Monday, 6 January 2014

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Okay, so us beauty bloggers have blabbed on and on about the long-awaited Naked 3 palette but just look at it! It's the most gorgeous palette I've ever laid eyes on! When I saw the press release of this palette, I was excited to see that it contained 12 brand new rosy-hued shades. From pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with rosy-red micro-glitter - this beauty has it all! The art-school-style case follows the rose-gold theme, indented with a wavy effect in the metal and, of course, contains a large mirror on the inside for all your vanity needs. It also includes a dual-ended eye brush, and a week's worth of samples of their coveted primer potion.

Overall I think it's such a lovely palette filled with the highly pigmented, soft and blendable eyeshadows that we've come to expect from Urban Decay.

Onto the swatches...

STRANGE - Described as "pale neutral pink matte-satin", this is the lightest shade of the bunch. It's quite powdery and was probably the most difficult to photograph on my pale arm. Once applied to the eyes, however, it was soft and blendable. I think it would work really well as a solid base for any look or a subtle brow bone highlight.

DUST - Described as "pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter", I personally think that this shade looks much better in the pan. It's a lovely colour, but the big chunks of glitter let it down in the blending and fall-out stakes. I expected this and it may be the one time that I hate to be proven right. Still, if you can get it to stay on your eyelid I'm sure this would be a great eyeshadow for a night out - just apply it with a dampened brush otherwise you're in for a mess!

BURNOUT - Described as "light pinky-peach satin", it's a medium peach with a pearly finish. I really like this shade as it provides great pigmentation whilst still giving a bit of shimmer. Just a lovely neutral which, despite its shimmer, applies buttery-soft on the lid and blends rather well.

LIMIT - Described as "light dusty rose matte", this is one of only two solely matte shades in the palette. I don't mind being limited to two, as I have my Naked Basics palette for all of my matte shade needs, but it's also good that UD have provided us with a couple. I like Limit as a transition shade when blending; it works very well and isn't super powdery.

BUZZ - Described as "metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter", this shade is a warmer-toned copper rose to any of the previous shades and has a noticeable frosted shimmer. The colour pay off is good and, again, the texture is nice considering the shimmer. I think it would work well in the crease or under the eye for more definition.

TRICK - Described as (get ready for it) "light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle", the mouthful adds up to a darker copper than first expected. This shade has hints of rose and is overrun by warm tones of golden sparkle for another frost finish. I like it, but I'm not immediately drawn to it like others in the palette.

NOONER - Described as "medium pinky-brown matte", this is a shade I can get on board with. It reminds me a lot of MAC Quarry except it was a bit more powdery. Having said that, it does blend very well and is wonderfully pigmented.

LIAR - Described as "medium metallic mauve shimmer", I'm really liking the copper tones the darker they go. Liar is shimmery but not overtly so, with great pigmentation and texture. The swatch only took one swipe of my finger to look as it is in the photograph above. I would say the colour is more medium brown than mauve.

FACTORY - Described as "pinky-brown satin", this shade has lovely reddish undertones and a pearlescent finish. Depending on how you want to use this one, it can work well with a sheer bronze sweep across the lid or patted on for a very pigmented finish.

MUGSHOT - Described as "metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift", Mugshot is a lovely and warm-toned defining colour. The pink-toned shimmer is not as noticeable as other shimmers in the palette but that gives you leeway to work with other metallic shadows.

DARKSIDE - Described as "deep taupe-mauve satin", I really like the grey-plum shade of this eyeshadow.  If I had to compare it with another eyeshadow I would definitely pick MAC Satin Taupe as I think they are very similar, both in texture and colour pay-off. I've read that a couple of other bloggers found this to be one of the sheerest shades but I would have to disagree. In fact, the swatch you see probably took two sweeps at the most. Again, I really like the subtle shimmer, and I don't think it's as strong as it looks in the pan. Beautiful colour nonetheless!

BLACKHEART - Described as "smoky black matte with rosy-red micro-sparkle", the final eyeshadow in the palette is absolutely the most dramatic. I love that it's a bit different, thanks to the addition of the very visible red chunks of sparkle. The black itself is more of a charcoal that applies and blends rather well overall. I love using this as the main event in an evening look - an update to the familiar black smoky eye!

And that's it - all 12 eyeshadows reviewed for your pleasure! My personal favourites have to be Nooner, Liar, Mugshot, Darkside and Blackheart, but all the shades have impressed me in one way or another. I'd love to know which shades are your favourites!

The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette retails at £37 and is back in stock at Debenhams and Look Fantastic from the end of January.


  1. I really want to try this out but I don't think I wear eyeshadow nearly enough to truly justify the purchase.
    Gorgeous photographs and an excellent review as always! :)

    1. Thanks, lovely! It is quite a lot of money though, I agree. I just bought two Zoeva 24 palettes too so I think I should curb my palette-buying habits for a while now! Xx

  2. Great post, I have this palette and adore it ! One of my favourite looks to create i s liar all over the lid, with nooner in the crease ! Its gorgeous

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    1. Thank you! It really is lovely, isn't it? I've yet to try that combination out, but there's so many shades to experiment with that I'm sure I'll be playing about for a long time! Xx

  3. Wonderful colors...I like your blog.^^
    Maybe follow each other on bloglovin?
    Let me know follow you then back.
    Lovely greets Nessa

    1. Thanks, lovely! Sure, I'll take a look at your blog! Xx

  4. Hey I joined your blog because it's so damn perfect :). Join Mine?

  5. I have followed you back love. The is a great review, I hadn't intended to buy this, but yu may have changed my mind lol. Also love your photos, what camera do you use? And any form of lighting?

    1. Thanks, lovely! Glad I could tempt you, haha! I have a Nikon J1 at the moment with the standard 0-30mm lens. I really want a Canon EOS 650D but really can't afford it yet - soon, I hope! No fancy lighting, just the struggle of natural light and then a little Photoshop to brighten the photos if it's a gloomy day! Xx

  6. Thank you so much for the follow.
    Follow you back on bloglovin.
    Lovely greets from germany ;-)

  7. Love the blog! Especially love this post, it's persuading me more and more to purchase it!
    I have a new post about a Westfield Haul, would love to hear your feedback!


    1. Thank you! Ah, it's a perfect palette, I love it! Of course, will have a look! Xx

  8. Nice colors!! would you like to follow each other by Bloglovin?
    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  10. Not sure if you have already seen but I nominated you for the Liebster Award yesterday,
    your blog is lovely!


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