Urban Decay – Eyeshadow Palette (Naked 3)

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Online Description:

What it is:
An exclusive palette with 12, rose-hued neutral eye shades in every finish.

What it does:
The long-awaited follow-up to Naked and Naked2—two of the industry’s all-time bestselling palettes—Naked3 features a dozen exclusive shades for endless eye looks. Experiment with these 12 gorgeous, rose-hued neutrals—from the palest, shimmery pink to a deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter.

This palette features ultra-smooth mattes, gorgeous pearls, and glimmering metallics. Every shade in Naked3 features UD’s Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and blendability. For easy application, the mirrored case includes a professional-quality, cruelty-free, double-ended Shadow/Blending Brush.

What else you need to know:
The art-school-inspired tin case is a gorgeous rose-gold color (a subtle hint at the shades inside). It’s embossed on top with a big “NAKED3” and cool facets that beg to be touched.

 

My Thoughts:

I don’t think I know a single person who doesn’t have and absolutely adore the Naked eyeshadow collections and this palette is no exception to the fandom. After the original was such a hit and customers were demanding more from the company, it came at no surprise how well and vastly they’ve expanded the line. There were a few misses, like the Naked Smokey, but most of the products are fan favorites for life! Now, I have nothing against the Naked Smokey, if that’s your thing, but when I swatched it at Sephora, it just seemed like 12 variations of gray which isn’t my preference. This is probably my favorite Naked palette to date because I’m more biased to rose hues when it comes to eye looks and this product gives me the freedom to create various looks in that exact range.

There isn’t a scent that I can detect so that’s good news for those who have migraines or headaches easily triggered by certain smells. For those who prefer to wear more natural looks and want to buy quality makeup while still getting a good deal, this is one of the palettes I recommend. From the amazing quality to the sturdy packaging, you can’t go wrong with this gem of a palette.

Here’s a look at swatches of the colors: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart

 

Performance/Wear:                          ★/5

As always with UD eyeshadows, the formula for these shadows creates intense, long-lasting pigment with a buttery feel to the skin. Even if you don’t use eyeshadow primer (but I recommend using it because it always helps), the colors don’t crease or fade throughout the day. The main difference when using primer is that it guarantees your eye look won’t budge through sweat, if you have oily eyelids, and it guarantees the pigment in the pan is what you get on your eyes. Without primer, you can’t guarantee it won’t break up with excess oil and the colors will be slightly less pigmented than how they look in the palette.

Many of the colors inside are multi-purpose as well as can be worn when applied wet or dry. I’ve found the colors initially look more intense when applied wet, but once they dry, they look the same as they would if applied dry. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering that the colors are still pretty pigmented on their own. Another great feature about these eyeshadows is that they play well with other eyeshadow formulas, even competitor brands. I can mix and match with this palette, one from Too Faced, and one from Sephora if I wanted to and the colors would hold up just the same as if I stayed within the colors of this palette. The colors in this palette are perfect for those who go for a more natural look on a daily basis but can also play around with adding some dultry depth to their looks and go from daytime to nighttime.

I recommend this to my mom friends and clients with kids who are trying to get into their makeup because they want to play around with it because the colors wear so well and they’re not nearly as noticeable if their kids aren’t expert blenders at eyeshadow as it would be with a more colorful palette. This palette has lasted me quite some time, even after I’ve binged on using just this for my eyes for months. Once you’re out of a color, UD gives customers the option to purchase the full-size eyeshadow so you don’t have to purchase an entirely new palette for one or two colors…except for this palette for some reason. Now, I’m not going to dock a star because that doesn’t affect it’s ability to wear well, but it is a bummer that they went that route and restricted us customers from that option.

  • Strange:
    • Pale neutral pink matte-satin
    • I use this eyeshadow the most to set my eyeshadow primer
    • It doesn’t look pink to me, it looks like an off-white
    • Ingredients: Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid

Strange

  • Dust:
    • Pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter
    • Chunky texture causes it to have fallout
    • Best when pressed on because blending it causes all the glitter chunks to land on my lashes or cheeks
    • Great for adding to looks for an extra ‘pop’ to catch attention
    • Doubles as an intense face luminizer
    • Ingredients: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer

Dust

  • Burnout:
    • Light pinky-peach satin
    • Looks similar to Limit, but with shimmer
    • I love using this for that effortless, ‘no-makeup’ look by softly blending in the out lid and in the crease
    • Can double as a face luminizer if used lightly
    • Ingredients: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer

Burnout

  • Limit:
    • Light dusty rose matte
    • Looks similar to Burnout, but matte
    • My go-to transition color in this palette
    • Can double as a blush
    • Ingredients: Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid

Limit

  • Buzz:
    • Metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter
    • Can double as a blush
    • Due to its chunky texture, it has a bit of a fallout issue
    • Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Talc, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Buzz

  • Trick:
    • Light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle
    • My favorite color in this palette because its rose gold color
    • With its glitter texture, it creates a bit of fallout problem
    • Ingredients: Talc, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer

Trick

  • Nooner:
    • Medium pinky-brown matte
    • My go-to transition color for darker looks using this palette
    • Can be worn alone in the crease for medium skin tones to rock the effortless, ‘no-makeup’ look
    • Can double as a blush
    • Ingredients: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid

