You gotta love how Urban Decay but pounce out the blue with the palette that everyone has been waiting for, right slap bang in the middle of the cray cray festive season, but the rumours are true – a third incarnation of the Naked eyeshadow empire is currently winging its way to shelves as I type – the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. Another neutral bevy of shadows that is sure to have everyone twitching at their keyboards come midnight of the release date, again.

Let’s cover the basics first. 12 shades – three mattes and nine shimmers – lined up in a rose gold metal case (plus points for once again ditching the cardboard packaging, the only downside of the original Naked Palette) and packaged up with a dual-ended eye brush (I like) and a week’s worth sample of each of their primers (liking the extras). I’ll save you the swatches this time round (Temptalia has got that covered), but I’ll be back with lookbook of lid recipes once I’ve had more of a play.

Now for a shade breakdown:

Strange – “a pale neutral pink matte-satin“. A light peach matte that’s actually pretty unique in my collection. I reckon this will come in handy for under brow highlighting when more warmer eye looks are in progress.

Dust – “pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter“. I have to admit the words ‘iridescent micro-glitter’ do not set my heart a flutter, and though pretty in shade, the texture of this one is a bit too gritty for my tastes.

Burnout – “light pinky-peach satin“. A pale not-too-pink pink that reminds me somewhat of Sin, I can see myself getting quite a lot of use out of this – one for green eyed gals to give a go. Required: lashings and lashings of mascara to pair with it.

Limit – “light dusty rose matte“. Again a colour that comes in as a new entry to my collection. The texture of this matte is like butter; love it. I say this will be good as a crease warmer-uppper.

Buzz – “metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter“. Oh no, it’s those words again, though Buzz is a more like a packed pigment and leaves behind a foiled effect when swatched, I’m still not sure I’ll get much use out of this one.

Trick - “light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle“. This is one of my favourites from the palette. Yep, the sparkle is still there but the rusty gold shade is just screaming to be sported on a Xmas night out.

Nooner – “medium pinky-brown matte“. Bizarrely this is my favourite, favourite. A matte shade, that I predict with one quick sweep over the eye will give that appearance of definition without looking too polished or done, and you know I’m all over that.

Liar – “medium metallic mauve shimmer“. The next three to me when swatched look pretty similar – all deep browns with a tweak in their undertone. This is the most golden and pinky of ‘em and one I think I could sport equally well for daytime or nighttime looks.

Factory – “pinky-brown satin“. This is like a straight-up rich brown with a not too in-yer-face dose of shimmer. A good crease shade and one that will look fab with a little under eye smudge.

Mugshot – “metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift“. A classic silver-laced greyish taupe. I reckon I’ll be whipping this out as part of my ‘one-wash-wonder’ gang.

Darkside – “deep taupe-mauve satin“. A deep, deep purple brown that I can see being a lot of peoples go-to in smokey eye times. A hint of shimmer keeps things looking fresh and in some lights it has a hint of MAC’s Smut about it.

Blackheart - “smoky black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle“. I’m not usually fan of the darkest colours in the Naked line, but this one? Well, even I can appreciate it’s bloomin’ beautiful. I doubt I’ll be using it daily, but it’s a beaut of a colour nonetheless.

In comparison to the other two Naked offerings the third is the pinkest of the bunch, if you hadn’t picked that up from the official shade descriptions, and kinda of the most contrasting; the left-side playing up to pretty pastel hues and the right side getting down to the smokey nitty gritty, there’s not much middle ground. But the creators have somehow made it different enough from the other two without alienating neutral lid lovers. Whereas the Naked 2 is more cool and grey based and the original being the warmest of the trio. Do I have a favourite? Well I’ve always had a soft spot for their debut attempt – bronzed lid perfection right there.

So if you too, like me, won’t feel at inner peace until you have completed the trilogy then here are the deats you need. It’s due for release in the UK on 16th December 2013 at House of Fraser and Debenhams and U.D online stockists (heads up it’s already on pre-order at Look Fantastic) and will be priced at £37, putting it in line with the previous two. The conclusion; do you need it? No. Do you want it? Well that’s a whole different story… 

UPDATE: It’s arrived at House of Fraser – time to complete the family.

  • Anna Blush

    This is so so gorgeous, the colours are absolutely stunning! I’m not sure if I’d be able to pull of such pink tones but it looks so lovely! Such a hard decision x

    http://anna-blush.blogspot.com

  • Caitlin Ramsay

    That’s a lovely palette!

