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Beauty Splurge vs. Steal: Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes is an amazing budget dupe for Urban Decay's Naked3 eyeshadow palette!!
A cult favorite among beauty enthusiasts, Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette ($54, ulta.com) is easily one of my favorites, too. So when I saw Maybelline’s suspiciously similar The Blushed Nudes palette ($9.99, ulta.com) I knew I had to see how the two compared. The rose-hued neutrals are perfect for summer and a lighter fall look, plus the varied shades of either palette can work for day or night. After scooping up both items at my nearest Ulta, I got to work (and possibly spent entirely way too many hours in front of the mirror experimenting with these gorgeous shades!) Read on for my complete break-down of each aspect of Naked 3 and The Blushed Nudes, plus a full review and comparison of the two products.

Packaging:

Urban Decay Naked 3 versus Maybelline The Blushed Nudes palette comparison side by side with swatches
Urban Decay’s Naked 3 features a sturdy elongated rose gold compact that holds 12 shades, a mirror and Naked’s signature double ended brush with one side for patting on the shade for more intense color and one side for blending. The package also includes trial sizes of their Primer Potion eye shadow primer in Original, Sin, Eden and Anti-Aging formula.

Maybelline’s The Blushed Nudes features a similar, but more portable, rose gold compact with 12 shades, a mirror and 2 double-ended sponge-tip eye shadow applicators. One end is the round shape and the other end is a pointed shape. The back of the packaging also features how-to charts and eye shadow pairing ideas.

Swatches
Naked 3 versus Maybelline The Blushed Nudes eyeshadow palette review and comparison with swatches

Each palette has 12 shades including matte ands shimmer shades. Maybelline’s darker shades have hints of rose and tope undertones and a less shimmery finish, while Urban Decay’s shades feature rose and orange undertones with more shimmer.

Dupes:
Shade 1 is a dupe for Strange, a light shimmer.

Shade 2 is similar to Limit, and can be used as a blending shadow in the crease.

Shade 3 is a dupe for Dust.

Shade 4 is similar to Burnout.

Shade 5 is a dupe for Trick.

Shade 6 is a dupe for Buzz.

Shade 7 isn’t matched by anything in the Naked 3 palette.

Shade 8-11 are similar to Liar, Factory, Mugshot and Darkside (in that order) but have a different finish.

Shade 12 is almost an exact replica of Blackheart.

Cost:
Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette will set you back $54, but if you’re not quite ready for that type of investment Maybelline’s The Blushed Nudes is only $9.99!

The Bottom Line:
Maybelline’s The Blushed Nudes may not be an exact replica of the Naked 3 shades, but for the price it’s fantastic! If you have been on the fence about purchasing the Naked 3 palette, try Maybelline’s The Blushed Nudes first. You get similar color payout and finishes, and can get the same looks. Plus you’re saving over $40!

Comments
This is amazing! I am totally against spending those $$$ on eyeshadow so this is definitely happening:)

Wishes & Reality
#1 Heidi on 2015-07-21 22:33 (Reply)
Great article! I was wondering about the M pallet as I don't have either yet, but my concern was that the shadows weren't heavily pigmented, especially at the lighter end. I think you're arm swatches show this to be true, unless it's just pic lighting? I'll probably just keep saving for the UD :-). Thanks!
#2 Rebecca P in Florida on 2015-07-22 07:33 (Reply)
Hey Rebecca, the lighter shades definitely weren't as pigmented as the lighter shades in Urban Decay's Naked 3. It took me several swipes for those shades to be seen.
#2.1 Ashley Casey on 2015-07-23 09:28 (Reply)
Great comparison!
I was wondering if the M shadows went on smoothly and stayed on?
Thanks!
#3 Alicia on 2015-07-22 10:54 (Reply)
Hey Alicia, the Maybelline shades did have staying power, but I found that when applying some went on smoothly and some I had to repeatedly apply.
#3.1 Ashley Casey on 2015-07-23 09:31 (Reply)
Just bought the Maybelline version on your recommendation..but mine doesn't have a mirror. Yours did?
#4 Rachel on 2015-07-22 14:12 (Reply)
Hi Rachel, this was an error on my part! Mine does not have a mirror and while writing and editing this piece I must have missed that I included that it did have a mirror. Sorry for the confusion and it definitely will not happen again.
#4.1 Ashley Casey on 2015-07-23 09:35 (Reply)
mine doesn't have a mirror
#5 debbie on 2015-07-23 07:07 (Reply)
Hi Debbie, thank you for catching that error! It did not in fact have a mirror, I think I missed that while writing and editing this piece. Sorry about the confusion.
#5.1 Ashley Casey on 2015-07-23 09:32 (Reply)
I have both palettes and tired a comparison. My only issue with some of the drugstore palettes is that they don't seem as pigmented (I have fair skin and like shimmery shadows and they never seem to show up). I've found by using a flat brush sprayed with a spray fix (e.l.f. sells a great MAC dupe) before apply shadows rapidly increases their staying power and actually makes the shadows stand out more!
#6 Ally Marie (Homepage) on 2015-09-02 21:33 (Reply)
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