There is NOTHING that I love more than a gorgeous, wearable, neutral/nude/natural eyeshadow. And so it seems that a majority of people feel this way. So when a new Urban Decay Naked palette comes out we all find ourselves asking, “How close is it to the other one?” or “How does it compare?” I am going to show you the gorgeous Naked 3 palette in as much detail as possible as well as show you side by side swatches of the original Naked and Naked 2 palette.
Basically, when the original Naked palette came out I was thrilled. My thought was, “FINALLY, Urban Decay is releasing a palette full of colors that I will actually wear and NOT ONE that I wont.” Let’s face it, the majority of UD’s palettes are really bright and colorful and even though I like looking at them, I would never buy it because it wont be anything that I would actually wear. I love UD’s eyeshadow formulations and was wishing for a palette like Naked. I would have never thought in a million years that they would come out with the original much less create an ENTIRE line around it. There are 3 full palettes, a face powders compact, Naked basics, glosses, foundations… I could keep going…
The original Naked palette is warm and bronzy. The Naked 2 palette is cool and taupe-y. The Naked 3 palette is marketed as rose-hued neutrals and ALL NEW SHADES. Most of the palettes from Urban Decay repromote shades so it is refreshing to get all new ones.
The 12 NEW shades in the Naked 3 palette are as follows: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart.
The first 4 shades are Strange, Bust, Burnout and Limit. These are the lightest of the 12.
Strange is a creamy matte beige with pink undertones.
Dust is pale pink metallic with iridescent micro-glitter.
Burnout is a pinky-peach satin.
Limit is a light dusty matte rose.
The next four shades are Buzz, Trick, Nooner, and Liar. These are the mid-tone shades.
Buzz is a metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter.
Trick is a metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle.
Nooner is a pink brown matte.
Liar is a medium metallic mauve shimmer.
The last four, the darker shades, are Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, and Blackheart.
Factory is a brown satin with pink undertones.
Mugshot is a metallic taupe shimmer with a pink shift.
Darkside is a deep taupe/mauve satin.
Blackheart is a smoky black matte with rosy-red micro-sparkle.
It is funny because I was going to completely pass up on this palette. My thoughts were that I didn’t need a ton of pinky toned shades because I hardly wear them anyway. My cousin (who is much younger than me) and I were discussing the palette on Thanksgiving and she said that she wanted it. She is a pale blonde with blue eyes and I was telling her she should absolutely get it, it would suite her coloring perfectly. After further look into the palette I noticed that half of the palette are taupes and the voices in my head said… “Uhhh, that has Laura written all over it. What was I originally thinking?”
So, my inner torment started because I already owned Naked 1 and 2, Lorac Pro and a dozen or more other neutral palettes. Why do I need another one? The 2nd half of this post is a comparison to the other two Naked palettes.
You can see how the packaging is a good representation of what is on the inside. I like that they did this, whether it was their original intention or not but Naked is brown with bronzy-gold writing. Naked 2 is taupy-gold with taupy-grey writing. Naked 3 is rosy with gold writing. Perfect representation.
The original Naked palette is on top, Naked 2 in the middle and Naked 3 on the bottom. You can see how they compare. Bronzy to taupe to rosy bronzes and taupes. I feel like Naked 3 ties them all together very nicely. After every Naked palette release I never expect to see any more because they do it completely and perfectly, you don’t think there is any room for more. Well… even though I think that still I would not be surprised to see a 4, 5, or 6. They sell very well because of people like me and possibly you. I love that I have a palette full of great shades that I can mix and match and do whatever. These are even perfect STARTER palettes for the makeup novice. I am no newbie and I can also get what I need from the palette.
Overall I love each palette for different reasons. They all can create beautiful eye looks from easy to complex, everyday to vampy. They each have their own unique shading and everyone has their favorite. What is my favorite? I think it is Naked 3 to be honest, the one I didn’t initially want. I love the combination of pinks and taupes.
I hope you enjoyed my detailed swatch and comparison post. Whatever way it swayed you I hope you check them out for yourselves. My original thoughts on Naked 3 were completely wrong. Glad I checked it out for myself. Which Urban Decay Naked Palette is your favorite?
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