  • Zazie Bibi

    this palette is so stunning! now it’s even harder to choose which naked palette i want haha! (:

    http://a-little-treat.blogspot.com

  • Hannah

    Ooh, so pretty! I’m sure it everyone will snap it up as soon as it comes out!

    Girl+World

  • http://www.glamdevils.com/ Mira Devils

    I would love to have this palette. It’s lovely.

  • Heels Forever

    Definitely need it and want it lol x

    Heels Forever

  • Gillian Lamb

    I’ll definitely be getting this! Such a refreshing take on nudes using pink tones instead of the usual browns. The fact I don’t have the other two naked palettes (yet!) makes it an easy choice for me…I’ll definitely be in line on release date for sure!

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • philippa

    This looks beautiful, it’s on my post christmas purchases list!

    PHILIPPALOVES

  • http://www.crazylins.blogspot.co.uk/ Anya Cross

    I will most definitely be picking up this palette! It looks absolutely gorgeous! I only own the first one, the second looked too similar to the first but this is in a league of its own. I love the pinky hues, even the shimmer looks a little appealing haha x

    http://www.crazylins.com

  • Pls

    Ughhh man this is so frustrating, WHY WOULD YOU NOT DO SWATCHES???????!!!!

    • A Stubbs

      She posted a link to a blogger who has… surely that’s suffice enough? :)

      • Pls

        no, not really. people have different skintones and lighting and ‘swatching techniques’ etc. also, it’s not exactly the first time (ahem) she’s not included swatches on her posts…

  • Michelle K.

    holy moly, thank you for telling me about Look Fantastic! Just placed a pre-order on the palette :) merry christmas to me! xx from Switzerland

  • A Stubbs

    I don’t have any of the UD Naked palettes and keep debating whether it’s worth investing… now this has just thrown a spanner in the works completely! xx
    http://www.hausofamy.co.uk

  • LMB

    I’ve already pre-ordered it at Debenhams! Didn’t go for the 2nd but excited to add this to my collection!

  • Jayne

    Ah this looks amazing, the eyeshadows are so gorgeous!x

    http://www.electra-violet.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.stevieheartsmakeup.blogspot.com/ Stevie

    So excited for this! Definitely a few peoples Christmas presents sorted!!!

    Stevie | Stevie Hearts Makeup
    xxx

  • http://glambeautys.blogspot.co.uk/ liza prideaux

    Ah i wonder if im going to buy this, some shades seem too pink for me but how can i resist a new palette?!

    Liza |
    Glambeautys |
    YouTube

  • Sophie

    This is a beautiful palette :)

    Sophie

    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/

    xxx

  • AgentSmyth

    I pre-ordered mine yesterday, I’m sooo excited! This is the perfect palette for me, I love the rosy tones to the nudes.

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  • http://ameliarosel.blogspot.co.uk/ AmeliaRoseL

    You know what, I don’t think I like it. Not as much as the other 2 anyway.

    AmeliaRose | Beauty Blogger

  • Jo

    I’ll admit I wasn’t sure when I saw the first photos a few weeks ago. I have Number 2 which I use every single day and love to death. But the more I see this palette the more I am loving it. Have decided I need this in my life :)

  • MyOwnLoves

    Thanks for this, makes deciding easier!
    http://www.myownloves.com

  • Jen

    Great review. My fiance ordered this for me last night from lookfantastic. It looks amazing :)
    http://www.chasingbeautiful.co.uk

  • Stefanie Meier
  • Selene

    Great review Anna, but the colours you don’t like are the ones for which I decided to get this palette!! :)

  • Jess

    Omg

    I am soooooo excited to get one of these bad boys!

    Beautiful colours, cannot wait.

    Thanks Anna:) x

    http://www.jessmoggs.blogspot.co.uk

  • Karina de-Bourne

    Omg I soooo need this. I read this whilst groaning. It is soso beautiful!!
    xx

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  • Michelle

    Just bought mine from kmcosmetics.net for $52.Ebay sellers are ridiculous!

    • Ariom Stride

      Hi…I am trying to find info about this site online and cannot. have you used them before? I just find it strange they haven’t sold out of The naked 3…don’t know. :( I would rather pay an ebayer at this point, or just wait for the stores to get them, most power sellers are selling the real deal and have tons of pics. The pics km is using came off google images. Whats your take? :) ) Thanks for any help.

