Urban Decay Naked, Naked2, and Naked3 Palette Reviews and Comparisons

Hello Readers!

So what would a makeup and beauty blog be without a review of Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes? I know that there a lot of these reviews out there but I wanted to do one of my own. To make my review a little more special, not only will I be reviewing and swatching each palette individually, but comparing them and providing 2 different eye shadow looks using each one.

Urban Decay released their Naked palette in mid-2010, to which it literally became famous overnight and has since developed a devout cult following. The release of this palette was met with an overwhelming positive reaction, and for good reason. Since the initial release, Urban Decay had not only modified their original Naked palette, but debuted its equally popular sequels Naked 2 in early 2012, and Naked 3 in late 2013.

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So lets do this! I will start by reviewing each palette individually then provide a comparison at the end! 🙂

Urban Decay Naked Palette – $54.00USD via Urban Decay and Sephora

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Swatched in Natual light on NC15 skin. L-R: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal.

First Impressions:

The original Urban Decay Naked palette holds 12 universally flattering warm toned neutrals in a range of simmer, matte, and glitter formulas that is great for creating a myriad of looks from day to evening.

  • Virgin: a nude satin
  • Sin: a champagne shimmer
  • Naked: a buff matte
  • Sidecar: a beige sparkle
  • Buck: a warm brown matte
  • Half Baked: a gold toned bronze
  • Smog: a golden brown shimmer
  • Darkhorse: a dark bronze plum shimmer
  • Toasted: a taupe bronze
  • Hustle: a mocha shimmer
  • Creep: a near black metallic
  • Gunmetal:  a dark grey metallic

The palette is housed in a chocolate brown velvet cardboard package with Naked printed in gold foil on the top. There is a mirror inside  the top flap, however it does not cover the entire top portion of the palette. Included in the original palette upon debut, the palette included a dual ended eye-liner, but today it is sold with a cruelty free synthetic eye shadow brush.

In Action:

Here are two looks I put together using the Naked Palette. The top one is an every day neutral smokey eye, whereas the latter is a more dramatic evening look.

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Lid: Sin, Crease: Naked, Outer Crease: Smog and Hustle, Lower Lid: Smog and Hustle, Liner: Stila Waterproof Stay all Day in Lionfish, Mascara: Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant

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Lid: Sidecar, Crease: Buck and Smog, Outer Crease: Darkhorse and Creep, Lower Lid: Darkhorse and Smog, Liner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, Mascara: Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant.

Final Thoughts: 

Honestly this is probably my favorite of all the naked palettes, and not just because it holds a special place in my heart. The original Naked palette holds warm toned neutrals which I like more so than the Naked2 cool toned, or the Naked3 rose toned shadows in order to create an every day look.

PROS:

  • Good for creating a variety of looks
  • Warm toned neutrals
  • Formula is soft and blendable
  • Very little fall-out
  • Great pigmentation
  • Included eye shadow brush

CONS:

  • Packaging: I prefer the metal and snap closure design of Naked2 and 3 much more. The Naked palette is easily damaged and scratched.
  • Not enough matte shades.

 

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette: $54.00USD via Urban Decay and Sephora

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Swatched in Natural light on NC15 skin. L-R: Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout.

First Impressions: 

This was the first Naked palette that I received. The Naked2 palette holds 12 universally flattering cool toned taupe neutrals in a range of simmer, matte, and glitter formulas that is great for creating a myriad of looks from day to evening.

  • Foxy: a cream bisque with matte finish
  • Half Baked: a golden bronze with shimmer
  • Bootycall: a shimmering nude
  • Chopper: a copper shimmer
  • Tease: creamy mauve with matte finish
  • Snakebite: a dark bronze shimmer with a metallic base
  • Suspect: a golden beige with shimmer
  • Pistol: a light grey with shimmer
  • Verve: an oyster shimmer
  • YDK: a cool shimmer bronze with a plum base
  • Busted: a deep brown with a shimmer finish
  • Blackout: blackest black with matte finish

The palette is of a sturdy tin exterior and plastic interior with a snap closure. The top of the palette opens to show a full sized mirror which was added after the complaints made about the mirror in the original. The base of the palette has a well which contains a cruelty free synthetic double ended shadow and crease brush (which I lost :().

In Action:

Here are two looks I put together using the Naked Palette. The top one is an every day metallic metals smokey eye  whereas the latter is a more dramatic evening look. 

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Inner Lid: Half Baked, Outer Lid: Chopper, Crease: Snakebite and YDK, Lower Lid: Half Baked and Chopper, Liner: N/A, Mascara: Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant.

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Lid: Verve, Crease: Pistol, Outer Crease: Blackout, Lower Lid: Blackout, Pistol, and Verve, Liner: Stila Waterproof Stay all Day in Stingray, Mascara: Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant.

Final Thoughts:

The Naked2 Palette is a respectable sequel to the original Naked Palette. The Naked2 has much more cool toned taupe colors in contrast to Naked’s warm toned bronze colors.  The two pallets together offer limitless neutral looks. I often find myself using both at the same time to create one look.

PROS:

  • Good for creating a variety of looks
  • Cool toned neutrals complement the first palette
  • Formula is soft and blendable
  • Very little fall-out
  • Great pigmentation
  • Included dual ended eye shadow brush
  • Packaging

CONS:

  • Not enough matte shades.
  • Repeat shades from the first Naked palette.

 

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette:  $54.00USD via Urban Decay and Sephora

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Swatched in Natural light on NC15 skin. L-R: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart.

