The first eye shadow palette that I ever owned was the original Naked palette way back when, (total side note: I can’t believe it’s being discontinued 😢) and ever since, I’ve had a lot of love for Urban Decay palettes. The Born to Run Palette was no different, especially as I’d been stalking it on Instagram and watching endless tutorials – Chatsirimakeup
does *THE* best quick and easy to follow tutorials with this palette. I needed to have this palette.
Urban Decay are available pretty much everywhere, so this wasn’t hard to find unlike some other high-end palettes…. The cost for 21 shades is £39.50 but places like Debenhams
and Feel Unique
often have 10% off so I managed to get it even cheaper. Which did make my day. However, even at £39.50, using makeup maths each shade costs only £1.88 which is less than most people’s daily coffee. And as I don’t drink coffee, this is how I rationalise my purchases.
I’m not much of a traveller, mostly because it seems like extremely hard work with two little ones by myself. However, I do like the idea of exploring new places so I love the pictures of different places on the front of the Born To Run palette. Just looking at it gets me in a relaxed frame of mine- there’s something about a wine glass and a sunset!
The palette is ideal for travelling. It’s slim and lightweight but sturdy. Bonus points are given for including a huge mirror making it easy to apply your makeup away from your vanity. The only niggle I have with this is the lack of brush. I think a double ended brush (like the ones that come with the Naked palettes) would make this palette even more ideal for travel.
Is This Really Worth £39.50?
The first thing that I noticed about this palette was the variety of shades, neutrals, jewel-tones, they’re all here. The only shade I think that is missing from here is a nice blue but in all fairness, how often do you use blue? If I’m honest, it’s my most underused shade. Not only is there a a variety with the shades, but also the textures too with both mattes and shimmers. This means the palette can used for both day and night looks with ease.
One of the things that has me hooked on Urban Decay palettes despite the decent amount of fallout, is the pigmentation. You literally need the teeniest among of product to create a look as in fact using too much can create a lot of fallout. This palette is no different as you can see from the swatches, where only one ‘swipe’ of product was used and the colours look strong.
This palette is amazingly easy to work with because the shadows are so buttery soft, and blend effortlessly using a fluffy brush. (I’m still obsessed with my Mac 217 and will *never* use anything else. Personally, I’ve found the best effect with the shimmers is to pat them on with my ring finger into the centre of my eye lid. Even when doing this, the shadows also last really well on the eye without creasing or wearing off, even without a primer. As a lazy beauty blogger, that’s music to my ears.
The Born To Run palette is split into three rows and honestly other than keeping the matte neutrals together, I can’t see a rhyme or reason for the grouping. Yet this doesn’t really seem to matter. Each shade is amazing and stands on its own merits. My personal favourite is Baja. The orange just gives me life.
I’ve split the swatches into the three rows from the palette to avoid bombarding you with shades and as always the descriptions are taken straight from Urban Decay
so that you have accurate descriptions.
From top to bottom:
BREAKAWAY (warm ivory shimmer)
STRANDED (pale rose gold with tonal micro-shimmer)
BLAZE (light metallic peach with pink shift)
WEEKENDER (light neutral beige matte)
STILL SHOT (bright peach)
RIFF (brown-nude matte with floating micro-sparkle)
GOOD AS GONE (deep brown with iridescent micro-shimmer)
HELL RIDE (deep fuchsia matte)
BAJA (burnt orange matte)
ACCELERATE (reddish copper metallic)
GUILT TRIP (smoky purple shimmer)
IGNITE (rose gold metallic)
SMOG (deep coppery bronze shimmer)
WANDERLUST (forest green with gold micro-shimmer)
WILDHEART (bright fuchsia)
PUNK (red-brown matte)
DOUBLE LIFE (metallic rust)
JET (black with deep shimmering purple shift)
DRIFT (charcoal satin with tonal micro-sparkle)
RADIO (deep emerald satin)
BIG SKY (frosted green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle)
Do You Need The Born To Run Palette?
Well, let’s be honest, we don’t *need* makeup. (No matter what I tell The Boy…) But if we did, this would be a good palette to purchase solely because of its versatility. You can create a huge amount of looks with this palette and if you’re starting out with high-end makeup, this is a great starter palette for that reason.
As much as drugstore palettes have come on in leaps and bounds recently, if you can afford it, it’s worth paying more for the quality of this palette. As an amateur, I found it easier to create more complex eye looks as the shadows blends so well, drugstore palettes often need more work and frankly, I haven’t got the time.
This for me, is a great palette, I haven’t stopped using it since I acquired it. Mostly because I think the colours are more wearable for my neutral eye looks on a daily basis than other recent releases. I know, I know, despite my palette addiction, I tend to be a bronze-smokey eye kind of girl but this might be the palette to change all that.
Is this your sort of palette? Will you be purchasing Born To Run?