Urban Decay Naked, Naked 2, and Naked 3 Palette Comparison


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Can you believe we’re almost halfway through December?! 2013 has flown by~ Wow.

A few weeks ago, I shared on Instagram (photos here) that I was waiting for my Naked 3 palette to arrive. Well, I got it a couple of weeks ago and am so excited to share my review with you! When I shared my Naked 1 vs. Naked 2 Visual Comparison (click here) about a year ago, I heard such great feedback from you… I decided to do a visual comparison for all 3 Urban Decay Naked palettes!

Please keep scrolling down to see all the swatches, and finally the visual comparison of the similar colors between all 3 Naked palettes!

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Naked 3’s case is the same as the Naked 2 palette. It’s metal, snaps shut, and great for travel. πŸ™‚ Below are swatches of all 3 Naked Palettes.

Urban Decay Naked Palette Swatches by PrettyGossip

{ NAKED } Warm Neutrals (Full Review HERE, Buy HERE)

  • Most number of brown shades and some of my favorite shades: Virgin, Sin, Buck, Half Baked, and Dark Horse
  • 5 new shades
  • 2 mattes (Naked and Buck), 10 shimmery/satiny colors
  • Shades include: Virgin (nude satin), Sin (champagne shimmer), Naked (buff matte), Sidecar (beige sparkle), Buck (brown matte), Half Baked (bronze), Smog (golden brown shimmer), Darkhorse (bronze-plum shimmer), Toasted (taupe-bronze), Hustle (mocha shimmer), Creep (near-black metallic), Gunmetal (dark grey metallic)

{ NAKED 2 } Taupe Neutrals (Full Review HERE, Buy HERE)

  • Has a great range of light to dark shades. Love Bootycall, Suspect, and Pistol
  • 5 new and exclusive to this palette: Bootycall, Tease, Snakebite, Pistol, and Busted
  • 3 mattes (Foxy, Tease, Blackout) and 9 shimmery/satiny colors
  • Shades include: Foxy (cream bisque with matte finish), Half Baked (golden-bronze with shimmering finish), Booty Call (shimmering cork), Chopper (copper shimmer with silver microglitter), Tease (creamy pale brown with matte finish), Snake Bite (dark bronze shimmer with metallic base), Suspect (pale golden beige with shimmering finish), Pistol (light gray-brown with shimmering finish), Verve (oyster with shimmering finish), YDK (cool bronze shimmer with metallic base), Busted (deep brown with shimmering finish), Blackout (blackest black with matte finish)

{ NAKED 3 } Rose Hued Neutrals (Buy HERE or HERE)

  • Lots of light and mid shades
  • 12 All NEW shades!
  • 3 mattes (Strange, Limit, Nooner), 6 satin/shimmers, and 2 glitters
  • Shades include: 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 microglitter), Trick (light metallic pinky-copper shimmer w/tonal microsparkle), Nooner (medium pinky-brown matte), Liar (medium metallic mauve shimmer), Factory (pinky-brown satin), Mugshot (metallic taupe shimmer w/slight pink shift), Darkside (deep taupe-mauve satin), Blackheart (smoky black matte w/rosy red microsparkle)

Below are swatches of similar shades between the 3 palettes. Hopefully they help you decide between Naked, Naked 2, and Naked 3 palettes!

BEST Urban Decay Naked Palette Comparison by PrettyGossip

Please reference the visual comparison chart above:

  • Trick from Naked 3 is similar to Chopper from Naked 2. Trick is a bit more pink.
  • Nooner, Tease, and Buck are all great medium brown (matte) crease shades.
  • Mugshot is a beautiful dark shimmery metallic taupe. YDK is a medium bronze metallic shimmer, and Sidecar is the lightest of the 3 shimmery shades. They’re not exact dupes, but I found them to be a bit similar… except for the degree of darkness of course. πŸ™‚ Scroll down to see more photos of the comparison.
  • Darkside, Snake Bite, and Hustle all look like a medium brown shimmer. With a closer look, Darkside leans slightly taupe compared to the other two shades. Even though the photos do not show Snake Bite and Hustle looking similar, they are very similar. A medium/dark bronze shimmer.
  • Busted and Darkhorse are deep brown shimmers.Β  Darkhorse leans a bit plum. Blackheart is a very deep brown, bordering black. This shade has the most shimmery finish with plum sparkles!

