Sunday, 18 September 2016

Are Urban Decay palettes really worth your money? Naked 3 honest review + full swatches!


Hey, jelly beans! Today, I'm going to talk about one of my most exciting makeup purchases so far this year - the Naked 3 eyeshadow palette by Urban Decay (£35, FeelUnique). The Naked range needs no introduction, and I'm sure that many of you are already familiar with these iconic palettes. I was always drawn to the beautiful, rose gold tonality of Naked 3, but could never justify the hefty price tag. I think that in this day and age, we have so many quality drugstore makeup options available to choose from; it becomes questionable whether high-end brands are even worth the money anymore. I firmly believe in treating yourself to something luxurious from time to time, which is partially why I decided to finally take the plunge and buy this palette. Did I need it? Absolutely not. I just couldn't resist it (can you blame me?).



Naked 3 features twelve versatile eyeshadows with satin, metallic and matte finishes. The palette comes in a sturdy, rose gold metal case with a large mirror, and a double tip eyeshadow that's soft, fluffy and perfect for blending. The palette also comes with four samples of Urban Decay's Primer Potion eyeshadow primer, including the original, (review hereEden (with a matte, nude finish), Sin (a champagne shimmer shade) and Anti-Aging (similar formula as the original Primer Potion). There is a week's worth of product in each sample, however, once you open the sachets they will dry out really quickly - enough maybe for a couple of applications. Still, it's a handy thing to include, especially if you want to try out the Primer Potion range without committing to a full purchase.



The quality of these eyeshadows is as good as expected - they all have a creamy, buttery texture, and are incredibly easy to blend. The mattes are soft and smooth, and the shimmers have a lovely, multidimensional sparkle when applied. The colours are versatile, vibrant, and very true to how they look in the packaging. However, I expected the pigmentation to be a little more impressive. It's still really good and feels very 'high-end', but the shades are slightly less intense than the ones in the original Naked or Naked 2. I still love the delicate, rose gold tonality of this palette, and I think that will appeal to a wide audience in general. The colours may not be as bold and intense as in the previous two Naked palettes, but they are definitely a lot more versatile and wearable, especially for casual makeup looks. The lasting power is about eight hours without an eyeshadow primer, but if you use the included Primer Potion, they will last all day and night.



Strange. Matte, creamy beige with slightly pink undertones.
Dust. Shimmery, pale pink shade with glitter. I've seen a lot of people complain about this one being too powdery, but personally, I find it easy to apply with minimum fallout.
Burnout. A warm, pinky-peach shade with a satin finish.
Limit. Dusty rose matte, perfect as an all-over lid colour.
Buzz. Metallic rose with glitter.
Trick. Pink copper with gold glitter. One of my personal favourites in this palette!
Nooner. Warm taupe with a matte finish, very classy.
Liar. Satin mauve with warm undertones.
Factory. Satin warm brown shade with slightly pink undertones.
Mugshot. Satin taupe with a metallic finish.
Darkside. Satin plum taupe, works beautifully as an eyeliner.
Blackheart. Very dark brown shade with glitter.

IS IT WORTH THE MONEY?
Whether or not Naked 3 is worth the purchase depends entirely on what you're looking for in a perfect eyeshadow palette. If, like myself, you enjoy warm, rose gold shades that are easy to wear all year round, this palette will be a treat. Having said that, I'm not sure whether the hefty price tag is fully justified. There are many gorgeous, rose-toned palettes out there that offer similar quality for a fraction of the price (TheBalm's Nude Dude, Zoeva's Cocoa Blend or some of the Sleek MakeUP i-Divine palettes). It all depends on your budget and whether you think that a high-end brand like Urban Decay is worth the investment. Personally, I'm very happy with this palette and I've been using it on a daily basis. Having said that, I don't think that this is the best eyeshadow palette ever - not even close, especially considering the price. It definitely doesn't have the same oomph as the previous two Naked palettes, and the pigmentation isn't quite as good. The tonality of Naked 3 is much more delicate, which might be right up your alley depending on what sort of shades you enjoy wearing. Overall, I would give it an honest 8/10!

Do you own any of the Naked palettes? Do you think high-end palettes are worth the money? 

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