09 December 2013

Naked 3, Urban Decay: First Thoughts, Photos, Swatches!

Naked 3 Urban Decay Swatches


I have big mad love for Urban Decay's Naked franchise. I fell for the first palette in a big way - not because of the gorgeous, wearable colours, or because of the fantasic formulation, but because it was so flippin' easy to create a lovely look in seconds. 

The palette is so well considered and everything works together so brilliantly that, for the first time in my life, I felt I had real makeup skillz. It gave me confidence. It was foolproof and it, and therefore I, could do no wrong. 

Naked 3 Comparison with Naked 1 and Naked 2


Naked 2 came along just as I'd started to hanker after cooler tones, and it was happy to deliver. With the same buttery blendability as the first palette and great colour payoff, this is every bit as lovely to use as its older sister.

The one thing that I wished for was the addition of more mattes - but then Naked Basics came along. Acting as a companion piece to the other Naked offerings, this is a lovely little set of six matte neutrals that I rely on heavily for work. 

Naked 3 Urban Decay Swatches Limit, Burnout, Dust, Strange


Now mere weeks after the first rumblings about Naked 3, it's here in my possession. Officially launching in Ireland on December 16th (though Debenhams on Henry Street will have it a few days early, from the 12th), I have my hands on a press sample and have been getting to know it over this weekend. So what are my first thoughts?

Naked 3 Urban Decay Swatches


Sticking with a similar tin to Naked 2, the packaging is sturdy and easy to keep clean, with a ruched fabric effect on the lid. The rosy gold tin comes with a double sided brush, a large mirror and samples of the various UD eye primers.

Naked 3 Urban Decay Swatches Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar


The shadows - 12 in total, all exclusives - are of exceptional quality (well, this is Urban Decay), and there are a mix of finishes and textures, with the colour palette being slightly pink-toned overall. This news worried me till I clapped eyes on it up close - there are no Barbie hues here, just lots of wearable and flattering shades that promise to be every bit as easy to use and love as its predecessors.

Naked 3 Urban Decay Swatches Blackheart, Darkside, Mugshot, Factory


Half of the palette leans slightly warm and the other slightly cool, so there should be plenty to appeal to every mood. Standout shades for me so far include Blackheart, the matte, purplish black shot through with red glitter, the pinkish-brown matte shade Nooner and the coppery shimmer, Trick. I'm also taken with the taupe-ish  tones of Mugshot and Darkside.  I can't wait to get to know them better.

Naked 3 is €44 but if you want it, you'd best be quick - it's going to fly off shelves. Will it feature on your Chrimbo wish list?


22 comments:

Keit said...

My sister was so shocked I didn't have any eye shadows she gifted me a Naked palette few days ago :D I think I have the second one, still don't know how exactly to use it though :D

Elsa de Diego said...

WOW...can you believe that texture? and the palette of colors? Sold! Have a great week! XO

Nina s said...

awwww gurlllll its on my wishlist since i first heard about it weeks ago I really hope santa is good to me this year ;)

Adele said...

Loving the colours you've homed in on. Like you I've worn the matte colours the most in my naked palette & am almost out of my favourites.
Great review!
Wishing you a wonderful week Emma xoxo
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Dawn said...

I can't make up my mind yet about whether I'm going to buy it or not. I do love the look of blackheart though.

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Urban Decay is my favourite in eye make-up, it's one of the few makers of eyeshadows that actually show up on my skin tone and they last all the day through, so good :) These are perfect palettes. I'm in need of getting a new one, so this was a reminder :) Happy Monday doll xo

The Dainty Dolls House

Stephanie Barry said...

Still not sure on this one! I never got around to purchasing number 2 but I may have to skip that and go straight for number 3 :)

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Nicky mywishstyle said...

a beautiful eye make up!
ciao Emma

Pink Elephant Blog said...

It looks really nice! I wasn't sure if I needed another Naked palette but it's different enough from the others. I really like it :)

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birdie to be said...

Would love to try this one out. I only have the first one.

Diana Ashuayem said...

Lovely!
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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Urban Decay really has made such wonderful and versatile shades. You look lovely dear!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Kim Alston said...

the colors are truly amazing! if i were an eyeshadow girl, i would definitely purchase them. great investment!
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Anonymous said...

I need this in my life!

Johanna said...

I appreciate your honest review. I prefer more mattes, too so this is helpful.

Anonymous said...

Pre-ordered this one already! Can't wait to get it!

Sarah B said...

I didn't think I wanted it but now I think I do!!!

Jessi said...

I have the first and second naked pallettes too and I really want the third!! I think it looks like the best one yet! You are SO lucky you got to sample it!!!
Jessi
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Sue said...

A must have indeed! Love the colors for they will def create different beautiful looks. This will def be in my Christmas list.

Emma said...

I've loved everything I've seen of it so far Emma,I love this look you've created here. I know I'll end up getting it!!

hope you're keeping well! :)

Emma x

jennie said...

I love the colours in this palette a lot! If I wore eyeshadow a little more I would be snapping this up!

Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

Ale said...

I really love this, it's my favourite of the three. Fingers crossed I find it in my stocking ;)