As you can see below, the colors in Naked 3 aren’t repeated in the original Naked and Naked 2 palettes! Some are similar, but no exact dupes.

Here’s another way to visually compare the similar colors in the Naked Palettes.

BEST Urban Decay Similar Shade Comparison in Naked Palettes by PrettyGossip


Naked 3 has 12 brand new colors. I didn’t find exact dupes or repeat of shades from Naked or Naked 2. I personally like the rose hued palette, but I love the original Naked palette with all those rich warm brown hues. I feel like the original Naked palette works best with my yellowy Asian skin tone. The light to medium rose hued Naked 3 palette also works really well for everyday wear. Honestly, you can’t really go wrong with any of the palettes!

My only complaint about Naked 3 is the fall out on Dust and Trick.Β  The glittery shades have a ton of fall out which makes application difficult and patchy.

I hope this comparison of the original Urban Decay Naked, Naked 2, and Naked 3 palette has been helpful! If you have any questions, please leave me a comment below! If you’re interested in the other neutral palettes, please check out my other posts!

If you’re interested in purchasing a Naked palette, you can buy them here:


So have you decided? What is your favorite nude palette?!

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  1. July 10, 2016 / 3:09 am

    Just want to say your article is as amazing. The clarity in your post is just nice and i could assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the rewarding work.

  2. Serene
    April 6, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    Hi, thanks for the comparison!! I love the review but I just don’t know which one to buy as I have a very fair skin. I don’t know which one will suit me more.

  3. fionajk42
    January 27, 2016 / 10:46 am

    very helpful. I read this as trying to decide which one to get as a gift for my daughter. I’m caucasian, my husband is of North Indian origin i.e. brown but not very dark. Our daughter gets asked all the time if she’s from Spain, Italy or other Mediterranean countries, or from North Africa. Very hard for me to buy for her as we’re so different looking. based on your review above I’m going to go with the original Naked palette. thanks for this very informative post.

    • January 28, 2016 / 12:50 am

      Thanks for visiting and for your comment! I’m always happy to hear when my review was of help. The original Naked Palette is amazing so great choice! xoxo

  4. merra
    January 13, 2016 / 6:21 am

    this is so helpful but from your experience which one is better chocolate bar of naked 1?

  5. February 26, 2015 / 2:27 pm

    Thanks. This is so thorough!

  6. January 30, 2015 / 8:42 am

    Thanks for the post, pictures and words! πŸ™‚ <3 It really helped me take a decision! :* Naked original it is! The others will follow (this year I hope)!

  7. December 23, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    Love Love Love your comparisons. This is very thorough and definitely helped myself and my friend out a lot! We were trying to see which would work best for us and now we know! Great Job! πŸ™‚

  8. December 10, 2014 / 6:15 pm

    Thank you for all the good work you’ve done and shared. This post really cleared up all the doubts I had. πŸ™‚

  9. Steph
    November 7, 2014 / 12:30 am

    This is a great comparison – the pictures and descriptions are very helpful. I wasn’t sure which one to get but reading your page has really helped. Thanks for writing this.

    • November 9, 2014 / 8:39 pm

      Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. Really makes me happy to hear I could help. That’s the whole purpose of what I do, so thank YOU!!!

  10. October 31, 2014 / 6:01 pm

    This is such a THOROUGH comparison – thanks for putting in the time : )

    • November 3, 2014 / 8:59 pm

      Thank you for visiting and for your kind comment!!! I hope you are happy with your purchase. πŸ™‚

  11. Vera
    October 4, 2014 / 6:31 am

    You make them all sound so great! Please help me choose or I’ll have to buy them all πŸ˜‰
    I have a very light skin tone (pinkish white) and I have no idea what to do with it, which palette do you think would be best?

