Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Product Review: Urban Decay's 'Naked 3'


Happy hump day all! A broken laptop charger has left me M.I.A. from the blogosphere for a little while now. However, I have been super excited to write this post for a while now and share my new beauty obsession: the Urban Decay 'Naked 3' Palette. Urban Decay has slowly become one of my go-to brands for all things that involve my eyes. Their formulas are so long-lasting and their pigmented colors really make a statement. I have a few of their products in my daily makeup routine but this palette is the real deal.


I had been eyeing up the Naked collections since they made their debut in Sephora a few years ago. However, the $50-something price tag had deterred me from taking the plunge. Thankfully Santa landed this pretty little thing under my tree and I have been in love ever since! The 'Naked 1' and 'Naked 2' collections tended to have more brown undertones so I knew the 'Naked 3' would work best for my rose-tinted complexion.


There are 12 shades total (each equivalent of a full-sized eyeshadow) that showcase hues of pinks and browns. I have worn each of the colors so far and have found that they are extremely blendable and easy to use. For those who are looking for an every day look - even if you feel like you aren't the best at makeup - this is a great thing to find:


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.

My go-to combos are either 'Limit' (with 'Nooner' in the crease) for a matte look or 'Liar' (with 'Mugshot' in the crease) for a more shimmery look - both with 'Strange' on my brow bone. The best part is that each combo of colors can be taken from day-to-night extremely easy by just layering the darker colors on top. Also, since each color is fairly easy to wear I'm not nervous about running out of my favorite shades. This is a palette where you can basically swap one color out for another with only a minor shift - making it's longevity well worth the price tag.



I also highly recommend investing in Urban Decay's eyeshadow primer if the palette suits you. I use 'Sin' (a shimmery champagne shade) under my colors and it creates a long-lasting barrier that is equally beautiful on its own! You can also purchase an anti-aging or matte formula if that's something you prefer. Bonus: most stores also give you a week's worth sample of each of these primers when you purchase the palette. This is a major perk in finding out whether or not the primer is something you'd love to have and also gives you more insight into the different formulas.

The packaging of the palette itself is heavy-duty and is in it for the long haul. It's a big larger in size but easy enough to throw into my makeup bag for a weekend trip and still having every color option at the reach of a hand. The package also comes with a two-sided brush that has proven itself so far. The larger/fluffier side glides the color on flawlessly and makes for easy blending. The thinner/flatter side allows for easy application on the lower lash line. There is also a large built-in mirror in the back of the packaging which is convenient for touching up on the go.


Overall I'm completely infatuated with this product and have only heard great things from my friends who wear it as well. Have you tried any of the other Naked palettes? If so, what were your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!





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