Can we just take a moment to stare in aww? Ahhh!! I love this palette! I’m so happy it arrived earlier than expected and obviously I couldn’t wait to get a review and tutorial up with it.. skip to the end if you’d rather watch the videos. I will do a little comparison in a moment but first lets talk about this as a standalone item
All 12 colours in this new edition are brand new, never before seen which is always exciting and they all err on the side of rosey toned neutrals. There’s a good mix of textures, mattes, satins, shimmers, glitters.. all beautiful however a couple could be a touch more pigmented. I don’t usually knock Urban Decay for their colour pay off but the darkest shades in the palette need a good primer or even to be used wet to get a deep enough colour for my liking. When you’re missing a black you want the darkest colours to make up for it after all! In the palette you do get 4 sachets of their Primer Potion which should in theory last you for a month but I do miss the inclusion of the mini bottle. They’re great for travel and I think you get a lot more from it than a month but then I like that they’ve given you samples of each colour as you may have only tried the orginal.. so I guess it’s swings and roundabouts. The set comes with a double ended brush (as did the second palette) which is nice but not really fit for purpose in my opinion, I’d have preferred their fluffier shadow brush or an eye pencil as was the way with the original Naked. I stupidly didn’t photograph the brush but I’m sure this isn’t the only review you’ll read and if you have the Naked 2 you’ve already seen it!
I love the colours they’ve chosen for the Naked 3, they’re all on the pinkier but non of them pink (that can be unflattering) and you have a good balance of lights to darks for a good number of combinations without them all coming off the same. I really like that they kept a matte highlight as I much prefer that on my brow bone than super shimmer and there are really only 2 (maybe 3 with Blackheart) colours that will have an issue of fallout – Dust & Trick. They’re beautiful but will likely be my least used colours purely because I hate the inevitable under-eye glitter look. If I had to choose my favourites from first impressions I’d say the 3 mattes – Strange, Limit & Nooner and then Factory & Darkside. My favourites from the original Naked and Naked, Buck, Smog & Hustle so there’s definitely a pattern. I actually don’t have favourites from the second.. telling!
A quick note on the packaging.. I did like that I could fold back the lid on the Naked 1 so it took up less space on my dresser however I also like the full lid mirror on the new tin packaging and I haven’t had any issues with cracking as I know some have. It’s unlikely I would travel with these palettes as they’re pretty big so I’m not bothered about how secure they are with regards to smashing on the move but if I was I feel like the fist would hold up best. Although you’d imagine the tin would be safer I have a feeling at that rattling would work against it.
So what’s the difference between the three? Well I think the third palette is actually the most different of all.. they’re all neutral palettes, the first was bronzey, warm tones, the second cool taupes and the third pinky rose colours. I would say that you don’t need all three but I think one of the first two and the third are a must if you’re in to your neutral eyes. Choose the warmer/cooler according to what suits your skin tone and then the rosey toned third palette to add a twist of colour. I have all three and the original Naked is definitely more my colouring, I could do without the second (though I do love the black in there) and the new one is just too beautiful not to have. I love that they’ve added in a third matte shade this time (I LOVE matte formulas) and that they’ve grouped colours together that are similar in shade but totally different in texture. There will be a lot of people (my husband included) who deem it necessary to have more than one of these but I’m sure if you’re reading this you understand!
For those desperate for swatches (like myself) here they are..
I hope that was useful for any of you considering a purchase and if you’ve done your own review/tutorial feel free to link it below!