Urban Decay N@ked 3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photos on medium skin

Urban Decay N@ked 3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photos
Urban Decay N@ked 3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photosI received the Urban Decay N@ked3 eyeshadow palette as a Christmas prezzie and nearly flung it into the air in delight (this actually happened to my mobile phone once) - incidentally I didn't feel like doing this when I had received the first two palettes earlier! Urban Decay N@ked3 launched in the Middle East two weeks after the US launch, though there is very limited stock in the three Sephora outlets I've seen - every customer I've seen in the tills seems to have one, and every customer around has been asking for it! Anyway, you've probably read everything there is to read about, but I've got to show my palette off and wax eloquent about it. And you can also see what the rosy-toned neutral shades look like on medium, NC37 skintone.

Here's my review, including swatches, of the Urban Decay N@ked3 eyeshadow palette.

Urban Decay N@ked 3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photos

Packaging of Urban Decay N@ked3 palette

This is my favourite packaging of the three Urban Decay N@ked palettes so far. One was too furry and two was too metallic. Of them both, I had preferred the first one in every way. Number three looks absolutely classy.
Urban Decay N@ked 3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photosThe cardboard external box shows the shades both in front and behind and has a brief write-up. Inside, you have the fabulous palette itself. I've said it before, and I'm saying it again - this metal box is my favourite of the three.
Urban Decay N@ked 3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photos
The sturdy metal case inside has these ridges in a pattern, which takes away blandness.
Urban Decay N@ked 3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photos

Urban Decay N@ked3 eyeshadow brush

Inside the palette is the best brush in a UD palette so far. Okay, the best brush in ANY eyeshadow palette so far. It is double-ended, like N@ked 2. But while the latter had a blending end and a shading end, this seems to have a thicker and a flatter shader at each end.
Urban Decay N@ked 3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photos

Freebies, offers, gifts or samples with Urban Decay N@ked3 palette

Before we go into the shades, take a look at a little card that was in the box.
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It contains four Urban Decay eyeshadow primers - Original, Eden, Sin and the new Anti-ageing - in four little sample pods. Please click on each picture to enlarge it and read the print.
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Each pod holds a week's worth of primer, according to the external box - which means there's enough primer in here for a whole month! This is very generous of Urban Decay Cosmetics - you can try four different primers!
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Urban Decay N@ked3 eyeshadows

Now for the shadows themselves. Usually, I prefer a nice mixture of colours over neutral palettes. How many cream, brown, ivory, beige and other neutrals can a person possibly own? So I reach for N@ked 1 and 2 rarely. However....
Urban Decay N@ked 3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photos
The 12 shades in the Urban Decay N@ked3 palette are "rose-hued neutrals". Which means they are all neutral colours with rosy undertones. And, let me tell you, I. Love. These. Photographs with flash (rosy above) and under artificial light (no rosy colour below).
Urban Decay N@ked 3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photos

Urban Decay N@ked3 eyeshadow swatches

Swatches are photographed in natural light (below and last photograph in the post) and direct sunlight respectively (second-last picture towards the end of the post), and are in the same order as the shadows. You can see that the shades are very pigmented. They are worn on bare NC37 or Shiseido O40 skin, no primer, and are one swipe each.
Urban Decay N@ked 3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photos
From left to right, the shades are:
Strange - A light ivory-pink matte eyeshadow. Good for inner corners, but won't do much else on medium skintones like mine.
Dust - Glittery pink eyeshadow. Nice for inner corners and can pass off for lid-shading as well.
Burnout - A pearly peachy-pink. I love this for lid-work and have combined it with Buzz in the crease successfully.
Limit - Dusty rose matte eyeshadow. If they released a lipstick in this shade, it would be my Holy Grail shade!
Urban Decay N@ked 3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photos
Urban Decay N@ked 3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photos
Buzz - A deeper pink shimmery shade. It can go on the lid with a deeper colour such as Darkside or Mugshot in the crease, or in the crease combined with Dust or Burnout on the lid.
Trick - A glittery golden-copper shade. Very pretty on the lid, combined with Factory or Mugshot in the crease.
Nooner - My favourite in the whole palette. This is a matte brown eyeshadow with mild pink undertones. I love the milk-chocolate hue here and the rosiness adds to the charm. Lovely on the lids with Darkside in the crease. I've also tried Nooner in the crease with Limit on the lids.
Urban Decay N@ked 3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photos
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Liar - A pearly-brownish mauve eyeshadow. Nice for the crease, but can pass off on the lid with one of the four deeper shades below.
Factory - A beautiful brown with rusty-rose undertones. Shimmery. Great in the crease with any of the lighter shades.
Mugshot - This is actually a shade lighter than Factory - a slightly silvery taupe shadow. Again, great for crease work, though I want to try it on the lid with Darkside.
Urban Decay N@ked3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photos
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Darkside - A pearly deep brown with purplish undertones. I love this on the crease, and it functions nicely as a wet eyeliner.
Urban Decay N@ked3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photos
Blackheart - AMAZING! Is it black? Is it maroon? Is it magenta? I can see all three here. I call it a berry-black with maroon and magenta glitter. And my camera shies away from photographing this shade very well. I know it looks black in the swatch, but it isn't. The black part alone comes out matte. I don't know how they do it!
Urban Decay N@ked3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photos

