Urban Decay Naked 3 | Swatches, Comparison & Review


I think it’s official- I am addicted to Urban Decay’s palettes. Not the worst thing to be addicted to, but definitely not the best thing for my bank account. When this lovely little rose gold palette turned up on my doorstep yesterday, the very fist thing I did was take about 374 pictures so I could do a quick blog post (this one) but now I’ve finally finished swatching so I think it’s about time I did a real review (is this the 100th review of the Naked 3 palette you’ve read?) with some pictures that are possibly slightly more useful:).

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Naked 3 comes with four primer potion samples (Original, Sin, Eden and Anti Ageing) which is alright if you’re looking for a new primer, but personally I’m a little upset that it doesn’t come with a mini product. I feel like you should get free primer samples with these sort of products anyway, so it would be nice if it came with a little eye pencil or something.

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Naked 3’s brush is dual ended, one side for application and one for blending, and it’s rose gold like the tin- so pretty! I think I prefer this brush to the other two, the application side for applying colour is the same (see below) but the blending side is awesome for getting a defined-but-still-blended look.

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The brushes from Naked, Naked 2 and Naked 3.

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The packaging is very similar to Naked 2- it feels pretty strong and contains a full sized mirror which I love. This one is meant to look like an art tin, apparently, which is a cute idea but I kind of just think it looks ‘rippled’..? What do you think? I am, however, absolutely loving the colour of the tin- I have a bit of a thing for rose gold. It matches the colour scheme of the eyeshadows so beautifully!

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The swatches! So bloody beautiful:

Strange is a very pale, matte baby pink.

Dust is a light metallic pink.

Burnout is a shimmery, rosy peach.

Limit is a pale, matte dusty pink.

Buzz is a metallic, almost purple toned rose gold.

Trick is a metallic peachy-bronze.

Nooner is a matte, brown-toned medium pink.

Liar is a very rosy shade with metallic gold.

Factory is a shimmery, cool taupe.

Mugshot is a light, shimmery slightly grey brown.

Darkside is a matte, dark grey toned taupe.

Blackheart is almost black with red shimmer.

I think the rose gold theme in this palette is so beautiful. I’m absolutely loving Burnout, Limit, Trick and Liar but Blackheart is the most insanely beautiful colour I have ever seen. I think the combination of finishes in this palette is even better than in the previous two- there are three mattes, and few metallics and the rest are either slightly shimmery or satin. No crazy glitters this time!

I don’t think I really have to say anything about the formula or staying power of these eyeshadows other than it’s as perfect as all of Urban Decay’s. They’re lovely:)!

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Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit.

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Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar.

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Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart.

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Ok, this is the real question surrounding this palette- do you need to buy it?  Honestly, out of all the palettes this one is definitely the most unique. I think that with the first two you can kind of pick one or the other (I personally think Naked is better if you have a warmer skin tone, and Naked 2 is nice if you have a cool skin tone if you’re wondering:D) but Naked 3 is something else altogether. If it wasn’t for the packaging, I’m not sure I would even know it was a Naked palette and I mean that in the best way possible. I can’t think of a skin tone or eye colour that wouldn’t be able to pull this palette off- though I do think that if you have green eyes and a tan this would look stunning.

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Naked vs. Naked 2- very old post of those here!

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Naked vs. Naked 3- the only somewhat similar colours here are Strange (N3) & Virgin (N), Dust (N3) & Sin (N), Liar (N3) & Tease (N), Mugshot (N3) & Sidecar (N) and Blackheart (N3) & Creep (N).

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Naked 2 vs. Naked 3- a few similarities in these palettes, mainly Trick (N3) & Chopper (N2), Nooner (N3) & Tease (N2) and Darkside (N3) & Pistol (N2).

All the shades in Naked 3 are new and (for now) exclusive. They’re absolutely stunning and I actually love this palette just as much as I love Naked 2. The colours, even though some of them look a little bit scary, are totally wearable for everyday and evening eye make-up. I’m completely in love.

Are you thinking of buying Naked 3? Actually, I think the better question is ‘are you strong enough to resist it’? :).

It’s being released in the UK tomorrow, for £37 (£1 more expensive than the last two, of course) at Debenhams, House of Fraser, Beauty Bay and Look Fantastic.

What do you think?:)

Urban Decay Naked 3


I quite literally just screamed. Look what finally arrived!! Isn’t it magical?

I’m working on a swatch/ comparison/ review post right now, but I just had to get a few pictures up. My next post will be up later today or tomorrow, so if you’re not sick of the reviews of the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette yet then please stick around!

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Did I say ‘a few pictures’?

