Is This Drugstore Palette A Dupe For The Naked 3?

A few months ago Maybelline was one of the first drugstore brands (that I can remeber) to come out with an affordable larger palette, like one you would purchase from Sephora. After hearing a lot of not so great reviews on that one I decided to pass, but the other day when doing my usual stalking of the drugstores for new makeup...I came across something that really caught my eye.

Maybelline came out with another 12 shade palette, this time sneekishly resembling one of my favorite high-end palettes. The Blushed Nudes palette by Maybelline looks a lot like their first The Nudes palette, however this one looks so much like the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I instantly gravitated for it. 1. Because I had not heard any reviews or anyone even talk about this new product from Maybelline so my judgement wasn't clouded. And 2. Because I absolutely love the Naked 3 palette.

So of course my first instinct was to put it to the test and see if this $10 palette from Maybelline was a dupe for a $53 cult beauty favorite.

Shade options: On the left hand side of my arm are swatches from the Urban Decay Naked 3, on the right hand side I have swatches from the Maybelline Blushed Nudes. I tried to match them up with shades that would be considerably close from each palette. As you can see, some shades actually look like they could be very close, but a lot are quite different.

UD Strange, UD Dust, UD Burnout, Maybelline Blushed Nudes

UD Limit, UD Trick, UD Buzz, Maybelline Blushed Nudes

UD Nooner, UD Liar, UD Factory, Maybelline Blushed Nudes  

 UD Mugshot, UD Darkside, UD Blackheart, Maybelline Blushed Nudes

Pigmentation: The pigment in the Maybelline Blushed Nudes is not bad for a drugstore $10 palette. Although, it's not up to the same quality of the Urban Decay Naked you can obviously see in some of the swatches of the darker shades. I find that if you use fluffy brushes with the Maybelline shades you won't get much payoff. That being so--I like to use flat brushes or even my fingers to get the most pigmentation possible when working with those shades.

Looks: Although a lot of the shades are not exact dupes for eachother, I do think you can create very similar looks with the Blushed Nudes as you could the Naked 3. For this look I used the Maybelline Blushed Nudes (shades shown in the second swatched picture).

Wear-time: Whenever I wear any Urban Decay shadows I find they have really great wear-time IF they have a primer underneath. If I don't have a primer with them, they will crease within a few hours. So when I applied my Maybelline Blushed Nudes for this look I used my MAC Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre as my primer. I applied this makeup around 10 am and then took this photo with my iPhone around 10 pm, and was more than happy with how these shadows held up.

Is it a dupe? I would say--no, the Maybelline Blushed Nudes is not a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3. Is it a good palette from the drugstore? Yes. I think it has great variety of shades and different shades that you don't always find at the drugstore. I love that it is blush toned which is amazing for anyone with green eyes like me. I think if you are looking for a product that is an exact dupe of the Naked 3, this is not what you are looking for. But if you are looking for something similar but more than half the might be pleased with this. I know that I will continue to use this product and I think that it is more than worth the $10 price tag.

Have you tried any of the larger palettes from the drugstore?
xoxo, Nikole 


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