Never has a new palette conjured up such happiness and apathy in equal measures from the beauty buying public. As soon as the Naked 3 palette was confirmed and a few images were released, it instantly divided girls as to whether it was another must have neutral palette to add to their collection or too similar to it’s predecessors to warrant the price tag. Personally, I adore my neutrals so I was dying to see this up close and now I have it safely in my mitts, I can give you a proper lowdown.
This is definitely a close cousin to the Naked 1 and 2, the difference here being the slightly rosier tone to shades that didn’t exist in the first two palettes. I found the Naked 1 quite warm in tone, probably a little too warm in fact, the Naked 2 cooler (and this is the palette I turn to the most) while Naked 3 has a subtle rose tone to some of the shades while the rest have a more cool neutral tone. You can see pictures below with a flash and in (dull) natural light to get more of an idea of the shades and their many facets plus one of my badly taken photos at the event showing all three palettes together.
Personally, as soon as I laid my eyes on this I was sold and I had gone in with a very cynical eye as I wanted to give a fair review. As you would expect, all the shadows are beautifully made, carefully chosen and packaged like a dream. But if you’ve tried Urban Decay before you know all this so what you really want to know is if it’s worth buying if you own the other two Naked palettes.
Well this is where I have to say it’s down to personal choice. For me, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of palettes like this simply because they’re the types of shades I love to see and wear the most. There’s enough variation here to make this a good step away from either of the other palettes, a much bigger step than exists between 1 and 2. If you’re a neutral addict like me, this is a dream palette, the shades are simply divine, full stop, and Urban Decay eyeshadows are a dream to use.
It’s a safe palette in the sense that it’s not going to shock you, but the Naked Palettes aren’t about shocking colours, they’re about the perfect neturals. In that sense, this does exactly what it says on the tin. I don’t think Urban Decay have copped out with this as I love it and I think the third palette is completely justified. I just think 3 palettes in, some girls may feel one palette like this is enough and that’s a completely valid point. But for me, I can’t get enough of these types of palettes and this addition is everything I’d hoped it would be. It may in fact turn out to be my favourite with it’s beautiful mix of pink and purple tones and golds and browns and it’s huge value for the size and amount of eyeshadows you get for under €50.
AND, if that isn’t enough for you Urban Decay addicts, there are also a new range of double ended 24/7 glide on liners to match the Naked and Basic palettes and some brand new nail varnishes for Christmas. The eyeliners are a sure fire winner, they’re €16 (€2 cheaper than the regular liners) and in an absolutely gorgeous range of shades you can view in my shoddy phone photo below!
So girls, that’s your lot for now! If you’re dying to get your hands on one of these palettes (and I’d really encourage you to check it out once it hits the shops) this baby hits Debenhams on December 16th for €44.