Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Beauty Spotlight - Ft. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette


"Experiment with 12 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN (and insanely beautiful) rose-hued neutrals—from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter." - urbandecay.com

My post is here! My post is here! ::dancedance, dancedance:: FINALLY! Am I right? Hahaha. Ya'll have been waiting so patiently, thank you! What's funny, is it's not like I haven't been USING this palette, in fact, it has become my go-to palette when I don't have any eyeshadows I need to review or any colors in mind that I want to wear. I just grab this Naked3! Every girl has her base palette that she wears often....this has definitely become mine. 

I love my Naked and Naked 2 palettes, so when I heard they were going to make a third and it would feature rose-tones, I was so very beside myself with absolute joy (and I'll admit, so much obsession). I LOVE rose-gold shadows and tones and especially since I have very fair pink undertones myself, I knew I'd just fall in love with this palette even before I saw it.

As you can see from picture above, the palette has a very similar packaging to their Naked 2, which some people love and some people hate. I've heard so many complain that it should have been made more similarly to the Naked, with that velvet-like finish on the outside and magnetic closing. The Naked 2 and Naked 3 both have a tin-style case, with clasps on the outside edges, however the main difference between the two (aside from color) is that the Naked 3 palette has wrinkle indentations on the front, reminding me somewhat of draped silk. It seems fairly durable, although, I will admit, I do lean a bit towards loving the Naked packaging a teeeeensy bit more. There's just something luxurious about that velvet look!

Hooooooold your breath....here comes the pretty....

Ok....you can stop holding your breath now, you have to breathe at some point. However, you DON'T have to stop swooning....I still haven't. 

Couldn't you just DIE, it's so fabulous.

There are twelve shades total - two matte, one matte-satin, three satins, five shimmers and one matte with heavy sparkle. Each shadow is 1.3 grams, which is very close to the size of a single eyeshadow Urban Decay carries (1.5 grams). The top of the palette has a full-length mirror, which I think is awesome, it's very easy to use and see a good portion of your face if you don't have a larger mirror handy. It also comes with a dual-sized brush that matches the tone and color of the packaging (rose gold) and says Urban Decay Naked 3 on it. One side of the brush is similar to their Good Karma Shadow Brush, made for multi-purpose shadow use, such as shading, sweeping or patting on. The other side is similar to their Good Karma Blending Brush, which is, of course, for blending shadow.


We'll start with the left side of the palette (lightest shades) and work our way across...

Light shades


Strange: pale neutral-pink matte-satin
Dust: pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter
Burnout: light pinky-peach satin
Limit: light dusty-rose matte

(shades listing from urbandecay.com)

To note, each swatch is 2-3 dry swipes each. This section of the palette are probably my most used, aside from one shade. 

I love using Strange as a highlighter in the inner corners of my eyes, or on the brow bone below my brows. I've also used it patted over a white eyeliner on my waterline so the white wasn't quite as harsh, and it looked much more natural and even stayed a bit longer compared to just using the pencil alone. It's a teeeeensy bit powdery but still very workable and smooth, and the pigmentation is great for such a light shade. 

Dust is probably my least favorite out of the entire palette. It's has SO much fall-out and even though it LOOKS decently pigmented here, it really isn't. It barely provides any color, just a "dust"ing (if you will, haha) of pale pink slightly iridescent glitter. It's gorgeous OVER another shade, but still very tricky to work with, as I said before, it can get everywhere. The best way I found to apply this with less mess is either to dampen a brush first so it will adhere better or use your fingertips, barely pick up the product and press in place. Either way, you will still have fallout of some sort, unfortunately.

Burnout I do absolutely love, though. I love the slight peachy tone, I think it's gorgeous. The color is rich, has great pigmentation and looks beautiful blended with any color on here for a slightly warmer effect. 

Oh Limit, Limit, Limit, where have you been all my life! Limit is definitely my MOST USED out of this entire palette. It's a STUNNING matte. It has some light cool undertones, but can easily be warmed up by adding, say, Burnout to it or another warm pink. It's very pigmented for a matte, gives excellent color payoff and is super soft and easy to blend. This is so gorgeous as a all-over color, blended into the crease, blended with other shades....oh everything. I worship it, it's gorgeous. 

