I thought I’d give my new Urban Decay Naked on the Run palette a go today to see what it’s like. I was super excited to receive this for christmas from my other half, so I hope it lives up to my expectations! As far as the Naked series goes, I only currently have the Naked 2 palette, which I hardly ever use, and the original Naked Basics, which I use pretty much every day – so fingers crossed this palette is another winner!
The idea of the Naked on the Run palette is that it’s perfect for if you’re on the go. Apart from a base and brushes, it has pretty much everything you need to create or just to touch up a full face of makeup. I love the idea that everything is in one handy palette!
It includes –
- Pervrsion (black) Mascara
- 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Stag
- Naked Gloss in Sesso
- 5x eyeshadows in matte and shimmer finishes including Dive (metallic rose w/golden micro-shimmer), Fix (soft taupe matte), Resist (medium metallic taupe), Dare (medium brown matte), Stun (metallic bronze w/light gold micro-shimmer)
- Bronzer and blush pans
- Highlighter / eyeshadow in 5050 (cool bisque satin)
On first inspection, I’m really impressed with this set, it’s pretty big, sturdy and heavy. You could probably knock someone out with this bad boy! It’s well packaged and looks expensive. Also the products are all either full size or larger sized minis, so they’ll last for a while, and the shades look great too!
So let’s take a look at the eyshadows first. Like I said, on first inspection I thought they looked great, but when swatched I feel like they’re all a bit similar. I know they’re all meant to follow the naked theme, but the two brown matte shades are very similar, as are the brown shimmers. I do love the warmer shimmer shade (Dive) but it would have been nice to see a bit more variation in there – maybe a very dark brown / almost black matte shade? Regardless of the colour, the formula of all the shadows is pretty much top notch, as expected from Urban Decay.
The bronzer, blush and highlight are next. I’ll be honest, I gave them the benefit of the doubt in the pans, but swatched on my hand, I’m pretty scared of the bronzer and blush! They are BRIGHT! The bronzer also look slightly orange toned, which really puts me off as I know this shade won’t suit my pale skin tone. I’ve now given them a go and the bronzer doesn’t look too bad as long as it’s applied really sparingly, and the same for the blush. The highlight is definitely my favourite of the three, it gives a lovely subtle luminous glow to the skin.
And lastly the eyeliner and gloss. The 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Stag is described as a deep brown satin shade, and I have to say I love it. It’s a great alternative to black, and really easy to wear. The formula is spot on (UD eyeliners are one of my favourites) and it lasts all day. The Naked Gloss in Sesso is described as a rose shade with a pink shimmer, and again it’s a super easy to wear sheer colour which will suit most skin tones. If I was being critical I would probably say the gloss isn’t particularly special in any way, it’s just a nice colour.
Overall I do like this palette, but given the chance I probably wouldn’t have bought it now I’ve actually had the chance to try it out. What I’d love to see is a bit more variation, maybe with a a choice of three base palettes, with interchangeable eyeliner and glosses – a kind of build your own set maybe? Also while I’m thinking about it, UD could even make their own mini brushes to go with the set that could live in a pull out drawer under the pans? Just a thought!
I’d love to hear if you have the Naked on the Run Set and what you think of it?
I hope you enjoyed my review xx