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Urban Decay has released another in its Naked line–the Urban Decay Naked 3 ($52.00)–and reviews are pretty uniformly on the “good” to “excellent” side.  Here are a few:

Temptalia’s A Rating

Makeup and Beauty Blog’s WOW

The Beauty Look Book’s “definite must-have”

Sona Gasparian’s “my favorite of the three Naked Palettes”

With these glowing reviews, I had to find out whether this would work for me. So I ordered one, and with some qualifications, I am happy to report that this palette is surprisingly good in many respects.

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 I won’t repeat the information in the other reviews, as they are all easily reachable at the links (above).  If you click the image below, you can see twelve rose-gold toned eyeshadows. This combination of mattes, shimmers, and glitters is picking up on the rose gold moment that’s been building since Tiffany’s blew us all away with the Rubedo collection.

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 The palette is m ore sturdy that the typical Urban Decay flocked-paper ones, this one seems to be made of a plastic or composite that is more robust (although it’s not as protective for its size and dimension as a Giorgio Armani, Chanel, or Bobbi Brown package).

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 For me, the included double-ended brush was unusable because it gave me almost no control over the pigmentation. Every sweep gave me application that was far too heavy, and I was unable to achieve the right blending or light, layered application that I prefer.  Instead, I used the Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush, which worked far, far better.

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Most of the shades are beautiful, pigmented, and apply and blend very, very well.  I found myself using a combination of Liar, Factory and Mugshot for an everyday, rose-gold toned eye.  So, the mid-to-deep shades were a huge success.  The lighter shades were more problematic for me. Strange makes a nice base color, but otherwise became a bit invisible. Dust–which was the bright rose-gold wonder that beckoned me from the promotional images–has a high level of fallout and was not a flattering texture on my lid. Swatches:

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I’m not sure whether I’ll Blackheart for anything other than a liner.  Another set of swatches:

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Overall, I was surprised at the high quality of most of the shades of the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. My sense that 9 or 10 of these shades are really lovely.  Although we can hope for 100% success for our palette criteria, Urban Decay swung for the bleachers in this one and so making it to the outfield was a pretty good result. As an aside, I’m unaware of any other company that’s released a palette with this same rose gold tonality. I hope we do. Because, Pantone’s edict aside, my own personal color of the year for 2014 is rose gold.

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  12 Responses to “My Thoughts: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette”

  1. I have all 3 Naked palettes, since I like the idea of a neutral eye. However, I always felt overwhelmed by so many options, I couldn’t figure out which combos to use -I guess that’s why I prefer trios, quads or even quints, not palettes. Yet, I can think of options with Naked 3 without feeling overwhelmed, and I’ve managed to do quite interesting, still neutral, combinations.

    I agree with you with Buck’s fall out, for that reason I tend to go more for Buzz or Trick as the lighter color on my eye look. As for the brush, try using it with cream eyeshadows. I never use those brushes for the palettes, but at least the one that comes in Naked 2 has worked wonders for applying Bobbi Brown cream eyeshadow as base or for smudging Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks or Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow.

  2. I hated the brush as well, pretty useless for me haha! Great review!

  3. I am really undecided about this one, part of me wants to try it since I like rose gold. But then I remember I almost never used Naked 1 palette since I found the texture of the shadows giving me some wrinkly looking eye lids. I usually use shimmery eye shadows, like ones from Armani (ETK singles) or from Tom Ford, they never give me that strange effect. I don’t know if UD reformulated their shadows since then. What do you think about it once you apply it on the lids? I know most of them are frost but do they make lids look older?

    • I don’t think so, Sara. I gave my Naked 1 to Liz, so I haven’t used it in years. I was really pleased with the UD Naked 3. Is there any way for you to try it at a Sephora or Ulta?

      • UD is unfortunately one of those brands which are not available in Germany. I will check that out in France Sephora once I am there. Thanks for your answer.

  4. loved your review!! i was really hesitant at first and swore i wouldn’t need a third naked palette, but all the reviews i’ve read so far also seem pretty consistently positive… once this baby comes to asia i think i might have to get my hands on one!

    rachel x

  5. I’m lemming this more then ever! I keep waiting for someone with a cool pale skin tone like mine to review it but I haven’t found any in depth reviews to my liking meeting that description. I’ll probably have to just bite the bullet and buy it so I can review it on my blog for anyone having the same conundrum!

    • You should Erin–I think the reason that rose gold is so beautiful is that it does seem to work with a wide variety of skin tones!

  6. Great review! I love rose gold so when I first saw this, I quickly read reviews about it and most are all positive so when it comes out, I will def gonna get one. I love the shades and the packaging as well.

  7. Hi Amy,

    I love, love, love NAKED 3! I really enjoy pink toned neutrals – and this certainly fits the bill 🙂

  8. I ordered this palette as soon as it was available on hqhair.com, they had pre-order and of course, now it’s sold out so I’m glad I got it right then. Anyway, I was sure I wasn’t going to order any ‘naked’ palette again but I really liked Naked 3 so I just had to. It has some really pretty shades. <3

  9. Hi! Just wanted to delurk to let you know that you might want to try scraping the top layer of shadow off of your low-payoff shades; otherwise, you might have a dud. My trouble shades were Dust and Trick until I fixed ’em. Strange and Burnout are both incredibly pigmented shades in my tin.

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