January 22, 2014

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette || A Different Opinion

Hey lovely people!

Now, I know it's been a while since the release of the said "God Child" that is Naked 3 was released. I've owned it for nearly a month, but I feel that I've had a decent amount of time to have formed a somewhat valid opinion on it. I often buy things and think they're amazing/rubbish straight away, without giving myself any time to give it a chance. So bearing that in mind, and the fact I've had exams over the last two weeks, here I am with my review.




When Urban Decay announced that they were releasing a third in their series of Naked eyeshadow palettes, I was the most excited I think I've ever been about a make up release. My only other Naked palette is the original and I've used it virtually every day since I got it in September 2012 as a good luck as uni present from my parents! I thought that together with my love for the original palette, my love of pink and the rose hue of the shadows in Naked 3, it was a love affair that could never end.




I'm not going to go on about all of the colours in the palette separately, but I am going to mention just a few throughout my little review. So the palette consists of 3 matte shades and 9 what I would call glitter/shimmer shades. Individually, the colours of the palette are a spectacle to admire. They looks so pretty and my mind works overtime when imagining all the combinations of shades. However, on my lids, the colours don't quite come off. I have very pale skin and it doesn't bode well for this palette. Unlike Naked 1, where I found myself rocking paler, natural lids from the likes of Sin, Virgin and Naked with a darker outer corner from Smog, Hustle and Toasted, I find myself feeling very dressy when I wear the "paler" shades from Naked 3. The pinks, Burnout, Strange, Limit, all look rather dark on my eyelids. Luckily, my style is changing as the months are passing and I'm becoming more and more comfortable with my darker lids, but it didn't half make me a little sad inside (get your violins out).


With Burnout on my lids - can you see how dark it looks against my skin?

This is where I will talk about one of the shades in particular. Dust. Dust is exactly what it says on the, quite literally, tin. Much like Sidecar in the original Naked, it's a glitter based shadow that splashes onto your cheeks when you apply it, and no matter how hard you try, it's almost impossible to remove. It makes me feel like onlookers will see my glitter flushed cheeks and think I am unable to apply it correctly - never a good feeling! I'm gutted about this. I had high hopes that it would be my new "Sin", but it's just too flaky. 




Next up is Trick. I expected a rose-hued Half Baked equivalent and was really let down by the results when attempting to apply Trick. It's really hard to pick up on a brush, so much so that I've had to scratch at the surface to stop the compaction on the shadow. It's still really hard to apply and I'm just a bit let down! If anyone has any suggestions on how to improve this - please do let me know.



I must, however, go on to explain my love for Black Heart; a black with rose red flecks. How could you not love it? It helps me achieve the perfect smoky eye and I fall in love with it again every time I use it.


I wanted to post this to show that not everyone has fallen quite so head over heels about Naked 3. I really do love it and want to thank my parents so much for popping it under the tree at Christmas for me (if you'r reading!), but I wanted to be honest in my review and explain why it hasn't quite knocked me off my feet. The shades are beautiful but with my skin tone they make for a much more "outy" look than the day-time one I was expecting. 



Have you had this experience too? Or are you head over heels?

Love, Steph xxxx

12 comments:

  1. I agree about Trick I had to scratch the surface of mine too in order to get some pigmentation, however I absolutely adore Dust I think it's so cute and pretty and wear it almost every day (I have pale skin) and haven't found it to fall onto my cheeks. I completely agree with you about Blackheart best shadow in the palette!!
    Love review nice to seem something different.

    www.healthyyetbeautiful.blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. It's really irritating, because now I kind of forget that it exists. I wish I felt the same about Dust, I really don't like it :( xxxx

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  2. I really enjoyed reading this - nice to read a different opinion and I felt exactly the same about Dust but otherwise I did like all the other shades... However this was my first Urban Decay purchase and I do want to buy the original palette :) xo

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    1. Get the original and do a comparison! Let me know what you think xxxx

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  3. As pretty the palette is, I don't really have any aspirations to add this to my make up collection. I would absolutely love it but I'm not a big eyeshadow wearer and can't bring myself to fork out for it that I won't get much use out of. Saying that, I always like to experiment with make up so a couple of months down the line I may be eating my words hahaha!! It's nice to see a different opinion on the palette though :) if I do get into eyeshadow more I'll probably lean towards getting the first palette as a tester and see how I get on with that! xxx

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    1. Yes, definitely go for the first palette if any. It's the most-loved by far, I feel xxxx

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  4. its great for me if the shadows come off dark, i really want it and thought the colours would be too light for y complexion. this is a very honest review and much appreciaced. i felt like people were instantly inlove with this palette because of the hype and i didnt want to spend a lot of money (lets be honest!) on a palette that might have not been a great choice for my dark skin.

    im gonna have to go and find it now :)
    from Brigitte at // BreezeyBee Blog | BlogLovin'

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    1. Yes, it will probably work on a dark skin tone - I'm a tad too pale I feel haha xxxx

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  5. Great honest post! I have similar feelings. I need to play around with it a bit more before posting a formal review, but I agree!

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    1. Funny, isn't it!? Let me know when you post - if you do xxxx

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  6. It's always good to hear another opinion - the palettes are so expensive for me that I like to do a good bit of research before a purchase. Maybe nothing will ever live up to the first Naked palette!

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    1. I'm not sure that it will you know! It was amazing! xxxx

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