Nooner

  • Liar:
    • Medium metallic mauve shimmer
    • I love relying on this for my outer lid and crease for a shimmery play on a ‘no-makeup’ look
    • Can double as a blush for light skin tones
    • Can double as a face luminizer for dark skin tones
    • Ingredients: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer

Liar

  • Factory:
    • Pinky-brown satin
    • I love lining my upper lashes with this to give a denser look to the lash line
    • Build this over you’ve blended Liar in the crease and outer lid to turn a light, daytime look to an effortless, nighttime look
    • Ingredients: Talc, PTFE, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer

Factory

  • Mugshot:
    • Metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift
    • Since this is more gray-based, this works with any color combination in this palette
    • Blend in the crease and outer lid for a shimmery play on the ‘no-makeup’ look
    • Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer

Mugshot

  • Darkside:
    • Deep taupe-mauve satin
    • Looks almost black when applied unless it’s applied lightly and blended out a lot
    • Use this to set liquid eyeliner to prevent imprinting on upper lid
    • Ingredients: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer

Darkside

  • Blackheart:
    • Smoky black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle
    • My least-used color in the palette because I rarely use colors this dark
    • Great way to transition a daytime look into a nighttime look
    • Use to set liquid eyeliner to prevent imprinting on upper lid
    • Ingredients: Talc, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Boron Nitride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid

Blackheart

Price:                                                   ★/5

I understand that for those of y’all who’ve stuck with drugstore brands your entire lives, this palette is steep into the pricier side of makeup, but always remember: “Quality over quantity.” You don’t want to be pinching pennies now on makeup that’s going to quicken the signs of aging on your face, only to have to spend a fortune on skincare solutions to try and reverse the damage later on. Do your skin a favor and be kind to it now with products that are going to be much gentler on your skin and take preventative measures to care for your skin.

Every person I know in either the healthcare field or the beauty industry would agree that preventative care is much easier and cheaper in the long run than reparative care. Not to mention, each color lasts way longer than any drugstore brand I’ve ever tried with way better pigment and lasts longer. The double-sided brush included was just a sweet bonus, which makes this palette that much more likely to be used for vacation trips, car MUAs (you know, when you’re running really late and have to do your makeup in the car), or makeup minimalists.

Packaging:                                          ★/5

I’m glad the company worked towards making a sturdier palette to encase the eyeshadows in since the first palette in this collection. The metal material feels not only sturdier, but more sophisticated than the wood (cardboard, maybe? I couldn’t tell) material used in the first palette. The embossing and facets on the top of the palette really do beg to be touched, at least for me, they do, Seriously, every time I use this palette, I always catch myself grazing over the top with my fingertips to feel the bumps and indentations.

The company also went with a much larger mirror than the first palette which is always a win in my book. That may sound vain, but I’m a sucker for big mirrors because it makes it so much easier to do makeup, especially when you’re traveling and didn’t bring along a large mirror to make up for not having a vanity. I know, some of you may be thinking, “Why not use the mirror in the bathroom?” Well, kind friends, that’s because I don’t want to hog the bathroom for over an hour doing my hair and makeup while my significant other has to patiently wait outside the bathroom until it’s clear for them to do their routine to get ready.

I already mentioned the double-ended brush being a winning factor for the value of this palette, but it also is a winning one in this category, as well. Too Faced is my second favorite brand because their products are on the same playing field as UD, except they smell good, have always had sturdy packaging on their palettes, and they specialize in natural makeup (for natural looks, not ingredients), but what really sets them apart is TF included a little How-To guide for looks and UD includes a brush (usually). The How-To guides by TF help when I’m running late or don’t have any creative juices flowing to come up with my own look that day, but UD wins the value category because a dual-ended brush of their quality is worth way more than a couple of tutorials.

It’s really nice to appreciate a palette without so much flashy designs that the entire product can be overwhelming. This one sticks to simple, yet elegant to set the vibe up for a great product to let it speak of the quality upon application, instead of compensation through packaging designs. With its slim, rectangular shape, it fits perfectly into a tight spot in my bag so I don’t have to stress about my makeup adding to much weight or space and having to compromise with other things I might need to bring when traveling.

Open

Ingredients:

CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 77400 (Copper Powder), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet)].

Pros:

  • Great pigment
  • Gorgeous color selection
  • Long-lasting wear
  • Doesn’t fade
  • Doesn’t crease
  • Multi-purpose (some colors)
  • All colors are universally-flattering
  • No scent
  • Can be applied wet or dry
  • Travel-friendly packaging
  • Big mirror inside palette
  • Includes dual-sided brush
  • Doesn’t enhance lines on eyes

Cons:

  • None of the colors in this palette can be repurchased as a full-size, unlike their other palettes

Texture:                                  Pressed powders

Scent:                                      None

Recommend?                         Yes

Repurchase?                           Yes

Retail:                                     $54.00

Size:                                         – 12 x 0.05 oz/ 1.41 g Eyeshadow, – Double-ended Shadow/Blending Brush

Want to try this for yourself?

I’d love to hear about your experience with this in the comments!! 😊

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