Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette + Comparison Swatches to Colourpop Perception Palette

Today we are going to be talking about the [New] Urban Decay Born to Run eyeshadow palette. This launched in June 2018 but I only got my hands on it last month and that’s mostly because I’m not the biggest fan of Urban Decay eyeshadows. I’ve always thought they were too dry and hard to work with, specially their mattes.

However, I noticed a change in the texture of their eyeshadows when they released the Jean-Michel Basquiat collection in April 2017. The mattes were softer, definitely showed up better. The shimmers didn’t crumble as much, so I thought maybe it was a start. Then they released the Kristin Leanne collection and the reviews were good, followed by the Naked Heat palette, which I should mention that I didn’t really like because while the textures were good, the shades were too similar to each other. 

Anyway, enter the Born to Run palette, it boasts of the same soft, smooth, pigmented qualities these past few palettes have. But this time, not only is the formula impressive, the color palette is even more so.

You know how Urban Decay always goes with a monotone or super colorful route when they release palettes? This palette managed to bring in a bunch of your basic neutrals that you can use on their own or play with interesting purples, greens and blues in this palette.

This retails for $49, you get 21 eyeshadows which is a pretty good price for Urban Decay. The packaging is also different, the eyeshadows are housed inside a plastic palette that shuts completely with a magnet. It’s a little bit weighted and doesn’t feel cheap. It has a very nice sized mirror on the inside top and it can completely fold open.

So, now that we have established that this palette is good, here are some swatches:

Another thing that’s so good about this palette is, if you run out of any of these eyeshadows, they are permanent and sold as singles. It’s also a great introductory palette for someone who has not sampled any of their [permanent] eyeshadows.

Before we wrap up this review, I’d like to share comparison swatches of some shades from the Born to Run palette versus shades from  the Colourpop Perception palette [in collaboration with @makeupshayla, $23/16 shades].  

I personally think the Perception palette is really good. It has all the qualities of a great palette. It has a great color selection, soft, smooth, pigmented eyeshadows, minimal to no fallout and because it’s Colourpop, it’s affordable. There’s an evident similarity between the shades available in the palettes, but as you can see here not one of them is the same. For me personally, the only real disadvantage of this palette to the Urban Decay one is the amount of mattes. The Perception palette doesn’t have enough of them to ground and define looks.

Finally, here are a couple looks that I did using the Born to Run palette. Please let me know what you think about this palette. Thank you so much for stopping by! I’ll see you again next time.


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