      • Cesar Chapa

        is this site legit? my gf wants this for xmas

        • an

          yes it’s legit, it’s on the urban decay website, but is currently sold out

          • Amanda

            KMCosmetics.net is not legit.

    • Amanda

      Did you get yours? I ordered mine there also because a seller on Etsy said she ordered hers from there, but I haven’t received any notification for shipping. Please let me know.. ([email protected])

  • Maddy Cane

    Looks so beautiful, I really want to try it now! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    ♥

  • Isabelle McWilliam

    Words can’t describe how much I love the look of this palette!

    http://www.notanotherbeautyblog.co.uk

  • Martyna

    it looks beautiful, can’t wait to try it! xx

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE

  • Sybil Mae

    This looks lovely! :) I was un-decided over whether or not I was going to pick this up or not, but I think this has swayed me!

    http://www.youtube.com/user/porridgenpickles89

  • IyanaNikita .

    It looks pretty amazing! Trick looks perfect for an everyday for me :)

    http://iyananikita.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Ashley

    You really need to proof read your blog. Especially since this is your job. For example this sentence makes no sense: “You gotta love how Urban Decay but pounce out the blue with the palette..” Also, no swatches? Pointless and ridiculous since this is your job you are being paid to do.

    • Huxley

      How rude are you? Don’t read it if you don’t like it. Or better yet, show that you can do better. Anyone can be a critic…

      • princessparty

        LOL but Ashley has a point. I searched the web about naked 3 to see some in-depth review from different bloggers and this is the laziest blog I’ve seen plus the grammer and misspellings for such a LENGTHY post is annoying.

        • KT

          Surely if you were going to comment on someones grammar and spelling, you would be sure to proof read your own post.

      • Ashley

        It’s called constructive criticism. I know we live in a world now where even if you give valid criticism you’re automatically labelled as a hater. I could have worded my post a bit more politer, but can you really deny that I was wrong in my critique? Like I said this is her job. If I was her boss or she worked another job and made these same mistakes she’d be getting called out for them as well.

    • embem

      Ashley & Princess, SO MUCH YES. Yes. Yes! All of those things have been getting on my nerves for the longest time now. I think I’ll finally unfollow.

  • Emma Bovary

    I will definitely be picking this one up – love the look of most of those shades :)

    • Michelle

      Just bought mine from kmcosmetics.net for $52.Ebay sellers are ridiculous!

      • Shelby

        Is that site legit Michelle? I was going to buy it from there as well, since it’s sold out everywhere else, but have never purchased anything from there before & couldn’t find much info about it so i’m a little nervous about doing so…

        • Amanda

          No that site isn’t legit. I’ve had a bunch of people get scammed, as well as myself also. Luckily I used PayPal and can get my money back.

  • Eleri Roberts

    So much rose gold, LOVE.

    Eleri Roberts

  • Rachel

    Finally a new naked palette! looks incredible, i just love the colour scheme!

    beautyfanatic18.wordpress.com

  • Cassie

    I cannot wait to try this!! The naked palettes are my favorite.

    blushandfairydust.blogspot.com

  • Hannah

    What happened to marking products as PR samples?

    • Tubbs

      Better if you make it clear what’s a PR sample and what’s been purchased with your own money IMO, but you don’t have too.

      Sponsored / paid for posts MUST be clearly marked as per this article from the Advertising Standards Board:
      http://www.asa.org.uk/News-resources/Media-Centre/2013/Blurring-advertising-and-blogs.aspx

      I know from the day job that lots of people don’t – which strikes me as daft … On the basis that a) sooner or later someone will get done and b) creating a successful, credible blog takes a lot of hard work, so why put that at risk.

      That said, thank you for the review and the links to the swatches. Saves me £37 to spend on something I’ll get more use out of. (Micro glitter … Shudder!!!)

  • http://www.zoetrope2468.com/ Zoë Baldwin

    I dunno how much I’d wear all the pink shades but I feel like I kinda want/need it… x x

    http://www.zoetrope2468.com

  • http://www.thelibrarian.co.uk/ Georgina

    I think I will be giving this a miss, far too pink for me. I know really that Naked 2 is probably the right one for me, Naked 1 is languishing in my drawer unused, but I just can’t justify buying it with so many other shadows already in my arsenal! xx

    http://www.thelibrarian.co.uk

  • Cornelia Kennedy

    Yes, love this. I head some HoF are getting some on the 12th??

