Monday, January 05, 2015

Urban Decay's Naked On the Run Palette

The last few months have been kind of hectic in a huge way. In that time, I managed to pick up and leave off three different part-time jobs, tumble about until I settled on the fourth one, and spent time with the people who are most important to me. Happy New Year, by the way. =P

And yes, I apologize for being away for so long, but loooooook, I have not come back empty-handed! That fourth job is my only job now, and guess where I was hired at? 

Ba-dum, ba-duuum! At Sephora! Best job I've ever picked up too. When the time comes, I'll be able to tell you folks the brilliance of "Gratis!" =P

But first, let's talk about this piece of brilliance. ;P
This is the Naked On the Run Palette by Urban Decay.

It has been out since November at Sephora (in Canada), and I have been using it all throughout the holidays.

BAM! My attempt at being artistic with the actual palette. She's a pretty one, no? I wanted to show the layering effect of the text on the cover. It is made of sturdy plastic, and is under 5.5 inches x 5 inches and just over an inch deep. Finger prints smudge easily on the outer frame though. There isn't a proper latch, and the magnet isn't a strong one, but it stays together alright in storage. The stand-alone items inside tend clatter a little bit when moved, but they stay in their designated space instead jumping out.
Inside, reveals a complete set which includes Urban Decay's newest mascara; Perversion, a 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Stag, a lipgloss called Sesso from the Naked line, six eye shadows (yep, six!), and a bronzer / blush duo. Also, you get a generous mirror that sits upright at an angle. I left the plastic on mine. Oops.

But anyway, I have the first five eye shadows swatched next.

From left to right, we have Dive, Fix, Resist, Dare, and Stun

There isn't too much variety, but I feel with the rest of the palette, there's a good selective combination.

The bronzer and cheek duo is swatched here, followed by the sixth eye shadow shade called 5050, the lipgloss in Sesso, and the eyeliner in Stag. I am still testing out the mascara. It's a nice formula thus far, and I like the closely placed lash bristles.

I think the palette is customized for travel. If you consider the bronzer and blush, you can create a few different looks. You get three shimmers and three mattes eye shadows. The last eye colour, 5050, is slightly shimmery in the pan, but comes off mostly matte on the skin. You can use it as a highlighting colour, but it might come off as too powdery on the cheeks.

Speaking of powdery, the mattes seem to be the ones with the most fallout, but they do blend like silk. ;)

The gloss is a nice formula. It is the first full-sized gloss I own by Urban Decay. There is no stickiness, and feels comfortable on the lips. I think these are comparable to bareMinerals' Moxie lip glosses or the Buxom lip polishes. There's a little bit of a minty scent, but there isn't any tingling feeling or plumping on the lips. Sesso is a medium mauve colour, that has some very fine medium pink shimmer in it. It is a deeper mauve shade, but sheer. On the lips by itself, it enhances your own natural lip colour, and looks great for a sultry neutral look. Try topping off any pink or berry lipstick with Sesso.

The only way to achieve a deeper eye look is by using the eyeliner, Stag (Duuuuh!). Again, the variety is limited, but you can always accompany other liners or glosses with the palette. Stag is a dark charcoal brown, I would say. It's not exactly black, but compliments the rest of the palette as the darkest shade.

Overall, I think this is a nice addition to UD's Naked collection, and for any one who wants to complete their own Naked collection as it is limited-edition. In my opinion, the only thing missing is a double-ended brush. Anybody else feel the same? =P

I'm taking a trip soon, and I think I'll be taking this palette with me. Should be some fun stuff. 

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