Urban Decay Naked Basics


I finally bought the Naked Basics palette! This teeny tiny, almost completely matte palette has been on my wishlist for ages- pretty much since I bought Naked and Naked 2 in May. The only thing that was stopping me from buying it is that before my little eye shadow-wearing-project, I didn’t realise I could wear matte eye shadows. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I have very pale skin so I always thought that warm, matte eye shadows would look too natural, but too dark. Basically I was worried about looking like I’d broken my nose or something. I have, however, found myself reaching for my matte Soap&Glory quad and shades like Urban Decay’s Naked, Foxy and Tease recently, so I decided it was time to try out Naked Basics. This might also have a lot to do with being really really psyched about Naked 3 too. I’ve become a little bit of an Urban Decay junkie.

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Naked Basics contains 6 eyeshadows (of which five are matte, and one is a satin, semi-matte kind of finish) which is half as many as in the original palettes but still enough to create a full (and very pretty) eye make-up look. It’s also great for the base for more colourful eyeshadows because they can look so natural. All shadows are 1.3 grams or 0.05 US oz, the same as in the other Naked palettes.

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The formula is exceptional, as always, and all the shadows last hours without the need for a primer. They apply beautifully and are easy to blend while still staying put, which is absolutely perfect if, like me, you’re pretty useless at applying eye shadow:).

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Venus is the only shadow in the palette which isn’t matte. It’s a satin finish, which means it’s just shimmery enough to work as a highlight, but still natural enough to use all over the lid. It’s a pale, creamy neutral shade which doesn’t seem to be either yellow or pink toned.

Foxy has already made an appearance in Naked 2. It’s a very pale yellow which is beautiful as an all-over-the-lid base (particularly if the rest of your make-up is pink). Matte.

Walk of Shame is one of my favourites. It’s pink the way Foxy is yellow and it’s pigmented enough to cover veins or discolouration on your eyelid. Matte.

Naked 2 is a lovely pale taupe which I use from my lash line to my crease. It’s lighter and much more cool toned than Naked (from the Naked palette) and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Matte.

Faint is a cool, medium/ dark brown and perfect for my eyebrows. I wear this blended into my crease and it looks absolutely gorgeous- my most worn out of this palette.

Crave is a strange one; I thought it was completely black until I compared it to Blackout from Naked 2. Turns out Crave is a very, very dark brown. I wear it as a liner which is just slightly more subtle than using Creep or Blackout but still very pretty. *It’s one of those that now I know it’s brown, I can’t believe I ever thought it was black.*

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The only thing I’m not completely in love with about this little palette is the packaging. It looks beautiful and it’s really strong and functional, but it chips my nail polish like crazy when I try to open it! That’s kind of annoying, but apart from that it’s perfect. It’s only slightly longer than a credit card and it’s the same width, so it’s absolutely perfect for travelling. It’s literally pocket sized, has a full sized mirror and doesn’t contain a brush or any crappy applicators. The packaging feels kind of like Sleek’s (and what I imagine Nars’ like), but it doesn’t seem to get as dirty because it’s not black.

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If you want to try out Urban Decay’s shadows but don’t want to hand over £36 (or twice that if you can’t decide which Naked palette is prettiest!), then this is the perfect solution. It’s £20 and it’s just lovely- try it out. I can guarantee you’ll be hooked on Urban Decay before you know it.

Available at DebenhamsHouse of FraserBeauty Bay and Look Fantastic. You can also get hold of it on Amazon and Ebay, but you’ll gave to pay quite a bit more.

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Bourjois Little Round Pot | Intense & Light


I’ve wanted to try these forever, and they’re 3 for 2 at the moment at Superdrug so I went a little bit insane. To be fair, I couldn’t find any collection-type swatch-reviews anywhere and I couldn’t compare the colours, so I just bought all of the ones that were in stock.

I’ve been in love with Bourjois and the little-round-pots since I bought a few of their blushers almost a year ago. The packaging is just the cutest thing! It’s really not the most practical but they’re so lovely and they look gorgeous in my make-up drawer. So, anyway, I wanted to try the little round pots for eyes but the original ones never really appealed to me. They didn’t seem insanely pigmented so they always kind of fell to the back of my wishlist. The ‘Intense’ and ‘Light’ versions, however, looked awesome.

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The packaging for these little round pots is slightly thinner than the originals- probably because they don’t contain an annoying applicator. They aren’t as scented as the blushes (which I actually love the smell of) either, but there is a very faint, floral note to them- nothing offensive or overpowering.

These eye shadows last for at least seven hours without using a primer before they start to fade. They’re lovely to apply and blend and the pigmentation is genuinely amazing. My only slight problem with them is the fall out- particularly with the darker colours. You definitely have to use these before you do your foundation or concealer because they just get everywhere. I do find them some of them (the lighter shades) are just a little bit too shimmery, but they’re so pretty that I can put up with that.

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The pigmentation is insane, I barely swatched these and that’s bloody amazing.

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Extreme close up, just so you can compare that to the swatches.

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01 Light

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02 Light

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What do you think of these? I’m really loving 11 and 01, and I really like the 02 Light as a highlight. They’re so pretty! There are a few more shades I want to try, there’s a purple one and another Light shade which I think will finish off my little collection.

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