After receiving such great feedback from my first high vs low eyeshadow comparison, where I compared Urban Decay Naked 2 with L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 1 – I decided that it’s time to look at The Urban Decay Naked3 and the recent additions to the blushed nudes eyeshadow palettes.
You might say that BLUSH is the new neutral. I’ve seen this across the news-stands across all industries from home decor to fashion to beauty. If BLUSH really is the new neutral, then, as if we didn’t already know – Urban Decay is ahead of its time as it launched The Naked 3 eyeshadow palette back in December 2013.
Urban Decay Naked 3 – $64 CAD/$54 USD
L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude – $29.99 CAD/ $19.99 USD
Maybelline The Blushed Nudes – $16.99 CAD/$9.99 USD
AMOUNT OF PRODUCT
Urban Decay Naked 3 – total = .60 oz, 12 Eyeshadows
L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude – total = .62 oz, 10 Eyeshadows
Maybelline The Blushed Nudes – total = .34 oz, 12 Eyeshadows
Urban Decay Naked 3 – A gorgeous rose-gold art-school-inspired tin case embossed with a big “Naked3” in gold. Comes with a professional double-ended shadow/blending brush and an eyeshadow primer potion sampler that contains four formulas (original, Sin, Eden and Anti-Aging). Each sample holds about a week’s worth of Primer!
L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude – A sleek black plastic case with a full size mirror on the inside of the lid and a clear plastic window on the lid. Comes with a large dual-ended brush and sponge applicator.
Maybelline The Blushed Nudes – A cute pink blushed plastic case with a clear window on the front. Comes with 2 small dual-sided sponge applicators. Does not have a mirror.
Probably the biggest difference between the packaging of the lower priced palettes and the Urban Decay Naked3, is that both the L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude and Maybelline The Blushed Nudes, have tips and tricks for achieving different looks,on the back of the compacts. This great addition to these two palettes make them a great choice for someone with who may need ideas on how to put the looks together using the various shadows in the palettes.
AT FIRST GLANCE
Without a doubt, the Urban Decay Naked3 eyeshadows are gorgeous! With 12 gorgeous rose-hued neutrals, there are some seriously impressive shades here – from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with red microglitter.
The L’Oreal La Palette Nude is a darker palette of colours than either of the other two. There are more intense mattes, than microglitters compared to the other two palettes as well. What L’Oreal has done well? Intensity of pigment is fantastic with most of the shades. There were only 2 that I was disappointed in as they didn’t have great colour fallout.
I just love the smaller size of this The Blushed Nudes palette. It is so light, and easy to just toss into your makeup bag. When I first looked at these gorgeous blush hues, I was in love. The colours and the packaging are both beautiful. Unfortunately the pigment payoff of the shadows is not fantastic (there are still a couple of of beauties in here though).
Well I’m sure it’s not a spoiler alert to tell you that all of the these shades are literally to die for! What you see is definitely what you get. The color payoff is incredible and, when used with primer, creasing is non-existent. My faves? Mugshot, Liar and Dust.
L’Oreal has done a great job with this palette. The colors are rich and intense. They certainly are not as soft, and blush-like as the other two palettes, so if that’s what you’re after, you won’t get the same variety of soft pinks as the others. There are more mattes than microglitters, but they are still beautiful shadows.
Probably the least pigmented of the three palettes, this is a great palette for beginners or those who are looking for the minimal look. The colors are all soft and light, except for the last three shades (which are not nearly as dark as the darkest shades in the other two palettes, again – great for beginners). The pinks and neutrals are cooler in tone than the Urban Decay Naked3.
WHAT ABOUT DUPES?
There are a few dupes between palettes, but nothing to seriously write home about. Probably the only dupe across the palettes is UD mugshot, with 7 in L’Oreal and 9 in Maybelline (annoying that they don’t have names) – but even here, Mugshot is darker and more intense. Blending shades together does definitely give you similar shades to the UD Naked3 palette, but there are no exact like for likes as far as I’m concerned.
WHAT’S THE VERDICT?
After testing these palettes for a few weeks, I feel confident in saying that they each have their own place in the market. If you’re a die hard beauty lover that collects almost everything and everything – you probably don’t want to be without the Urban Decay Naked3 or the L’Oreal Palette 2. If you’re a beginner or you don’t like intense pigmentation then you will love the Maybelline Blushed Nudes, because the colour payoff is not as intense as the other two palettes, but you can still play to achieve a soft blushed look.
Have you tried any of these palettes? What’s your thoughts?
Until next time,