Urban Decay is well known for their eyeshadows especially the Naked palettes. The original naked palette was actually my first high end eyeshadow palette and I still have it at home for sentimental reasons. The Urban Decay Born to Run eyeshadow palette is a limited edition release, but you’ll want this in your collection forever. I haven’t been this excited for a new eyeshadow drop in a long time but every shade in here is gorgeous! I’ll be showing you some photos of the product, swatches, as well as a couple of looks I created!
Urban Decay Born to Run Collection
The newest collection from Urban Decay taps into a millennial’s love of traveling. This collection was made for the girl that was “Born to Run”. All of the products can be used to create looks while on the road. In addition to the eyeshadow palette, there are 3 new shades of the Vice Lipstick with limited edition packaging, 3 Shades of the 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil and lastly a travel size All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. I’ll also be sharing reviews of those items but I could not wait to show you guys the swatches from this eyeshadow palette!
The Urban Decay Born to Run palette is actually much more heavy duty than you would think. There is a full size mirror on the lid that is great for applying on the go. With 21 shades, this is definitely good for trips that are longer than a week. Otherwise, I would probably just pack a smaller palette with only a few shade options. I actually get a bit tired holding this when applying makeup as it’s so heavy. But I think the palette will stand up well being tossed in a bag!
I was really impressed by the formula of every shade in this palette! Urban Decay is known for their shimmery shades and have included lots of them in this palette! That is totally my cup of tea so I’ll get good use out of them. But they did include a few key matte shades so that you can complete the look. All shades were extremely creamy and pigmented! There’s only 2 shades that I thought were a bit too similar but in general, every shade had a very intentional purpose.
I realized I swatched in columns of two which did not line up to the photos I took of the eyeshadow shades themselves. Please bear with me and you might have to do some back and forth to match up the shade with the swatch. I’ll describe the shades in columns (up to down, left to right).
Breakaway – Light shimmery champagne
Hell Ride – Matte magenta
Wildheart – Medium pink purple with silver shimmer
Stranded – Shimmery gold shade that is much darker/wearable than in the pan
Baja – Matte burnt orange
Punk – True matte brown with a warm undertone
Blaze – Pink champagne shade. This was way prettier when swatched than in the pan and I love the pink reflectiveness
Accelerate – Shimmery orange copper
Double Life– Shimmery brown with a hint of pink
Weekender – Matte light nude. This is the only shade that doesn’t really show up on my skin.
Guilt Trip – Shimmery lilac
Jet – Black with a slight silver shimmer
Still Shot – Matte salmon pink
Ignited – Metallic peach orange
Drift– Shimmery dark grey
Riff– Matte medium bronwn. This is a perfect crease/transition shade.
Smog – Shimmery medium bronze. This is one of Urban Decay’s most classic shades!
Radio – Shimmery indigo blue
Good as Gone – Deep brown with slight shimmery. It is very similar to Punk except with a bit of shimmer
Wanderlust – Shimmery forest green
Big Sky – Shimmery light blue. I wish this one was a bit more lighter as it ends up looking muddy when blended with other shades
Looks I Created
There are a lot of basic looks you can do using this palette including a neutral brown as well as a warm sunset look! But I wanted to show some other color combinations that you can use in this palette for more creative looks.
For the first look, I was inspired by the ocean to do a combination of the sand and sea. I used Baja as a transition shade and then patted on Blaze on the inside half. Then I blended in Radio on the outer half and also Punk just to transition the colors a bit better. Lastly, I lined my bottom lash line with Big Sky.
For the second look, I wanted to use more cool tones as I don’t normally do that. On the bottom lash line, I first used Drift near the lash line and then Wildheart. On my eyelid, I started with Drift all the way up to my crease line. Then I blended it out with Hell Ride. Lastly, I blended it even further up with Riff.
I threw the two looks together pretty quickly as I wanted to get this post up for you guys as soon as possible! I can definitely do a more indepth tutorial using this palette if you are interested, just let me know in the comments! Overall, I absolutely love the formulation and color combination of this palette. There are so many “nude” palettes or “sunset” palettes out there. But this one takes all of the key shades and gives you opportunity to create classic and creative looks! Many of these shades are even more beautiful when swatched than in the pan! As it’s a limited edition release, I’d highly recommend you to pick this up if you are looking for a new eyeshadow palette!