It's Heerrree! Review of Urban Decay Naked3 with Pics and Swatches

Sunday, December 15, 2013

I may go over the top when it comes to my lip collection, as you can see from my MANY, MANY lipstick reviews, but I've been purposely keeping my eyeshadow collection under control. As much as I love colorful shadows, I typically stick to very safe eye looks. For example, I rarely ever wear smoky eyes these days, and my favorite eyeshadow colors have come to be shades of brown, pink, taupe and sometimes white and gold.

Typical palettes these days may have a few of those colors, plus a bunch of brighter, gorgeous colors like emerald or navy that I would probably never wear. So you can imagine how excited I was when I found out Urban Decay was coming out with Naked3 ($52 at, Sephora, Macy's or Ulta)--a palette of rose-hued neutrals I might actually use! Score!

Nevertheless, instead of buying the palette when it first came out on, I decided to postpone my purchase till it was sold at Sephora, just so I could finally use my gift card from my birthday. But when the palette finally arrived on, I decided to use my $20 off $50 promo code instead of the gift card. Fortunately, Sephora VIB Rouge was also giving me free 3-day shipping on any order, so I was able to just check out with only the palette and free samples in my cart--for only $36 dollars! Before I knew it, the palette was in my hands, ready to be swatched!

After spending a lot of time playing around with the colors, I'm ready to review. Find out whether Naked3 was worth the wait after the jump!


Some background info: The original Naked palette focused on browns and colors that would pair well with browns, plus a nice slate grey. The Naked2 focused more on taupes and was more cool-toned. Naked3, is all about shimmery rose and shades that would complement it.

Here's a description from the Urban Decay website:
"Experiment with 12 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN (and insanely beautiful) rose-hued neutrals—from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter. . . Choose from every finish imaginable: ultra-smooth mattes, gorgeous pearls and glimmering metallics. From the palest, shimmery pink to deep, warm black, these neutrals will make you want to get Naked all over again. Every shade features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability."


The palette comes in a tin case with vertical ridges. It gently clicks shut, and features a full length mirror. The palette is also sold with a week's worth of samples of each Urban Decay's four primers, as well as a dual-ended shadow and crease brush.

 Color Descriptions and Impressions, from left to right

Strange--described as a pale neutral pink matte-satin. Looks more like an off white, since you can barely tell it's pink.

Dust--described as a pale metallic pink shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter. Looks like a pink champagne. Ok pigmentation that is fortunately buildable. However, it easily sheers out.

Burnout--described as a light pinky-peach satin. Looks like a shimmery pale rose gold. Decent pigmentation.

Limit--described as a light dusty rose matte. Looks like a light pinkish mauve. Good pigmentation.

Buzz--described as metallic rose shimmer w/silver micro-glitter. True to description. Highly-pigmented.

Trick--described as a light metallic pinky-copper shimmer w/tonal micro-sparkle. True to description. Good pigmentation.

Nooner--described as a medium pinky-brown matte. Looks like a brownish mauve. A tad uneven when first applied, but has good, buildable pigmentation.

Liar--described as a medium metallic mauve shimmer. Looks like a medium brown with a rose gold sheen. Excellent pigmentation.

Factory--described as a pinky-brown satin. Looks like a dark brown with gold micro glittter. Excellent pigmentation.

Mugshot--described as a metallic taupe shimmer w/slight pink shift. Looks like a brownish taupe. Great pigmentation.

Darkside--described as a deep taupe-mauve satin. Looks like a brownish black. Excellent pigmentation.

Blackheart--described as a smoky black matte w/rosy red micro-sparkle. True to description. Great pigmentation.

All these shadows, even the mattes, had nice, soft textures. The satins and shimmers tended to be especially buttery. The ones containing glitter, of course, felt gritty in the pan, but applied smoothly when swatched.


Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit

Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar
Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart
Wearing Strange on browbone, Burnout on mobile lid, Nooner and Liar both on crease, Darkside to line top lashline

These shadows are designed to be applied over Urban Decay Primer Potions. I've been using Urban Decay Primer Potion in the original formula for years, and when worn underneath shadows, the primer has helped the shadows last the whole day on me. I don't plan on wearing these shadows out without primer since I have oily skin. Any shadows will disappear on me if I don't wear primer.


Overall, I was very impressed with the shadows. I especially loved the last third of the shadows since they were very buttery and highly-pigmented. I also liked some of the rose gold shades. I thought the lighter shadows in the first third of the palette were just ok, but not my faves.

Some of the shadows in this palette reminded me of shadows from my Lorac Unzipped palette, which is very pink-toned. However, the greater selection of darker shadows makes this a must-have palette for me. 



Overall good pigmentation, soft texture and great variety in colors earn this palette high marks. Rose gold is very popular these days, but a large palette dedicated to rose-y shadows is still very unique--enough to make Naked3 a welcome addition to anyone's makeup collection. Check it out!

And thanks for reading! I've been having a lot of fun playing with these shadows, so stay tuned for some Naked3 looks :)