Lately I have been on a serious eyeshadow palette shopping binge. For Christmas, my sister gifted me with the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (I’m still undecided on whether I like it or love it). To be honest, I’m still trying to wrap my head around why this palette is $52. $52!! Would you ever spend $52 on an eyeshadow palette? I’ve searched for daytime and nighttime tutorials using the palette, watched a bevy of them, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to achieve the look those gorgeous YouTube vloggers are creating. It also doesn’t come with a guide to some example looks, which also kind of pushes my buttons. Plus, the thought of deciding between 12 matte, satin and shimmer shades is overwhelming (especially if you stick to really simple eye makeup routines), so it led me to this round-up for Glitter Guide: pretty (and simple) drugstore eyeshadow palettes for a fraction of the price. The eyeshadows I picked up at Walmart and CVS were actually pretty phenomenal. Most of them didn’t crease (as long as you use the right primer) and they were all easy to blend (just invest in some nice brushes). You can read the full story here. What do you think about the Urban Decay Naked 3? Do you prefer eyeshadow trios and quads? Discuss.
Hey Kara! What primer to you recommend? I can’t find one I love!
Hi Nicole! I like Laura Mercier Eye Basics (to help conceal redness and veins on my lids) and NARS eye primer (probably the best formula for a crease-proof finish and keeps my lids from getting oily). Hope this helps!
I had a real problem with the price tag too. In the end, I only bought it because I had a $15 credit so it made the price a bit more bearable. I agree that the shades can be a little tricky but I do like the selection and I actually enjoy that it forces me to be a bit more creative. However, it’s certainly the last palette I’ll buy for awhile!
I was just searching for the best drug store eyeshadow palette’s yesterday! Thank you so much for posting this! I couldn’t justify dropping the $ for the Naked palette either, even though it’s raved about. I’d love to know which primer you recommend and a good blending brush!
Hi Jen! I have a couple primers I like to use. I like Laura Mercier Eye Basics (I use linen), because it helps conceal the veins on my lid. I also like NARS’ eye primer for a crease-proof finish. For a blending brush, you should get Sephora’s PRO blending blush. It’s amazing! One of my best tool purchases of all time. Hope this helps!
Hi, Kara! I agree, the price of eye shadow palettes are crazy. I will admit that I have quite a few and am a sucker for anything that Laura Mercier and NARS put out. My most recent purchase was NARS “And God Created the Woman”. Although all of the eye shadows in this palette are beautiful, I use two regularly.
The Urban Decay Naked 3 (and 1 and 2) is my LIFELINE! I used to be much more colorful in my eyeshadow color choices (and I have about 5 other Urban Decay palettes, including the awesome Alice in Wonderland palette), but these days I like to go with the neutrals Monday-Friday, and on weekends the Naked palettes offer awesome smoky tones. 🙂