  12. jen
    October 3, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    that was an awesome read!! thanks!! i might try the naked palette since rosey palettes don’t work on my asian skin as well!!

    • October 4, 2014 / 12:23 am

      Glad I could help! I hope you’ll visit again! xo

  13. September 9, 2014 / 11:36 am

    You make great comparisons!
    For me the first two are more tempting, as Naked 3 has to much of pinkish undertones for someone with very warm skin tone. Naked 2 is the most appealing for me personally, I love all those light shimmery shades.

  14. September 4, 2014 / 2:58 pm

    Oh gosh what a great post! I live in Australia and we can’t get these palettes here, but my boyfriend is currently in Europe and asked me what i wanted! So I am definitely going to ask him to buy me an Urban Decay palette…mmmm which one! I’m thinking the orgininal Naked :/ Gah don’t know! If anyone has any advice for me that would be great! I have pale (cool toned) skin, blue eyes and blonde hair xo

    • September 4, 2014 / 8:38 pm

      Thank you for your kind words! I’ve been using the original Naked lately and forgot how much I LOVE it! So… right now, I’d recommend the original. πŸ™‚ But like I said, you can’t go wrong with any of them! Good luck!

  15. BelMer
    July 30, 2014 / 8:31 am

    Ugh you make things so difficult!!!! I absolutely love your reviews. I have been wanting a naked palette and just buy looking at colors I’ve been leaning to the first palette. However I saw your comparisons with Lorac and Nude and now I don’t know which to go with.

  16. Anna
    July 15, 2014 / 3:35 am

    This is the most useful review I’ve seen! I’m surprised more people haven’t stumbled across it – loved the similar shade comparisons.

    • July 15, 2014 / 11:36 pm

      Thanks so much! Please share on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram! Let me know which one you end up getting!

  17. Rachel
    July 9, 2014 / 3:06 pm

    Great comparisons! Thank u so much.

  18. Lisa
    February 2, 2014 / 12:39 pm

    Amazing post! Thank you for taking the time to pull this all together!

  19. January 25, 2014 / 11:10 pm

    I have tried all the Naked palettes and really like the Naked 3 palette. I have found it was ideal for daytime daily use. Here’s a video I posted on how I use them: http://youtu.be/H9TmDbe4lpA

  20. Ashley
    January 21, 2014 / 3:54 pm

    OMG Thank you so much for your very thorough review! I came here hoping to choose one, but you made me want them all! I already have Naked 3 & Basics, but I think I’m going to order 1 & 2! πŸ™‚

  21. Lily
    January 5, 2014 / 6:39 am

    Plz help me I have medium dark skin (I’m Asian) and I don’t know which palette would be the best and show on my skin( pigmented with primer etc.) thanks!!!!!!!!!

  22. Chloe Walker
    December 29, 2013 / 2:08 pm

    Absolutely love your blog post you did comparing the 3 palettes, I have been contemplating buying Naked3 since it came out. Now, I’m convinced that I either buy all 3 or I just stay safe and go for naked 2 (seems like it has the basics you would want for a beautiful smokey eye) or even the original naked i love the colors in general in that palette.

    Probably should just buy all 3 and see what works best for my own skin tone and undertones. πŸ˜›

  23. Kathy
    December 25, 2013 / 8:06 pm

    I have Asian skin tone like you and I don’t know which one to get. I personally really want the naked 3 but I’m not so sure. Any suggestions? I really liked how you showed the colors that looked similar side by side. Merry Christmas!

    • December 28, 2013 / 3:46 am

      You can’t go wrong with amy if them, but I really like the original. Good luck and let me know which one you chose! Xo

  24. Peggy
    December 11, 2013 / 6:34 pm

    I think Naked 3 may be my favorite. Im really excited to get it!