade; the closest you’ll find to it in MAC’s permanent collection is Ricepaper. Ricepaper does have sheen to it, so it isn’t an exact dupe formulation-wise. Color-wise the two are nearly identical though. If you’re looking for a closer dupe, limited edition shade Femme Fi would be one to consider.

(L to R) MAC Ricepaper, UD Foxy

UD Half Baked = MAC Woodwinked

Although not exact dupes of one another, this is the closest you will come in MAC’s permanent collection. Woodwinked is slightly darker and pulls more brown, whereas Half Baked is a true golden, leaning more yellow shade. I love Half Baked and it was one of my main “convincing myself to buy it” points.

UD Bootycall = MAC Shroom

Bootycall is identical to Shroom, and it’s also important to note that it is a dupe for Virgin from the Naked1 palette. Despite the name, this is a great shade for blending out many of the shades within this palette. Although, a light hand and a small amount really do go a long way. If you apply too much, like Shroom, the combination can turn muddy and look unblended.

(L to R) MAC Shroom, UD Bootycall

UD Chopper = MAC Mythology

Chopper is another one of those UD shades that simply does NOT have an exact dupe in MAC’s collection. Some compare it to All That Glitters, but it leans more pink/orange. The closest I came is Mythology. As you can see in the swatch, they are not identical, but using one in place of the other would allow you to achieve a similar look. And Mythology is very close in glitter content to Chopper.

(L to R) MAC Mythology, UD Chopper

UD Tease = MAC Quarry

Dupes! Dupes. Tease is a matte purple shade that is exactly the same as MAC’s Quarry. Neither is better than the other. I find both of these incredibly easy to work with, blend out, etc. Tease probably is one of my most favorite shades in the Naked2 palette.

(L to R) MAC Quarry, UD Tease

UD Snakebite = MAC Tempting

Snakebite is another unique shade to Urban Decay with no exact dupe to be found in MAC’s collection. The closest shade I could find to it was Tempting, although it’s a touch lighter and has more glitter than Snakebite.

(L to R) MAC Tempting, UD Snakebite

UD Suspect = MAC Patina

Suspect is a beautiful light champagne shade with a little bit of glitter in the formula. Again, there is nothing quite like this completely dupeable within MAC. Patina is a very close match in terms of color, but I still adore Suspect for its uniqueness.

(L to R) MAC Patina, UD Suspect

UD Pistol = MAC Knight Divine + All That Glitters

Pistol has been compared to MAC Smoke and Diamonds. I did a comparison myself and found it to be a very good dupe for Pistol. However, if you don’t have it and cannot get your hands on it, mixing Knight Divine and All That Glitters would produce a VERY close match.

(L to R) MAC Knight Divine + All That Glitters, UD Pistol

UD Verve = MAC Electra + All That Glitters

Like Pistol, I found I had to mix together two MAC eyeshadows again to get a really close dupe. Electra and All That Glitters are perfect beside Verve and it’s hard to tell the two apart at all.

(L to R) MAC Electra + All That Glitters, UD Verve

UD YDK = MAC Satin Taupe + All That Glitters

YDK is very similar to Verve, which made me question why Urban Decay included it in this palette to begin with. Using All That Glitters again, I found that layering it over Satin Taupe produced an exact dupe to YDK. I feel like YDK is ‘shinier’ in real life though, almost metallic looking.

(L to R) MAC Satin Taupe + All That Glitters, UD YDK

UD Busted = MAC Mystery

Busted appears purple in the palette but is really a dark brown shade with purple tones. Its counterpart in MAC Mystery is next to near hard to discern in the swatches below. It took me a while to figure out a dupe that compared well to Busted, but Mystery fits the bill.

(L to R) MAC Mystery, UD Busted

UD Blackout = MAC Carbon

Black shades – really, who can tell the difference? Ha! Blackout is really nothing more than MAC Carbon. However, I prefer working with Blackout over Carbon. I find it easier to blend and the pigmentation to be more powerful and longer lasting than Carbon. Still, if you’re looking for a dupe for Blackout, Carbon is a great match.

(L to R) MAC Carbon, UD Blackout

42 thoughts on “MAC Dupes for Urban Decay’s Naked2 Palette

  1. Zabrena, these dupe comparisons are so helpful! I’m sure I’m not the only one who appreciates you doing this. I’m sure most of us have shadows that seem so different from others in our collections but which, when applied, look virtually identical.

  2. I’m laughing because having some (a lot) MAC eyeshadows and the both Naked Palettes… it’s evident that I’ve a lot of dupes !!!!!
    Personally I think that “carbon” is not a “true” black but a dark grey : when you blend it it doesn’t looks like black but more dark grey .. that’s why I prefer “black out” !!!
    anyway your dupe list is very precious… so now I will not buy some eyeshadow in MAC collection I wanted like mystery… I could by other colors !!! ;))
    I know when I come in a MAC shop I cannot resist to buy !!!! … is it serious Doc ????
    Kisses… from shiny south of France !!!

