When I first saw the Naked3 palette photos, I wasn't really sure what to think. It's a palette full of soft pink colors and truth be told, it's rare for me to wear anything pink on my eyes. I always feel that the color isn't the most flattering and doesn't really compliment my skin tone very well but it all changed as soon as I dipped my brush into the pink shadows in Naked3 and started playing with them. Let's just say this palette should have a short description under the Naked3 lettering that says: “Pink Done Right“. :)
The Naked3 palette has all the similarities with the Naked2 in terms of packaging except for the color of the metal case which is rose gold in the Naked3 to represent the rose gold hues of the eyeshadows inside. The case has this rippled effect pattern on the front lid and in the back which I'm not particularly fond of but it's starting to grow on me. The palette is lightweight, feels sturdy in hands and weighs about the same as the Naked2. The lid snaps securely shut with a (loud) solid click. Inside are 1) a long mirror that spans across the length of the palette, 2) 12 eyeshadows (3 mattes and 9 satin/shimmers; all new colors exclusive to this palette), and 3) a synthetic double-ended brush (shadow/blending) that is soft, of high-quality and does not feel prickly or scratchy. The set also comes with a packet of a week's supply of each of their Eyeshadow Primer Potion formulas (Original: clear; Sin: shimmering nude; Eden: matte nude; and Anti-Aging: clear).
The 12 eyeshadows are arranged from the lighter shades on the left to the darker shades on the right. The lighter shades are mostly pink or rose-hued (first 8) while the darker shades are mainly brown, taupe, and black (last 4). The shades in this palette are:
- Strange – matte, light beige
- Dust – shimmer/glitter, pale pink (lots of glitter)
- Burnout – satin, peachy pink
- Limit – matte, dusty rose
- Buzz – shimmer, medium rose
- Trick – shimmer, copper
- Nooner – matte, similar to Limit but more brown
- Liar – shimmer, pinky brown
- Factory – satin, dark brown
- Mugshot – satin, light taupe
- Darkside – satin, medium taupe-y brown
- Blackheart – matte, black with red micro-glitter
The quality of these shadows is top-notch. They are highly pigmented and incredibly easy to blend. The mattes, especially Limit and Nooner, are my favorite – they are crazy soft, buttery smooth, and not patchy (most mattes usually are). The shimmery Buzz didn't look like a color I'd wear at first since it's very pink, but once applied on the lids, I couldn't get enough of!
I'm glad there is a copper shade, Trick, included, too since you can do the bronze/gold look in addition to the pink hues. Liar is another favorite as it leans a little more brown than pink and it compliments my eyes really well.
Darkside swatches a little too cool but it's still a pretty taupe-y brown color I see myself using a lot. Blackheart is an interesting matte black as it has a lot of red micro-glitter in it making it look more plum than black. I find it to work really well as a smudged out eye liner color when paired with the pink shades for a soft, makeup look.
The only color in this palette that I don't see myself using a lot is Dust as it is the least pigmented, crumbly, and has a lot of glitter in it and the amount of fall out is just crazy, which isn't altogether surprising when you pack that much glitter into an eyeshadow.
I find the longevity of these shadows to be excellent, concordant with what I've come to expect from Urban Decay eyeshadows, especially when applied over their Eyeshadow Primer Potion, my eye makeup stays smudge-free and crease-free without any signs of fading throughout the entire wear.
I also find the colors in this palette work together beautifully well, you can't really go wrong with any color combination you choose. Add in the variety of finishes, I think you can create so many looks with it, be it office-appropriate, romantic dinner date, everyday fresh-faced, or a night out smokey – the Naked3 is capable!
If I had to describe this palette in two words, it would have to be “romantic” and “feminine“. Those are actually the two words that came into my mind when I first saw the color scheme. I started using this palette without a whole lot of expectation as I never really had much luck with pink shadows, but I was surprised to see that the pink powers did not come out as unnatural looking at all on my skin tone (NC30) and for once, I can actually rock a pink eye (no pun intended)! So, if pink or romantic eye looks are something you've been looking to try for a change, you really do not want to miss this palette. :)
Strange, Dust, Burnout, and Limit
Buzz, Trick, Nooner, and Liar
Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, and Blackheart
Comparison to Naked and Naked2
The 12 colors in Naked3 are all brand-new shades and they are quite different from the colors in the original Naked and Naked2. I find the shades in the Naked to be warmer, more gold tone and Naked2 to be cooler and more greyish. Naked3 is like a completely different thing as the colors lean towards pink. Even though my favorite as of now is still the original Naked, I'm starting to see myself reaching for the Naked3 more and more as the pinks are so beautiful and super wearable especially for work. :)
At the current time of publishing this post, the Naked3 is out of stock on UrbanDecay.com but they should re-stock soon. I definitely encourage you to keep checking UD website and do not rely on their email notification because in my case, by the time I received their email, the palette was already out of stock. Good thing I learned about it early in the morning from my Bloglovin' feed! :) If you are patient and want to wait to see it in person, Sephora and Ulta will have them in stock in the next week or two.
Thanks for reading this far and let me know if you have any questions or comments or would like to see more photos (although I think what I provided here is already more than you wanted to see :D).