UD Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection | Review & Swatches
Urban decay is one of the most renowned brands of makeup in the cosmetics industry. It has set a standard in cosmetics that has earned it its strong reputation. Recently, Urban Decay collaborated with Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the biggest artists of our time.
"About the artist: Jean-Michel Basquiat began drawing and painting at the age of four and never stopped. By the time he was in his teens, his graffiti was a fixture around lower Manhattan. After leaving home at 17, he began selling hand-painted postcards and T-shirts. At 20, he landed his first public exhibition and quickly rose to fame on the '80s art scene in NYC. His iconic work is still exhibited all over the world." - UD.
If you know the story of Urban Decay, then you know these two are a match made in heaven! The collection consists of 3 stunning lipsticks, 3 liners in mesmerizing shades, 2 eyeshadow palettes, and a highlighter/bronzer/blush palette. It's minimalist, easy to use makeup that you can use to create thousands of looks! Now, I do want to warn you, this post is pretty long. So make sure you have a snack handy before you get started!
As you can see in the photo above, the packaging is so unique and colorful! The palettes and lipstick lids are covered in canvas-material with smaller versions of Basquiat's artwork. And the palettes even have small cutout holes in the back so you can hang them up on your wall! How's that for multipurpose artwork?! 😍 The colors and shade names for each product was inspired by Jean-Michel's artwork as well. Think about it. It's like you're creating art with art! Let's take a took at each product and see some swatches!
Tenant Eyeshadow Palette - $39.00 The Tenant eyeshadow palette features a collection of eight luxuriously pigmented, bright shades! From the mesmerizing turquoise to the stunning pinks and OMG the olive green! The shades were sooo rich and velvety. The palette is the perfect combination of colors suited to help you achieve a punk, urbanist look, or a even sweet look with a small pop of color.
Studio - Pale Pink Matte
1960 - Bright Pink Matte
Neo - Rich Aubergine with Micro-Shimmer
Les - Charcoal-Black Matte-Satin
Graffiti - Deep Metallic Green
Exu - Bright Green Shimmer
Boom - Bright Teal Matte
Untitled - Rich Deep Blue Matte
The Gold griot palette, on the other hand, features neutral, khaki, coppery shades. This palette is designed for the everyday wear with shades that revolve around brown hues. If you are a neutrals lover, this minimalistic palette is perfect for you! It features 8 super blendable, creamy, and long-lasting shades. I've been using this palette nonstop ever since I got it!
Levitation - Warm Pale Nude Matte
Not For Sale - Medium Sienna Matte
Suckerpunch - Warm Brown Shimmer
Influence - Brown Satin with Gold Shimmer
BK - Gray Matte-Satin
Pseudonym - Deep Navy Matte
Crown - Very Metallic Gold
Gallery Blush Palette - $34.00 This palette comes with 4 shades featuring 2 super pigmented blushes, a bronzer, and a highlighter. These amazing colors are your perfect go-to for any occasion and the highlighter is absolute f***ing perfection! The tiniest bit gives you a glow that can be seen from a mile away! Also, given my super pale complexion, I really struggle to find a good bronzer that doesn't make me look orange or dirty. Well.. this is it! It goes on so smoothly and blends out so beautifully! If you're on a tight budget and can't splurge on everything in this collection, this is the one thing I would definitely buy. These colors work on all skin tones and you get 8 hours of wear! You can easily do your entire face with this palette. The shades are all soooo pigmented and blend soooo subtly that they could easily serve as eyeshadows as well!
Vice Lipsticks - $17.00 These lipsticks from Urban Decay have the most amazing formula and feel so great once they're on. The three shades aim to satisfy every mood and apply glamorously. Seriously. They are so rich, creamy, and pigmented! They each lasted about two hours on me with no touchups. Now keep in mind, I chew on my bottom lip like crazy, so two hours is a looooong time for me!
24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils - $20.00 These three eyeliners are the most stunning colors I have ever seen. They are highly pigmented, creamy eyeliner pencils that glide on effortlessly, are smudge able, and then dry to a waterproof longwear finish. You can pair them with your eyeshadows or apply them separately for a vibrant pop of color. They will definitely make a statement, no matter what you pair them with! Now there was one thing that bugged me, and that was the neon green color.. I was hoping it would be as vibrant and bright as the pencil body color.. But once it was on, it was more of a dark yellowish green. Not a big deal, but still killed my buzz a little.
Clearly, the Urban Decay Collaboration with Jean-Michel Basquiat is stunning. The collection has something for everyone. From the lipsticks to the blushes, all the cosmetics are extremely smooth and highly pigmented, which makes application easy and blending even easier. Not to mention, the packaging is so amazing! If the packaging alone doesn't pull you in, the swatches will definitely consume you! I definitely believe this whole collection is worth the hype. Believe me, you need these products in your life! AND hey, it's all limited-edition.. I mean, this is just me, but I would hurry if I were you!