    1. Haha! Me too!
      I am the same as you, I MUCH prefer Blackout over Carbon; it is a true, deep black!

      We have some serious addictions! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Thank you so much for doing this, Zabrena! I know it will help to save me some money since I’ll just use my Mac shadows and skip buying the UD palette. Great job!

  4. This is such an awesome post! I have quite a few Mac shades and was not sure if I wanted to purchase the UD palette. Now I see that I actually don’t own any dupes currently, so the palette would add a lot to my collection. Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together!

  5. Thank you so much for this! I have recently bought UD Naked2 pallete and this post is very helpful as in which MAC eye shadows I should not buy. Great!

  6. I’d love to know how Urban Decay’s “Laced” (from the Vice palette, recently made available as a single) compares to MAC’s “Malt”. Malt appears to be slightly darker and pinker but it’s so hard to tell with online swatches. It’s so helpful to have these lists available – thank you! : )

    1. Hiya! I didn’t get the Vice palette when it was out, so I can’t say for certain.
      Based on what I’m seeing of it online it DOES appear to be a lighter version of MAC’s Malt, as you suspected.
      If I ever happen to run by it in person, I’ll look more closely at it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. I have Laced, and today I went out and got Malt. I got home and went to put it in my palette to find that in the pan they are basically identical! On my skin, Laced seems a bit darker and pinker, but only slightly. They are so close I’ll definitely be returning Malt. =)

      1. Thanks for that feedback, Nikki! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s on my Sephora shopping list to look at next week; I’ll look but now I know not to buy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    3. Zabrena and Nikki, thanks for the helpful feedback!

      I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I’m a bit of a makeup hoarder so I bought (and kept) them both.

      My skin is *light* (not quite light enough to be called “fair”), with a warm, somewhat sallow tone. On me, Laced actually appears darker and leans a bit lavender. Malt looks a bit lighter and it comes across as a muted, natural-looking pink. It’s very possible that Malt reads “lighter” on me not because of the depth of color, but because it’s a bit warmer and the color blends into my skin more. Laced might look darker simply due to the contrast.

      In any event, I like them both, and on me they’re different enough that I don’t mind keeping them, but most people will be fine with one or the other. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. OMG! WOW! I was considering buying both NAKED pallets and some other MAC products that were dupes of the NAKED pallet! Thanks for saving me there!

  8. I love your comparisons, and actually I’m kinda disapointed in how many dupes there are out there. So many companies are creating similar palettes and colours, that they’re aren’t as many unique colours out there. Like for me, I personally am a M.A.C’s girl, because they have basically every color your heart desires, and their pigmentation is spot on. I bought the Naked 2 not long ago, and it wasn’t as great as I hoped for. Yes, many blogs rave about these palettes, but they’re all so shimmery, and the colours are unoriginal unfortunatley…*le sigh*

  9. um in the “quarry” and “tease” dupe you wrote : mac quarry, UD buck.
    under the swatches
    I have buck and I wanted something like tease so is quarry a dupe for buck or tease?

  10. Well, another thing I’d like to say, is that I liked how the mac colors aren’t too shimmery and tons of fallout. With MAC eyeshadows, I don’t even have to use primer! Even though it’s more costly to purchase seprate eyeshadows, I feel I get more payout from the colors…but I love your blog.

    1. KS, you might want to try “Root Beer”, by NYX. Also, a few of ELF’s pressed mineral eyeshadow selections look to be in the same color family (Lunch Break, Miss Popular, and possibly “What’s Your Name”, which is described in reviews as “purple taupe”). In my experience, both NYX and ELF shadows are really hit-or-miss in terms of quality, so swatch first if you can.

  11. interesting that you consider Tease as a purple color.. I see it more like a grey taupe which I find very similar to MAC copperplate!

  12. Awesome post! Like the Naked 1, I found that between UD singles and MAC shadows and matte black (I have several in various palettes) I have 6 of these colors already. Guess I will be passing on this one and get the Naked 3!

  13. Wow!!! Thank you so much. I know I’m arriving at this post pretty late but being in South Africa (where Urban Decay is not stocked and only shipped to at a crazy premium) and having my UD naked 2 palette (bought on a visit to NY) dry up… This was so useful!!! I wear the UD palette religiously! BTW a dupe for Half Baked is a mix between MAC Amber Lights and a little All That Glitters. Thanks again!

  14. do you think snakebite is similar to mulch? I’m thinking of either getting tempting or mulch, and I’m totally unsure which one I should get!

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