Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review


The endearing and glossy packaging practically had me drooling, and when we got home, I unpacked the box. Inside I found the palette, complete with a brush, and a set of four mini testers of eye shadow primer that were included due to some promotion. Although I wasn’t a fan of the primers, I am in love with the eye shadow. However, if I said it was flawless I would be lying.

One of the first issues that I noticed with the palette was that one of the tins was not fully secured in the tray, and I had to risk cracking the shadow to pop it back into place. Also, a more minor issue was that I noticed that for a few of the colors, the tray was not filled to the top with color.

Issues aside, this palette is perfect for virtually any outfit, fancy or casual. There are a total of 12 colors, and they all follow the same shimmery-nude-pink theme. Here’s how they are described on the Urban Decor website:


  • Strange (pale neutral pink matte-satin)
  • Dust (pale metallic pink shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter)
  • Burnout (light pinky-peach satin)
  • Limit (light dusty rose matte)
  • Buzz (metallic rose shimmer w/silver micro-glitter)
  • Trick (light metallic pinky-copper shimmer w/tonal micro-sparkle)
  • Nooner (medium pinky-brown matte)
  • Liar (medium metallic mauve shimmer)
  • Factory (pinky-brown satin)
  • Mugshot (metallic taupe shimmer w/slight pink shift)
  • Darkside (deep taupe-mauve satin)
  • Darkheart (smoky black matte w/rosy red micro-sparkle)img_0317

They are all very lovely colors, and my personal favorites are Buzz, Nooner, Liar, and Mugshot. I can’t personally tell much of a difference between Factory and Mugshot, but the pigmentation in both of them are fantastic. I wish that Trick and Dust were more pigmented, because it often feels like I am just putting glitter on my eyes as opposed to actual eye shadow. I also have found that Strange is a bit chalky, so it only looks good in very small doses. These eyeshadows are also very fragile, and I’ve found that when I use the thinner side of the¬†brush, even very gently, it can actually dent the shadows. You can tell that a lot of time and care was put into designing everything about this palette. The bristles of the brush has a beautiful ombr√© and the curves on the lid of the palette make you feel like you are staring into a rippling pink ocean.


In conclusion, this makeup palette is definitely a flagship product despite its few flaws. The colors, with the exception of a few, have great pigmentation and a fantastic shimmer. The matte shadows are smooth and creamy and great layered under a sparkly shadow like Trick. All in all, if you are looking for a nice makeup palette that is great for every event and you are willing to pay a little more, then the Naked 3 Palette is perfect for you.




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