Medium Shades

Buzz: metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter 
Trick: light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle
Nooner: medium pinky-brown matte
Liar: medium metallic mauve shimmer

This section is also a well-used area for me. It contains some of the more vibrant shades, but not necessarily very pigmented.

Buzz is probably the best out of the more vivid looking colors in the entire palette. It's very warm and rich when applied, easily buildable and and is very smooth in texture. It can be very metallic looking when built up, but blended in with one of the matte shades tones it down a bit. SO PRETTY!

I will have to say, I'm a bit disappointed in Trick. It LOOKS so pigmented and gorgeous when swatched, but it just doesn't come out that coppery on the lid. In fact, when used with Buzz, there's not a HUGE difference between the two, except a slight gold shift from the pink, but it's not very noticeable except when looking closely. I'm not saying it's not pretty and great to use, it's actually very smooth, buttery and easy to blend, I just wish it came out as vivid as it does here!

I really adore the two mattes in this palette and I love that they can be used together for a full matte-eye look or used with other lighter or darker satin/shimmer shades. Nooner is just as fabulous as Limit, highly pigmented, super soft and blendable. It also has a very subtle rosy warmth to it, that I think it beautiful. It can be a teensy bit powdery, but nothing too noticeable, as it's still very blendable and smooth.

Liar is one of those rich neutral, nicely pigmented shades that every girl should own. It's got a lot of metallic finish to it, without being a full-on metallic but it's still easy blendable and looks stunning used with other shades in this palette. It has warm tones underneath and slightly cool tones on top with the light catches it. It's one of the most pigmented shadows of the lot, and has a super creamy soft texture.

Dark Shades


Factory: pinky-brown satin
Mugshot: metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift
Darkside: deep taupe-mauve satin
Blackheart: smokey black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle

This section is probably my least used section, although I really do love the shades, but they're the least pink/rosy out of the twelve, with a lot more brown in tone, however, I do love these for an evening out or blended over my eyeliner to soften it.

Factory is listed as a pinky-brown satin, but I found it to be more of a medium brown with a warm auburn undertone. It's very soft, very blendable and nicely pigmented. It gives off a rich, warm tone that's gorgeous all over the eyes or blended with other shades. It's not quite as pigmented as, say, Liar, but it still gives full coverage, just not as deep in shade. It has more of a smooth, pearly finish that a straight-on satin.

Mugshot is a gorgeous warm taupe with a beautiful soft pink shift that is SO easy to work with and blend out. Out of these four, it's probably my favorite. It's not too super dark that you can't wear it in the daytime, but it's easily transformable for a nighttime look as well. It's nicely pigmented without being too heavy or rich looking, and it gives full coverage with a beautiful soft shimmer finish.

Darkside is another gorgeous deep tone, and in my opinion, really stands out in this palette. It's one of the more cooler-toned shades out of the twelve, but still with a gorgeous mauve, almost lilac shift. It's very pigmented, super smooth and buttery in texture and blends so easily. You can warm it up a bit using a rosy tone shade with it or keep it cooler by using it on it's own or with Nooner. 

Blackheart....I really want to love it, and it's not bad, but it's quite one of my favorites. The matte is a little powdery, and not as pigmented as I would like, although I love the pretty deep darkened red tone shift in it. The rosy red micro-sparkle is pretty, but not very packed in it, so barely any shows up when blended on. What you're seeing in my swatch is probably the most sparkle you'd see, and even when applied on the lid, it's not going to be quite as sparkly as that. Not that I want HUGE sparkle, but it's really not very noticeable. It's still fairly soft, the sparkle doesn't make it feel rough or harsh when touched with fingertips or blended onto the lid. My favorite way to use this shade is blended over my eyeliner for a softer line.


I always love the longevity and wear of most Urban Decay shades, they're usually quite pigmented, very smooth and soft and used along with their Primer Potion and Setting Spray, I can get at least 9+ hours of full color! The only shades in this palette that tend to fade or fall-out would be Dust (major fall-out), Blackheart (some fading and slight sparkle fall-out) and Trick (a little fading).


