Wednesday, November 27, 2013

NAKED3 - 1st Impression Review!

Hi my lovelies! So, as I'm sure you've all heard, the NAKED3 palette went on sale on Urban Decay's website last week. I bought mine probably 15 minutes after I got the notification so, I was lucky to get mine before it sold out! I just received it yesterday and I haven't had much time to play around with it, so this is going to be a "First Impression" review. Keep in mind, these are my own initial impressions about this product, and as always, I will give you my honest opinion. I have been getting a ton of requests for swatches of this palette and I know my followers are eagerly awaiting this blog post, so I'll get started!

As I'm sure you've all seen, this is the outer packaging of the palette. It is a beautiful rose gold with a rippled texture and is embossed with gold lettering. It is very similar to the Naked2 in that it is metal and has a large mirror on the inside.
(For the purpose of the photo above I covered up the mirror with the outer packaging.) This palette also comes with a double ended synthetic brush. In comparison to the brush that you receive with the Naked2 palette, this one has a short and flat "packer" type brush on one end and a blending brush on the other. The "packer" brush is pretty much the same as the one that comes with the Naked2 however, the blending brush is a little bit different than the one that comes with the Naked2 palette. This one is slightly shorter and is more flat, whereas the blending brush with the Naked2 has longer bristles and looks more like a classic blending brush. This brush you receive in the Naked3 has pretty much the same stiffness and texture as the one that comes in the Naked2 palette.

There are 12 different shades in the Naked3 palette and just as Urban Decay has stated on their website, they are all rose-hued neutral shades. There are 3 completely matte shades in the palette and the remaining shades range in finishes from satin to shimmery to downright metallic. I swatched them all on the back of my hand and took photographs outside in the sunlight.
Above are the first 4 shades in the palette. From left to right: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit.
  • Strange: Matte cream shade with a very slight hint of pink. Great for a highlight.
  • Dust: Metallic finish champagne pink. This was very flaky when I swatched it.
  • Burnout: Satin finish with a bit of microshimmer. This swatches as a true "rose gold". It definitely had more of a gold tone than "dust".
  • Limit: Matte pinky/mauve shade that has a teeny bit of a beige tone to it...especially in the pan. This was a tiny bit flaky when I swatched it. This would be a great transition color.
 
These are the next 4 shades in the palette: From left to right: Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar
  • Buzz: Deep rosy/mauve with microshimmer and has a finish that borders on metallic. One of the prettiest shades in the palette in my opinion.
  • Trick: Mid-tone shimmery bronze with a very slight hint of a rosy hue. In the pan it appears as just gold, but when sheered out you can see a tiny bit of a pinkish color.
  • Nooner: Matte mid-tone mauve. This is an interesting shade because even though I see it as a true "mauve"...I do notice that it has a bit of a lilac tone to it. Very beautiful color and is also great for a transition shade.
  • Liar: Satiny/metallic finish brownish pink. It appears much darker in the pan, but it comes off highly reflective and lighter in a swatch.
 
These are the last 4 shades in the palette (and obviously much darker from the rest of the palette's shades): From left to right: Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart
  • Factory: Deep shimmery brown with a touch of rose-tone shimmer.
  • Mugshot: Metallic finish deep rosy/bronze. This is similar to "Factory" but is more metallic and has more of a rose tone.
  • Darkside: Satin finish deep taupey/brown with rose toned shimmer. This shade is very deceiving in the pan. I thought it would be matte! 
  • Blackheart: Very dark plummy/charcoal shade with flecks of rosy glitter. In my opinion, this isn't really a "black" shade. However, because of the flecks of rosy glitter, it may just be altering the way I see it. It is definitely the darkest shade in the palette.
I did want to see how some of the shades performed when applied, so I did do a quick eye look with some of the shades in the palette.


For this look I used Urban Decay Primer Potion and the brush that comes with the palette. I first used "Nooner" as a transition shade in and above my crease. I used "Burnout" all over my lid. I then took "Liar" and used that on the outer part of my lid and blended it up into the crease. And, I just HAD to use "Blackheart" to see how that would perform on the eye! I used it on my outer "v", blended it just slightly into my natural crease and created a slight wing shape towards my the end of my brow. As you can see, you really don't see any of the rosy glitter in the shade, it is not a very prominent glitter. I used a bare brush and blended out all of the edges. I took a very small wispy brush and used a bit of  "Burnout" and blended it around the border of the shadows and used "Strange" as a brow highlight and my tearduct. (It doesn't show up on me very well because I am so pale.) Then, instead of using a regular black eyeliner, I used "Blackheart" on my upper and lower lashlines. On my lower lashline I used "Burnout" with a pencil brush to go over the "Blackheart" so I had a bit of a smokier look and a bit of glow on the lower lashline.

Overall first impression:

These shades are definitely all rose-hued as Urban Decay has advertised. I find that even though some of the shades may swatch a bit flaky (which isn't unusual for some Urban Decay shadows), they are incredibly easy to work with and blend out beautifully! There is such a range of colors in the Naked3 palette that you will be able to create many looks. I can only compare these shades to the Naked2 palette since I don't have the original Naked palette. In comparison to the Naked2, I find that there is no overlap whatsoever in the shades. Not even close! The shadows in the Naked3 are everything I've come to expect from Urban Decay. They are all a very smooth texture, the pigmentation is phenomenal and the are so incredibly easy to work with that blending is a cinch! You may experience a bit of fallout if you don't tap off your brush, but it seemed to me that there was less fallout with these shades than I've experienced with the Naked2 palette.

In conclusion, if you love pinks, rosy shades, rose golds and don't mind highly shimmery shadows, you will definitely enjoy this palette! I do think that Urban Decay did a great job with the shades of matte shadows as well. "Strange" is great for a matte highlight and "Limit" and "Nooner" are great mid-toned matte shades for transition colors. The Naked3 palette can give you such a range of looks from deep and dark for fall, to light and fresh for spring! This palette gets a huge thumbs up from me!

Random tips:
  • Always tap off your brush before applying shadows. You will minimize fallout that way.
  • If you are using shades that you KNOW will have alot of fallout, use shadow shields or you can use some translucent powder. Dust on some translucent powder under you eyes (but don't pat it in!) and let it just sit there. Any fallout you get will adhere to the powder and, using a fan brush, just whisk the powder away! Fallout goes with it!
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