I’m a self-proclaimed makeup junkie, but I always have trouble shelling out the cash for high-end products. It seems ridiculous to pay $60 for an eyeshadow palette when I can get one with the same colors for only $10 at Target. I’ve learned time and time again, though, that a lot of luxury products are worth the investment. On the whole, I’ve found that high-end makeup is more pigmented and has a longer wear time. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, drugstore products are even better than those from Sephora. And there are plenty of “dupes” for the most popular luxury cosmetics, which is great for the poor college student that I am!
Today, I’m kicking off a new blog series: This vs. That! In this series, I’ll be testing the most popular makeup dupes to see which ones really work. I’m kicking it off with a comparison of one of the beauty world’s most beloved palettes, Naked 3, and a Maybelline dupe, The Blushed Nudes.
Naked 3 is described on the Urban Decay website as, “12 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN (and insanely beautiful) rose-hued neutrals—from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter. It’s finally here: the long-awaited follow-up Naked and Naked2 (two of the industry’s all-time bestselling palettes)! And this time around, we’re giving you a dozen NEW ways to get Naked. (Yes, we loaded this palette with 12 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN shades.)” It currently retails for $54 at Sephora.
The Blushed Nudes is described on the Maybelline website as a “12-shade eye shadow palette [that] features dazzling colors infused with rose gold pigments. From bold beiges and sultry sands to brazen bronzes and tempting taupes, this makeup palette is perfect for creating versatile eye makeup looks.” It currently retails for $10.99 at Ulta.
I have to admit that the Naked 3 palette is already a staple in my makeup drawer. I find myself reaching for it frequently, as it’s especially good for gals with green eyes. I bought The Blushed Nudes a few years ago, but I haven’t used it until today. I was convinced that Naked 3 was better. In order to fairly evaluate the palettes, I searched for a makeup tutorial that incorporated shades that both palettes contain. I also used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion on both of my eyelids before I started to build the colors. I ended up following this tutorial by Tati. I did one eye with Naked 3 and one eye with The Blushed Nudes.
Here are the swaps that I used for the Naked 3 shade on my Blushed Nudes eye.
Nooner – Mix 5 & 6
Buzz – Mix 2 & 11
Trick – 7
Darkside – 10
Blackheart – 12
Here is the finished result! The eye on the left is Naked 3 and the eye on the right is The Blushed Nudes. Pretty comparable, right? There are a few things I noticed.
- Naked 3 is undoubtedly more pigmented and easier to work with. I had to use quite a lot of product to achieve the same result on my Blushed Nudes eye.
- The Blushed Nudes was a lot harder to blend out.
- #7 in The Blushed Nudes was a lot better than Trick from Naked 3!
- Throughout the day, Naked 3 lasted longer. I noticed that the Blushed Nudes eye started to fade within a few hours.
However, I think that The Blushed Nudes is undoubtedly a good dupe for Naked 3! The colors are very comparable and they look similar on my eyes. I would say that the one downside of The Blushed Nudes is its pigmentation. I had to use a LOT more of those eyeshadows than the ones from Naked 3, and it took me longer to build up. But for only $10.99, I would highly recommend this palette as a dupe for Naked 3! If you’re on a budget and want to achieve the popular blush-toned eye makeup look, I would recommend picking up The Blushed Nudes. It’s not an exact dupe for Naked 3, but it’s pretty darn close.
What are your favorite makeup dupes? Do you have any requests for my next makeup this vs. that post? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!
This post is not sponsored in any way, and all opinions are on my own.