This palette has been out for a while now as IS a part of their permanent line. It's available at Urban Decay's website, as well as Ulta and Sephora. It retails for $52 (plus applicable tax, shipping, etc.). It does also come with a Primer Potion sampler that contains samples of Original, Eden, Sin and Anti-Aging eyeshadow primers. Here are the links for purchase:



Well, there's no denying it, I'm absolutely smitten with my Naked3 palette. As I said, it's absolutely my favorite of the three, and is my most-used neutral palette. I think it can be so flattering on so many different skin tones and if you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend finding a Ulta or Sephora to try and swatch it out for yourself.

I had originally done three looks using the Naked3, and if you've been following me for a while, you'll know that I put off writing this post for quite some time since between then and now as I bought a new and better iPhone (which I use to take my photos)! My original photos weren't quite as clear and high quality as I would have liked, so I put off writing the post so I could retake the photos! So heeeeeere are some of the looks I came up with using the palette!....

Look #1 - No-Makeup Neutral Day Look

Are you freaking out? Haha! This is probably the most neutral-looking makeup you've ever seen me wear! I had never written a No-Makeup Makeup Look, so I decided using the Naked3 would be the best time to do it!

I am actually wearing BB Cream, concealer, powder, etc., and I went with very soft contouring, as well as a super soft, nude-pink blush just to give my face some dimension. For the eyes I'm wearing Limit all over my lid, and Nooner lightly blended into my crease and outside corners of my eyes. I also used Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Mushroom veeeery lightly lined above my lashes and slightly winged out. I used two coats of mascara to finish the eyes. I'm also wearing an Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lip Gloss in Naked. 

 Look #2 - Party Princess

 Haha, surprise! Are you confused? Thinking...Hmmmm...I could have sworn, I've seen this look already. You'd be right! This was the look featured in my February Glossybox review! I was reviewing this black eyeliner, but I neglected to mention exactly WHAT eyeshadows I used. ::winkwink::


For these eyes I used Burnout all over the lid, as well as Buzz and Trick lightly blended into the crease. I also used Strange on the inner corners of my eyes, and under the brow bone as a highlight. I lightly patted some of Dust on the center of my eyelid to give it some sparkle as well as lightly towards the inner corners of my eyes (doesn't pick up too well in photos). I finished the look with a heavy black cat-eye, as well as lined on my waterline (you can achieve the same look using Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion) and three coats of intense black mascara.

Look #3 - Romantic Night Out

Why hello there....::flutter eyelashes::. Haha, so this is my final look, and obviously using the darker shades in the palette. I tried to do a look featuring each section that I swatched. This look is definitely more glam, and suitable for nighttime but still can be easily adjusted for a more simple, daytime look.


For the eyes I patted Nooner all over my eyelid, then blended Darkside over it. I used a bit of Factory in my crease, as well as the outer 1/3 of my eyelid, then blended Blackheart over it, as well as blending it lightly underneath my bottom lashes on the outer 2/3 of my eyes. I used Urban Decay's Naked 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil (Blackheart side) as my eyeliner on both my top lashes and outer 1/3 on the bottom, and lightly blended the Blackheart shadow right over it for a stronger pigmented and softer, more romantic finish.

Just to note, I'm also wearing their Revolution Lipstick in the shade Catfight, which I am OBSESSED over. I'll be doing a Bag Full of Beauty review soon that includes the Double-Ended eyeliner and Lipstick, so keep your eye out for it ::winkwink::

Well that is it for my review on Urban Decay's Naked3 Palette, I hope you enjoyed! Thank you so much for being patient and waiting. Just so you know, I have another Urban Decay palette (oooooo, I wonder what it could be?!) that I'm going to be reviewing soon. ARE YOU CURIOUS?! YOU SHOULD BE! Any guesses?

Happy Makeuping!



  1. Hey girl! Feels like I haven't seen you around in a while. Love the colors and they look wonderful on you! I have the Naked 2 so I debated about buying this one, still not sure lol.


  2. This palette is just gorgeous - I love all of the looks that you created! :)


  3. UD is the best at making awesome palettes! The best! Simple as that :)

  4. Excellent review! The looks you've done with this are gorgeous!! Look 3 is my favorite! I still can't decide if I want to get this palette. The shades look gorgeous and swatch beautifully but I really need to stop buying sooo many neutral eyeshadows...