When the Urban Decay Naked 3 Mini Eyeshadow Palette was first revealed back in June, there was a lot of negativity on social media surrounding the launch. People were complaining about the need for a mini version of the Naked 3 Palette, and the shades being too similar to the original.
I love Urban Decay, and I love the rosy tones inside the original Naked 3 Palette, so I was excited to try the Urban Decay Naked 3 Mini Eyeshadow Palette, and I liked the mini format, as I own the Naked Basics Mini Palettes, and I thought this palette would complement those very well.
“The bestselling Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette goes mini with six all-new, universally flattering rose-hued shades made for every skin tone and mood. These vegan shadows have rich, high-pigment colors and finishes that go on smoothly—never chalky or powdery— and last up to 12 hours.
Get the full range of versatile nude and neutral shades in one everyday eye palette: ivory sheen, peachy champagne shimmer, dusty rose pink, mauve, grey-plum matte, and deep charcoal brown with a hint of purple. Use these ultra-blendable, velvety shadows solo or layer to create endless looks, from a monochromatic wash of color to bold, smoky eyes.“
The Urban Decay Naked 3 Mini Eyeshadow Palette is £26 / $29, and contains six powder shadows with a total 6g of product, with 1g per pan. I have to get on my soapbox now, and complain about the value of this palette.
This palette is the same price as both Naked Basics Palettes. Both palettes have six pans, and both palettes have identical packaging. Except, every pan inside the Naked Basics Palettes contain 1.3g of product, and the Urban Decay Naked 3 Mini Eyeshadow Palette is just 1g per shade.
Meaning, you’re getting 1.8g less product, yet it’s the same price, which is fine if the formula is superior, and better than the Naked Basics Palettes, as high quality formulas cost more, but the quality of this palette is seriously inferior to the two Naked Basics Palettes.
All six shades in the Urban Decay Naked 3 Mini Eyeshadow Palette are dry, dusty and weak in pigment. I’ve never tried a disappointing eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay, and I have over 30 Urban Decay Palettes, but this palette is terrible compared to the quality we’re used to seeing from the brand.
These swatches are between four and six swipes of my fingertip, and as a whole, they’re still barely noticeable. They’re unbelievably dry, especially Spiced, which actually feels gritty, and like compost.
I am so disappointed in this palette, as it’s such a disappointing palette. The shades look pretty, but the formula is nothing like the usual high quality, pigmented and blendable formula we’re used to seeing from Urban Decay.
It makes me nervous to try future palettes, if this formula is what they’re going to use going forward. I am going to buy the new Naked Cyber Palette, as it looks beautiful, and I just hope the formula is completely different to the Urban Decay Naked 3 Mini Eyeshadow Palette.