November 19, 2013

Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

urban decay naked 3 shadow palette

Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette ($52)
is the latest and greatest shadow palette in the Urban Decay Naked family! The Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette is packed with twelve (0.05 oz each) full size Urban Decay Eyeshadows and includes a dual-ended brush plus they even give you a week’s worth of samples of each of their popular Primer Potion Primers (four total samples) with your purchase.

The Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette is becoming highly coveted by beauty junkies do to the rose gold element of the shades as well as being called the “cooler nude” palette of the three Naked Eyeshadow Palettes.

Here’s a peek!

urban decay naked 3 eyes hadow palette

naked 3 eyeshadow palette

Naked 3 is beautiful inside and out! It comes in the same metal pencil case that the Naked 2 came in but this time it’s a rose gold casing with a wavy indent along the top. The interior has a generously sized mirror and a dual-ended Good Karma Brush for application and blending. I know many expressed loving the dual-ended 24/7 Eyeliner that the original Naked 1 came with but I actually prefer the brush! It’s soft, shed-free, and has two sides I can use to create a variety of looks. I have so many brushes but really all I need is a blending brush and an eyeshadow one and this includes just that.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette 34

Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette 35

The palette is gorgeous, did you really think otherwise? The shadows are pigmented with a soft, easy to blend formula and almost all of them applied and wore extremely well. Urban Decay has a way with eyeshadow and these shades pair up beautifully together and just work. Add to the fact that the mattes are just as soft and buttery as the satins and shimmers and you have a great palette. The worst offender in the palette was Dust. It was such a pretty shade and I was so excited about it but it has a lot of glitter and ends up falling out crazily. That glitter means I’m not seeing as much pigment from the shade as I hoped for. Aside from this I felt all the other colors were quite excellent!

urban decay naked 3 palette

urban decay naked3 palette

urban decay naked 3 eyeshadow palette

I’m unsure if I’d called Naked 3 the cooler palette. There’s still a lot of warm in this palette and it seems to be broken down into soft rose gold nudes with a few browns, taupes, and even plums thrown in. The first seven shades are very dedicated to a cooler, brisk look. These are the roses, the creams, the beiges, and the plums. Move down the palette to the last five shades and you’re getting more bark, chocolate, taupe, and darkened plum (Blackheart like the polish). I think yes, cooler skin tones are going to find a lot to like here but darker ones might feel like half the palette might not necessarily work for them but honestly, I’ve never been one to limit what I can wear on my eyes and none of you should either!

urban decay naked3 eye shadow palette

urban decay naked 3 eyeshadow palette swatches

urban decay naked3 eyeshadow palette

urban decay naked 3 palette swatches

urban decay naked3

urban decay naked 3 swatches

If you’re talking about the naked eye I think Naked 3 probably embodies that look the most out of all three of the palettes. Sure, naked could mean that perfect brown smoky eye which is mostly what you saw from Naked 1 and Naked 2 but Naked 3 takes the naked eye to a whole other level!

All in all the Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette is packed with soft, easy to blend shadows with plenty of pigment (and not a ton of chunky glitter or shimmer by the very way). This is well worth your fifty bucks and is an absolute must have for fans of the Naked Collection!

It’s stunning to say the least.

Below I created a rather basic look but I’ll follow up with some other looks shortly. I used Buzz in my crease and a bit of limited all over my lid and Strange to highlight my highbrow!

urban decay naked3 fotd

urban decay naked 3 fotd

And it gains a Muse Approval.

I’ll be following up with Naked 1, Naked 2, and Naked 3 comparisons shortly. I haven’t yet compared all three palettes but will do in a post shortly.

It launches later this month (I suspect Cyber Monday or maybe Black Friday!? We shall see) at and will become available in December from retailers like Sephora,,, Ulta, etc…

So tell me, honestly, will you be adding the Naked 3 Palette to your collection?

I mean you can’t just own Naked 1 and Naked 2 and NOT get 3 right?


This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Stephanie A.

    Ooooooo I want this so much!!! I have the Naked 1 but only use 3 colors from there while the Naked 2 wasn’t to my taste. Maybe the Naked 3 will be the one for me! Third time’s the charm, right? πŸ˜›

  • christine

    drool! i so WANT this! Kandee jhonson said that UD had only 4 PR Naked 3s to give out so, you got one, kandee got one and tempila got one( i forgot her name :/…hummmm i wonder who got the last one??? this must mean there is a Guru im not following lol!

