I've finally got my hands on the Naked 3 palette. This little beauty has been released for a good while at this stage and after much lusting I can finally say that it's in my possession. I love rose toned eyeshadows so I feel like this palette was made for me. I bought it a while ago during the sales Feel Unique had on but would you believe that only now I am reviewing it for you all. I guess I wanted to test it out for a while and get a good feel of the shades before presenting my thoughts on it.
As you can see the packaging is rose gold, made of metal which definitely provides that satisfying click as it snaps shut, which we all love to hear. It is definitely more sturdy and travel friendly than the original Naked palette, which I did own until I passed it on to my sister as it was getting no love from me anymore. Like any good makeup hoarder I did miss my Naked palette within days of giving it away, but now I can confirm that this newer version has definitely filled that gap in my collection and I have been extremely impressed with it so far.
Alongside the palette Urban Decay have also packed in samples of their ever so popular Eyeshadow Primer Potion (in all the shades they have on offer). I am a big fan of their primer potion and I haven't found anything like it; this stuff really keeps your eyeshadow in place all day & all night long, guarantee. What I don't like are samples such as these, which are completely unpractical in my opinion. Let's face it with an eyeshadow primer, especially one as good as this you literally need the tiniest amount to cover the whole eye lid. These samples are a huge waste as you get way to much product in one sachet for one use, but once it's open there's not much you can do with it apart from chucking it out. So I personally would have much preferred to have been offered a travel size of one of their primers (something which they did with the original palette years ago).
The brush has also changed and this time it's definitely for the better, as it is dual ended: one side offering a fluffy bending brush and the other side a flat brush. It is synthetic, feels really soft with a sturdy handle; great quality brush all around in my opinion. I don't tend to use this brush too much as I have so many other ones in my collection, but if I was travelling then I would even bother with any other brushes as I know this could do the job pretty well on its own.
Now onto what we all love the most, the actual eyeshadow and the shades contained in this particular palette. In true Naked fashion it starts off with the lightest and ends off with the darkest shade of the bunch, something which I am a fan off because yes I am a neat freak if you haven't already noticed. I will start with the first 6 shades, which are the ones with the most rose tint to them. They are as buttery and soft as the usual eyeshadows from Urban Decay and you can see from the swatches below that the pigmentation doesn't let down. However I am disappointed by one shade in particular and that is Dust. I love me a glittery shade which can really add a sparkle to a makeup look, but this is just too much. It feels like all glitter and no shadow, as it pretty much crumbles when I swatch it. So although it is a beautiful shade expect a lot of fallout with it, which shouldn't be the case for the price you pay.
Swatched from the top (clockwise): Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick
Next up we have the other 6 shades that complete the palette, which are much darker for that gorgeous smokey eye. The rosy tint is still there in most of these shades but it's not as clearly visible. I love that the darkest of the shades is a deep plumy black with rose micro sparkles, as it shows just how versatile this palette is because you can really create a variety of different eye makeup looks with such shades. I can't fault any of these 6 shades as I love them all, so altogether 11 great shades out of 12 really isn't all that bad.
As I was playing around with this, swatching the shades and photographing them I decided to do a little makeup look using some of my favourite shades so far. It was a pretty simple, day time look, nothing fancy but it definitely helped brighten up my eyes on a day when I was feeling the tiredness a bit too much. Oh and of course while at it I decided to do a little bit of pouting as you can see, stretching the face muscles I promise…