Saturday, December 28, 2013

Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches

Disclaimer: This item was purchased by me.
Hey hey hey everyone! Given that I am a huge Urban Decay fan, it is no surprise that I picked up the Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette ($52) when Sephora had its special $15/$20 off coupon deal for Beauty Insiders and VIBs. I haven't really gotten around to using the palette but I did swatch them and can give a good overview of it, so if you are interested in seeing what I thought of the palette, click......

The Naked 3 Palette is packaged very similarly to the Naked 2 Palette. The rose gold colored rectangular metal tin has some embossing on the front and the inside has a long rectangular mirror. The tin is very sleek and sturdy, I like it very much.

The Palette comes with a synthetic double ended Good Karma Brush, with a flat shader brush on one side and a fluffy blending brush on the other. The fluffy blending side of the brush included in the Naked 3 palette is slightly more tapered compared to the much fluffier blending brush included in the previous versions of the Naked Palettes. The quality of both is good but I find that the synthetic fiber doesn't pick up the shadows very well.

In addition to the brush, the palette comes with four foil packets of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in four colors: "Original", "Eden", "Sin", and "Anti-aging". Each packet supposedly contains a week's worth of primers.
I usually use Maybelline Color Tattoos (reviewed here) as primers so I probably won't be using these any time soon, I have tried the original Primer Potion before and I found it to be ok, it is not tacky enough for my liking.

The Shadows:
The Naked 3 contains 12 new, rose gold neutral shades. There are three matte colors, all of which are very pigmented, smooth, and not at all chalky. These would all make great blending colors.

Following the mattes are four "glitter" shadows. These shades don't have super chunky glitters but their texture is a tad grittier than the rest and tend to have more fall-outs. With that said, these shadows still applies very smoothly and the pigmentation is great with the exception of "Blackheart", which I found to be a bit chalky.

The last five shades are beautifully pigmented metallics. However smooth and pigmented these shades are, I can't help but feel like "Liar", "Factory", "Mugshot", and "Darkside" are all too similar. They are all more or less a variation of a metallic taupe and I reckon that once blended they will become even more indistinguishable.
So that is definitely my biggest critique of the palette; it's simply too redundant to include four very similar browns in one palette, especially given the fact that a lot of these other colors can be duped from previous palettes released by Urban Decay.

Anyhow, this is my fairly short review of the palette as I know there are a plethora of full reviews out on this palette already.
Overall, all the shades are very good and for those who are new to makeup, this is a very good rose gold neutral palette. For those like me that have quite a few Urban Decay palettes, Naked 3 is really just more of a collector's item...... I just couldn't resist!
Did any of you pick this up? If not, are you planning to? Let me know in the comments below!

Update: To see a review of the Naked 2 Palette, click here.

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