    • April

      That can’t be right because I know Leesha (xsparkage) received one and so did Lauren aka Queen of Blending. I have seen some others pop up on instagram and throughout the blogosphere. I think she might have gotten some wrong information.

    • Lucy

      Jane of “From Head To Toe” just put a picture in her instagram. She has just received.

    • Twirly Girly

      Leesha – xsparkage on YouTube – got the fourth, I believe. She did a video about it and it was definitely a PR palette (sans brush!).

  • Katrina

    AH Muse I’m so excited! Totally agree with you on the naked part, the other ones seem to be more suited towards making a smokier eye while this one has a more original take on the unboring nude eye!
    BTW this is my first time commenting but I have been reading your blog religiously since 1&1/2 years ago and everything I have gotten at your suggestion has turned out to be HG. ^_^

    • the Muse

      katrina oh gosh I am so flattered and happy to hear that! It’s always nice to hear when my recs make it onto someone’s hg list πŸ˜€ and thanks for taking time out to comment today and for being such a loyal reader πŸ™‚ <3!

  • Olivia Boros

    It is beautiful!!! I would love to have it, I’ve always preferred this kind of shades, they work well with my blue eyes.

  • Tiffany

    How does this compare to the lorac unzipped palette or the quad in rose gold by Sonia kashuk? I love pinks but I bought the last naked palette and I never use it so I’d like to know everyone’s thoughts and comparisons before I make a purchase. Thanks for any input !! Xo

  • Caroline

    I’d been kind of so-so about this palette, but this post makes me want it! I don’t think I’ll buy it right as it comes out, but maybe in a few months (once I’ve got all my holiday bills paid! LOL). Great post!

    • the Muse

      thanks caroline πŸ™‚ you have plenty of time I imagine it’ll get a big push for Spring 2014!

    • Christina

      Caroline – I could have written your post. At first I was like, “eh,” but after seeing this post and hearing Muse’s thoughts on it…I want it!

      …but it will probably be after the holiday season, so I can pay my VISA bill!

  • Veronica

    I’m cool-toned, and I have to be honest that I wouldn’t really consider this a “cool” palette. There’s still too much gold in it, which is a color that doesn’t play well with our coloring. I will say that I suspect it’ll wear better on fairer skin tones, which is a complaint I noticed (and experienced myself) with the previous Naked palettes.

    • Aubri

      I feel the same way and I’m not sure if I’ll be buying it. I was hoping for 3 to lean cool and now I’ve transferred that hope to 4. :/

    • Littlecreek81

      I’m right there with ya. I don’t get “cool” from this pallette. Naked 2, yes, but not this one. Being cool toned and very pale most colors like these make me looked like I’m sick and have a fever that hasn’t broken. :p but I can see where this will work for a lot of people. Sadly I’m just not one of them.

      This made me realize my ideal pallette is one of matte cool toned taupes and greys. Probably the most boring pallette ever. But I would rock that shiz.

      • Veronica

        Naked 2 was definitely the cooler than Naked 1, but it still had too many warmer shades in it for me to consider it a cool palette as a whole. (And why the repetition of Half Baked? Ugh. Not to mention Tease was a total dud!) To date, Too Faced’s Naked Eye palette is the only truly cool-toned palette I’ve come across. While I use it religiously, there’s no getting around that Urban Decay’s eyeshadow formula is superior, so I’m more than a little disappointed that the Naked line keeps releasing palettes that I can’t justify buying.

        • Christi

          I just got this palette in the mail today &. I am loving it! I’m also disappointed in the shade Dust, it has a lot of fallout & not much pigmentation transfers to my eye, it just looks like glitter. Other than that, this is gorgeous. I’m NC35 & the pinky shades are very flattering on my complexion.

  • Ashley

    Love the swatches, which is of course a bad thing. I thought I could resist this but the colors are so pretty! I look forward to more looks πŸ™‚

  • Michelle

    These look so beautiful! Never tried any of the Naked palettes but this one might make me take the leap. My biggest problem is with creasing so I need shadows that stay! Bobbi Brown metallic shadows have been my go to but I feel I’m stuck in a rut and also need more matte options. Are these shadows good for ladies with creasing issues?

