Urban Decay naked 3 Palette

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: all the eyeshadow I’ll ever need

Last summer, when I was in Miami on holiday, I bought Urban Decay’s famous ‘Naked’ palette in Sephora, then came home and thew out half of my eyeshadow collection.* This week,  the Irband Decay Naked 3 palette (there’s also a ‘Naked 2’, needless to say) landed on my desk, courtesy of House of Fraser, and I immediately went and threw out the rest.

OK, OK, I didn’t throw out ALL of them. I did keep a couple, “just in case”. I may as well have gotten rid of them all, though, because these two palettes are basically all the eye-shadow I’ll ever need, seriously.

In fairness, I’ve never been much of an eye-shadow wearer. Well, not since my early twenties, when I used to apply the stuff with a trowel, obviously. Once I’d gotten past that stage, though (If I recall correctly, it was the same stage as the one in which I decided it would be a good idea to tweeze my eyebrows almost out of existence. THANK GOD we didn’t have Instagram in those days, is all I have to say…), I pretty much stopped wearing eye-shadow altogether. I just didn’t think it suited me. I have fairly deep-set eyes, which means that shadow never looks the same on me as it does on the photos you see in beauty magazines. I feel like I have to apply much more of it, over a much larger area, for it even to be visible at all, and when it IS visible, it tends to be visible in that “little girl let loose in mummy’s makeup bag” kind of way. It’s not a good look, basically, and while I’ll do the occasional subtle-smoky-eye for a night out, I just don’t have the skill to make eye shadow look good on me the majority of the time.

So I just stopped wearing it.

(I DIDN’T stop buying it, though, unfortunately. Because that would’ve made too much sense, you know?)

Then I decided to treat myself to the Naked Palette, which, as the name suggests (and as I’m sure you all know anyway), consists mostly of colours designed to give you that “I’m not actually wearing makeup” look.

And I loved it.

I went from being someone who rarely wore eye shadow at all, to someone who wore it every day, albeit always using the most subtle colours in the palette:


Hey, guess which colours I like most?

On  a day-to-day basis, I’ll wear ‘Virgin’ (far left) on the brow bone, ‘Sin’ (second-from-left) on the lid, and either ‘Naked’ or ‘Buck’ in the crease. These colours are all neutral enough for me not to feel like I just fell into a tub of eye-shadow, but they really help define the eye, and give my makeup a more ‘polished’ look overall. I do use the various browns and golds in this palette from time to time (When I do wear darker shadows, I always go for brown -it’s basically the only colour that I don’t feel looks garish on me), but as you can probably tell from the state of the shadows, my preference is for those neutral shades which give this palette its name. Which is why, when the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette  was released, I immediately wanted it, too.

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette: review

Urban Decay naked 3 Palette

Naked 3 has more of those pinky-neutral shades than the original palette does, which makes it a better choice for someone like me, who’ll use the darker shades only occasionally. It has a couple of other benefits over the original, too: one is the metal case, which should be much more durable than the velvety-cardboard of the original, and which also snaps closed – the original palette just has a foldover case, which is fine if you’re using it at home, but might be a bit of a pain if you’re travelling with it.

The third palette also comes with a double-ended brush, which is more versatile than the single one which came with the original – and you can always use another brush, can’t you?

As for the shadows themselves, well, being a relative newcomer to the world of eye shadow use, I don’t have a lot to compare them to, and I’m also not really up-to-date with the jargon beauty bloggers use to describe this kind of thing, but I can at least say that I don’t have any complaints about this: it  looks good, applies easily, and lasts well. I also have the Urban Decay Primer Potion , which is an awesome product, but which I have to confess, I only really use occasionally, because I don’t really need it most of the time.

Although some of these colours are very subtle (hence the lack of swatches: taking photos of my own arms is a skill that continues to elude me. They didn’t teach this stuff at school in my day, you know, although they possibly do NOW, for all I know, and if they don’t, they probably should. I mean, I have never in my adult life had to work out the angles of a triangle, but I HAVE had to try to photograph my own arms, so I know which skill I’d rather have…), many of them have a nice shimmer to them, which I really like, especially on the lids.

In conclusion: I love these. A whole lot. And now I can’t wait for Naked 4, 5, 6 and on!

(* By ‘threw out’ I mean ‘gave away the stuff that was still usable, then binned the rest’…)

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  • I’ve got Naked 1 and 2, tempted to get the 3rd one. Can’t go wrong with them x

    October 3, 2014
  • I love this palette. Bought it with some birthday vouchers and honestly use every colour. Now considering 1 and 2 x

    October 3, 2014
  • I also have Naked and Naked 3, they are so pretty! But I still haven’t gotten the hang of avoiding the look of “little girl let loose in mummy’s makeup bag”, as you put it, so I don’t wear them often… Only when its okay to have A LOT of makeup on (I guess I have the same eyelid problem too) Here’s to hoping one day I’ll just magically get it right 😀

    October 3, 2014
  • Totally agree – I have these two palettes and barely ever go for anything else in my make up drawer. I use Toasted a lot from Naked 1 on a day to day as it sets off my blue eyes 🙂

    October 3, 2014
  • Nellie


    This was just what I have been looking for, I’m so glad you wrote this! I’m always looking for more subdued eyeshadows, so, I’m excited to try these.

    October 3, 2014
  • I love my naked 3 palette! I’ve always been very simple when it came to shadows as I’m much more of a basic eyeliner kind of girl, but it’s nice to discover a palette that really works well and is simple yet chic. Glad I found your blog — it’s stunning and full of good advice!

    October 5, 2014
  • Great review! I’m heading over to Sephora to pick one up now! Thanks for sharing!

    The Mama Gazette

    October 6, 2014
  • Leia


    I too have the fairly hooded eyes and completely understand the greater area and amount needed to even recognize that there is eyeshadow up there somewhere and the tendency to look ridiculous thereafter. My sis is a genius with makeup (I got NONE of that gene) and taught me a daily look that I don’t dare deviate from in fear of the above ridiculousness. You look gorgeous in your pics so I can’t imagine how much more amazing you will look as you experiment with your new pallet!

    October 6, 2014
  • My naked 1 palette looks exactly like yours, I love those light shades too. I have the naked 3 but I kind of struggle to use it so most days I go back to naked 1.
    I find naked 3 a little harder to wear, I think it’s slightly too pink toned for me.

    I think my next purchase will be naked basics but I think there is a new one coming out so might wait until I can compare them.

    I can’t remember the last time I used an eyeshadow other than these ones.

    October 12, 2014
  • I’ve avoided eyeshadow (except a single cream-coloured Revlon one) for years, but since getting a couple of Benefit kits I’ve been experimenting a bit more*, and have been toying with the idea of getting a Naked palette for a while. Think you might have convinced me to put one on my Christmas list. Naked 3 does look particularly lovely.

    *I swear I’ll NEVER get the hang of shading the crease though!

    October 14, 2014