First Impressions: 

I honestly would not call the Naked3 a neutrals palette. All 12 shades have rose undertones which are slightly more tricky than the warm or cool toned neutrals found in Naked and Naked2.

  • Strange: a pale neutral pink matte
  • Dust: a pale metallic pink shimmer
  • Burnout: a light pinky-peach shimmer
  • Limit: a light dusty rose matte
  • Buzz: a metallic rose shimmer with silver microglitter
  • Trick: a light metallic pinky-copper shimmer
  • Nooner:  a medium pinky-brown matte
  • Liar: a medium metallic mauve shimmer
  • Factory: a pinky-brown satin
  • Mugshot: a metallic taupe shimmer with light pink shift
  • Darkside: a deep taupe-mauve satin
  • Blackheart: a smokey black matte with red microsparkle

The palette’s packaging is the same as Naked2. It is a sturdy tin exterior and plastic interior with a snap closure. The top of the palette opens to show a full sized mirror. The base of the palette has a well which contains a cruelty free synthetic double ended shadow and crease brush.

In Action:

Here are two looks I put together using the Naked Palette. The top one is an every day rose gold look  whereas the latter is a more dramatic evening look. In addition to these two I have a tutorial using the Naked3 to create a soft smokey halo eye

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Lid: Trick, Crease: Nooner and Buzz, Lower Lid: Nooner and Trick, Liner: N/A, Mascara: Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagance.

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Lid: Limit and Dust, Crease: Nooner, Factory, and Darkside, Lower Lid: Darkside and Nooner, Liner: Stila Waterproof Stay all Day in Stingray, Mascara: Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant.

Final Thoughts:

The Naked3 Palette takes Urban Decay’s Naked line to a whole new level.  The Naked3 is filled with 12 gorgeous rose hues  in a good selection between matte and shimmer. Since the Naked3 is so different from the first two, I would recommend purchasing this one in addition to the others! Since the shades are so light and warm toned, I don’t think the palette is as universally flattering as the first two Nakeds. If you have lots of red undertones, you will want to neutralize it as much as you can using yellow and green based concealers.

PROS:

  • Good for creating a variety of looks
  • Rose shades bring a new and exciting change to Urban Decay’s Naked line.
  • Formula is soft and blendable
  • Very little fall-out
  • Great pigmentation on most shades
  • Included dual ended eye shadow brush
  • Packaging

CONS:

  • Not universally flattering
  • Some colors like Dust and Burnout are near impossible to work with. Dust especially I cannot get to stick to my lids and has a lot of fallout.

 

All Wrapped Up: 

Each palette can be purchased from the Urban Decay website or from Sephora for $54.00USD. Each palette holds 12 shadows, each containing .05oz of product coming to $90.00USD per oz of eye shadow. For comparison purposes, each Urban Decay single eye shadow retails for $18USD, holds the same amount of product (.05oz.), coming to approximately $360USD per ounce. By purchasing the Naked Palettes you are essentially getting 12 full size eye shadows for the price of 3 on their own.

Ranked by my favorites (this was a really hard choice!):

1) Naked Palette

2) Naked3 Palette

3) Naked2 Palette

Best Palette for Beginners:

  • Naked Palette:  For those with neutral or yellow undertones
  • Naked2 Palette: For those with neutral or red undertones

Best for Traveling: 

  • Naked2: Good solid case, and universally flattering neutrals

Best for Light Skin:

  • Naked
  • Naked3

Best for Medium Skin: 

  • Naked2
  • Naked3

Best for Dark Skin:

  • Naked
  • Naked2

What is your favorite Naked palette? Do you have a favorite tutorial? I would love to see the everyday looks you use your Naked Palettes for!

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22 thoughts on “Urban Decay Naked, Naked2, and Naked3 Palette Reviews and Comparisons

  1. I only have the Naked 3, but I ADORE it! I have to force myself to use other palettes because if feel bad for them, ha! I really want the Naked basics more than the Naked 1&2! I don’t really feel like I NEED all three, but I do want to get another one someday!

  2. I think that each Naked pallet works best for different people. I have two of three. But I love the 3. I have been waiting and waiting for blush tones! xo

    • I agree. For example my friend who is a red head thinks that Naked3 doesnt look good on her. It really comes down to skin tone and hair color I think. Do you have the Naked3? I think it would look lovely with your dark hair 🙂

  3. I like my Naked 1 best. I don’t have the 2nd one because I like warmer colours so it didn’t really appeal to me. I really like the naked 3 but some of the colours suck…dust is useless and a few of the others aren’t very pigmented. Love the mattes tho.
    And am I the only one who perfers the naked 1 packaging?? haha. I think the tin cases feel like elementary school pencil boxes. 😛

    Love the looks, naked 1 and 3 are my favs!

    • Lol I agree that some of the shadows in Naked3 flat out suck. For example, I really love Dust in the pan but its so hard to get it to adhere to your brush and then once you do and try to put it on your eyes its like…where did it go?
      And I can see your point on the packaging. I like the original Naked packaging as well but the thing that gets me is that the gold foil is so easily scratched off. For someone like me who is always carrying her makeup bag around over the weekend, it just gets damaged so quickly 😦

  4. Thank you for taking the time to explain all of them in one post, this is super helpful for people like me who don’t know which of them to buy and don’t want to spend the money on all of them! And I love that you have brown eyes, I can look through your makeup picks and looks for inspiration! 😀

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