About time, right? I've posted several makeup looks using the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette ($52) but hadn't gotten around to reviewing it yet. I've had the Naked 3 since December of 2013. (Yes, I bought it on the first day it became available at physical Sephora stores. Yes, I went to the mall just to get it and then left.) I like to use products thoroughly before I review them. You'll never see me post about a product one or two days after receiving it. Since I've had 3 whole months to play with this, here's what I think...
First, can we talk about the price increase on the Naked Palettes? I vaguely remember saving up my money and purchasing the Naked 1 for $50 back in the day. Considering the Naked Palettes haven't been out that long, a $2 price increase is pretty steep. And since we're talking about price, here's what I always say to anyone considering purchasing a Naked: Yes, they're really expensive but they are amazing quality. Furthermore, the shades were so carefully selected that you could get thousands of looks out of these palettes. Versatility is their middle name. However, if you rarely wear eyeshadows, these palettes are not for you. If you tend to wear the same shimmery champagne shade every single day, these palettes are not for you. If you typically use only one eyeshadow per look, these palettes are not for you.
I'm making these distinctions because all the Nakeds include a few dark colors and some dramatic shimmers. I sometimes hear complaints of people not using their Naked enough or only using a few shades. Buying a palette because you like 80% of the colors is fine. A lot of times there are one or two shades in a palette that we never/rarely use. This is a common occurrence with larger palettes. However, using only half (or less) of the colors really is a waste of money.
Eyeshadows in this look: Strange (brow bone), Nooner (crease), Buzz (lid), Blackheart (outer corner)
Things I didn't like about the Naked 3 Palette:
- Previous Naked Palettes came with a deluxe sample size of the Urban Decay Primer Potion, the Naked 3 does not. This one comes with a pamphlet of small packets (1-3 uses, but really just one because I don't reuse samples that come in non-resealable packages) containing all of the eyeshadow primers Urban Decay makes. It was nice trying primers I had never used before, but it's stingy in comparison to a deluxe sample size which can last you several months.
- There are more glittery shades in this palette compared to past Nakeds so the Naked 3 has more fallout. The fallout is only present on the glitter finishes, of course, and is reduced by patting the eyeshadow into the lid vs. buffing or swiping (which is the best way to apply any glitter eyeshadow to minimize fallout).
Things I liked about the Naked 3 Palette:
+ I was very happy that the overall tones of the eyeshadows are rosy, gold, mauve, and burgundy. It makes the palette more unique and reduces repetition amongst people who own a lot of eyeshadows already.
+ The texture and pigmentation are consistent with Urban Decay's typical formula: rich, smooth, long-lasting, and high in pigment.
+ There's a really light, bone/beige matte eyeshadow (Strange) which is missing in most palettes in the market. I use colors like that almost everyday on the brow bone and to help with crease blending.
+ It has more matte shades compared to past Naked Palettes.
+ The flat side of the brush it comes with is actually helpful for patting on the glittery shadows.
Left to right: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit (forgot to swatch Buzz, derp)
Left to right: Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart.
Let me know what you thought of the Naked 3 Palette. Do you own any Nakeds? If you own all three, which one is your favorite?
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