Saturday, March 22, 2014

Review : Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette

Its NAKED 3 from Urban Decay!!! With such a huge recognition for their 'Naked' franchise, Google may not call this word an 'Adult' term any more (I believe). I must thank the amazing Shivani Chedda of OMUK for getting this beautiful palette that makes flesh toned eyeshadows so wearable.

Naked 3 is a palette made from romantic rosy and purple toned eyeshadows that take the experience of naked eyeshadows to a newer level. With so many copycats that UD had, no one really thought of making a palette like this (not even NYX I believe). With a different twist to the utterly famous and quintessential Naked and Naked 2 palettes, this is something very very interesting to look at.

So lets see what Naked 3 palette is all about and lets see whether we can find some dupes in the previous versions....

Urban Decay says.......

What it is:
A mirrored compact packed with a dozen never-before-seen rose-hued neutrals, plus a double-ended brush and an Eyeshadow Primer Potion sampler. 

What it does:
Dare to get Naked all over again with Urban Decay’s latest shadow palette. Naked3 debuts 12 insanely beautiful rose-hued neutrals in an impressive range of shades—from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with red microglitter—in ultrasmooth matte, pearl, and glimmering metallic finishes. Each shadow features Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and blendability. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates 

What else you need to know:
The gorgeous rose-gold art-school-inspired tin case hints at the shades inside. Embossed on top with a big “Naked3” and cool facets that beg to be touched, this case is sure to inspire lots of jealous stares. Naked3 also includes a new double-ended shadow/blending brush and an Eyeshadow Primer Potion sampler with resealable samples of all four formulas (Original, Sin, Eden, and Anti-Aging). Each sample holds about a week’s worth of Primer.


Years ago, Wende (founding partner of Urban Decay) had a boyfriend who took the most amazing pictures of her at sunset, when the light was ridiculously flattering. With Naked3, she wanted to recreate that amazing “golden hour” vibe that looks great on everyone.

Featuring 12 totally new rose hued neutrals which are completely exclusive to Naked Palette 3, this revolutionary eye shadow palette features every finish imaginable; from ultra smooth mattes, gorgeous pearls and glimmering metallic shades in the palest pink shimmer to deep warm black, Naked Palette 3 will make you want to get Naked all over again.
Naked Palette 3 offers a whole spectrum of gorgeous, flushed pinks which have yet to be explored in the Naked series and will look great on every skin tone. With 12 completely new shades it’s hard to pick favourites but we’re quite partial to Buzz (the pinkest hue in the palette), Nooner (a stunning brown toned pink matte) and Dust (an amazing iridescent metallic pink shimmer).
From the lightest beige pinks for highlighting shades to super-dimensional black and deep mauve hues for edgy, smoky lines, Naked Palette 3 allows you to create limitless looks. Each eye shadow is formulated with Urban Decay’s innovative Eye Shadow formula. Infused with their innovative Pigment Infusion System, the proprietary blend of ingredients gives every shade its velvety texture, rich, highly pigmented colour, serious staying power and optimum blendability.
Packaged in an art school inspired tin case (reminiscent of the Naked 2 Palette) in a sensuous rose gold which hints at the stunning shades inside, Naked Palette 3 also includes a new double ended Good Karma Shadow and Blending Brush and an Eyeshadow Primer Potion sampling set which allows you to try all four formulas of the best-selling Primer Potion.  

I loved the NAKED 3 packaging. It looks like a old world compass box that we used to take to school with our pencils and erasers in it. Unfortunately it is a bit wobbly like those compass boxes as well. The rose gold color is so appealing and it has a wavy pattern embossed on it. "Naked 3" written in gold makes me feel 'royal' when I open the product. Its very very beautiful. There is a long slender extremely high quality mirror inside and the eyeshadows placed in rows with a Good Karma eyeshadow brush. They also included 4 Primer samples which I lost somewhere.


The 12 eyeshadows in the palette come with 3 textures - Matte, Shimmer and Frost. The mattes are extremely wearable, finely milled (almost to a dried creamy texture) and blend very smoothly on the lids. The shimmers are soft and muted and translate very well on the lids. The frosts are the most pigmented and highly reflective eyeshadows. The textures of all three formulations are smooth, very pigmented and they glide easily on the lids (with or without primer) and stay put for a long time. I presume that some of the shimmer and frost shades could be applied with a wet brush to increase the intensity as well. Their pigmentation is very similar to Naked 2 but far better than the Naked palette.


Darkside: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Dust: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Factory: Talc, PTFE, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Nooner: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid.

Limit/Strange: Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid.

Buzz: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Talc, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Blackheart: Talc, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Boron Nitride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid. 

Trick: 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. 

Liar: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. 

Burnout: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Mugshot: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. 

[+/- (All Shades May Contain): 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)].


