If you love makeup then you might already be burned out on the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. If that is the case…well I’m sorry. I’m a bit late getting this up but I wanted LOTS of testing time to come to a conclusion. Now that I’ve had lots of time to test & play I’m ready to share my thoughts! Keep reading to see more!
The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette is more pink/mauve/rose toned shades overall. While the first Naked palette was warmer & bronzier, the second was much cooler & taupe-r, this one is definitely different. The packaging is very similar to the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette- metal outer packaging that clicks into place, a rectangle design, decent sized mirror, double ended brush, & pretty secure close. Inside you have each shade labeled & it is plastic. The color on the outside is more of a rose gold & then there is kind of a ripple on the front which the second palette didn’t have. Overall very similar although not the same. This isn’t my very favorite packaging (I prefer the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette which I reviewed here!) but it is sturdy & I haven’t had issues with shades cracking. I do find one side of my palette sticks which I guess is better than flapping in the wind.
You also have that nifty double-ended brush. I prefer this for cream products but it is a nice brush generally speaking. With the other Urban Decay Naked palettes you received a deluxe sized eye primer. With this palette you got a set of 4 little bitty testers of their different types of eye primers. Meh. Definitely not a fan of that! I actually look forward to getting my deluxe eye primers so this was a shame because I don’t feel like it adds any value.
Inside you have 12 shades total varying from matte to shimmer to metallic. They range from lightest to darkest from left to right. Because these shade are so pink toned I was actually thinking about passing on the palette altogether. Pinks are really hard for me to pull off… Brown & hazel eyes often rock these hues without issue but my blue eyes can often look a bit blotchy or allergy ridden. I’ll have some tutorials coming up to show how I like to use this palette because I actually quite liked most of the looks I tried in the end!
The left lighter side:
Strange is a pale white/pink with a slightly satin matte finish. Looks more yellow than it is above & looks matte on the eye. Dust is a pale metallic pink with white & golden micro glitter. A bit powdery & fallout happens with the glitter/texture. Best applied wet although I still find it patchy. Burnout is a light/medium peach with a pearly satin finish. Limit is a mauve toned pink that leans neutral/cool with a matte finish. Buzz is a coppery toned rose metallic. Lovely shade wet or dry. Trick & Nooner are both more accurate in the photos below.
The right darker side:
Trick is a bronze-toned rosy copper with gold shimmer with a frosting nearly metallic finish. Nooner is a medium muted rose with a matte finish. Liar is a mauve/rosy toned brown/grey with a frosted nearly metallic finish. Factory is a medium brown with red/pink tones that are slight but identifiable with a pearl finish. Mugshot is a very slightly pink toned taupe with a metallic finish. Darkside is a purple/grey taupe with cool tones & a pearl finish. Lovely shade. Blackheart is a blackened burgundy with warm tones & red micro-shimmer. I don’t have anything like it.
Here are my swatches in order from left to right Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, & Blackheart from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette swatched over primer.
I think the only reason this palette functions well for me (the girl who loves taupes & gravitates towards cooler tones more than warm) is because of the varying tones in the second half of the palette. These are the shades that make the other side of the palette work for me because although they aren’t as pink they definitely work well together. Dust is my least favorite shade for the fallout. My most reached for & enjoyed shades are Limit, Nooner, Buzz, Liar, Mugshot, & Darkside. Although I think I prefer the tones in the Naked 2 Palette for my personal complexion & preferences I do actually quite like this palette. I find myself reaching for it to create romantic, work appropriate, or uncomplicated looks most. Overall these 12 brand new shades are lovely & most of them have a great formula & wear.
Have you tried any of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes yet? Are you buying into the Naked 3 hype? Would love to hear your thoughts below! Also feel free to let me know what kind of looks you’re interest in seeing with this palette!