    • Tori

      Have you tried using a primer (like UD Primer Potion)? That stopped all my creasing problems instantly.

    • Lu

      I always have creasing shadows due to oily lids, but a primer is a lifesaver for me! I don’t have the Naked palettes, but I am a big fan of their shadows.

    • Veronica

      I have hooded eyes, so creasing is an expected outcome no matter how or what I wear with UD being no exception. I generally notice creasing more often with the frosted, metallic shades. The mattes and satins are a little more forgiving unless you *really* pack them on, but set with primer I generally have very little to no creasing.

  • Christina

    Yay!! Thank you for your review! πŸ˜€ I really like the colors and find myself although not necessarily needing this, I want it badly. I really love the soft pink tones too. Very effortless makeup looks in my book. πŸ™‚

  • Cleo

    Ah Muse! I am going to have to buy this for me, and for a b’day present for another friend of mine! Thank you thank you!

  • Sara

    Dare I say….but I think I’m all Naked out….I have sooooo many palette’s……although this looks very pretty…..

  • Jenny

    I always hate when companies make palettes with one or two dark shades, because for me personally, I never know what to do with them! They don’t work as liners and are too dark for me to wear as shadows. However Darkside and Blackheart look doable for me!

    • the Muse

      you can def do blackheart as a really beautiful smudged out liner with some of the pretty soft roses in the palette! paired together they create a nice smoky effect πŸ˜€

  • CC

    Since I’m not a huge brown fan and get enough of those in other palettes, I do not on Nked 1 or. Naked 2! Gasp! This one tho…..may need!!

  • April

    I loved the pink colors in the UD Vice 2 palette so I think it is time to buy a Naked palette too. I had never jumped on the Naked band wagon but seeing as pinks are actually much more neutral on me than browns are, this might actually be “naked” on me lol Thank you for the review. The colors look amazing on you btw πŸ™‚

  • Christina D.

    Want…must have…cannot wait much longer…please please Urban Decay hurry…

  • Robin

    I want this! I don’t have the first toe Nakeds because they were too dark for me. Have you seen the Go Gurt commercial? The mom explaining to her confused kids she’s doing a smokey eye?? Both eyes look black? That would be me with dark shadow. LOL.

    This palette is wearable for me. I’m cool toned, even red toned, but I think these colors will make my green eyes pop. Now if only UD will tell us when?!!! Yep, I’m on the mailing list, I just have no patience.

    • the Muse

      lol no I gotta go google πŸ™‚ lol! I know wish I had deets for you! πŸ™‚

  • Nadia

    Thanks for the review! This palette is gorgeous. There isn’t one colour I wouldn’t use! Can’t wait for the release πŸ™‚

  • AnniLau

    I’m super fair and pinkish eyeshadows mostly make me look undead, so I’ll probably be skipping this one.

    Not that it matters. I’m still hoarding the other two. I take them out and look at them admiringly sometimes, but I still haven’t used them at all.

  • Icequeen81

    Naked 1 and 2 were too heavy for me, this one is so pretty and this one I can call naked. I don’t own any, but I would love this one.

  • Shadia L.

    Dammit, Muse! I was never interested in any of the Naked palettes, but this one I HAVE to have! Gorgeous! I never really wear eyeshadow, though, so I really shouldn’tÒ€¦butÒ€¦BUT!

  • Hannah

    As much as I don’t need anymore palettes… I MUST have this!!! I have Naked 1 & 2. It just wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t get this too. I hope I get this for Christmas. heheheeh

  • lyz

    I didn’t buy naked 1 or 2, I generally don’t spend much on make-up, but I realllly want this palette. It’s the most usable to me.

