I have been so excited all week to review this palette! The Naked 3 is by far my favourite of all of the Naked palettes, but I promise I’ll still be absolutely fair and critical about it, because there are a couple of cons with some of the eyeshadows even though I use this palette a lot more than the others. The Naked 3 palette is full of rosy pink shades, ranging from a light white with pink undertones, to a dark black with purple glitter particles. In between, you have beautiful shades of frosty pinks, peach pinks, rose golds, and purples. I find this palette so aesthetically pleasing. The colours are arranged so beautifully in the palette that it makes me so happy to look at it whenever I open the palette. Pink (especially pastel pink) is my absolute favourite colour (if you couldn’t tell already), so I almost feel like this palette was made for me!
The Naked 3 palette was the second Urban Decay palette I ever owned, and I bought it myself in the first term of university. After learning more about these palettes I already knew that this was the one I wanted next. However, I hesitated when I was buying it. Why? My cousin lent me a book called ‘Pretty Honest’ by Sali Hughes, and in one of the sections (I’m not sure which now because I gave the book back to her and I still need to buy it for myself) of the book it said something along the lines of ‘Caucasian women should never wear pink eyeshadow as it makes them look like lab mice’. What!? I’m sorry Sali Hughes, as much as I respect and agree with most of your opinions and tips in the book, this one I completely disagree with. I am very pale – an NW10 in MAC foundation (a rare colour – please make more of your foundations available in this colour MAC!!) so I’m pretty much as white as white can be, and the colours in this palette look great with my skin colour. I’d recommend this palette to every pale girl out there! This palette out of all the Naked palettes suits me the best, and I can say that with total confidence. I’m so glad I decided to buy it anyway. It’s one of the best makeup purchases I have made!
At first thought I was sure I was going to say ‘this palette is great universally’, but after doing some quick research, I’ve read that a lot of people with darker skin have some trouble using this palette. A lot of darker skinned girls say that the colours don’t show up as well on their skin as it does on lighter skins, and some feel that they can’t use the first half of the palette. As I am nowhere near dark skinned, I can’t really give my opinion on it. I would say read some blog posts about the Naked 3 palette on dark skin as they will probably be able to help you more than I can, and it will make it easier for you to make a decision on it for yourself. However, with the research that I did, I learnt a lot of people with dark skin like to use Strange (the first shade in the palette) as a base to get the other colours to show up brighter on their skin. As I’ve said before though; makeup is completely subjective. It’s an art form – feel free to wear whatever you like!
I absolutely love the packaging of this palette – it’s so pretty! The way that it works is exactly the same as the Naked 2 – it has clasps that allow it to click into place and stay shut when the palette is closed. It’s made of metal, so you won’t have the problem of it bending and breaking or getting dirty like you would with the Naked 1 palette. What I love most about the packaging is the overall rose colour, with the gold Naked 3 writing on the front. It has a textured background that adds a little definition to the packaging, unlike the Naked 2 that was a flat background. The palette can get scratched though (it happened to mine – it’s really upsetting) so if you like to keep things really nice, it’s probably best that you’re not too rough when handling the palette.
Other similarities of the Naked 3 to the Naked 2 is that it has the same sized mirror, making it easier to use if you wanted to use the palette as a mirror (especially relevant for travelling). A great thing about this mirror is that you can actually get it to stand up – unlike the Naked 2 that always falls flat. I actually have a harder time trying to make this palette lay flat (for photo purposes) which I love, because it means if I needed to I could just balance this palette on a table, and be able to do my makeup without having to hold it.
And again, like the Naked 2, the Naked 3 palette comes with a double ended brush with one flat side for packing on product, and a fluffy end better used for blending the shadows together. The only difference between the Naked 2 and Naked 3 brush is the colour – each one matching the packaging colour.
As always, there are 12 shades in the Naked 3 palette. From left to right, here they are:
- Strange: This shade looks white in the pan, but when you swatch it, it actually appears as a very subtle pale pink. It’s a matte colour that would be great as a matte highlight on darker skins, or using as a base colour on lighter skins.
- Dust: Dust is one of my favourite colours in the palette (even though I pretty much love all of them). It doubles up for me as a beautiful shimmery highlight, or a light shade shade that I can put all over the mobile lid when I want to go for a light/bright look. It is a pale pink shimmer shade – but not as pale as the pink in Strange.
- Burnout: This shade is a peachy pink colour and I also use this colour a lot – I’m trying to refrain from saying that it’s my favourite colour because I could say that about the whole palette! I use this shade either on my mobile lid for a darker look, or in the outer corners when using a lighter mobile lid colour like Dust.
- Limit: This is the first matte colour in the palette, it’s a light pink with a slight hint of peach and beige. It’s a great transition colour, and I always use it in my crease.
- Buzz: This is another colour I have used tons before! Another one that I like to either use on the mobile lid or on the outer corner. A lot of colours in this palette are fairly flexible. This colour is a bright pink shimmer with a slight peach undertone.
