It’s Urban Decay’s biggest launch of the year and delivers new neutrals, fresh, rich metallics and basically everything you could need from eyeshadow, all in one place. Here’s why Born to Run looks set to be summer sellout
Where eyeshadow palettes are concerned, there’s arguably one brand to rule them all. The Naked family of palettes put Urban Decay on the map as the go-to curators of blendable, beautiful neutrals, and ten years on from Naked 1, brand founder Wende Zomnir has launched a palette that looks to be as covetable and versatile as the decade old sellout. Makeup up lovers, get ready to run (to the shops/ your nearest wifi connection), because this one won’t be fully stocked for long…
What is it?
The 21-pan Born to Run Palette , £39.50, designed to serve your every eye makeup need, minus mascara, particularly when you’re travelling, busy or need everything in one place, in one palette, now. Hence, the new shades bring a host of Naked style daytime options, side by side with glimmering, jewel toned metallics, smokey micro-shimmers that just catch the light and iridescent brights that conjure up a sunset effect on your lids. It’s the most exciting all-rounder we’ve seen in quite some time.
Who is it for?
One and all- the pigment is strong stuff, so glows on all skin tones, and there’s a shadow combo here to suit your next work meeting, wedding, festival and hot date. Wende wanted to deliver a myriad of looks in a capsule collection, alongside an enormous mirror that’s most welcome when you’re doing your makeup on the go, plus a sturdy, magnetised case to prevent any en route crumbling or spillage (NOTHING worse). Performance wise, you’ve got the seamless blendability that comes part and parcel of an Urban Decay palette. No creases to see here.
The standout shadows
They’re all a cut above (I’m planning to get experimental with sheeny mauve Wildheart at the weekends), but we especially rate Breakaway as a base, Accelerate at the outer corners for a terracotta ‘summer’ eye and rose gold Stranded dabbed in the middle of the lid instantly makes all eyes look wider. I wore the forest green/gold Wanderlust applied wet as a liner to the office for a quirky remix of my usual cat flick, and the burnt orange matte Baja is unusual and slightly scary in the pan but brings out the green in my hazel eyes like almost nothing else. It’s beauty pick and mix at its best.
Wear it with
Their primer potion , £9.50 for extra staying power, although it’s got in-built longevity already if that’s a step too far, and spritz with an Urban Decay Setting Spray , £10, for extra insurance against summer meltdowns.
Application wise, the Good Karma Multi-tasker Brush , £17, is a brilliant all-rounder for blending on the go, and taking along a Tightline Brush , £15.50, will help you to achieve smoke and definition at the lashline.
You could then go the whole hog and combine your eye look with the entire Born To Run collection - there are three new Vice Lipstick shades to dabble in, £16.50 each, and three glinty, gem like 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencils , £15.50 each, to make your eye look even more vibrant. A lick of mascara and you’re out the door.