I am pretty sure most of you have heard of Urban Decay and the Naked 3 Palette, but for those who have not yet.. It is time for you to be introduced to one of my favorite beauty brands, especially so for eye products!
Urban Decay is an American beauty brand that aims to produce cosmetic products with an edge for women who love unique and fun colors and who are not afraid to show their individuality. This brand is very popular in the world of beauty lovers and the Naked Palettes are one of its major current successes. As you have read, we are going to discuss the Naked 3 palette, which means there are 2 previous palettes as well. Naked (1) consists of bronze-hued neutrals and Naked 2 has more taupe and grey/beige neutral eyeshadows. I also have the Naked Palette and it is one of my favorites, but I will write about that another time.
I think the colors of Naked and Naked 2 are quite similar, but Naked 3 really stands out. The palette comes in a rose-gold case with golden writing and it looks really sleek and pretty. The 12 eyeshadows of Naked 3 are all pink-hued going from from pale, shimmery pink (that is perfect as a highlighter) to deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter (which will work beautifully with smokey eyes). It is obvious that there is a lot to choose from.. so let us have a closer look at the shades:
At a first glance the 12 different eyeshadows all look gorgeous. There is some variation available from shimmery to matte eyeshadows and the darker the colors are the more brown you will find in them. Urban Decay's eyeshadows have a special velvet formula making them soft to the touch and easy to apply to your eyes. If your eyelids are rather oily you should be careful of this, but I really love the eyeshadows for their intense colors, beautiful shine and amazing durability.
Each Naked Palette always contains a brush and primer potion. The latter I will talk about in a separate article, but I will have a closer look at the brush right now. The brush in Naked 3 is new a double-ended brush for being, well..., double-ended (doh). The flatter brush is called the Good Karma Shadow brush and you can use it to apply your eyeshadow. The other brush is the Blending brush, which is made for blending colors so the eyeshadows look more fluid and softer. Now let us have an even closer look at the 12 eyeshadows:
The first eyeshadow is called "Strange" and is described as a pale neutral pink matte-satin eyeshadow, well that is a complex way to describe a color I will mainly be using in my inner-V and my browbone. It is a simple and matte color and I like it, but it is not very special. The second color, "Dust" is the complete opposite. It just looks so magical with its pale metallic pink shimmer and the micro glitters. They should have called this "Pixie Dust" and I would have agreed! "Burnout" is a peachy satin color that gives off a smooth and soft shine; quite a beauty! A more rosy-pink is "Limit", which did not give off a lot in this swatch but I applied it with my pinky, so let that count for something.
It might be my crappy photo skills, but "Buzz" looked rather OK in the case. However, once applied to my skin I noticed what an amazing metallic shimmer came off. This is a deeper shade of pink with silver micro glitters. "Trick" has some major sparkle in there as well, but has a more copper shade. Now "Nooner" might look like a boring matte in comparison to all those shimmery colors, but it is not!! Just look at how deep that pink-brown eyeshadow is. There is nothing wrong with matte! We are back to shimmery shades with "Liar", which is more mauve toned. Out of these four colors... I am unable to pick a favorite.. this is getting tough!!
The last for eyeshadows have the most brown in them. "Factory" is a brown satin eyeshadow with a bit of pink shimmer in there and "Mugshot" is a more metallic shade with a pink shine! In "Darkside" I am unable to find a lot of pink, but mainly see a taupe-mauve satin eyeshadow. However, the darkest color of them all, "Blackheart" is a smokey black matte eyeshadow with rosy red micro sparkles! The last shade kind of reminds me of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Unfortunately, Urban Decay is not available for sale in any store in the Netherlands or Belgium, but you can find it online via Sephora.fr or Beautybay.com! The Naked 3 Palette will cost you €47,90 but (in my opinion) that is money well spent, because you get 12 amazingly beautiful and intense eyeshadows in a luxurious case in return! You can expect beauty looks with this palette coming up soon, but in the mean time I would love to read your opinion. Have you heard of Urban Decay before? Do you like the Naked Palettes? And have you already bought the Naked 3?