3 days, 3 ways with the Urban Decay Naked 3 eye-shadow palette

Ever since it's launch, I've been obsessed with getting the new Naked 3 eye-shadow palette from Urban Decay. I already own the Naked 2 and love it, so the Naked 3 seemed like the perfect addition to my growing stack of shadow palettes.

A close-up of all the shades in the Urban Decay Naked 3 eye-shadow palette.
Image via Secret Style File

Unlike the previous Naked palettes, the Naked 3 is firmly planted in the rose/pink color family. Just like the other Naked palettes, the shadows have great pigmentation and staying power. They also primarily are all shimmery, but I notice that there is less fallout with the Naked 3 than with my Naked 2.

I love the left side of the palette, which is where the pinkest shades reside. Strange is a great matte base color, while Dust has just enough shimmer to act as a nice highlight. Burnout and Limit are matte as well and are great lid and crease colors, while I enjoy using Buzz as an accent highlight on the middle of my lids. Buzz is more of a magenta IRL than it appears in the above photo and is very shimmery. Trick reminds me of a lighter version of the Chopper shade in the Naked 2, which is one of my favourite shades from that palette.

The rest of the shades I have to admit I don't really love. Maybe it's because I haven't quite gotten a feel for them, but I find Liar, Factory and Mugshot to be a lot darker than I prefer. I think they would be nice for evening looks, but I prefer the corresponding shades in the Naked 2, which are warmer and lighter for day. Darkside and Blackheart are great smoky eyes shades though and Blackheart especially is fun to wear with its glittery finish.

Since shadow palettes can be intimidating to wear, I thought I'd share 3 simple daytime looks that I tried out. All of these only required 2 brushes to create: an all-over wide brush and a smaller tapered brush. Remember everyone: blending is your friend.

Sample eye-shadow look with the Naked 3

Day 1
Trick all over lid
Strange on brow bone and inner corner
Burnout on crease
Darkside along lash line

Sample eyeshadow look with Naked 3

Day 2
Liar on lid
Mugshot on brow bone
Factory on outer corner and lower lash line
Finish with Mugshot dabbed on center of lid

Sample look with Naked 3

Day 3
Dust on lid and lower lash line
Limit lash line up to crease

As you can see, all the looks are fairly similar! Not surprising since this IS called the Naked palette, so all the colours are made to be pretty neutral. Day 1 could be a nice day-to-night look, simply layer on more of Blackheart to make it more smoky, while Day 3 is a very light, innocent look.

What do you think of all these looks? Which is your favourite?

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