The Perfect Palette? - Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette (Review & Swatches)

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When it comes to eye-looks, I tend to play it pretty safe. My eyeshadow stash is overrun with neutrals galore. Believe me, I try to be adventurous! Yet whenever I try to add single colours to my collection, it never seems to be cohesive. For this reason, I rely pretty heavily on eyeshadow palettes. Though it's not so simple to pick the right one.

I should be able to look at the colour range and easily say, "x would pair well with y & z."  I hate playing the guessing game of trying to make it work, or having to rely on another palette/shadows to complete an eye look. I just needed a one-and-done palette to make things simpler.

My dilemma was solved the minute I laid eyes on the new Urban Decay Born To Run eyeshadow palette.

Urban Decay Born to Run eyeshadow palette - $59 CAD

This palette packs a punch with 21 shades to play with!
This is described as an 'all-in-one' palette, with it's 21 versatile shades in matte & metallic finishes.
I do enjoy the abundance of neutral shades and how beautifully they coordinate with the various jewel tones. I'd say this is a great intermediate palette; it makes it easy to play with bolder colour choices if you typically like to play it safe with your eye looks like me.

I enjoy the idea that this was designed to eliminate clutter whilst traveling. No need to pack your entire beauty collection with this baby in tow! While it is on the larger side, it's still slim enough that it should fit in most makeup bags.
I challenged myself on my recent trip home by just bringing this along. Since I always over-pack when I go anywhere (it's a serious problem), it was nice to have extra room in my suitcase for once!


All of the shades I swatched without primer, and you can see just how pigmented they are. I can confirm that with a base of concealer/primer (whichever your preference), these shadows do pop even more on the lid.

As these have a bit of a powdery formula, I did notice some shadow kickback in the pan when I dip in with my brush. That said, they blend so beautifully on the eyes, I can't even be mad about a little mess. 

The metallic shades are so buttery smooth and shimmery, it's easy to obsess over them. I'm personally a big fan of Wildheart, Radio, & Big Sky. As for the mattes, my picks are Weekender, Still Shot, Riff, & Punk (these combined make a gorgeous warm smokey eye that I'm all about lately).

Final Thoughts

To create this eye look, I used Weekender all over my lid, and blended Punk & Jet into my crease. I mixed shades Wanderlust & Radio on the middle of my eyelid, and Big Sky towards the inner corner. To finish off, I added Wanderlust again to my waterline for a smokey effect, and Stranded to my inner corner to brighten.

I'm also wearing:
Lancome Monsieur Big mascara
Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in 'Rose'

After fiddling around with this palette for about 2 weeks, I can confidently say this is a new favourite for me! I was pleasantly surprised by how many different looks I could create with just one palette while I was on vacation. Though I can see some of these shades pairing beautifully with my other UD fave, the Naked Heat palette!

The pricepoint is nothing to shake your finger at for the amount of shades you get. If you're looking to downsize your makeup stash to just a few essentials, I can't recommend this enough. This baby has everything you need.

Have you tried this palette? What are your ride or die eye-shadows? Tell me in the comments below!


  1. I looove it!!! I just purchased it a week ago and I am super excited to try it :)

    1. Yay!! I've been reaching for it non-stop lately, so I'm sure you'll love it too!


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