The colors are listed as follows - 
  • Strange – Pale neutral pink with matte satin finish. It has a very soft effect and highlights the brow bone and inner corner very well. With no shimmer added to it, this is a very good highlighters for those who prefer matte highlighters. One can mix DUST to get a more sparkly effect.
  • Dust – Pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro glitter. Although its not very pigmented, yet this is my favorite shade from the palette because of the airy texture it has. This is one of the best muted accent shades I have used, only to substitute my Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Impulsion.
  • Burnout – Light pinky peach satin. This is a nice soft shimmer shade and a good highlighter as well as mid tone shade.
  • Limit – Light dusty rose with matte finish. It looks slightly lilac-beige to me. Its a very interesting transition color and can be used to soften a lot many darker colors especially purples while creating gradations from the crease color to the brow bone. 
  • Buzz – Metallic rose shimmer with silver micro glitter. This is a darker version of Dust and is way more pigmented too. Its a quintessential bridal color (Western weddings) and would just look bedazzling and glowing. 
  • Trick – Light Metallic pink toned copper shimmer with tonal micro sparkle. How well is this color made. Its coppery and yet has nuances of rosiness to it. Isn't that interesting!! It is a rosier version of Half Baked and looks much more beautiful than it too.
  • Nooner – Medium pinky brown with matte finish. I love this for creating a soft eye (over a lighter primer for the shade to show) or as another transition color for the crease for darker and smokier colors.
  • Liar – Medium metallic mauve shimmer. This shade looks more of a taupe-rose than mauve. It has a perfect sheen and would very well as a day wear eyeshadow.
  • Factory – Pinkish brown satin. This is one of the most misleading colors of the palette. When I anticipated it to be a good medium brown, I found it to be incredibly pigmented and much darker brown that I'd expected, which is a good thing. It works so well as a crease color and this is one of those utterly important shades in the palette.
  • Mugshot – Metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift. This is beautiful for smokey eyes. It has this old Hollywood charm.
  • Darkside – Deep taupe mauve satin. It looked more of a mauve-grey to me and trust me, this goes as a wonderful brow color since its not very shimmery neither very matte. This is a beautiful color when you've to soften a stark black pencil and although it may look a bit out of the place, its one of the shades that complete the Naked 3 palette.
  • Blackheart – smoky black matte with rosy red micro sparkle. This is such a beautiful, soft yet nicely pigmented black eyeshadow. Its of course a defining color and helps creating stencils and gradation effects on the eyes. Most of the Naked 3 looks would be complete with Blackheart as one of the shades in the several combinations that can be made. 
  • Double Ended Good Karma Shadow and Blender Brush.
The Primer potion samples
  • Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original 0.75g – Enhances your eye shadow for a crease-free, smudge-free finish.
  • Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin 0.75g – Enhances your eye shadow for a crease-free, smudge-free finish with a champagne shimmer.
  • Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden 0.75g – Enhances your eye shadow for a crease-free, smudge-free finish with a matte finish.
  • Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Greed 0.75g – Enhances your eye shadow for a crease-free, smudge-free finish with a gold shimmer.

As it looks like -
  • Naked - predominantly warmer tones
  • Naked 2 - neutrals and taupe based shades with predominantly cooler tones
  • Naked 3 - rosy tones with hints of pink in every shade
To find a perfect dupe is going to be difficult as all look different. There is a subtle tonal difference in shades like Hustle (Naked), Busted (Naked 2) and Factory (Naked 3). Half Baked is more yellow gold, Chopper is peachy copper while Trick is a pink nuanced copper, almost similar to look at but very differently translated on the lids. Sin (Naked) would look almost similar to Dust (Naked 3) but the latter looks much more pinker. Other than that there are no strikingly similar shades in the palette. Thence I'd recommend to opt for either Naked or Naked 2 and compulsorily the Naked 3 palette.


The tutorials for these looks will be featured on my alternate blog sooner or later.

Eyeshadows used - Dust, Strange, Limit, Nooner, Buzz and BlackHeart

Eyeshadows used - Strange, Factory, Mugshot and Darkside 

I hope you liked the review. Do let me know which are your favorite colors from the palette. 

Till then,


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  1. oh god..can something be more stunning than this.....i want it!!!

    1. U have to get it....its an amazing palette....will do a lot of looks soon....

  2. Loved the 1st EOTD Neeraj. its sooooo pretty, so wearable yet looks so very dramatic on your eyes. <3 haven't yet got hold of any of the Naked palettes and you are flaunting 3 here.... How cruel is that. :P

    1. lolllll...u shud get one soon. Its available on and its a good service as of now. These are very wearable and beautiful palettes and actually a lot of value for money.

  3. Initially I was in doubt if the rose toned shades would look good on me but this is a gorgeous palette and proved me wrong! its amazing!

    1. These are so so amazing. Good you got. They are very wearable

  4. I love my Naked 3. Got it from in Jan and I love using fav in the palette is Trick..I apply it all over the lid and blend out the crease with Nooner..add a good amount of brown kohl on my waterline and tightline it aswell....a tonn of mascara...!! voilaa! lol..

    Ps. the packaging is aaamazing!! love it

    1. Wow. Very inspiring. Let me try this look.

  5. I think this is the most detailed review of this palette I have seen ever.. thank you for the review :) I am ordering one pretty soon :D waiting for your tutes <3

    1. Thanks a ton glad u liked it. There are many many ways to access Urban Decay and one of them is through Do try it out!!

  6. very nice review neeraj :) and yes we both thanks to shivani for getting this beautiful palette. i just love ur eye makeup .... :)

  7. What a Sweet eye.I love your eye.Many many thanks to you to share it.
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