Monday, January 7, 2019

Product Review -- Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette

I've had my eye on the Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette for quite a while.

But I talked myself out of it for a long time because it's not like the shades in the palette are particularly unique -- though they are stunning, which was what had me so torn.

Well, that and the fact that I saw so many positive reviews for it that made me think I was really missing out.

So I eventually caved during the holiday season when I was shopping for others and decided I should treat myself to a gift too.

Fortunately, I don't regret the purchase in the least.

The palette comes in a long, somewhat thick rectangular compact that's made of sturdy cardboard. The back and front feature cool photos of various locales around the world to play up the "Born to Run" theme.

Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette
Inside, there's a good-sized mirror, but the palette doesn't stay open by itself so you'll need to prop it up against something to use it to do your makeup.

The palette contains 21 shadows, including matte, shimmer, and glittery finishes, that span the color range from warm neutrals to rich jewel tones.

Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette
The shades include: Breakaway, a satin ivory; Stranded, a shimmery light rose gold; Blaze, a light metallic peach with pink shift; Weekender, a matte light beige; Still Shot, a bright matte peach; Riff, a matte mid-tone brown with gold micro-glitter; Good as Gone, a dark brown with iridescent micro-glitter; Hell Ride, a matte deep fuchsia; Baja, a matte burnt orange; Accelerate, a metallic red copper; Guilt Trip, a shimmery eggplant purple; Ignite, a metallic rose gold; Smog, a shimmery dark copper bronze; Wanderlust, a deep forest green with gold micro-glitter; Wildheart, a shimmery bright fuchsia; Punk, a matte red-brown; Double Life, a metallic rust; Jet, a black with shimmery purple shift; Drift, a satin charcoal with silver micro-glitter; Radio, a satin dark emerald green; and Big Sky, a shimmery frosted green with iridescent micro-glitter.

The shadows in this collection are lovely, and while I can't say that any of them are particularly special (you may have similar shades in your collection; I'm sure I do), they really work well together as a palette.

I might prefer a couple more mid-tone matte shades, but I can do a ton of different looks with the shadows in the palette so that might be nitpicking.

The formula is really nice here too -- the shadows are all nicely pigmented and easy to apply and blend. The glitter shades aren't too chunky either, so while you might get a little fallout during application, you don't have to worry about glitter raining down on your cheeks throughout the day.

From l. to r.: Breakaway, Stranded, Blaze, Weekender, Still Shot, Riff, Good as Gone
From l. to r.: Hell Ride, Baja, Accelerate, Guilt Trip, Ignite, Smog, Wanderlust

From l. to r.: Wildheart, Punk, Double Life, Jet, Drift, Radio, Big Sky

My favorite shadows are the green shades -- Wanderlust, Radio, and Big Sky -- which I've been wearing together a ton. If you like warm shades, I have no doubt you'll love Hell Ride, Baja, and Accelerate too.

Honestly, there's really not a bad shadow in the bunch.

The palette retails for $49, which doesn't seem too bad to me considering you're getting 21 shades.

(I will point out that the pans aren't as big as those in, say, the Naked Palettes, but like most makeup junkies, I doubt I'll be hitting pan on any of these babies in a long, long time.)

You can purchase it on the Urban Decay website, Sephora, Ulta, and most places that sell Urban Decay.

Have you tried the Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette? Are you a fan?

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