  • Renu

    I’m already liking this more than Naked 1 and 2, both of which I have. I used to find that both had either too many crease/dark shades or too many lid/light shades. So Nude Tude got more love from me. But this has the right combo. I’m going on holiday in December and I hope it’s there in Sephora. Pleeeeeeease pray it doesn’t sell out! It would ruin my Christmas if it’s sold out πŸ™

  • Dania

    I know people are saying this won’t suit darker skinned people, but IDK…I’m medium skinned and this looks like it’d work well on me. ^_^ It looks great on you Muse! Not sure if I can get it just yet as I’m a broke college student but ya know! πŸ˜€

    • the Muse

      hey wait for 30% off Dania πŸ˜€ around April-ish they do another sale so maybe you can grab at that time!? πŸ˜€ ahhh don’t limit yourself, you’re young you can WEAR ANYTHING πŸ˜€

  • evilyn1983

    I AGREE X 100 on the whole, “not restricting” yourself to certain colors! I never follow that advice. I’m an equal opportunist and give all shades a try and decide if I love it or not. I WILL be adding this to the collection!

  • Stacie

    I didn’t purchase the Naked or Naked 2 palette (I’m not a huge fan of neutrals) but I am definitely getting this one

  • Joanna

    The packaging is amazing however, I am not wowed over the N3. The shades lean more towards the pink peachy tones to me. I will have to past on this one.

  • Nat

    Muse you better lock this up because I’m gonna come steal it from you! πŸ˜€

    Want sooooo bad!

  • Lily

    So beautiful Muse, SO BEAUTIFUL! I want to cry, the Naked 3 is a dream! I always trust your swatches the most!

  • Ann Marie

    One question: I am older (47 – gulp) — and I’m shying away from glitter now. A couple of your swatches seemed like they had glitter? Did they? I can do shimmer, just not pieces of glitter. Otherwise it looks like a must have! (PS bought all your suggested liquid liners from Jordana the other day — SCORE!!! – review was spot on!)

    • the Muse

      hey ann! I’m like that myself lately! I’m a little scared of glitter πŸ˜€ There is micro glitter in about three of the shades but it is softer and I didn’t have major fall out with it (aside from dust which was horrid). If I were you don’t buy it when it first launches on UD’s site. Wait for it to arrive at Sephora. This way you can try it out and if you feel you hate it sephora happily will allow you to return it πŸ™‚ YAY glad you like the Jordana liners πŸ˜€ <3!

    • Julia

      Urban Decay has a matte primer that might interest you. So you can still wear their shades and not have to worry about glitter. It’s called Eden.

  • kellly

    I’ve never wanted to get a Naked pallette before because the light colors were just — white; too light for me. But this one, ooooohhhh! I need to get this one! Thanks for the swatches. I knew I liked a couple of the colors from seeing pictures of the pallette, but now seeing photos of your swatches makes me want a lot more of the colors so it’s worthy of a budget splurge for me to get this. It’s beautiful! I’m totally into the rose golds right now, too, so this is something I really want to have!
    Thanks for the review and SWATCHES!

  • AmandaM

    Thanks so much for the review, swatches, and look you posted about the Naked 3 palette. I need more eye shadow and another shadow palette like I need a hole in my head…but since I have Naked 1 & 2, I need 3…Right?! I do like that this palette as a whole isn’t so dark. Can’t wait until his is released!

  • Maddie

    I’ll be getting this palette as soon as it comes out, for sure. I think “Santa” may just give it to me. The only other Naked palette I have is the first one, which I just got a few months ago. I think I’ll like Naked 3 even more.

  • margaret

    Never really cared for the first two palette’s,I am sold on this one πŸ™‚ Is it for sale yet?

  • Kim

    I can’t WAIT for this new one–I have the other two and love them–but this may be the prettiest of all! Thanks for your great reviews.

  • Hillarie

    I’m drooling on my keyboard now.

    Okay, maybe not… but I am very impressed with this palette! I’ve been going back and forth between whether or not I really want the Naked 1 palette (I love Naked 2), but I know Naked 3 is a must-have for me… even if I am trying to weed out my collection some πŸ˜‰

  • Dyanski

    Great review, thanks! I am in the hunt for a diverse review on Naked 3 and while I do want to own ALL of the naked palettes, I am not sure if I will purchase Naked 3 since it has more pinks to it or just buy a back up of Naked 2. But yeah, your last few sentences caught me, I cannot NOT own Naked 3… or can I? πŸ™‚

  • Chelsea

    Thanks for the swatches! I didn’t have much interest in the previous two but I am very excited for this one! Wish it had a biiiit more purple to it though.

    I was wondering what you have on your lips in the pictures here? It’s a lovely color!