- Trick: I haven’t used this shade very much and I’m not really sure why because it’s such a beautiful colour! It’s a true rose gold shimmer with tiny glitter particles, which would be a beautiful shade to use if you were ever going on a night out or to a big event. This would be a great shade to use on the mobile lid. I’m going to be making a huge effort to use this shade next time I use this palette!
- Nooner: Nooner is the second matte shade in the palette. In the pan, it looks like a darker shade of lilac but it is actually more of a medium brown with a slightly more purple undertone when you swatch it. It’s another great transition colour if you want to create a more dramatic crease and would be better used in darker eye looks.
- Liar: I would say Liar is the lightest of the darker shades. I love to use this colour on the mobile lid if I’m going for a darker look, or in the outer corner if I’m going for a lighter look. I found it very difficult to describe this colour, but I’m going to try my best and describe is as a shimmery dusty pink.
- Factory: This colour is a pretty purple with a brown-ish appearance. This colour is more semi-matte, it’s not very shimmery like most of the other shades, but it’s definitely not matte either. I feel that this colour is best for use on the outer corner of your eyes, and would be brilliant in a rosy smoky eye look.
- Mugshot: Mugshot has a very creamy texture and is very pigmented. Like Factory, it’s purple, but without the brown undertones. This shade is very shimmery and works great to darken those outer corners, close to the mobile lid to add definition.
- Darkside: Darkside is another semi-matte colour in the palette. I see a little element of shimmer in it, but it’s nothing like the other shimmer shades in the palette. This is another colour I use for adding definition to the eyes by dabbing it lightly in the outer corners of my eye, close to the mobile lid before blending it out into the rest of the eyeshadow.
- Blackheart: Personally, I find this shade to be very disappointing. In the pan, it looks gorgeous. It’s a dark black with purple glitter particles, and looks like it would be a very dramatic and eye catching colour to wear on a night out or to a special event. However, when you swatch it, you barely get any of the glitter particles, and instead it swatches more as a flat black colour. It’s the only colour in the palette I don’t like, and I never really use it. It’s very hard to control in my opinion, and it can get very messy quickly.
As I said; although this palette is my favourite of all the Naked palettes, there are a few cons that come with it. I find that in some shades, it’s really hard to pick up any product – especially when swatching! I have this problem with shades like Limit and Darkside – especially Darkside. I also find Blackheart to be a very disappointing colour, as the glitter particles don’t show up on the skin very well it kind of just makes me think ‘what’s the point of it?’ – in fact, I feel so strongly about it that I would rather they had scrapped Blackheart and used a different shade altogether. Also, the same problem that has appeared in all the Naked palettes so far – there just aren’t many mattes at all. Again, only 3: Strange, Limit, and Nooner.
Here are some colour pairings for eye looks that I love to use:
- Strange (base), Burnout (mobile lid), Dust (inner corners + brow bone), Limit (crease), Liar (outer corner), Nooner (lower lash line).
- Strange (base), Trick (mobile lid), Dust (inner corners + brow bone), Nooner (crease), Mugshot (outer corner), Nooner (lower lash line).
- Strange (base), Buzz (mobile lid), Dust (inner corners + brow bone), Nooner (crease), Factory (outer corner), Darkside (outer corner of the mobile lid), Liar (lower lash line).
- Strange (base), Liar (mobile lid), Dust (inner corners + brow bone), Factory (crease), Darkside (outer corner), Darkside (lower lash line).
- Beautiful selection of rose shades.
- Pretty packaging that is also sturdy.
- Big mirror that actually stands on its own so you don’t have to hold it.
- Beautiful on pale skin.
- Pigmented colours (although my swatching pictures don’t do it justice on the lightest colours, literally because they almost blend into my skin tone).
- Has 12 shades.
- Long wearing.
- Very different from both the Naked 1 and 2.
- Comes with a double ended brush.
- Blackheart is a very disappointing shade.
- A couple of colours in the palette are quite stiff and hard to use.
- May not show up as well on darker skins, implying it’s not universally flattering (if you’re a dark girl, let me know how you feel about this palette! I really need some more opinions on it).
- Costs £39 (a con depending on how much you’re willing to spend on a palette).
- Lacking matte shades.
Phew! So that’s everything you need to know about the Naked 3 palette, which means we only have the Naked Smoky palette to go! The Smoky palette review will be up next Friday, and then the Friday after that I will be doing a final summary/comparison post of all the palettes in one. Then the mini series will be over! I hope you enjoyed this post. I have recently added a subscription feature to the blog so if you enjoy reading my posts then it would mean so much to me if you would subscribe! When you subscribe, it just means that you get an email every time I post a new thing, so if you don’t want to miss anything it would be beneficial for both of us 🙂 Anyway! I hope to see you again in the next one. <3