Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review, Swatches and Photos

Fourth in the Naked series, Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette is inspired by the “golden hour” vibe during sunset and features a dozen never-before-seen rose-hued neutrals that claim to flatter every skintone.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

The Naked 3 palette comes in a metal 8 inches by 2.75 inches case a lot like Naked 2. You get 12 shadows, a Double-ended Crease and Shadow Brush and an Eyeshadow Primer Potion sampler which contains 4 resealable 0.025 oz of the Original, Sin, Eden and Anti-Aging formulas, each good for 1 week.

While the shadows come in a nice variety of finishes – shimmer, pearl, matte and glimmering metallic – the color selection overall seems to be less broad and lighter than the previous Naked palettes. They also tout a Pigment Infusion System™ for a velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

Strange is a very light chalky pink with a matte-satin finish. It is very similar to Virgin from Naked 1, only with less shimmer.

Dust is a metallic pale pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter. It is lighter and just a tad pinker than Sin from Naked 1. It felt very gritty and even with a primer underneath, I ended up with fallout everywhere.

Burnout is a light warm peachy pink with satin finish.

Limit is a matte light dusty rose.

Buzz is a metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter.

Trick is a metallic copper with tonal micro-sparkle. It is lighter and brighter than Chopper from Naked 2.

Nooner is a medium pinky-brown with matte finish. It is warmer and pinker than Tease from Naked 2.

Liar is a medium metallic brown with mauve undertones. It is a warmer, pinker version of Toasted from Naked 1 and has a similar finish to Burnout.

Factory is a satiny pinky-brown.

Mugshot is a metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift. While it looks a little gray in the pan, it applies much warmer and browner.

Darkside is a satiny deep taupe with mauve/gray undertones. It is the most unique shade in the palette.

Blackheart is a smoky matte black with rosy red micro-sparkles.

The shadows – except Dust – have lived up to Urban Decay’s reputation of having a smooth, buttery texture and excellent pigmentation. I was also very impressed that even the mattes applied easily and with such great color payoff. Plus despite the warm undertones, they all worked surprisingly well on my NC30 skin without making me look tired. Definitely both thumbs up!

Urban Decay Naked 3 Strange, Dust Burnout and Limit Eyeshadows
Strange, Dust, Burnout and Limit swatches
Urban Decay Naked 3 Buzz, Trick, Nooner and Liar Eyeshadows
Urban Decay Naked 3 Buzz, Trick, Nooner and Liar swatches
Urban Decay Naked 3 Factory, Mugshot, Darkside and Blackheart Eyeshadows
Urban Decay Naked 3 Factory, Mugshot, Darkside and Blackheart swatches
Urban Decay Naked, Naked 2 and Naked 3 Palette comparison
Top to Bottom: Naked 3, Naked 2 and Naked

A quick eye look using the palette. I used Burnout on the entire lid, Strange on the center, Darkside on the outer corner and lower eye and Dust on the lower inner corner.

Wearing Urban Decay Burnout, Darkside and Strange Eyeshadows from Naked 3 Palette

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette is available at Sephora for $52.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. This palette is so pretty. Love the colors and the packaging. This is a great gift idea for my mother who really loves makeup products.

    • No for eyeliner, I used MAC Blacktrack Fluidline. The shades I listed above are only colors I used on the lid, crease and lower eye area.

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