  • Nikki

    My first time commenting but I stop by here often. πŸ™‚ I was wondering how this compares to the Lorac unzipped palette? I don’t have either one but trying to decide on which to get. Thanks for always doing such great in-depth reviews!

    • Nat

      Rrrrrgh – that darn Unzipped palette; I wish it didn’t exist! I was sooo tempted to buy it last night when I did a Nordstrom’s order. But I’m already planning on getting Naked3, the Clinique naturally pretty all about eyeshadow, and the Clarins the essential eye palette…I couldn’t justify a fourth neutral palette, lolz. But it sure does look durn pretty. πŸ™‚

  • Cat

    Because of my recent Too Faced purchase, and the fact that I’m getting Vice 2 for Christmas, this one will have to wait until my birthday in the spring. I’m okay with that. It will give me time to focus on the palettes I have and enjoy them.

    After reading your review, I do think the colors in Naked 3 will work for me. I’m SO happy about that as the two previous palettes did not. It will be my first Naked palette (aside from The Basics).

    Thanks so much for reviewing it! I’ll be purchasing this palette with more confidence come springtime! =)

    • the Muse

      my pleasure cat glad you decided you loved it and you have plenty of time to enjoy it πŸ˜€

  • Heather

    OH MY! I had no idea there was a new one coming out! Shows how behind I am on things!!! I look forward to this one!

  • Sarah

    A long time follower from Canada; and first time commenting.

    I told myself I didn’t need this because I have the Naked 2 (which I LOVE), The Lorac Pro (which I recently got) and Too Faced Boudoir Eyes, but your swatches totally convinced me I need this!!

    • the Muse

      aw sarah thanks for commenting πŸ™‚ flattered you’ve followed so long! I don’t blame you it is stunning πŸ˜€

  • Elizabeth

    “I mean you canÒ€ℒt just own Naked 1 and Naked 2 and NOT get 3 right?”

    …and that’s EXACTLY why I had to buy it the moment it first launched on their website! Haha. Let’s not forget their little Naked basics palette too πŸ˜›

  • Bishakha

    I love the lovely temptalias reviews of products and the pain she takes to compare it to dupes , her scientific analysis . However, I will say that I have seen the product in the store and I will sa y that your swatches are the truest depiction of the product truly is ( at least on my computer screen ) compared to every other collection of swatches of Naked 3 that are available currently online

    • Heather F

      I finally got my hands on one (they’ve been selling out within 30 minutes of stocking at my local Ulta and Sephora since the release date) and I have to say I’m kind of disappointed! The colors look gorgeous in the pan, but they applied SO sheer and powdery. Even swatching heavily on my arm couldn’t get the same richly pigmented results that you did. Am I doing something wrong? Could they have cheapened the formulas since the first release? I’m SUPER pale, and the first half of the palette barely shows up on me, even when heavily swatched :/

  • Rebekah

    I keep going back and forth between Naked3 and the Lorac unzipped. I just cannot decide!!! I already have Naked2 and absolutely loooovvveeee it.

  • Nicole

    I have tried all the Naked palettes and really like the Naked 3 palette. I have found it was ideal for daytime daily use.

  • Maffy

    AAAHHHH! this review makes me even want it more!! I actually plan on getting this one but for the past few days, I’ve been contemplating on whether to get the naked 2 instead since I’m into neutral colours but I think I already have enough by now to get something like this. I fell in love the first time I saw this since I love pink and shimmer is my life! Your swatches are great. Thanks for this. Now I’m really getting this one soon! πŸ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      oh my pleasure maffy glad it helped you decide πŸ™‚ Happy Shopping!!!

  • May

    Hi Isabella ,

    I love your blog. I almost never buy something before i check if you have a review on it first. I generally do not buy high end makeup ( experimented in tarte and Mac bit) . I love the Naked 3 colors. I read a lot on dupes of it (W7 , elf rose gold palette, MUR Iconic 3) but theres this nagging thing in me that wants to try UD. I know everyone praises the formula, but i have the Gwen stefani palette and I really didn’t like the formula, it was chalky and pigment was super low. What would you advice ?

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw thank you may! That’s very, very flattering! If you didn’t like Gwen’s palette you might want to skip this one! The formula is about the same! The original Naked Palette is one of the best versions imho!