Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Swatches, Review, and Lorac Unzipped Comparision


This post certainly needs no introduction: the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette is here! I love all three previous Naked palettes, and when I saw that this one revolved around hues of pink, I knew it wouldn’t be long before I picked it up. I missed out on the first release, but purchased mine during the second release. Now you can find this palette at Sephora, Ulta, and other retailers, so you shouldn’t have trouble locating it.

The case is the same design as Naked 2, only it is a pale, pink-tinged gold with a wavy texture. There are 12 shades: 3 mattes, 7 shimmers, and two that I would classify as more of glittery overlays. Most of these shades are cool-toned.

UD4Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit


Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar

Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart

UD3The entire palette range



Swatches in varied lighting

Shade descriptions from Urban Decay:

Strange: pale neutral pink matte-satin
Dust: pale metallic pink shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter
Burnout: light pinky-peach satin
Limit: light dusty rose matte
Buzz: metallic rose shimmer w/silver micro-glitter
Trick: light metallic pinky-copper shimmer w/tonal micro-sparkle
Nooner: medium pinky-brown matte
Liar: medium metallic mauve shimmer
Factory: pinky-brown satin
Mugshot: metallic taupe shimmer w/slight pink shift
Darkhorse: deep taupe-mauve satin
Blackheart: smoky black matte w/rosy red micro-sparkle

I love this palette and believe it blows the original Naked out of the water. Don’t get me wrong, I love the original, but the shades in this palette really flatter my complexion and eye color. Everyone will have a personal preference here. The type of shades in Naked 3 really bring out the green in my eyes, and I have an affinity for cooler tones.

The quality of the shadows is on par with what Urban Decay is known for. All of these are very pigmented and swatch smoothly. Most of the reviews I’ve seen have pointed out that Dust isn’t very pigmented; however, I think this is the point. With a name like Dust, I think the goal here was for this shadow to be an overshadow, not as pigmented as the rest. I’ve used it a few times now and it is very subtle and pretty; good for people who like glitter, but don’t want overkill.

My favorite shades so far: Nooner, Trick, Mugshot, and Darkside.

This palette comes with a double sided brush, and a sample size selection of Urban Decay Primer Potion.

UD9Flat shader


Fluffy shader

One of the biggest comparisons to this palette is the Lorac Unzipped palette, which is rose gold toned.


Despite having similar hues, the Lorac palette is warmer. I have to admit I was slightly disappointed with this palette because some of the shades tend to look the same as each other when they are blended out. For example, Unbelievable, Unattainable, Undiscovered, and Unreal are all very similar to each other.


Here are a few comparison swatches with some differences pointed out. None of these are dupes, but I wanted to show some similar shades:

Undercover (L)
Strange (UD) – More pink

Unbelievable (L) – Warmer, more orange toned
Trick (UD)Unattainable (L) -Copper

Unconditional (L) -Warmer, more red
Nooner (UD)
Limit (UD)

Untamed (L) -Warmer
Blackheart (UD)
Darkhorse (UD)

The Lorac palette does not come with a brush, but it has a mirror inside and it also comes with a trial sized primer. I can’t use the primer because it burns my eyelids, so that was a fail for me.

The Lorac Unzipped palette is $40 for ten shades, or $4 per shadow.

The Urban Decay Naked 3 palette is $52 for 12 shades, or $4.33 per shadow. Plus, this palette includes a brush, so that makes them even closer in the price department, if not edging out Naked 3 for a better value.

The texture of the shadows in Naked 3 is fantastic. They glide on and there’s very little fallout. The Lorac shadows are not as smooth, but they certainly aren’t bad. There are a few shades that aren’t as pigmented, and the consistency is better on a whole in the Naked 3 palette.

I love the Naked 3 palette and highly recommend picking it up. The value is fantastic, and the array of colors is gorgeous. Though this is suitable for year-round wear, I love shades like this throughout fall and winter especially.

If you have any questions about either palette, feel free to ask them! 🙂

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13 Responses to Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Swatches, Review, and Lorac Unzipped Comparision

  1. Inez says:

    Interesting comparison! I need to get the naked 3 palette, I love blackheart especially, xoxo.

  2. Naked 3 has such incredible shades! awesome post

  3. satine89 says:

    Great post and thanks for the swatches! ❤ Naked 3 is super pretty, but I think I am more attracted by Naked 2 anyway! I think that someday, craziness will hit me and I will buy the three palettes altogether, haha! 😉

  4. I was so tempted to buy this before, but I’m even more so now that I’ve seen the swatches – looks like a great selection of colours!

  5. aparna says:

    Lorac is actually a much better value. Even though Urban Decay has “more” eyeshadows, Lorac has 6.5 times the amount of product overall.

  6. Luchessa says:

    This was really good to read. There is such a hype about the Naked 3 that it made me wonder if i really need it in my collection. As i already own the Unzipped palette, i guess there is no need for now to purchase the Naked 3, even though the color pay off seems to be a bit better. But in my mind a palette like that is quite a big investment, so unless they are going to seel it for less in a year or two, i will pass on the Naked 3. (Besides, i’m a Naked 1 girl anyways!) 😉

  7. Julia says:

    Which one has the wasmest undertone and is better for the yellow skin tone girls?

    • MelissaC says:

      Hmmm…I think the Naked 3 is the warmest of the three palettes, but the Naked 1 is so versatile it truly is made for every skin tone! 🙂

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