Review and Swatches: Urban Decay Naked3 is a Plum Purple Palette!

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Confession: I was one of those people pooh-poohing the Urban Decay Naked Palettes gold rush. I mean, brown, dark brown, light brown, greyish brown and brownish grey??

However, one day I was lounging around Sephora in Kuala Lumpur, and lo and behold, there they were, the three Naked sisters, and automatically my eyes caught on Naked3. Everybody and their grandma have raved about the rose gold of this palette, but no one told me it was a plum palette?! Plum and purple!! The brown-eyed girl’s best friends!

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Urban Decay Naked3 Palette: the 6 lighter colors
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Urban Decay Naked3 Palette: the 6 darker colors

I immediately picked up one for myself (and several for others). Here are some swatches and eye looks. This is a very flattering palette for brown-eyed ladies: it is neutral but NOT boring brown or grey; it has a  good selection of shimmer and matte shade; the texture is great; longevity is very good even without primer; and there’s a few shades that you can use on its own, so very good for those rush morning days. That the brush is excellent, is a bonus.

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On the top row are the first 6 lighter colors, bottom row the last 6 darker colors
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Random combinations of one lighter and one darker colors. Purples, yes?

For those still hesitating because you don’t need another brown palette, you are quite right, you don’t. This is a plum neutral, however. It is not warm, not red (not even pink), and not TOO shimmery (just enough shimmer which you can tone down with the mattes included in the palette). Overall an elegant neutral for day and night.

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