Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: Crown Brush Over Exposed Palette (with a Comparison to Urban Decay Naked 3)

I've done several different reviews and comparisons of Urban Decay Naked palettes to more affordable palettes over the years, and I know that there are even more dupes for the Urban Decay Naked 1, 2 and 3 palettes popping up every day. I haven't seen too many reviews of these Crown Brush palettes though, which made me want to purchase and review one for you. Next on my must-try list are the Coastal Scents Revealed Palettes, which I hope to get (and review) soon. Are all dupes created equal? Of course not. So let's take a look at this one...

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette ($54)
Crown Brush Over Exposed Palette ($21.95)

Keep reading for my full review and comparison...

Crown Brush is, of course, best known for makeup brushes. But Crown also sells makeup, and back in October of last year, they released the Exposed eyeshadow palettes that are similar to Urban Decay Naked 1, 2 and 3. Each palette retails for $21.95, but they occasionally seem to offer deals where you can get these palettes for $17 each + free shipping, which I believe they offered on Instagram a while back.

I purchased the Over Exposed Palette (similar to Naked 3) since I already own Naked 3. I thought it would be helpful to compare the two here for you. I purchased the Crown version via HauteLook for $18, back when HauteLook was offering free shipping on all orders for Cyber Monday (remember when I posted about that? Geeze, it feels like that was a million years ago!). HauteLook regularly features Crown Brush on their site, so I'm sure you'll have a chance to grab these over there again soon if you want them.

I've been using this palette off and on since I received my order from HauteLook, so I'm ready to give you my verdict. Let's take a look:

Front 

The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette contains 12 eyeshadows that are 0.05 oz each.

The Crown Over Exposed Palette contains 12 eyeshadows that are 0.05 oz each (full disclosure: Crown lists the total weight at 15.6 grams, which converts to 0.55 oz. So I divided that number by 12 and technically it comes out to 0.045833333 to infinity. So I just rounded up to 0.05).

The packaging for both palettes is the exact same size in length, width and thickness. The Crown packaging is not as sturdy as the UD packaging. I'm not sure what type of metal that Crown uses for their packaging (aluminium or tin, I'm guessing) but it feels thinner than the UD packaging. 

The Crown palette does open and shut easily (no sticking or struggling to open or close it) but I do want to note that my palette arrived with a few scuff marks already visible on the paint, and I can see that possibly getting worse over time.

Back

Side

Crown palette: Product of USA, assembled in China
UD palette: Product of USA, assembled in Dominican Republic


Ingredients (click to enlarge)

You can view the ingredients in the UD Naked 3 palette here.

Crown Over Exposed Palette

Looking above and below, you can see that these palettes look extremely similar when open. However, I want to let you know that the mirror I received in the Crown palette is warped, and I've heard that this has been an issue for other people as well. It almost feels like I'm looking in a fun-house mirror when I look at my reflection, so it's not something I can use for makeup application.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

I seem to have misplaced my brush that came with the UD palette, but you can take a look at that double-ended brush HERE. Here are some close-ups of the double-ended brush that comes with the Crown palette (this brush is NOT a dupe for the UD Naked 3 brush):


This brush comes with a round, fluffy blending brush on one end, and a flat brush on the other (the Urban Decay Naked 3 brush comes with two flat brushes--no round brush). More pics:





I really like this brush. The bristles are quite soft, and the flat brush does an impressive job at picking up and depositing these shadows onto the eye, while the round brush does a very nice job at blending. I've washed this brush a few times and have not lost any bristles yet.

Top: Crown
Bottom: Urban Decay

As you can see, the shades in the Crown palette all have numbers, whereas the shades in the UD palette all have names.

All shadows swatched over primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance):

25 = Strange
26 = Dust
27 = Burnout
28 = Limit

Left to right:
25 = Strange
26 = Dust
27 = Burnout
28 = Limit

Shade 25 contains shimmer, so it's not really a dupe for Strange at all. Shade 26 is quite similar in color to Dust, but it does not contain the heavy amount of glitter that Dust contains. Shade 27 has a touch more champagne/beige to it than Burnout, but it doesn't have as much glitter at Burnout. Shade 28 is a satin-matte and you can really see the sheen over primer. This is quite similar in color to Limit, but the sheen keeps it from being a good dupe, since Limit is a matte.

