Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

This week is all about the Naked 3 Palette here on my blog. I know I’m probably the last person to blog about it, but I’ve only just started using it a month ago and I really wanted to properly test it out before giving you a full review.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette ReviewLet’s start with the packaging. I love that it is not velvety like the Naked 1 Palette, but made out of metal. This means that you can easily wipe all the dirt off and don’t have to deal with dust sticking on it. I absolutely hate that about the original Naked palette. The packaging also feels very sturdy and comes with a big mirror inside, which I really started to appreciate back in the summer when I was in the States. Our bathroom had the worst lighting, so doing makeup in a mirrorless room in front of a window was very necessary. All the mirrors that came with products were life savers! Urgh, I’m drifting off topic again, aren’t I? Back to the palette. The only thing I don’t like about the packaging is the wavy surface. To me it just looks like someone forgot to take the protective plactic foil off, but since this is more of a personal preference and not something that would disturb the quality, I can disregard it. 

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

Inside the palette, there are twelve eyeshadow shades with the obvious rose gold theme. The first half of the palette is lighter in colour and warmer, while the second half contains bolder and more cool toned shades. I personally feel like the palette doesn’t function as a whole like the previous two do. Don’t get me wrong, I love the shades, but I feel like you can’t create such a variety of looks that you can with the Naked 1 Palette, for example. Mixing light warm shades with cooler bold ones can be a little bit tricky. I see this palette more as a bonus, rather than a basic palette. If you’re looking for only one that has tons of shades you can mix and match, I would rather go with either Naked 1 or Naked 2. But if you’re like me and are only looking to add new shades to your collection, this one is a great catch. It has a bunch of pretty and unique shades that can be paired up with other eyeshadows from your collection. I’m not saying that you can’t use it all by itself, because you definitely can, but I just don’t find it AS versatile as the previous two palettes.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette SwatchesIf we take a closer look at the first six shades, you can see that they have a very smooth surface apart from Dust, Buzz and Trick. These are the shades I would describe as glittery, as they contain bigger chunks of glitter. I didn’t have any problems with Buzz or Trick. They feel very buttery, apply smoothly and perform great throughout the day. Dust, however, is a totally different story. This is the one shade from the palette that really disappointed me. It feels chalky, looks chunky, and is not very pigmented. It just has glitters. The consistency is really weird compared to the other shades from this palette and is definitely the odd one out. I just don’t like it. Period. The other shades left from the first half are Burnout, Strange and Limit. Burnout is a lovely shimmery shade, which is a little bit darker than Dust and fortunatelly nothing like Dust when it comes to the quality. It’s nicely pigmented and applies like a dream. Then we have Strange and Limit. They are matte shades with which Urban Decay never impressed me. They definitely have the shimmery shades down, but their matte ones from the Naked 1 Palette were a bit ‘meh’. These two, on the other hand, were lovely surprises. They’re not giving the Lorac Pro ones a run for their money just yet, but there’s an improvement. They don’t feel chalky, are pretty pigmented and are great additions to the palette. 

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Swatches

Moving on to the darker shades, the first one is Nooner, another amazing matte shade. Liar, Factory and Mugshot are all shimmery and pretty much identical in consistency as well as performance. When I first saw them in the palette, I thought that they looked way too similar, but when I swatched them on my arm, they luckily turned out different. Still, I personally am not over excited about them, because I feel like I already have similar shades in my collection. Next is Darkside, a shade with a silky consistency and a unique sheeny finish. I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s not matte, it’s not shimmery, but somewhere in between. I expected it to be a lot darker and pigmented that it actually is to be honest. I feel like this is another shade that is in need of improvement, but just to make things clear, it is nowhere near as bad as Dust. And now last but certainly not least – Blackheart. Wow, just wow. It’s such a unique shade! Black base with pink glitters couldn’t get any better for creating smokey eye makeup looks with a twist. I do have to say, though, that the consistency is similar to Darkside, meaning that the pigmentation could be improved. Unlike the shimmery shades, these two both need to be built up to shine in all their glory. 

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

Before I conclude the post, I also have to mention that the palette comes with a double sided brush and four eyeshadow primer testers. I haven’t tried any of those out yet, so I can’t really comment on them, but I know that the original primer potion is amazing, as I got one a few years ago with my Naked 1 Palette. I’m expecting others to be great as well, I just wish they would include a full or a sample product instead of these four testers, because I don’t find them very practical.

So, these were my thoughts on the Naked 3 Palette. All in all, I like most of the shades, but I feel like it was not as thought out as the other two were. Compared to the shades from the Naked 1, some of the Naked 3 ones lack in the quality department. I can give Urban Decay another A+ for their shimmery shades, and a stamp of approval when it comes to improving the quality of matte shades, but Dust, Darkside and Blackheart could be a little bit better. Especially Dust.

Those of you who already own this palette, what are your thoughts? And for those of you who haven’t bought it yet, are you planning to get one? By the way, I bought mine here.

P.S. If you’re looking for any Naked 3 Palette makeup tutorials, you can check out my day to night one here. 🙂


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  1. Sara Thomas
    April 16, 2014 / 6:55 pm

    Yaaaaaay, you finally got one!! 😀

    • Sandra
      April 17, 2014 / 7:55 am

      Yes, finally! 😀

  2. Dilan Dilir
    April 16, 2014 / 10:16 pm

    looove the shades! 😀

    • Sandra
      April 17, 2014 / 7:55 am

      They are really pretty. 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    April 17, 2014 / 5:49 am

    A great review? I would like to buy one versatile palette, but I am having problems deciding. Which one would you recommend (for blue eyes, blond hair and as far as complexion goes, i am more on the pale side)? And also, what is the lasting power of these shades? Thanks. Katja

    • Sandra
      April 17, 2014 / 8:02 am

      Hi Katja,The lasting power is amazing when it comes to all Urban Decay eyeshadows, so you don't have to worry about that. As far as the shades go, if you have blond hair, blue eyes and pale skin, these pink tones from the Naked 3 would definitely really suit you. The first naked palette has a lot of warm bronzy tones that are suitable for people with a yellow undertone, and the second one has cooler toned shadows suitable for people with darker hair I think. So, I personally would go with the Naked 3 or maybe Naked 1. 🙂

  4. Anonymous
    April 17, 2014 / 5:51 am

    Apologies for the question mark in the first sentence. I really liked the review!Katja

    • Sandra
      April 17, 2014 / 7:56 am

      No worries, thank you! 🙂

  5. Anonymous
    April 17, 2014 / 6:10 am

    Kje si jo pa kupila?

  6. Shadow
    April 17, 2014 / 7:41 am

    shades are gorgeous! *-*

    • Sandra
      April 17, 2014 / 8:04 am

      Yes, they really are! 🙂

  7. Kris Tina
    April 17, 2014 / 10:22 am

    Jaz sm si pa prav smešna s to paletko, enkrat me prepriča, drugič ne. Sem v Sephori gledala pol ure stojalo pa nisem vedla a bi vzela al ne, no na koncu nisem.

    • Sandra
      April 17, 2014 / 10:32 am

      Haha, jaz imam tudi velikokrat takšne probleme. No, razen pri ličilih. Takrat vse leti v košaro. XD

  8. Liss Cope
    April 17, 2014 / 2:19 pm

    this palette is just beautiful! xx

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