Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette ($49) is a new 21-pan eyeshadow palette that the brand is releasing this week for Summer 2018 but the shades do have a very Fall 2018 feel since these are such a warm, rich selection of colors. I think the shade range is pretty intentional as although the release is happening towards the end of June it’s still likely to be heavily promoted into the Fall.
The palette is inspired by travel with a gorgeous photograph design featuring different locations across the globe and a map that decorates the inside of the box it comes in. Not only are the shades inspired by different travel adventures and locations but the palette itself was designed to be your one and done travel companion so you can have 21 shades in one easy spot when you’re heading off to your next big adventure in life.
When I first saw the palette it looked really huge to me. I think the rectangle design rather than the square shape Urban Decay typically uses makes it look like a bigger palette than any of my others from the brand. I was actually expecting a cardboard palette but it’s made out of plastic with a really huge mirror inside but no eyeliner or brush included which I have to admit I sort of missed a little.
I think most people will agree the shade range is like mix of a lot of colors we already have from Naked Heat, Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance, and others. For the most part some of the richer berries and burnt oranges will instantly have you thinking of Modern Renaissance for sure but there’s actually a way wider assortment of shades here.
I was a little concerned when I first saw the promo images as it really looks like a mismatch of shades but once I got it in my hands that wariness instantly disappeared and I felt a little more confidence about the looks I could create using it. One thing is for sure, it’s not exactly a beginner eyeshadow palette by any means.
The palette contains a mix of satin, shimmer, and matte shades but no micro-glitter shades so there was very little fall out to worry about. It’s also a solid selection of transitional, base, and contrasting shades which can be used to create a solid look. As I mentioned above I was concerned I’d struggle creating a look but once I started working with I realized how easily the shades worked together.
The shades were all very richly pigmented and applied easily with very little fall out and blended quite well without going muddy when used together. I did struggle a little with Still Shot and Weekender which felt a bit drier and applied patchier on my already dry lids but the other shades were all beautifully soft and easy to apply especially the satiny shimmers which had a velvety, buttery texture.
I’m a little surprised. I really thought I’d come out of testing the Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette by ranting about how difficult it was to use. It looks a bit overwhelming at a glance with too many darker shades. But it somehow won me over and I think it’ll be an essential part of my Fall wardrobe. Sadly, I do think it isn’t a perfect pick for people who already have a ton of different eyeshadow palettes to choose from as the shade range isn’t terribly unique. There’s a lot of shades here that are easily duped across a few palettes you likely already own. But on the upside you might be inclined to haul this one and have it available as a travel palette as it was meant to be and created for. I’ll have some looks for you using the palette shortly!
Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette launched tomorrow.
Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette is a 21-pan eyeshadow palette releasing for Summer/Fall 2018 that includes a selection of warm and jewel-toned shades. I was a little concerned about this one as it looked like an overwhelming selection of darker, richer shades but I was able to easily create some very pretty looks using it. It has a nice selection of shades that should transition well from Summer into the Fall season with plenty of pigment, a velvety texture, and very little fall out or chunky glitter issues.
- Perfect for anyone wanting a good transitional eyeshadow palette that will get them through Summer and into Fall.
- Anyone wanting a palette that contains a huge selection of shades for travel.
- Quite affordable at $49 for 21 richly pigmented shades.
- A little overwhelming for beginners to eyeshadow pairing, application, and blending.
- A lot of shades are easily duped if you already own a good deal of eyeshadow singles or palettes.
Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette is a very, very easy pick up for fans of the brand’s shadow formula. This palette didn’t disappointing in terms of pigment, texture, formula, and blendability. You’re getting 21 very richly pigmented shade with only two shades