Urban Decay’s Naked and Naked Basic palette have been essential to my beauty routine in 2013. This past year I have simplified my routine greatly, but thanks to these two palettes I can create really beautiful neutral looks without dragging out every shadow in my train case. In the past, I have been very skeptical of UD’s new palettes because of their tendency to repeat shades. I completely skipped UD’s Naked 2 palette, because I simply had no need for it, but when I saw that Urban Decay was releasing a palette of 12 completely new rose/pink shades I was intrigued.
Now, I know plenty of people who steer clear of pink shadows, but I for one have always loved a touch of pink eyeshadow. My Fresco Rose paint pot has long been a favorite, and lately I have really been drawn to rose gold, so I thought I would use my Sephora VIB discount to get this palette. The palette features 12 shadows in shades of pink, mauve, rose, and brown, and retails for $52.
The shadows are packaged in a “tin” palette much like that of the Naked 2 palette, and have a “ruffled” appearance to the outer tin. I am typically drawn to smooth and sleek palettes (along the lines of Nars, Bobbi Brown, & even UD’s own Naked Basics case), so I wasn’t wowed by the packaging. Also, unlike the original Naked palette, the Naked3 palette comes with a sample pack of UD primer variations. The palette, does come with a dual ended eye brush. I tested the brush a couple of times, and I was pleased with its initial performance.
Strange (pale neutral pink matte-satin)
Dust (pale metallic pink shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter)
Burnout (light pinky-peach satin)
Limit (light dusty rose matte)
Buzz (metallic rose shimmer w/silver micro-glitter)
Trick (light metallic pinky-copper shimmer w/tonal micro-sparkle)
Nooner (medium pinky-brown matte)
Liar (medium metallic mauve shimmer)
Factory (pinky-brown satin)
Mugshot (metallic taupe shimmer w/slight pink shift)
Darkside (deep taupe-mauve satin)
Blackheart (smoky black matte w/rosy red micro-sparkle).
Below, you will find swatches on my pale mid-winter skin:
As you can see, Strange matches my skin tone exactly! It completely blends in, but I expect in the summer this will look really lovely as a soft highlight on me. Now, it is sort of a waste. Dust I found to be very glitter-y and a bit hard to work with. When used with a bit of M.A.C. Fix + it looked quite pretty. That said, I don’t exactly have time for fussy eyeshadow, so I will probably skip this shade on most days. Trick & Buzz have glitter, but wore much better, and had a higher color pay-off on me. I did experience a bit of fall-out with both, but found the colors to be very pretty. Trick seems to be the most similar to previous UD shades–think a rose gold version of UD’s Chopper. Buzz was unlike anything I own, so I was especially drawn to this shade.
Burnout is a gorgeous light pink/peach shade that goes on so smooth and blends really well. I think this shade really compliments my fair skin tone. Limit and Nooner are matte shades that went on very smoothly and were very blendable. I can see myself incorporating these into looks quite a bit. Definitely good “basics” to have on hand.
Mugshot & Liar while both beautiful shades, though not exact, are similar to other UD shades. I found Liar to be extremely close to UD’s Toasted (from Naked 1).
I found Factory to be a stunning shimmering brown shade, and expect this one will be in my rotation quite a lot. I LOVE Blackheart as a shader and Darkside reminds me of an old MAC shadow, “Moth Brown”, that I was obsessed with.
Overall, I think this is one of Urban Decays finer palettes, offering a good range for a variety of skin-tones even for those of us who are ultra- fair. Urban Decay’s Naked3 Palette can be purchased for $52 at Urban Decay, Sephora, or Ulta.