This palette holds a special place in my heart as it was the first “high end” palette that I ever bought. I got it in 2014 from Sephora in New York which was well before Sephora reached Australia, let alone my local shopping centre. I was just beginning to enjoy makeup at the time and I hadn’t done a lot of research into the Urban Decay brand. From memory, the Naked 3 palette had only recently been released and I fell in love with all the shades of pink without thinking about the practicality of actually wearing them, or how much they suited me, or how pigmented the colours were.
First off, the packaging is to die for! I love the rose brown packaging (not quite rose gold), with the gold writing. I also love the texture that they gave it. It for sure has the nicest packaging out of all the other Naked palettes, in my opinion. You can really feel the quality in the plastic and it’s especially noticeable when you click it shut…it’s so satisfying. The palette also has a nice big mirror which is really appreciated, especially when travelling. There is also a double-ended brush that’s provided which is always appreciated because again, great for travelling as you have 2 brushes instead of one. One side is a fluffy blending brush, and the other side is a small packing brush. Both sides are of great quality but I find the blending side a bit dense for the crease. Sure, it’ll do the job, but I prefer to use it for packing and blending the outer V, as well as blending eyeshadow into my lower lash line. The packing side definitely works for all over the lid, but when I have other brush options, I prefer to use this one for my brow bone or inner corner.
As it turns out… I now really dislike this palette for a few reasons. As much as it does break my heart to admit it because it is so beautifully packaged… the quality just is not there.
The palette features 12 shades:
- STRANGE – pale neutral pink matte-satin
- DUST – pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter
- BURNOUT – light pinky-peach satin
- LIMIT – light dusty rose matte
- BUZZ – metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter
- TRICK – light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle
- NOONER – medium pinky-brown matte
- LIAR – medium metallic mauve shimmer
- FACTORY – pinky-brown satin
- MUGSHOT – metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift
- DARKSIDE – deep taupe-mauve satin
- BLACKHEART – smoky black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle
Many of the shimmer shades just aren’t buttery enough and the glitter doesn’t stay on the brush or skin thus resulting in a LOT of fall out. This is especially noticeable in the shades “dust” and “burnout”. I’d suggest using some kind of cream base before applying either of these shadows, however, the pigment still isn’t quite at the level of the other Naked palettes. The shade Blackheart is also quite terrible. It’s much smoother than Dust and Burnout, but the pigmentation is awful. Rather than being a black/brown shade with pink/red shimmers, it’s more of a grey. So unless that’s the look you want, I wouldn’t recommend it.
The other shimmer/satin shades (Buzz, Trick, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside) are definitely better. They’re much more buttery and pigmented and for sure the best quality shades from the palette. It’s just a bit of a shame because I don’t really wear silver or grey shadows so I never really make use of these shades. I feel like a lot of the images of this palette on google have a warm filter which makes these shades look like a warm champagne instead of the cool silvery champagne that they actually are. Darkside is definitely more of a satin finish than a shimmer. It doesn’t have as many glitters in the shadow as the rest.
They shades Buzz and Trick are very nice warm shades. “Trick” would definitely have to be my favourite from the palette and one of the only ones that I use on the regular. I also really like Buzz for when I’m doing a pink eyeshadow look, but that’s not every often.
As for the matte shades… I do like the shade Strange quite a bit. It’s actually my other favourite in the palette. It’s quite pigmented and not too cool so I really like using it for my brow bone highlight. In saying this, it’s not worth buying a palette for a matte white and gold shimmer. Limit is really not pigmented at all and Nooner is okaaayyy…but nothing spectacular. The colours are nice but again, they could be more pigmented and I find them quite hard to blend.
To even achieve the swatches pictured above, I had to rub my fingers really hard in each pan and the photo does this palette more justice than what it deserves.
You can purchase this palette from Mecca for $83AUD. I don’t believe that it is worth the money at all as you can get 16-18 Too Faced shades that are better quality for $70AUD.