I’m going to start off this post with a few thoughts and then we will dive into the good stuff (you know the pictures and swatches). Firstly, I know. I get it. There have been videos and posts about this palette for weeks. But, I have my own perspective and felt (in my humble opinion ;)) it was worth sharing. Secondly, I know. I get it. Enough with the “Naked” thing already. Can we be a little more creative….inventive….sure. But hey, it’s been a major best-seller for the brand so can you blame them for milking it for all it’s worth? Lastly, I know. I get it. Another “neutral” palette. Then again, I’ve featured and purchased many more neutral palettes and it’s unlikely that will ever change. So, let’s take things as they are and realize that beautiful makeup is beautiful makeup, regardless of publicity, color choice or name selection.
Right. So, Naked 3.
Let’s talk packaging. I briefly thought I liked the packaging of Naked 2 better than the original Naked. I now rescind my original statement and declare the the original Naked has the most convenient and sturdy packaging of the group. It’s magnetic closure is much easier than the “snap shut, pry open” case Naked 2 and 3 feature.
Also, what’s with the wrinkles/waves? The OCD in me comes out in full force just looking at. I want to iron it flat. Seriously. Am I alone here???
Additionally, I got WAY more use out of the double sided pencil included in the original Naked than I did and will get from the eye brushes included in 2 and 3. Urban Decay: can we pretty please have the pencils back in whatever palette you do next….pretty pretty please?! As far as eyeshadows go I generally find that natural hair brushes work better than synthetic. Especially for all over lid colors.
Naked 3 is decidedly rosy toned. This concerned me initially because I really dislike pink eyeshadows on my skintone. They just don’t do my complexion any justice. Actually, they make my eyes look tired and give an overall, “I’m suffering from a cold.” appearance to my face. Not good.
However, there are only two shades here that are mostly pink in tone, but they still somehow manage to look alright on me. The rest of the shades are a neutral lover’s dream. Day, night, office and party- everything is covered here (the same held true for 1 and 2, by the way so we aren’t breaking new ground).
Also, there are NO repeat shades from the other palettes. Whoo-hoo! Apparently these are all brand new shades. I’m stoked about that.
Swatches L-R (in direct sun, no primer): Blackheart, Darkside, Mugshot, Factory, Liar, Nooner, Trick, Buzz, Limit, Burnout, Dust, Strange
I’ll start with the bad. Dust is appropriately named because it kicked up hella dust when I swatched it. It’s chunky- like those old Urban Decay shadows (think Midnight Cowboy or Maui Wowie). Buzz also caused some problems. It’s highly pigmented but I suspect it’s going to have a lot of fall out. It’s also the most pink or rosy shade of the group. I can’t dock it points on that alone because it may suit your skin tone, but it won’t be a shade I reach for often.
The other 10 shades performed like champs. No chunky glitter and smooth application with plenty of pigment to spare. My favorites include Blackheart, Mugshot, Darkside and Nooner- though the 6 last shades in the palette are all just fantastic! I also think Naked 3 has it right including 2 mid-tone matte shades (the previous versions only have 1).
The big question…how does it compare with the previous two? Well, it doesn’t really. I have some comparison swatches below of the various shades I thought might be similar but the overall tone and feel of Naked 3 is as different from 1 and 2 as they are from each other.
Swatches L-R (in direct sun, no primer): Darkside (N3), Busted (N2), Hustle(N), Liar (N3), Toasted (N), Mugshot (N3), YDK (N2), Sidecar (N), Nooner (N3), Tease (N2), Limit (N3), Strange (N3), Foxy (N2)
Darkside doesn’t really compare to Busted and Hustle although those two are quite similar. Liar is more rosy and Toasted is more brown- but the two are pretty close. Mugshot is darker than it’s predecessors YDK and sidecar, and again those two are more similar. Tease is much more brown than Limit and Nooner. Strange has a clear pink undertone while Foxy is definitely yellow.
L-R: Burnout (N3), Trick (N3), Chopper (N2)
At the last second the similarity between these three shades caught my eye. Chopper is more gold and Trick is clearly rose gold. Burnout is much lighter than both, and more pink than Chopper.
So do you need Naked 3? Need is such a relative term and if we were honest we don’t need any of this. I guess the better prose would be, is it different enough from the first two versions to warrant a purchase? The answer to that should be obvious: Yes! Keeping in mind the theme of the palette is rosy and if that’s not your bailiwick, then you’d be better served buying something else. Now that they’ve covered warm, cool and mid tones I don’t know how they’ll do another Naked palette…but, when there’s a will there’s a way!
Naked 3 is now available at Sephora and ULTA online and in stores soon. It retails for $52.