Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow palette
My summer plans usually look very similar to my rest-of-the-year plans. It’s all pretty low key, since I’m a little bit of a homebody. I find a lot of joy in simple local things, like heading to the farmer’s market, or trying out a new cocktail. Even so, my less-than-adventurous spirit was so drawn to the Urban Decay Born to Run eyeshadow palette ($49).
From Urban Decay: “Whether you’re a total road warrior, a weekend escapist or a staycationer—this collection has everything you need when you’re Born To Run. The all-in-one Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette lets you create nude makeup looks, add in pops of color and play with brights, no matter where you’re going.”
From we heart this: This is a…Seriously. Rad. Palette.
The colors are organized beautifully in a way that makes it easy to put together a look; lighter shades on top, darker shades on the bottom; warmer shades in the top/left and cooler shades in the bottom/right–and the colors work well together. The shadows are buttery smooth and well pigmented, and I appreciate the mix of mattes and shimmer shades (And YAY for no glitterbombs!) All of these aspects make this palette really versatile–no matter where in the world you’re wandering.
My personal fave shades were Blaze (light metallic peach with pink shift), Baja (burnt orange matte), Drift (charcoal satin with tonal micro-sparkle), Punk (red-brown matte) and Double Life (metallic rust). To be honest I thought several of the shades would be too warm for me (especially Baja) but I found it really very flattering, and I got compliments every time I wore it!
Let’s look at some swatches, shall we?
One interesting thing to note is that the weight of each pan is about half the weight of pans in of most of Urban Decay’s palettes and eyeshadow singles (0.02oz vs 0.04oz or 0.05oz per pan). Additionally, the total weight of the eyeshadow is about 2/3 of the Naked Palettes for roughly the same price ($49 for 0.42oz [21 eyeshadows x 0.02oz] versus $54 for 0.60oz [12 eyeshadows x 0.05oz]). I found it curious but I would still say that this palette is a great value overall, and I personally find that it’s worth every penny.
And now, just two of the infinite looks possible…
Eyes – Breakaway on browbone and inner corner; Stranded on kid; Baja on crease; Double Life on inner V
Cheeks – Cheap Shot (from the Backtalk palette), plus iridescent highlighter
Lips – Backtalk, plus iridescent gloss
Eyes – Blaze on brow bone; Big Sky on lids; Riff and Still Shot on crease; Wanderlust and Jet on outer V; Radio and Big Sky on lower lash line
Cheeks – Double Take and Party Foul (from the Backtalk palette)
Lips – UD Roach
I haven’t stopped reaching for this palette since it arrived, and it’s gotten a lot of love from even my non-makeup wearing friends. The large mirror, magnetic closure, and sturdy but compact plastic casing make the Born to Run palette the perfect travel companion, no matter how near or far you’re going.