Friday, February 14, 2014

Review -- Urban Decay Naked3 Palette

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of natural/nude (whatever you like to call them) eye shadow palettes.

I have a hundred of them.

Well, not really. But I probably have at least 10, which is nuts enough, right?

I feel like it was the Urban Decay Naked Palette that really started the natural eye shadow trend, so in some ways, I feel like that palette is the granddaddy of them of all.

Personally, though, I prefer Urban Decay's Naked2 Palette. I tend to gravitate toward its cooler tones, though it's difficult to argue with how effective the original Naked Palette's warmer shadows are in bringing out my blue eyes.

Bottom line -- they're both lovely palettes that are pretty versatile, easy to use, and can even work well together.

Still, I think that the latest addition to Urban Decay's Naked line, the Naked3 Palette, may be my favorite.

Its rosy tones are just beautiful, and while peachy shadows are more effective in bringing out the blue in my eyes, these do a pretty fantastic job too.

UD Naked 3 Palette Box

UD Naked 3 Palette
Like the other UD Naked Palettes, Naked3 contains 12 shadows: Strange, a matte pale baby pink; Dust,a glittery metallic pink; Burnout, a satin-y peachy pink; Limit, a matte light rosy brown; Buzz, a metallic rose; Trick, a metallic rosy copper; Nooner, a matte medium rosy brown; Liar, a a metallic rosy bronze; Factory, a dark rosy brown; Mugshot, a metallic pinky taupe; Darkside, a satin-y dark taupe; and Blackheart, a soft matte black with red glitter.

UD Naked3 Palette

UD Naked 3 Palette (l. to r.): Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit

UD Naked 3 Palette (l. to r.): Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar

UD Naked 3 Palette (l. to r.): Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart

From l. to r.: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit

From l. to r.: Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar

From l. to r.: Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart
The palette also comes with a double-ended shadow brush, which features a small flat end and a larger flat end that's slightly fluffier.  You also get a nice sample pack of UD's Primer Potions, including the Original, Sin, Eden, and Anti-Aging.

UD Primer Potion Sampler Pack
If you're familiar with UD's shadows, which are pretty fantastic, the formula here is the same. There's always one or two shadows that contain seriously chunky glitter and give off a ton of fallout -- here, Dust is the main culprit -- but I find that if you just pair it with a stickier base like a cream shadow and pat the shadow on, they are totally wearable. I've also taken to patting just a bit of Dust to the center of my lids when I'm other shadows (even those not in this particular palette) for a really nice brightening effect.

I really have a hard time naming my favorite shades in this palette because I feel like I'd wind up listing more than half the palette. Burnout is probably my favorite easy lid shade, and Limit may seem like a boring matte shadow but if you have fair skin, it's an ideal crease or transition shade for soft, natural looks.

Buzz and Trick both have a gorgeous metallic sheen that I find lends itself to a one shade kind of look -- I'll pat these kind of heavily across the lid and then blend softly into the crease for a quick, easy eye look.

Liar, Factory, and Mugshot are lovely shades for smoky looks, particularly if you've got fair to light skin because none of them are too dark.

Blackheart has become my favorite shadow to line my eyes with -- while it's just a matte black base, the red glitter really makes my eyes pop. I imagine it would be even prettier if you have green eyes.

Like the UD Naked2 Palette, the Naked3 is housed in a metallic compact that's nice and sturdy so it's ideal for travel. It's a pretty rose gold color and features a cool rippled texture. There's a mirror on the inside, which is decent size so you could use it to do your makeup in a pinch.

I absolutely love this palette and have come to see it as a must-have in my collection.

However, I don't think it's a must-have for everyone.

I know that some folks don't particularly like rosy toned shadows because they can sometimes make the eyes look red. While all of the shadows in Naked3 don't have strong rose undertones, most do, so you probably won't reach for it very often.

If you have green eyes, I would totally suggest checking the palette out. If you have blue eyes, I would go for it too -- I love the way the shadows in Naked3 bring out my baby blues for sure.

Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked3 Palette? Is it a hit or a miss? What are your favorite shades?


  1. Looks like a great palette! I have swatched it, and although it might be pretty for brown eyes, I don't think I will be getting this one. I much prefer the Lorac Unzipped <3

    Des | Simple Charm Beauty

    1. At the risk of sounding like a makeup glutton -- which, let's face it, I totally am. :P -- I actually got the Lorac Unzipped Palette for Christmas too -- and I'm with you. It is fabulous. I actually do think I like it better than the UD Naked3 because I find Lorac's shadows to be a little softer and easier to work with than UD's (which are still very nice). I just haven't gotten around to reviewing the Unzipped Palette yet! LOL


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