Urban Decay Naked 3 palette Review and Swatches
Price: $52 for 12-.05oz (1.3g) shadows, a dual ended brush and a foil of four Urban Decay primer potion samples.
Where to Buy: Ulta, Sephora, Urbandecay.com
-nice mix of shimmery, satin and matte shades
-compact and sturdy packaging suitable for travel
-packaging isn’t as optimum as it could be
-Dual ended brush is more suited toward liquid products
I pre-ordered my palette from Sephora as a preview of the VIB program. It was easy and shipped right to my door. The packaging is nice but not as sturdy as I’d like. The mechanism to close the palette is a metal/tin around plastic and seems like it won’t last years, especially if you plan to open and close the palette repeatedly. It comes with a double ended brush, one is a flatter, packed shadow brush and the other is a more fluffy (though not fluffy in a true sense) blending brush. Neither brush really works to it’s full potential. I kind of cast it aside after a few uses. I’ve heard you can use it for concealer but I don’t really use liquid concealer regularly. The packaging feels nice, like it wouldn’t fall apart in my luggage if it got banged around a little but it doesn’t feel like it’d survive a drop test. Mirror is the best one in my collection and would be a real asset for travel. It’d be kinda cool if the next Naked palette had a few natural LED lights surrounding the mirror.
The shadows are .05oz each. These are the same size as a MAC single or the shadows in a Kat von D palette, smaller than a Too Faced or Make Up Forever single. Basically, they’re a normal size, you’ll probably never finish a complete pan.
Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Blackheart, no primer, with flash.
I’ve never owned a Naked palette before, though I do have the UD Book of Shadows 4 and a few singles. The quality of the shadows, every time, is impeccable. They’re soft and blendable, they’re pigmented enough to do the job but not so much that you look like a clown applying a bold color. They’re very user friendly. These are all rosey-pink tones and I love them. I figured if I didn’t like this particular palette, I could swap it out with Naked 1 or Naked 2. But I love these shades. I have NC 20 skin (MAC shading) and brown eyes so I wasn’t sure if this palette would work for me but let me tell you, it’s love. I had the palette about a month now and have worn many variations but still haven’t worn all the colors.
A few of my favorite ways to wear these shades: I think Strange is a really nice browbone color or a nice all over shade, similar to MAC Rice Paper. By wearing the first two shades (Dust-a gilded baby pink, all over the lid and Strange- a satin pinked cream, on the browbone, blended down into Dust), you can achieve a look anyone could pull off, from a 12 year old to an office professional in a strict environment. I’ve also had good results making a dark gradient using Blackheart (a rose gold microglitter flecked mahogany) smudged into the lashline fading up to Mugshot in the crease and Limit as a transition color to Strange, again, on the browbone. You can create quite a dramatic Kat von D-esque smokey eye in this fashion.
Strange, Limit and Nooner are matte/slightly satin colors. Dust, Trick and Blackheart have visible microglitter but the quality of Urban Decay shadow is such that there isn’t much (any) fallout, even without priming. The remaining colors are shimmery shades without a visible glitter but some sparkle beyond a satin. A glimmer, maybe–a blend of shimmer and glitter.
Overall, if you think these colors would get used in your collection, go for it. The quality is superior and they blend perfectly. Assume the brush will be useless to you and think of the palette as only 12 shades, which is still a great value for $52 with this quality of shadow.