Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Naked 3 Palette: Review and Swatches

 When I first heard about the Naked 3 coming out, I was over-the-moon excited. Like, stalking-endless-websites-for-swatches-and-sneak-peeks-for-hours excited. Because even though the Naked palettes are all neutrals, I would be lying if I said that wasn't the majority of the shades I use daily. I love colorful shadows, but I have found this deep, unending love for a gorgeously crafted neutral smokey eye. I was even more excited to find out that the Naked 3 would be all rose-tone shadows.
I remember up until recently I would avoid any shadows that were in the pink family because they made my eyes look sick and washed-out. However, over the past year or so I have discovered the beauty of rose gold and how amazing it can look on the eyes, which has finally branched me out into trying more shades of pink/rose.

My Christmas list had already been handed out (yea I still totally make a list!) so I asked N (my bestie) and J (my honey) to get me one for my birthday in march. So like the sneaky little devils they are, they went ahead and got it for me for Christmas!

When I opened it I was in complete awe of how absolutely stunning the collection of shades are! As in the previous Naked palettes, there are 12 shades of varying textures and finishes, and similar to the Naked 2, they are contained a metal palette. The palette comes with a double-ended shadow brush (which I really dislike, but I think I might be the only one!) And a pack of sample sized primer potion pods. I prefer the freebies that came with the previous palettes (Naked had a double-ended pencil and Naked 2 had a lipgloss) but the primers are better than nothing!

On to the swatches! As always, forgive my potato-quality photos! (One day I'll get my hands on a good camera! haha)

(First 6 shadows)
(swatches of the first 6 shadows)

Before you say it... I KNOW these looks like totally different shadows! For some strange reason no matter how many times I photographed it, the left side of this palette all come off looking brown. I assure you, the swatch photo is the accurate depiction of what these shades look like and swatch like. 

Strange- (pale neutral pink matte-satin) This is the perfect brow bone/inner corner, blending shade. Closeup it looks like a baby-pink cream shade, but it applies like a off-white color. Very useable.

Dust- (pale metallic pink shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter) This shade reminds me of many Urban Decay shades. It's like a mix between "Sin" and "Midnight Cowboy" and applies exactly as it is described. Has a bit of fallout so be careful with this one.

Burnout- (light pinky-peach satin) This is a gorgeous base shade. A True satin in that it has a very pretty sheen to it, but it's not overly shiny and has no micro-glitter in it.

Limit- (light dusty rose matte) There are two completely matte shades in this palette, and they are both very similar in color. This is the lighter of the two, and looks gorgeous as an "all over the lid" shade. 

Buzz- (metallic rose shimmer w/silver micro-glitter) This is a beautiful shade, and even though UD can tend to go overboard with the glitter, this is a true "micro-glitter." Very shimmery and not a lot of fallout.

Trick- (light metallic pinky-copper shimmer w/tonal micro-sparkle) This shade is different from the rest of the palette because it definitely looks more orange-toned than pink. It applies much more bronzey-rose than it looks in the pan and is absolutely lovely to work with as it doesn't have a lot of fallout.

(last 6 shadows)

 (swatches of last 6 shadows)

These yet again, photographed very brown-toned in the pan, but that is not the way they look in person. The swatch photo is exactly how they look in the pan as well as on the eye. This side of the palette is my favorite because I love how pigmented and stunningly unique these shades are. The photos just don't do them justice!

Nooner- (medium pinky-brown matte) This is the second matte shade in the palette, and pairs very well as a crease shade with "Limit". It is a gorgeous color and quite unique with it's pink/brown tone.

Liar- (medium metallic mauve shimmer) This shade is absolutely stunning on the eye. It gives this really beautiful rosey tone, but also keeps it neutral and smokey. One of my favorite shades in the palette.

Factory- (pinky-brown satin) This is another favorite of mine in the palette. It has that pink/rosy tone flecked throughout and is so beautiful paired with a lighter shade in this palette.

Mugshot- (metallic taupe shimmer w/slight pink shift) This is definitely a taupe shade, but as you can see from the swatch, the pink shift makes it look mauve on the lid. It's gorgeous and would make a perfect smokey eye-color.

Darkside- (deep taupe-mauve satin) This is a darker taupe leaning on the side of grey. The mauve tone in it is only noticeable when you swatch it or look carefully in the pan. It looks more of a matte grey on the lid, but because of the mauve undertones, blends seamlessly and looks lovely with the other shades.

Blackheart- (smoky black matte w/rosy red micro-sparkle) This shade is the least unique of all, and not my favorite in the bunch but it has it's uses. I have seen this exact formulation (matte black with a burgundy/red micro glitter) in my December Starlooks palette, as well as the Comfort Zone palette by Wet N' Wild, and at it's earliest, I owned this shade a decade ago when I purchased the shade "Beauty Marked" by MAC. However, it does have it's purpose here in the palette. I've been patting it on my liner and then smudging it out to create a really intense finish to my smokey eye.

I've been using this palette daily for almost a week now, and I can say it's much more versatile than I first expected it to be. Even though all the tones are pink/rose related, There's an endless amount of wearability here, as well as a great potential for really lovely, dramatic looks. I'm not sure if I like it better than the Original Naked palette yet, but I can definitely say it's much more versatile than Naked 2. It's very possible that the Naked 3 could become my favorite Naked palette. Only time will tell! :)   

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