Urban Decay N@ked3 on different skin tones

The N@ked3 palette will suit ALL skin tones; believe you me. I've seen swatches on NC20-30 and NC45 and deeper, and this is mine, on NC37. For those with yellow or neutral undertones, the rosy-hued neutrals will set off your eyes even more brightly than yellow or neutral-toned shadows, as I am discovering. Brown or yellow-toned goldish shades sometimes - rarely, but still - get lost on medium or tanned skin, but this won't. I love how the shades are neutral enough, yet brighten my eye area so nicely. I've worn it on an overnight flight over UDPP and it hasn't budged.
Urban Decay N@ked3 eyeshadow palette review, swatches and photos

Do you need Urban Decay N@ked 3 palette if you have 1 and 2?

You NEED this palette. I have both #1 and #2 and I can tell you #3 is FAR better than N@ked 2, and better than N@ked 1, both of which have brownish and some yellow-toned neutrals. I like this as much as N+de'Tude for sheer versatility - there's such a lovely mixture of light, medium and deep shades, unlike the first two. And the rosy-hued neutrals are better than Nvde'Tude shades. This is the best neutral palette I've seen; the shades don't look meh or bland on me. Will do looks with it soon. I'm returning home and will spend tomorrow sleeping off the last few days' exertions.
  1. woow woow woow .. i dont know if its ok .. but i want them all :D

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  2. wow beautifulllllllllllllll :D

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  3. Droolworthy!!! :) i want this palette :D lovely swatches <3

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  4. the shades look really pretty! <3

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  5. they look really cool. I also like a mixture of colours when it comes to my eye shadow palettes.

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  6. I so so want this palette. it's so gorgeous x

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  7. I didn't buy this one...mostly because I have similar colors and I amn't really sure if I would use all the colors...but UD does make the most amazing palettes! Definitely looking forward to seeing all the makeup looks you try out with these :)

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    1. This has even lesser fallout than the first two and is even more pigmented!

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  8. U cleared my doubts on my naked 3. Though I am still skeptical that whether it will suit NC 42 skintone or not..??

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    1. I just commented on an EOTD with this palette, on NC44 or so. It looks very pretty!

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  9. Sorry for the delay in replying to your comments. I've landed and am absolutely knackered after a bad flight. Will speak soon x

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  10. wooott!!! .. it is a total winner I wanttss.. thansk for comaprison too.. Now I am sure to get this one first!! :)

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  11. I swatched this in store..bt i feally like my naked palette more.....any ways nice review..enjoy ur new palette

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  12. Great swatches! I got it a few weeks ago and have been having fun playing with the new colors too! :)

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  13. I'm crazy about this palette. I won't end up using the glittery ones but the others are already showing wear.

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  14. the naked 3 is just perfect; great swatches <3

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  15. renu.....I want this palette!! i m waiting to buy this!!

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  16. Reading your review makes me want to buy the Naked 3 even more. Wow, those shades are just gorgeous! I love Trick especially, that color was the first one that caught my eye.

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  17. Saving up to buy this! How did you find the eye primer? are they worth the hype? xx

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    1. Hi Cait! Long time no see! I have the original UD Primer Potion and much prefer Too Faced Shadow Insurance over it. I'm yet to try the other primers, but will do a review once I know what they're like xx

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