Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat collection review

Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat collection review

Growing up, I was obsessed with the New York modern/street art scene. I poured over books featuring Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The art was raw and real and said so much without really saying anything. I may have been young, but my passion for this gritty, contemporary art form stuck.

But I digress… Urban Decay has finally released their Basquiat collection. They worked closely with Basquiat’s estate to truly capture the essence and spirit of his works in this collection, and I think everything from the colours to the packaging and the details are spot on.

“Like Urban Decay, Basquiat was an outsider who challenged the status quo and used color in nontraditional ways. From his informal graffiti work to the way he mixed mediums and colors to the way he spoke out against social injustice, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect fit.”

Exhibition is described as a medium pink-purple with a comfort matte finish.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Exhibition comfort matte lipstick

The cap for this lipstick is a wrapped canvas with some of Basquiat’s artwork. This is a cool design but it makes it a bit difficult to remove the cap.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Exhibition comfort matte lipstick swatch

I haven’t tried a lot of Urban Decay lipsticks, and Comfort Matte is definitely becoming one of my fave. It sets fairly matte and is extremely comfortable.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Exhibition comfort matte lipstick look

This shade leans a bit cool on me and is probably one of my top 10 shades (this month… tbh).

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Gallery Blush Palette 2

The Gallery Blush palette features artwork from Basquiat’s Crown series.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Gallery Blush Palette 1

Basquiat’s crowns are prevalent in the majority of his works and were used to elevate characters and people above their physicality.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Gallery Blush Palette 3

X-Rated – medium pink
Now’s The Time – gold-champagne shimmer
Jawbone – medium bronze
NOHO – radiant berry

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Gallery Blush Palette 4

This compact is pretty slim and, like the lipstick, has a canvas finish. It also comes with a mirror.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Gallery Blush Palette swatches

These four shades are really all you need. A light blush for daytime, a dark blush for night. A bronzer/contour and a gold shimmer.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Gallery Blush Palette look

I am actually wearing all four shades here, the bronze as a contour with the deeper blush patted on top. I then brushed the light pink blush on the apples of my cheeks and swiped the highlight on the tops of my cheeks.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette 2

Of all the items in the collection, the Tenant Eyeshadow palette was the first I added to my cart. The artwork is so iconically Basquiat, with the man posed almost in a boxing stance and the crown accent on the bottom. There’s so much depth to this artwork.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette 1

Like the blush, there is a small crown detail on the packaging.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette 4

And the shades… OMG. There is so much you can do with this palette and it has definitely broken me out of my plum and neutral comfort zone.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette swatches 1

The first four shades are my regular go-tos like pink and purple. And these are very pigmented, smooth and blendable.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette swatches 2

The last four shades really make me want to play with colour. And that deep blue, have you ever seen something so gorgeous???

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette look 1a

Using the first three shades in the crease, transition and outer V, I created a pinky plum look. I then popped Exu, lime green, on the lid to make it a little bit different.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette look 1b

I love this unexpected colour combo!

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette full pale look 1

And my experimentation really worked. I love how this came together.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette look 2a

Next up, I am definitely out of my comfort zone. I used only the last two shades to create this blue look.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette look 2b

I am very impressed with how saturated these blues are. I didn’t need to apply much to get this colour payoff.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette look 3a

Then I really wanted to play with the two greens in the palette. Like the blue look above, I focused the dark green in the outer third of my eye and the light green on the inner.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette look 3b

I had to pair this with a neutral transition shade (from Melt’s Dark Matter stack). I also spritzed a little Fix+ on my brush to get a more intense colour pigment from the lime green.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette look fair 2

So here’s that look paired with the lipstick and blush palette. Pretty fantastic, right?

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat collection review sq 2

The UD Basquiat collection is limited edition and available now!

Curious about what artists are currently inspiring me? Check out Denial, Obey and, of course, Banksy (check his latest Walled Off Hotel project).

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  • I am IN LOVE with the blue look! That is BEAUTIFUL!
    I’m also so impressed with that lipstick colour – what a beautiful shade. And yes, comfort matte by UD is one of my favourite lipstick formulas as well!

  • Millie

    I feel like I’m definitely out on a limb on my own here but nothing about this collection appeals to me at all …

    xo Millie
    http://www.modishrambling.com

  • That lipstick is such a “me” shade! And those 2 pink blushes – gaaaaah, be still, my beating heart!

  • sassy

    Blush palette is so perfect & I love that it can hang on the wall after you finish it :)) Lipstick shade is gorgeous on you