    Ineffable Beauty

  • Em

    Too pinky for me, I love my Naked 1 (despite the cardboard)… perfect shades for my tone/eye colour!

    http://www.polkadotparadiso.wordpress.com

  • Jackie Jean

    So far i only have the NAKED 1, although i would like to own every single one, i think this will be the next one!

    http://www.jackiejean.blogspot.co.nz

  • Amber Hunter

    Blackheart looks absolutely stunning! To be fair, all the shades look gorgeous haha. Can’t wait to see your looks with them!

    Amber

    Lovely Notions

    • http://itakatparker.blogspot.com/ Kat Parker

      a dupe for it is MAC’s ‘beauty marked’ if you only want that particular shade its worth the money xx

      http://itskatparker.blogspot.co.uk

  • Sylvia

    I like the second half of the palette, the first half is way too pink for me. If only I could only pick up the second half haha.

    sylvialoveslipstick

  • Sunny

    Do you think that the pink shadows would work with cooler skin tones? I’m worried that they would clash badly with my colouring because I am very fair with pink undertones.

    • Misty

      Sounds like your coloring is a lot like mine. I do okay in pink shadows as long as they’re toned down like these are. No bright pinks or anything, but pink-browns like these work for me, as do more purple-ish pinks as long as they’re not fluorescent.

      • Sunny

        I might buy some cheapies to give a go before I splurge on this palette! And the pink tones would bring out my green eyes ;)

        acosmeticanthology.blogspot.com

  • http://www.themistymom.com/ Shari

    Swatches and your take on looks, plz! :)

  • Olivia

    Where can I get one????????

  • Ellen

    when will it be released in the UK?

  • Delilah

    Thanks so much for this post! I really loved how you broke down each individual shadow it was very helpful in deciding if I should get this palette or not!

    -

    http://xokatpuccino.blogspot.com/

  • adorkablez

    So excited for this palette! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

    Xoxo,
    Priscilla
    @ http://www.thepretty-committee.com

  • Daenaaa_x

    I love blackheart – if they sold that colour on its own I would totally buy it!

    http://www.daenabe.blogspot.com

    • http://itakatparker.blogspot.com/ Kat Parker

      MAC’s ‘beauty marked’ eyeshadow is actually really similar you should go check it out! I have it and it is worth the money xx

      http://itskatparker.blogspot.co.uk

  • Emma Handley

    I think it’s gorgeous. I have none and I want them all :)

    http://lifebyemmy.blogspot.co.uk/

  • PeonyandPeach

    This looks amazing!! There are so many amazing palettes coming out atm and I’m finding it tough to choose!!

    http://www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

  • Marta

    Hi, I can’t wait to get this palette but unfortunately in Dublin it will be available from 16th of December.
    http://stylotheque.com/

    • Therese May

      Its on sale in Debenhams Dublin at the moment. Was looking at it earlier

  • http://www.beautezine.com/ Jessica

    I’m debating getting this palette. I feel like I have to, whether or not I WANT to or feel as if I’ll use it… haha! xo

  • http://imogenci.wordpress.com/ Christiana

    I’d love to get this but can’t seem to find it online. Know of any (international delivery) places that stock it?

  • Liz Thaugally

    I bought mine yesterday ( 9th December) at Debenhams Bond Street! There wasn’t a surge of people there, so even had a play around with the colours. It’s also 10% off exclusively at Debenhams at the moment so I got my delightful palette for only £33.30.

    • Shubu

      Omg are u serious?? Its already released in debenhams??

  • Melisa

    i’m going to buy this as a christmas present for my sister :)

    http://mellingo.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Alice May

    I got this today and it’s amazing!

    Alice | Beauty by Alicee | YouTube

  • Robyn

    The more posts I see about this the more I want it! Love your post because it has a full breakdown of all the shades :) xx

    RobynCaitlin.com

  • Onchira

    where i can buy it in Nederland ?

    • http://itakatparker.blogspot.com/ Kat Parker

      House of Fraser, Debenhams, Selfridges, Space NK if you dont have any of these try online :)

      http://itskatparker.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://itakatparker.blogspot.com/ Kat Parker

    Got this as a xmas present – been using it everyday since ha!xx

    http://itskatparker.blogspot.co.uk