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.
Urban Decay starting baiting all of us beauty lovers last week by confirming the rumors of the second Naked palette. They also surprised us by releasing a limited quantity of them last week. Luckily I was in the right place at the right time and snagged one.
I have heard a lot of chatter about this palette- is it worth it, is it the same as the first Naked palette, and so on. Let me clear the air by saying, the palettes are NOT the same. I have seen plenty of online pictures comparing the two, but nothing comes close to seeing them in real life. I prefer Naked2 in most areas, apart from one. More on that later.
The first thing I like better is the packaging. I never cared for the velvet feeling on the first and it was impossible to clean or keep clean. This also snaps closed, vs having a magnet, a feature I also prefer. On to the pictures and swatches!
The single feature I dislike about the Naked2 palette (ok, and the fact that I have yet another half baked shadow) is the brush vs double ended liner. The flatter end of the brush, presumably for patting shadow on the lid is useless to me for powder shadows. I used this for swatching and it made the shadows a powdery mess…it did the same for every shadow I put it in (Naked1, MAC, Inglot). So unless you want a mess, I would go ahead and save using that for cream shadows. The fluffy end is very nice and soft and it doesn’t ruin the shadows like the other side does. Surely Urban Decay could have done better than that brush. *moving on*
I wanted to compare theBalm’s newer Nude ‘tude palette with it as well. In person, the only shade that is similar is the matte black Serious and Naked2’s Blackout. Sultry is warmer and more brown than Tease, and Selfish is quite a bit lighter than Pistol. The rest don’t have any similarities. I won’t be swatching this one because I haven’t decided that I want to keep it for myself. I may give it away, who knows?
We have seen Half Baked a lot before, so nothing special there. Foxy is a nice, slightly banana tinted matte shadow and Bootycall is a gorgeous light gold/peach shade that I can see becoming a favorite of mine, much like Sin is and was in the first Naked Palette. They have improved the formula of Chopper significantly. The first Chopper I had (in my first UD palette ever EONS ago) was dry, gritty and impossible to use. This was MUCH better. Tease is the perfect shade for the crease and I like the coolness of it. Snakebite is a stunner, a little bit a olive comes through it as well. All of these shades swatched and went on easily, but Chopper does contain chunkier glitter, so be on notice for fallout from that shade.
This group is my favorite. I already had Suspect in the UD NYC palette, but I was happy to see it again here because it’s a really nice, creamy shade. Pistol and Verve are my lovers. Seriously. Those two shades are awesome sauce. A cool toned lovers delight and they are so, so creamy. YDK is also a great shade, but there will be fallout with this one as well. It’s worth it! Busted is lovely and Blackout is a nice matte black, but reminds me a lot of Perversion which is also in the UD NYC palette.
L-R: Hustle(1), Busted(2), Half Baked(2), Half Baked(1), Sidecar (1), YDK (2), Suspect(2), Toasted(1)
In person Hustle is noticeably more purple toned, but not a huge difference. Both Half Baked shades appear to be the same, Sidecar is lighter and more gold toned than YDK. Suspect is lighter and cooler than Toasted.
L-R: Naked(1), Buck(1), Tease(2), Smog(1), Snakebite(2), Darkhorse(1)
No dupes here. Tease is much color and more purple in undertone than the warmer and more brown toned Naked and Buck. Snakebite is more cool toned than Smog, and not nearly as bronze. Darkhorse is quite a bit darker than Snakebite and the two are not really similar.
Swatches L-R: Foxy(2), Bootycall(2), Virgin(1), Sin(1), Chopper(2)
Chopper doesn’t have a comparable shade at all in Naked1. Neither does Foxy. Sin is much darker and more pink than Bootycall and Virgin is much softer and less gold than it as well.
Now I thought I would compare Naked2 to other brands and see what I could find as comparable shades…
Swatches L-R: MAC Carbonized, UD Busted, MAC Woodwinked, UD Chopper, UD Half Baked
Woodwinked is too gold, but is definitely in the same color family as both Chopper and Half Baked. Carbonized and Busted surprised me by being extremely close in color. Carbonized was a limited edition shade released by MAC with the MAC Me Over collection a few months ago. It’s nice to know there is a shade out there that comes this close.
Swatches L-R: UD YDK, MAC Tempting, UD Snakebite, MAC Mulch
None of the shades are dupes. Tempting is too gold to be close to YDK, and Mulch is too purple toned to be similar to Snakebite. I also tried Sable and Glamour Check, but Sable wasn’t close and Glamour Check leaned too purple.
Swatches L-R: MAC Nylon, UD Bootycall, Inglot Pearl 395
Nylon is more gold and Inglot 395 is less peach/pink. All are close though, if you aren’t too nit-picky.
