Product Reviews

Getting “Naked” for the 3rd Time: Urban Decay Does it Again

February 15, 2014

Hey Everyone!

I’m back with a brand new review! If you didn’t get it from the title, I recently got the Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay and I have been testing it out to do a complete, 100% honest review. So here goes nothing!

I’ll admit when I first saw this palette, I swore I would never buy it. Ever. And my sister is my witness. I actually pointed it out In Sephora as something completely not my style. Well, now don’t I look like a liar? At first glance, the shades looked similar and I thought it looked plain. Not original, I thought. Well, spoiler, but I got sucked in. Youtube made me buy it for sure. After looking at it more in depth and looking at reviews, my opinion changed. Despite wearing purple and pink eyeshadow for years straight (Literally every day for years- it was bad) I had none of those shades in my collection anymore. I suppose when I got over that phase, those shades got phased out. So I had nothing like this. If it had been another traditional neutrals palette I can’t say I would have picked it up because I have lots of those shades, but this is different, so I guess that’s what sold me.


About the Palette

The palette has 12 eyeshadows all in the pink, rose type range. 3 are matte and the rest are shimmer or satin. The palette also includes a dual ended brush and 4 trial size pods of each of Urban Decay’s Prime Potions.


The Brush

Usually the brush or applicator that comes in palettes is complete crap. I usually throw it out immediately because a little foam thing is pretty useless. I don’t really get why companies still include those, not many people use them. The brush that comes in this palette is an exception. It’s a full sized dual ended brush with one shader side and one blending side. I’m not a big fan of travel sized brushes because I find them awkward, so I’m glad that this is a full size. It’s definitely a high quality brush, as the bristles are densely packed and it applies shadows really evenly. The blending side is the brush is really dense as well and is great for rounding out harsh lines or uneven edges. So props to Urban Decay for not just putting in a brush just to have it and actually picking something that’s good quality. I give this part of the palette an A+ for sure 🙂

The Primer(s)


This is the booklet that came with the palette. Each section of the booklet has one style of their popular primer potions. Now a lot of people are complaining that these are samples and that they should have included a tube of one version and although I agree I will say that there is quite a bit of product included. I have started to use the original and it’s lasted me 2 weeks at this point and there’s at least a week’s worth of product left. Now I don’t wear makeup every day, but I do pretty often so I think the size that offered is fair. I do think it would have been a little less messy to just do a small tube, but it hasn’t dried up or anything so I’m not really complaining.

I was using the ELF Eyelid Primer in sheer prior to getting this sample and I never had an issue with it. I have heard people say that these are the same, I’m here to say 100% they are not. The ELF one is pretty thin, so it evens out slight discoloration and helps with creasing, but it doesn’t help eyeshadows stick. The Urban Decay is much thicker like a concealer and stays a little tacky so it makes shadows stick. Overall I think that if you have issues with oily eyelids or serious discoloration, spend the money on the Urban Decay. For people with normal eyelids, the ELF version does the job. My only complaint about this addition to the palette is the varieties they included. In addition to the original version which is just sheer, they included a matte nude, a shimmer and an anti-aging. I personally enjoy a sheer primer. I basically only want it to be a base, so I don’t see myself wanting to use the shimmer one often, which is a problem in the format that they’ve put it in for this palette. If I don’t use if for a period of time, it might dry out. Also in terms of the anti-aging, I mean it’s nice but not a need right now, as I basically have no aging to undo.  I am enjoying the samples and I may buy a small tube because you only need a tiny amount, so I think it would last a long time. Overall, I give this component of the palette a B+.

The Eyeshadows

The last piece of the palette is really the star of this review.



In general the majority of the shades are buttery, pigmented and true to colour.

Strange– a matte cream shade with a pink undertone. It’s especially nice because it isn’t stark white, so it looks natural under the brow bone or in the inner corner.

Dust– This seems to be the shade that people have had issues with in the palette. It’s a very glittery, girly pink with tons of sparkle. Now this shade definitely isn’t as buttery or pigmented as the others, but I have found a solution. In order to make it work, I spray my brush with a little setting spray before dipping it in and it creates a shimmery, metallic pink. This allows your brush to pick up more of the base colour so that it’s not just a few glitters. It is one of my favourites, it is worth the extra step. I love putting this right in the centre of my lid.

