Oh look it's my first makeup review post of 2014....and it's nearly the end of April. I should really stop calling myself a beauty blogger. Anyway, I'm sure you'll forgive me when you see what an absolute BARGAIN I have to share with you.
A week or so ago I saw HelloTerriLowe post a tweet about a Revolution eyeshadow palette that she was loving. I'd never heard of Revolution before so I gave the link a wee click out of curiousity and my first thought was "ooh those colours look a bit like the Naked 3 palette". My second thought was "£4?!!!" and within about 5 minutes it was in my basket.
Now a quick disclaimer - I know I've called this post "Naked 3 Dupe" and I am pretty confident that it IS a great dupe, but I don't actually own the Naked 3 palette so you know, don't quote me on it.
Having read a ton of Naked 3 reviews and seen like a million arm swatches I feel like I have a pretty decent idea of what the shades look like though, and I can tell you that the Revolution Iconic 3 palette shades are almost identical. When reviews of Naked 3 started springing up last year I was so tempted to buy it as I immediately fell in love with the pinky/bronzey shades, but the reason I didn't give in was that I put my sensible hat on and told myself that while those colours are really "in" right now, I probably won't still be loving them in 6 months time. So that's why finding an alternative which gives me the same result for a price I don't feel guilty about was like a beauty dream come true.
Btw the Naked 2 palette though is a different story - this one I did actually willingly shell of £30-odd for about a year ago and still use on a weekly basis. If you're looking for a versatile palette with a mix of light and dark, shimmery and matte shades that will work for day-to-day as well as dramatic night-out looks, then Naked 2 is perfect. I don't feel guilty about that one at all, but I'm almost certain that I would have had a major case of buyers remorse if I'd given in to the Naked 3 hype.
Comparing Revolution Iconic 3 and Urban Decay Naked 3
Anyway, on with the review! First up let's look at the packaging - now obviously this is where you can see the biggest difference between the premium and cheap product. The Naked palettes come in really fancy looking tins with a mirror on the inside, whilst the Revolution palette is a basic plastic see-through container with no mirror. If having pretty packaging is something that bothers you then this might put you off the Revolution palette, but I couldn't care less (and for £4 neither should you).
I've already discussed the fact that the shades look almost identical above and I've photographed some swatches below so you can see for youself. Like I said, I don't have the Naked 3 palette so can't show you side by side comparisons, but you get the drift. The fact that they've called the palette Iconic 3 is a pretty big hint that they've based this on Naked 3 too (their Iconic 1 and Iconic 2 palettes look like attempted dupes of the other Naked palettes).
Again, as the Revolution product is cheaper you'd expect that the quality isn't as good as an Urban Decay product and there is definitely more fall-out than I get with my Naked 2 shades, but that's nothing a good dusting of loose powder won't fix. In fact, when I'm doing a particularly heavy eye or using glittery shadows I generally do my eye makeup first so I can clean off any fallout before applying foundation (tip alert). Apart from fall-out I don't feel like there is a massive difference in quality though to be honest, the Revolution shadows still feel quite creamy and the pigmentation is great.
If you're bothered about makeup ingredients then yeah again this is something that might put you off the Revolution palette as there are a lot of letter/number ingredients in the list which isn't the best sign, but I've been using the eyeshadows every day for the past week and a half and haven't had any problems with irritation or anything so far.
Finally, the biggest difference beween the two is obviously the price. Naked 3 is £37 on average whilst the Revolution Iconic 3 is just £4.
Four British Pounds.
The whole palette is cheaper than the bottle of micellar water I'd use to remove it.
What a bloody bargain.
If you've been toying with the idea of buying the Naked 3 palette then I definitely recommend trying this first. At almost 1/10 of the price you can't really go wrong.
What do you think - have you got Naked 3, does it look like a good dupe?
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