29 = Buzz
30 = Trick
31 = Nooner
32 = Liar

Left to right:
29 = Buzz
30 = Trick
31 = Nooner
32 = Liar

Shade 29 is more mauve and not as pink as Buzz, and it does not contain the heavy dose of glitter that Buzz contains. Shade 30 is quite similar in color to Trick, but again, not nearly as much glitter as Trick (I really love shade 30 in this palette--in person it is a true rose-gold shimmer). Shade 31 is in no way similar to Nooner--it has almost zero pigmentation, even over primer. Shade 32 is also not a dupe--it's much more purple (actually more of a plummy grape) than Liar, and it's also darker than Liar.

33 = Factory
34 = Mugshot
35 = Darkside
36 = Blackheart

Left to right:
33 = Factory
34 = Mugshot
35 = Darkside
36 = Blackheart

Shade 33 is similar to Factory, but it actually has a pink sheen to it (sorry if you can't see that in my pic) that you don't really get with Factory. Shade 34 is similar in color to Mugshot but the pigmentation on this one is very weak, even over primer. Shade 35 is similar to Darkside but darker and not as multi-dimensional. Shade 36 is in no way similar to Blackheart--it is a vampy, purplish-reddish-brown matte.

So as you can see, there are really no clear-cut dupes in this palette. Some shades are similar, but either the finishes are different, or the colors are a bit off from the real thing (or both). Now that's not to say that there aren't some pretty shades here; I'm just pointing out that I don't believe any of the shades in this palette are dead-on dupes for shades in the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette.

For me, there are six stand-out shades in this palette (some are similar to shades in Naked 3, and some are absolutely not similar to anything in Naked 3). Those shades are:

29, 30, 32

33, 35, 36

Additional thoughts: You absolutely need primer with the shadows in the Crown palette. I'd say that's probably the biggest difference between the two palettes, since most of the shadows in the UD palette are beautifully pigmented and easy to work with, even without primer. But you NEED primer with the Crown palette, and even then, two of the shades just don't show up at all on my eyes. That said, I find the six shades I swatched above to all have good pigmentation over primer and a lovely, smooth texture that's easy to work with and blend. 

Over primer, most of these shadows tend to last all day (eight hours or more) before I see serious fading or creasing. Also, I've found that when I'm blending, these shadows don't become muddy--the colors stay true and vibrant (but again, you must use primer or this will not be the case). But I want to mention that after application and blending, the shimmers in this palette are still shimmery, but they become a bit more subdued and almost more like satin-shimmers after blending. This could of course be a bad thing (if the thing you love about the UD palette is the high shimmer/glitter/metallic shadows) or a good thing (if you the thing you don't love about the UD palette is the high shimmer/glitter/metallic shadows). 

As for fragrance, the Crown palette shadows pretty much smell exactly like the UD shadows. I have to hold my nose right up to palette to detect anything, and even then, I only get a slight, faint whiff of talc. No strong or weird scent to these. 

FINAL VERDICT:  I think this palette has some nice things to offer, but if you were a looking for a shade-for-shade dupe of the colors in UD Naked 3, or even just a few dead-on dupes, you're not going to get that here. That said, there are some unique colors here that are nothing like the colors in UD Naked 3, but I think this palette is priced a bit too high at $21.95. If you can get it on sale, and you like what you see here, then it may be worth considering. I do love the brush that comes with this palette, so that does help to justify the price. But please remember that you absolutely need primer with this palette--otherwise these shadows probably aren't going ti deliver on pigmentation and staying power (two of the twelve shadows don't show up on me, even with primer). In my humble opinion, ten of the twelve shades in this palette are totally wearable, six are gorgeous, and two are misses.

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25 comments

  1. Wow thanks for the awesome comparison. I feel like the UD Naked 3 is a much better palette. The Crown pigmentation is lacking, like you said.

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    1. You're welcome, girlie!

      And yes, overall the UD is superior, but if this was less expensive it would be a great alternative if you didn't like the glitter in the UD shades but wanted something in the same vein, color-wise. I just feel that $22 is too much for what you get.

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  2. I didn't even know Crown had shadows..
    If you are looking for dupes check out Makeup Revolution. A YT'er I watch has been reviewing tons of their stuff and there are some really nice items at an extremely low price. Planning an order myself soon. They are UK based but ship to the US for $12. They have dupes for UD, Lorac, and TF among others.

