Neutral Palette Series

Neutral Palette #13: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Urban Decay Naked 3

Urban Decay Naked 3

Urban Decay Naked 3 Swatches

You know how some makeup just feels seasonal? Like an oxblood lip for winter, or an orange blush for summer? It is always around this time of year that I pull this rose-gold baby out of the drawer and start getting some use out of her. The apricot-y, peach tones in the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette always scream spring to me.

The formula is obviously fantastic – the swatches above are just one swipe each. Every shade is super pigmented and blends out easily. I get a lot of use out of Dust, that fifth from the right shimmery pink-copper shade, as it is not easily duped in my collection. I also like Mugshot (shimmery taupe, third from right), and Blackheart (all the way to the right) is my favorite eyeshadow to use wet on an angled brush as an eyeliner, as the glitter in this deep plum looks stellar on the eyes. Plus, the packaging is gorgeous, sturdy, and it comes with a big mirror, making it an all-around high-quality palette.

That being said, this is one of my least used palettes. When I reach for mauves and purples, I use the Laura Mercier Artist Palette much more often. I find that I have to put quite a bit of thought into the rest of my makeup in order to keep these pink shades leaning toward super-flattering-new-neutral rather than go-home-you-have-pneumonia.  I think this palette is a must-have if you have green eyes because you can’t find a better range of shades to make green eyes pop, but if you have warm/golden/olive undertones, it can be a bit challenging to work with.

Do you have the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette? What do you think?

Neutral Palette #12: Smashbox Double Exposure Palette

Smashbox Double Exposure

The Smashbox Double Exposure Palette ($52) was just released a few weeks ago for the holiday season as a dual use (wet or dry) sequel to the Full Exposure nude eyeshadow palette released last year. This is a really interesting release, as I haven’t seen too many palettes marketed for wet-brush use, and if this hasn’t reached UK shores yet, I’m sure it will shortly. But, in the meantime, enjoy this little sneak peek!


Neutral Palette #11: Wet N Wild Comfort Zone Palette

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette

Wet n Wild is known for being a bit whimsical, and their rendition of the neutral palette is no exception.The Color Icon Comfort Zone palette ($5) is definitely wearable, but their shade choices are pretty unique! Obviously, you don’t get much by way of packaging, but that’s not what counts, right? The pigmentation is good; the blendability is good, and overall, I was pleasantly surprised.


Neutral Palette #10: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Urban Decay Naked 2

I think it is safe to say that Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette is the industry standard for cool-toned palettes. Somehow they managed to pick the perfect assortment of greys and browns to satisfy anyone’s need for taupe. I tend to reach for this every day in the spring, but it can definitely work all year round, depending on your skin tone. My general impression, based on the plethora of beauty blogs I read, is that this one is the most versatile of the Naked palettes, and many, many bloggers with many different skin tones love this one!


Neutral Palette #9: Urban Decay Naked Palette

Urban Decay Naked 1

Ah, an oldie, but such a goodie! No series of blog posts on neutral eyeshadow palettes would be complete without talking about the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, the first of which is the warm-toned Naked 1 ($54). This is the palette that started the neutral palette frenzy that has occured over the past few years. I’ll try to keep this pretty short because this came out years and years ago, but really, it is one of the best palettes out there. No one does a neutral palette quite like Urban Decay does.


Neutral Palette #8: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

When this first came out, even I, palette-addict-Melissa, thought that the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($28) was an unnecessary purchase. How could it be possible that I didn’t already own these average looking matte shades in other palettes? Truth be told, I do own several of them, but the ones I don’t already have are worth buying this palette for, and I’ve been using this multiple times a week in the spring!


Neutral Palette #7: theBalm Nude’tude Palette

theBalm Nude'tude Palette

Onto the 7th neutral palette – theBalm’s Nude’tude Palette ($36)! You can read about the other palettes here: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6. (Yes, I am willing to admit that I have a problem.) Moving on – this was probably the biggest surprise out of any of the palettes I’ve ever purchased. I didn’t think I was going to love it but I really, really do. I purchased this as part of a sale on Hautelook a little while ago (see the haul here), and I believe I just added this because I wanted to get free shipping. Turns out it is my favorite product I purchased!


Neutral Palettes #6: Stila In the Light

Stila In The Light Palette

This pretty palette has been around for some years now (as you can see, mine is pretty beat up at this point). Stila’s In the Light Palette ($39) was one of my first palettes, and I can’t for the life of me remember why I bought it, but I am definitely glad that I did! If you want to read about the first five neutral palettes, click here: Marc Jacobs The Lolita, Too Faced Chocolate Bar, NARS NARSissist, Clinique Neutral Territory, or Smashbox Full ExposureREAD MORE

Neutral Palettes #5: Smashbox Full Exposure

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Neutral Palette #5 is the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette ($49)! (See palettes #1, #2, #3, and #4 in the series!) This palette came out a few months ago, and I for sure jumped on the bandwagon. I bought it almost immediately, but I actually haven’t used it that much over the past few months for some reason. I’ve started using it more recently, and it’s quite an interesting palette. There are a thousand other posts on this palette, so I’ll try to keep it pretty short and sweet. READ MORE

Neutral Palettes #4: Clinique All About Shadow Neutral Territory Palette

Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Neutral Palette

For the fourth installment of the Neutral Palettes series, I went with the Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Neutral Territory Palette ($36), simply because it is so much different than any other palette I own. (See neutral palettes 1, 2, and 3, if you’re interested!) This was all over the blogging world a little while ago, and I resisted purchasing it for a while because it wasn’t apparent to me that all the shades would be useful, but once I swatched it and saw how adorable the packaging was, it grew on me. READ MORE

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