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Hi guys. So this is a little strange for me because I rarely decide to break out my camera phone and splash selfies of me all over my blog. I have to admit I'm a little nervous of what people will think of me (as embarrassing as that is to admit) and I'm praying that no-one thinks i'm a vein so and so who just loves to pin pictures of her face on the internet at every chance I get as that really couldn't be further from the truth.
In honesty I'm quite a shy person especially when it comes to putting myself out there to people I don't know but for the sake of wanting to give you guys an honest and personal review of the Naked 3 Palette I had to throw in a few photos of myself wearing this product just so I could explain my points.
Now I'm going to stop my embarrassing 'don't look at me' babble before all I end up talking about is how camera shy I really am and just get on with the all important review (yay).
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Introducing the Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay:
Now before I begin I want to tell you that I've never been the type of girl to be able to slather on bold bright eyeshadow colors on a daily basis and strut out the front door radiating fierceness. I really wish I was, but that just isn't me. Instead I have always opted for eyeshadows and makeup styles that 'look' like I'm wearing barely any makeup and I rarely choose to sit infront of the mirror for hours perfecting a smokey eye or creating a shimmering lash look that could blind passers by.
If you're into really vivid makeup and strong statement eyes then I'm going to save you any extra reading and just tell you this eyeshadow palette isn't for you. The subtle looks you can create with these shadows are perfect for me because I love a neutral look but for anyone seeking a little more va va voom I suggest going for a palette with a lot more colour choice and stronger pigmentation than this one supplies.
If you do like to keep it natural however I can't praise this beauty product enough. I've been using the Naked 3 Urban Decay palette now for a little under a year and so I finally feel qualified enough to offer my opinion on this product and truthfully tell you guys how much I have fallen in love with almost all the neutral colors available inside this gold tin. If you love to use eyeshadow to create subtle warm looks or to help contour the shape of your eye then I personally think this could be the perfect palette for you.
Value for Money: 5 out of 5
How long the product Lasts: One year in and it looks almost like I haven't used any of it!
Quality of the Product: 4 out of 5
Packaging quality: 5 out of 5
Cruelty Free: Yes
Pros and Cons Hit List:
Beautiful Neutral Color Range
12 Color Shades in One Palette
Able to Build the Color Intensity
I Can Use the Darkest Shade as My Eyeliner
Eyeshadows Stay On All Day
Great Quality Double Sided Eyeshadow Brush Included
The Eyeshadows Don't Have 'Really' Strong Pigment
Not Suitable for Bold Daring Eyeshadow Color Wearers
Powder can be Slightly Flaky
Pros and Cons Review:
Here's to the Pros:
Beautiful neutral color range: As a girl who loves to keep it natural when it comes to eyeshadow I loved almost all of these super pretty brown, beige and pink eye colors. The amount of shimmer in each color varies but none of them look overwhelming or unnatural. I particularly fell in love with the colors Factory and Mugshot when it came to which ones I like to use everyday but at some point I've tried and happily worn all the colors in the palette and loved each one.
12 color shades in one palette: I personally never bother to buy single or duo eyeshadows when I go shopping for makeup anymore as I inevitably loose them in a crevice of my makeup bag or end up just forgetting I brought them. I also often find these days that even purchasing a eyeshadow quad from the high street can rack up the pennies and leave you with only a few eyeshadow looks to try for your money. Thats why i love the fact that the Naked Pallete comes with 12 shades that look abolsutely seemless together and leave you with tones of options to play around with your eyelook.
You're able to build the color intensity: Now this is both a plus and a minus when it comes to my personal opinion. Its a negative for me because it means I have to use more product to really get an intense look with these eyeshadows however I have to include this as a plus because it makes throwing on any color in the collection a breeze when it comes to blending the shadow out and it gives me so many more choices as to how intense I want my eye makeup to look. As i've said I'm a girl who prefers to use eyeshadow to enhance the shape of my eyes or add a soft shimmer here and there on a daily basis so the lack of strong pigment actually lent itself to my style of makeup more than an eyeshadow with strong color.