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    1. Oh yes, I've had my eye on Makeup Revolution for a few months now...but the shipping kills it for me. Maybe one day I'll place an order, when I can't take looking at all the beautiful reviews any longer. lol.

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    2. I agree about the shipping rate. I actually just ordered from Makeup Revolution a couple weeks ago after finding a coupon code. It should be here soon!

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    3. oooh a coupon code!? G, I've been dying to try Makeup Revolution products but the shipping is pricy. I mean it starts at $12 but if I could split the order with a few other people I'd be so much happier.

      PS the crown palette's a no-go for me after seeing the comparison to Naked. I see Revealed is next on your list - wait for them to go on sale for $10 each, it happens several times a year!

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  3. Got Crown Under Exposed on Groupon for $15 two weeks ago, all three were listed but sold out within the hour!

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    1. That's a great deal!

      Have your tried the Under Exposed palette yet? So curious if it's similar to this one in terms of performance. Thanks!

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    2. I tried it the minute I got it! I really like it, but have had similar experiences- definitely needs primer!!! Stays on very well with it though, so I'd definitely pick up the others if there was another good deal. I'm glad you showed the brush though, I recently washed mine and had a minor heart attack that the brush had faded after only a few weeks use! Glad it's not an *actual* problem.

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    3. I LOVE the Under Exposed...
      I LOVE IT more then my IS 2 my eyes come out Beautiful...I get excited ever time I open the palette...colors are the most Beautiful things I've ever seen ...and I've been putting makeup on for a long time...being in my fifties..
      Can't best the price...❤😍😜💋💄

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    4. I just got the Crown Palette on Blinq.com for $12.95

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  4. have you compared it to W7 Natural Nudes Naked Eye Colour Palette? if not would you? Thank you!

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  5. too bad the mirror is warped. It would be kind of annoying.

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  6. does anyone know if there are any dupes for shade 35 from crown OR for the nooner shade from the naked palette? i love those two shades but dont use palettes enough to justify buying the whole thing. S:) thanks guys!

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  7. agree primer is a must but I still don't get the wear power of the Naked palette. Also does not smell good if that is a problem for some people (you won't notice it on, just when you open palette). That said, I was impressed with opacity and blendability and would recommend for beginners/palette fanatics

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  8. The Crown palette looks pretty decent but I'd rather stick with my UD Naked 3. I love that I don't always need a primer. This seems like a nice alternative though!

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  9. Looks similar to the W7 palettes. I picked both of those up.

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  10. G.,
    Have you checked out Makeup Revolution? They are a UK-based brand (cruelty-free AND they ship worldwide! ❤️) that dupe many high end palettes, such as the Naked, Lorac Pro, and Too Faced Chocolate Bar palettes. They're ridiculously inexpensive, and everyone truly seems to love them! (I recently placed an order to see what the hype was about!) I think the Naked palette dupes are $6.18 and the Chocolate Bar palettes are $12.34.

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  11. I have both the Coastal Scents Revealed palettes. I love them. They have the glitter and shine but less fall out. That burgundy shade in Revealed 2, I die it's so gorgeous!

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  12. What a great review G. ! So in depth a dog the photos are great! Thank you!

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  13. I love my Coastal Scents Revealed 2 palette! I got it on sale last year for $9.95! And twice as many shadows as UD. You really should get it and swatch it!

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  14. Sounds crazy but I think I like Crown Brush's palette more. I found Naked 3 to be too pink for me but CB's shades seen to be richer and better to my skintone. Hmmm....

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  15. I'm with B, I preferred the CB Palettes over UD. I originally bought Palettes #1 and #3, (Groupon, 17.99 each including tax and shipping) and just now bought #2. That means I bought all three Crown Brush Palettes for the price of one from Urban Decay. I find the shades suit my coloring better overall and being slightly less glitzy, can be worn more often. A bit of primer, and they last all day/night. The slight differences in the colors themselves is a plus for me as I find UD shades a bit too similar.

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  16. I just bought the crown palette off groupon for $15- I think it's awesome and the color stays on all day/night (I did use a primer). All the colors go on perfect with the included brush, I think it's a great deal. It looks just as good as all my mac shadows

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  17. Now I'm pissed! Ipsy had the crown bluish over exposed palette for sale on they're site! They were showing a reg price of $48 down to $18 so I bought it! I should of checked the real price b4 making the purchase grrrr

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