Hello, friends! I hope the weekend has treated you well and you’re surviving finals 🙂 I’ve got one down, and one to go!
If you haven’t guessed from the title already, today I’m going to be reviewing a new release from Urban Decay for you : Naked on the Run. This palette began making appearances at Ulta and Sephora about two weeks ago, but I ordered mine online and it just arrived Friday. I’ve only had two days to play with it, but it’s such a basic palette that it doesn’t take much to figure out if you like it or not. And I’ll be straightforward when I say that while I was really, really excited about this palette at first, there are some things that I can’t stand about it; so heat up some hot chocolate and sit your a$$ down. Let’s get this party started.
Packaging, ladies, is never an excuse to spend $54 on something. But it definitely helps to motivate you! Urban Decay certainly did a really good job on the packaging for the NOTR with the rose-toned detailing and the camo-esque-I’m-on-the-run-blending-with-trees-in-a-totally-fashionable-not-homeless-sort-of-way.
The palette is a bit larger than I expected (open your hand and spread your fingers… this palette is roughly that large), and it is a bit balkier than I expected (stack your Naked on top of your Naked 2… that’s about how thick this bad boy is); But considering this palette contains mascara, eyeliner, lip-gloss, blush, bronzer, and 6 eye-shadows, the size is actually quite fair.
Just like the Vice 3, Naked on the Run is made of plastic. But unlike the Vice 3, it doesn’t feel cheap or easy to break. The plastic is thick, heavy an durable, and the design team did a great job of making sure every inch of space was well utilized.
The polarized closure is also quite sturdy which is especially important since this palette is geared towards women (or men, IDC) who want a travel friendly product. And as always, there is a large, quality mirror.
Out of everything included in this palette, I have to say that the lip-gloss is my favorite. I’m not sure if the shade is exclusive to this palette or not? It’s called Sesso, anyone heard of it? If it is exclusive that really stinks. But there is enough room in the palette that you can place pretty much any lip product in there once you empty the gloss. It isn’t goopy and doesn’t last long but it’s great for every day and would look lovely over any lipstick.
Now, when I first saw the palette, I thought it was odd that Urban Decay included a black liner, but I was wrong. They actually have included a deluxe sample of their 24/7 Glide-on Eye Liner in Stag which is a rich, dark chocolate color. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t use tons of liner so this puppy will probably last forever (or at least until I use the palette to death).
As for the mascara, it is a matter of taste. I don’t personally care for UD’s Perversion mascara because I like BIG, THICK, LONG, VOLUMINOUS lashes and all I get here is long, dark lashes. So while it is a very good product, it’s just not my cup of tea.
But the fact that I don’t like the mascara isn’t what upsets me; it’s the fact that the slot where the mascara goes is so small that there is no way I can fit any other variation of mascara in there. What is the purpose of a carry all palette if it cannot carry all?
As for the blush, it’s a really pretty, bright pink that will suit any skin-tone. However, if you are light skinned like me, you may want to use a light hand when applying; this stuff is quite pigmented. I appreciated the 5 hour-ish staying power, but wasn’t impressed by it. But for a travel palette it’s quite nice.
Concerning the bronzer, I swatched it but haven’t and wont be using it. It’s wayyyyyyyy to orange for me. It’s a dreamy texture, just not suited fro lighter skinned ladies.
For reverence, here’s a side by side comparison of the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer and the one in the NOTR palette:
Last but not least, lets talk shadows! Clearly this is a travel palette and the color range is supposed to be travel friendly. Overall, I think UD did a good job selecting travel friendly shades that anyone can pull off. I’m especially tickled that both Fix and Dare are matte shades that can be doubled as brow fillers!
Other than the matte shades being a bit powdery (what else is new) the quality is great. Dive, Resist and Stun are the three shimmer shades (Dive and Resist are my favorites), Fix and Dare are matte, and 5050 is a satin. Overall, this palette is like all of the Naked’s rolled into one 🙂
Sadly, 5050 didn’t really show up on my pale skin so I’d have to tote an extra highlight shade; and I really would have liked to see a skin-toned matte (I like to use these to blend and clean up edges) instead of such a large portion of 5050.
Final thoughts… the concept of this palette is the bomb.com. However, I wish UD would have taken into consideration that like 50% of their clients are pale as ghosts and are better suited for cool toned bronzer and rosey/mavuey blush. I do miss the presence of a matte, skin-toned shadow, and I’m disappointed that 5050 is the largest shade in the palette but that it doesn’t show up on me.
I think the quality of the packaging and mirror are amazing, but the fact that the mascara is only a deluxe sample means that once you’re out pretty much no mascara will fit in this palette ever again.
Here’s to hopin’ they release a cooler toned Naked on the Run 2 😉 I’d buy that!
Close up! So the shadows are pretty, and I used Fix to fill in my bows as well; but do you see what I mean about the gloss basically being your lip color? I didn’t want to put too much of the blush on but it gives me a smidgen of color. I totally ignored the bronzer in favor of the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil. And the mascara gave me some length and color (and my lashes are super soft) but I prefer volume and a bit of clump. Finally that liner is perfect. Love the chocolate shade, and it’s so rich that it lasts forever. @BambiLeigh, you could even sleep in it!
Disclosure: Bought it myself. Photos taken without primer, in natural light, and only edited by cropping and adding text.