Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Naked 3 Urban Decay (Review, Comparison to Naked 1 & 2, FOTD)

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Only a makeup junkie would understand. That's what I keep telling myself when I saw a sneak peek of the new Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. Like how many more Naked's one can ever have?
Only a makeup junkie would do. Ordered half-awake, still in bed, yep the moment I saw the launch email.

How.can.you.not. You see Naked 3 boasts of twelve brand spanking new rosy neutrals. But is it really that different from 1 and 2? While some of the eyeshadows may look or feel the same, Naked crazies will tell you otherwise. Ready for my thoughts?


Let's start with the packaging. Similar to Naked 2, it's made from a sturdy metal but with distinguishable rose gold corrugated texture. Naked 3 is also embossed but with gold imprint. It snaps open/close just like 2.


Brush inclusion. There's no denying that Urban Decay does it best with free brushes. Okay I take that back because those are part of the total cost. But don't you just hate it when companies scrimp by giving you cheap- ass disposable brushes? Definitely not with Urban Decay! See how the brushes evolved from 1 to 3:


1: Flat shadow brush
2: Double-ended crease and shadow brush. 
3: Double-ended shadow brush (big and small)

Right off the bat, Naked 2 wins because you have two different yet functional brushes.

Side-by-side-by-side. Yes they're naked. Yes they're neutrals. But look, Naked 3 is definitely rosier! If you prefer a more subtle-slash-daytime friendly palette, then Naked 3 is right up your alley.


Now let's do an arm swatch to see if they tell a different story.


Naked 1: 2 mattes, the rest are shimmery/metallic
Naked 2: 2 mattes, others are shimmery/metallic
Naked 3: 3 mattes, the rest are shimmery/ metallic

Naked 3 mattes have more buttery-feel than 1 and 2, it's a stark improvement you can't miss!

Finally let's get down to the nitty-gritty of Naked 3. Here are the eyeshadows up close:



Strange is matte light beige, a tad powdery
Dust is pale pink with microglitters, with fallout issues
Burnout is satin rosy beige
Limit is matte pink beige





Buzz is shimmery dark pinkish-beige
Trick is shimmery rosy-copper
Nooner is matte chocolate 
Liar is shimmery mauve-pink




Factory is satin bronze-brown
Mugshot is shimmery mauve-bronze
Darkside is satin mauve-brown-plum
Blackheart is plum with copper microglitters


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Some more additions (not in photo because I accidentally threw 'em): 4 sample sizes of eye primers (good for 5 uses, my guesstimate)

The heart of the matter. Except for Dust with major fallouts, the rest are consistently soft and buttery, something you and I already expect from Urban Decay. Worn over eye primer, I had no creasing issues. But do you really need this palette? Is it worth getting another Naked? Do we sense Naked 4, 6, 50, or maybe 7789 down the line? A purple or green Naked perhaps? Much as I am an enabler to you and I for a fact, been enabled by blogger-friends, all I can say is this: It all boils down to preference. Some say they look good in rosy hues, some say they don't. Wear what makes you happy my friend. Buy if you have extra disposable income. Skip if it doesn't impress you. Read more reviews, then make an informed decision. After all, it's just makeup.

Here's my FOTD featuring Naked 3!



Buzz on lids
Nooner on crease
Blackheart on outer corner
Darkside on lower lash line
Strange on brow bone

Skip or buy for you?

Available at Sephora/Ulta/Urban Decay website in December 2013.


Update 8/6/14: Finally I have a tutorial for this palette! the goodies are here...

29 comments:

  1. Gorgeous look!! I need N3 but have no idea when I'll ever get it :(

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  2. Your look is so pretty! I am not a Naked crazy, but I do want this palette. I loved seeing how the brushes have evolved!

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    1. Thanks much Shiela. It has been my go-to palette, I love it!

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  3. The palette has pretty shades. I just wish it had less shimmer or glitter. UD needs to at least split it in half. I have both 1 & 2 I hardly use, and I wouldn't buy this one.

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    1. I resisted buying Naked 2 before, but being a makeup junkie, I caved in ;-)

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  4. Love this! It's an already bought for me. Arrived yesterday and I can't wait to dig in!

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    1. Yay, can't wait to see your review and looks!

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  5. Naked 3 is so flattering on me, I love it! I'm not even a neutrals girl, but the way those colors bring out my blue-green eyes makes me happy. Love your comparison!

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    1. That's so wonderful to hear from you. Thanks much!

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  6. Such a gorgeous palette! Of the 3 I think this is most suitable to me

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    1. It is indeed. A must-have for the makeup enthusiasts!!!

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  7. This is such a great review! I actually do like the shadows in Naked 3. But I agree...will the Naked madness ever end??

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    1. Hi Kendra. I bet until I turn 90 years old, which makes it Naked 90? hahaha!

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  8. Ermahgerd! I love the look you did with this!

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    1. Thanks much Mama! Woot woot! Are you getting this palette too?

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  9. I hope I'm able to get it this time around !

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    1. It's available now at Sephora, go get it Betzy!

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  10. You look gorgeous girl. Thank you for sharing. ;)

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  11. You look gorgeous. I can't wait to get mine... should be here on Tuesday I think. Yay! :D

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  12. Great post! I think I will have to order Naked 3, too, it just have the shades I like.

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  13. Thanks do much for such a detailed and thorough review! It was very helpful helping me decide which Naked palette to get (it's my first and I have never paid this much before)!
    Can you tell me, should I get the primer too? Does it make a big difference?
    Many thanks again!

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    1. My pleasure Dee. What palette did you purchase? You can get the eye primer too but I like LORAC and NARS eye primer better than UD. Thanks for stopping by

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