Hey guys! I'm sure a few of you are wondering with this new Urban Decay Naked 3 palette release if it's a worthwhile purchase. As this is their third in the Naked series, I feel like it's pretty important to see how this one compares to the previously released Naked and Naked 2 palettes.
Right off the bat you can see that the Naked 3 has an overall rose gold theme with 12 eyeshadows in a gorgeous, wave-textured tin case.
Each palette has 12 shadows generally flowing from light to dark. The current selling palettes all come with a synthetic eyeshadow brush (Naked is single-ended while 2 and 3 include dual-ended brushes).
Generally speaking, Naked has mostly warm neutrals, Naked 2 is in the neutral-to-taupe range with more drastic light and dark shadows, and Naked 3 is distinctly more pink with a lot of mid-to-light shades. Naked 3 in particular has no copycat shadows in any other collection, which is nice for the eyeshadow collector.
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So should you buy Naked 3 if you already have 1 or 2?
I personally feel that Naked 3 is the most different from the previous Nakeds and neither of the other palettes have significantly overlapping shades with this one. In contrast, I do feel that Naked 1 looks most flattering on warm, yellow-undertoned skin while Naked 2 looks most flattering on cool-to-neutral skintones and you don't necessarily need both 1 & 2. To me, Naked 3 is a new range of everyday wearable shades that would be "naked" only on pinker-skinned gals but still beautiful and office-appropriate for everyone else.
- There are no repeat shades in Naked 3.
- The highlight shade (#1) is matte and light which is fantastic in use. (N1 is shimmery, N2 is darker)
- The darkest shade (#12) is not close to anything in the other Nakeds. (N1 is charcoal, N2 is matte black)
- Trick (#6) is similar to Chopper (N2) and Toasted (N1) but less buttery and pinker.
- Factory (#9) is the lighter, pink-overtone cousin to Busted (N2) and Hustle (N1).
All in all, no real dupes here.
I'm personally a sucker for rose gold and found it to be really pretty on my skin. The shades don't read as too cool like some taupes may do and the pinky matte shadow (Limit) works great as an transition color in this shade range.
My one gripe is that I wish Naked 3 had another light satin color to pop on the lid like Half Baked (Naked 1 & 2), Sin (Naked 1), or Verve (Naked 2). Dust (glittery light pink) seems like it would be good but it isn't highly pigmented and applies a bit crumbly with fallout due to the high amount of glitter. Many of the shadows stay in the medium range which is a little disappointing for someone with a medium skintone where they blend in too much.
Still, it is a beautiful palette and a great value at $52. There are no shades too close to Naked 1 or 2 so if you already have one of those then this palette will complement those colors nicely. If you are brand new to the Naked line I would recommend getting Naked 1 or 2 first before diving into 3 unless you know you love and wear pinks more than any other neutral.
You can find my previous Naked palette reviews & swatches here:
Naked 3 is available now at urbandecay.com and will be available at Sephora and Ulta in December.
Readers, what do you think? Which Naked Palettes do you own? Will you be picking up Naked 3? Let me know in the comments below!
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