Darkest Shade as eyeliner: I absolutely love the darkest color in this palette Darkheart. I have to say this is the rectangle that with out a doubt gets the most use and that's because I adore using it as my eyeliner both in my everyday look and when I'm going out. Of all the shades Darkheart is by far the most pigmented and its very slight shimmer and almost purple/brown shade lends itself perfectly to elongate the eye and create a subtle looking cat shape without the harsh egde of eyeliner. I love to trace this color around my eye to finish almost any eye look even when I'm wearing almost no makeup and the amount of people who compliment my eye shape sky rockets whenever I go out with this smokey shade on.
Eyeshadows that stay on all day: The Naked 3 palette is definitely my one stop shop for creating the eyelook I want in the morning and still having that exact look by 12 o'clock at night. I love the stay power of these shadows and personally have never worried about panda eyes or fall out once my makeup look is done. I have incredibly oily eyes and so have experienced many occassions when I look in the mirror 3 hours later from application to find my eyeshadow somewhere near my nose but with these I find the fine texture of the powder formula and these stay ability to be spot on.
Double Sided eyeshadow brush included: A definate pro to choosing this palette over the wealth of others in makeup stores is not only the beautiful color choice, staying power of the eyeshadow formula and of course my favourite color Darkheart but you also receive a really beautifully crafted double ended eyeshadow brush that I think outbeats all the cheap applicators and mini brushes i've received with most of my other eye palettes from the past. The ultra soft extra features a thin precision brush head on one side and a fluffy blending brush on the other perfect for creating a majority of day and night looks with this palette. As I mentioned before the brush fibres are also super soft and gentle on the eye so i've never had a problem working on my lids with this brush for a longer period of time to create the look I want.
Now to the Cons:
The eyeshadows don't have the strongest pigment: As I mentioned above this can be both a gift and a curse. I've found that you definately need to build these eyeshaow colours in order to get thr full strength of what you see in the tin. Again for me this isn't an issue because I love being able to build and manipulate the strength of the color intensity on my eye but I know for others this could be an issue if your into the 'one swipe and go' eyeshadow look. Again I don't personally think this is that much of a problem as I find it's super easy to reach the strength of color you want in two or three swipes but it's something to definately consider if strong pigment is a major factor when considering whether to purchase an eyeshadow or not.
Not suitable for the bold bright eye color lovers: I mentioned this at the very beginning of this review because I think this really does weed out the people who should consider this palette and not. If you're into vivid eyeshadow colors and strong makeup looks then there's not much in this collection I could recommend to you. This is definitely a neutral palette more suited to the girl who like the natural look. For the days I on occassion feel a little more daring with my eye makeup I don't reach for the Naked 3 tin to give me a bold stand out look.
The powder can be slightly flaky upon application: This is only a minor problem for me because I have to admit i'm being a little pedantic. When I say slightly flaky I really mean barely any flaking at all but I have on occassion found that particulary the two end lighter shades have a slightly more crumbly texture when being applied to the eyes than the darker tones and so I do find myself occasionally steering to the middle or dark end of the palette if I don't fancy dealing with any fall out at all. Don't get me wrong I still love to use all the colors in the palette and I truly am nit picking for the sake of anyone thinking of buying this palette when it comes to eyeshadow fall out.
Overall I can't explain how happy I am with this palette. This rectangular tin of golden goodness has been my go to eyeshadow color choice almost everyday for the last 365 days and I've barely even scratched the surface on the amount of product i've used up. Honestly this palette almost looks like new even though I've dusted all these shades on my eyes over the course of this year and worn Darkheart as an eyeliner even when I'm just pottering around the house. I love to travel with this palette as It comes with it's own wide mirror and of course the gorgeous double ended brush and i'm even planning on picking up a few of these for christmas as gifts for my natural beauty loving besties.
This palette is definately for those ladies who enjoy the natural look and really only use eyeshadow to enphasise their eyes with a soft neutral glow or subtle smokey eye look. I also love to use this palette to contour my eye shape and the eyeshadows build-able color intensity and fine texture make it perfect for blending out and drawing gentle attention to the eyes.
The Naked 3 Urban Decay Palette is defiately a 5 out of 5 in my natural looking shimmering eyes.
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