Swatches L-R: MAC Haux, UD Tease, MAC Quarry
Both Haux and Quarry are more purple toned than Tease. Tease looks much brown here than it did with Naked and Buck. Funny how that works, right?
I looked through my MAC and Inglot shades and couldn’t find comparable ones for the rest.
Overall I am super pleased with this palette. It’s given me new shades to work with, cooler tones (along with some warm ones) and better packaging. I am far from being Urban Decay’s biggest fan so I don’t consider my review one that is hugely biased (not a fangirl by a long shot). The fact that I couldn’t find dupes in my stash for several of the shades included lends credence to the fact that this palette is far from being boring and familiar. I still like owning the original Naked palette, but I definitely think Naked2 builds on that foundation to make something that feels fresh, versus just being the same furniture in a different house, ya dig? I give Naked2 a big thumbs up and if you get the chance, definitely check it out. Definitely NOT Naked2 much, in fact, it’s just right.
Hello All! Today we are talking eyeliner once again. This time, it is the iconic Urban Decay 24-7 liners. I recently snagged the 15th anniversary set (a total steal if you can find it). Adding some of the liners I didn’t have with what I already did, I bring you swatches of my collection.
These are the liners I reach for the most in my collection. Side Note: the reason two of them are swatched separately is because I couldn’t find them when I did my original swatches. They last all day on me, even through active days when I work out in my garden in the summer time or when I got soaked on a ride at Universal Studios a few weeks ago. You can smudge them out after you first put them on if you’d like as well. They have a wide range of colors (even more that I don’t currently have) and one pencil lasts me a long time. These retail for $17/each at UrbanDecay.com or Sephora.com. I currently have three more colors on my wish list: El Dorado, Deviant and Oil Slick. Hopefully they will be mine in the near future! How about you, which colors do you have or are you currently lusting after? They are all so gorg!
Urban Decay has really upped the packaging ante this year with the introduction of their NYC Book of Shadows.
I mean, look at that detail? Super cool. I am glad I purchased this set because of the NYC theme of course, but really because of the value you get here. Check it out.
You are getting a whopping 16 Eyeshadows, 2 3/4 sized 24-7 liners (one of mine is not shown, it is the purple one called Ransom) and a mini primer potion. Not to mention the awesomeness that is the lighted pop up NYC skyline. A true steal at $54.
These were all swatched over the primer potion. This really gives you so many new ways to create eye looks for all different occassions and seasons. Again, I have fall out issues with a couple of shadows here, namely the perpetual glitter bomb Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (or MCRA for short), Maui Wowie, Snatch and Money. The shadows are long lasting and blend well, as is expected with the UD name.
Did you haul the NYC Palette? If not, you can still get it at Urbandecay.com for a limited time.
I know. The palette is hard to find. I know. It feels like they will never have it in stock. Believe, I understand how purely frustrating it is. But, before I continue with the swatches and review of the most sought after product in 2010 (by my estimation, not a scientific finding) Urban Decay’s Naked Palette, let me give you some advice on how to find it. Sign up to be notified on Sephora.com and UrbanDecay.com. They are keeping a waiting list and sending emails on a first come first served basis for the quantities they get in stock to give those who have been waiting the longest, the first grab at getting one. I know Urban Decay gives 48 hours for you to purchase it once you are notified. I am not sure about anyone else. Call around to your local Sephora and Ulta stores to see when they are getting shipments in, they may hold one for you once they get it. Some store will, some won’t. Doing this will get you a better chance at finally grabbing it then just checking to see if it’s listed as “in stock” on any particular website, feel me?
Whew, without further ado, I give you Naked.
It has a soft, velvety outside that is brown with gold lettering. Very classy looking.
Look at the gorgeous shades! Love! Also super happy they included the double ended 24-7 liner. The black and brown pair wonderfully with the shadows here. My one complaint is that I have several Zero liners now because they come with all of the palettes! Can’t Oil Slick come in one once? Or another color? Pretty please?!
In all you get 12 shades and 2 liners and a mini primer potion which is a phenomenal deal. I love UD eyeshadows for their pigmentation, blendability and color variety. They also have great staying power when used with the Primer Potion (or other eyeshadow primer). I do have fallout issues with Sidecar and Darkhorse, so be aware of that. This palette is $44 retail.
I do really enjoy owning this palette. The colors are versatile and great for everyday use. If you can’t get your hands on this palette and want something to use right away, I recommend reaching for the Too Faced Natural Eye palette. It is a favorite of mine and can be found at Ulta and Sephora stores, as well as online. It isn’t as great of a value, but the shadows are nice and blend well. I actually use this one more than my Naked Palette. I will do a separate review on this palette later, but you can see a preview of it in an earlier post of mine here.
So, anyone else able to snag one of these palettes up? How are you feelin’ it so far?