Burnout– When I first used this shade, I’ll admit I was concerned. This shade definitely has an orange undertone, so alone, it made me look sick. It is a beautiful shade, but for me it has to be blended with more true pink shades or it’s not flattering.

Limit- This is definitely my most used shade in the palette. It’s a matte light mauve that is beautiful all over or as a transition shade. It is so pretty. Obsessed!

Buzz- This a true rose shade with a little shimmer. It looks great with Nooner or Limit. Very multi-purpose

Trick- I’ll admit that I’m a bit afraid of this shade. it is a true copper with a very slight pink undertone. After seeing what Burnout looked like on my complexion, using something even more orange is concerning. My plan is to play around with a copper eye on a lazy day so I can see what it will look like all done on a day where I don’t need to go anywhere. I do have a lot of green in my eyes so logically it should look nice, but I don’t know if it works with my skin tone.

Nooner– Nooner is a darker version of Limit and it’s so gorgeous. It is the perfect matte crease colour. It brings so much dimension to any eye look.

Liar- A very shimmery mauve-taupe colour. For a smokey look it’s really pretty over top of Nooner or in the outer v.

Factory– This shade is a deep mauve with a lot of brown undertone. Very neutral and great for amping up a simple eye look.

Mugshot- This shade is a deep bronze with a mauve undertone. It’s a super complex colour. It looks different from every angle when you swatch it.

Darkside– In the pan this looks like a deep taupe shade, but when it’s swatched it has hints of mauve, purple. It’s a colour that you don’t see in many other palettes. Very unique.

Blackheart- This is also a pretty unique shade. Unlike the matte black included in the Naked 2 this is a black with red shimmer in it. It’s really pretty, but the shimmers don’t really translate when it’s blended. Still beautiful though.

I’m giving the eyeshadows an A.

The Lowdown

So overall I think that this a beautiful palette. It has a lot of shades that I didn’t have or didn’t see often. There are multiple looks that you can create with this, for both day and night so it is versatile. It can look a little monochromatic if you use some of the similar shades together. Now this isn’t necessarily a bad thing because if monochromatic is done well it can be beautiful, but you do have to pair the shades correctly to create dimension or it can look a little flat.

Since purchasing this palette, I have reached for it quite often. When I don’t have a lot of time, it’s a quick way to look put together and not overdone. The majority of the shades in this palette are extremely flattering to my hazel eyes and it really makes them pop with minimal effort.

Who is this for?

I think this palette is suitable for anyone who is novice upwards. You can create a beautiful look with only 2 shades if you apply them correctly. The only reason I wouldn’t suggest this for a beginner is because pink shades really do need to be applied properly or you can look sick. So as long as you have a basic understanding on how to apply makeup, then you’re good to go! I would highly suggest this to green or hazel eyes because it does so much for them! If you want to take minimal effort and have your eyes pop out, then this is for you. I’ve also heard it’s beautiful on blue eyes, but I haven’t got to test that out yet.

I think this palette is suitable for someone who has neutral eyeshadows already in their collection. For me, this wouldn’t be like my desert island palette, only because I would like more variety. If you are someone who has lots of browns and neutrals and this is an excellent break from those, just to shake it up a bit, while still looking put together and not too wild.

If neutrals are all you like, then I would suggest the Naked 2 because that is neutrals for sure. I don’t have the Naked original to compare, but here are the palettes together so you can see. If you want a full review of the Naked 2, click here.


Naked 3, top. Naked 2, bottom.


All in all I think this palette is worth the money. $62CAD seems like a lot, but that’s less than $5 a shade when you incorporate the extras (brush, primers). If you consider the price of say, MAC shadows at $18 I believe, then this is more cost friendly. In no way am I saying this is cheap because it isn’t but I don’t think you’ll feel ripped off if you purchase this.

I give this palette an A as a total grade. I have to say, Urban Decay, I am hooked.I hope you enjoyed this review, let me know in the comments below what you think! I am trying to get this blog going, so if you like what you read, feel free to share it! I’ll love you forever 🙂

Bye for now!







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