Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat Gold Griot Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

01/09

Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Palette | Look Details
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Palette | Look Details
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Gold Griot Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette

Gold Griot

Urban Decay Gold Griot Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows (0.04 oz. each) in more of a neutral palette–the twist was that most of the shades are warmer in undertone, but then there was a more neutral, medium gray (BK) and a slightly cool-toned black (Pseudonym) thrown into the mix. (For me, the gray was hard to incorporate with the rest!) The majority of the palette was fairly good, though the gray (BK) and light brown (Levitation) shades could have been more pigmented.

Editor’s Note: While Basquiat’s state approached Urban Decay to create the collection, the collection is not without concerns from those who have been drawn in and inspired by Basquiat’s work. Some of the artist’s supporters have expressed concern over the commercialization of the artist’s work (generally) and the lack of a model of color in the collection’s campaign, both said to be inconsistent with some of the themes shown throughout Basquiat’s body of work. A third issue raised is with respect to Urban Decay’s usage of drug-related names (like Junkie, Druggie, Bump, etc.) when Basquiat died of a heroin overdose at 27 years old and how those two can be reconciled. Others who enjoy Basquiat’s work are excited for the collaboration and the acknowledgment of the artist’s influence, along with the possibility of making his work more widely known. As always, we invite thoughtful and critical discussion and debate but ask everyone to be respectful.

01/02

Urban Decay Enigma Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Enigma Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Enigma Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Enigma Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Enigma Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Enigma Eyeshadow

Enigma

Enigma is a soft beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a really creamy, smooth consistency that wasn’t too soft or too firm in the pan, which made it blendable and easy to apply without fallout. It had nearly opaque pigmentation and lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.05 oz. - $380.00 Per Ounce

The formula is typically described as "high-pigment" that "stays on your lids" and goes on "seamlessly." Their permanent range has a lot of fantastic shades in it, and many of them are pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. Some of their matte are real workhorse kind of shades with soft, smooth, silky, and blendable textures, while their shimmers and pearly shades are very rich in payoff and apply beautifully to the lid. They wear between seven and nine hours on me, depending on the shade and finish.

Browse all of our Urban Decay Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Diisostearyl Malate, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Hexylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Tetrasodium EDTA, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Aqua / Water, Palmitic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Polylactic Acid, Isobutylphenoxy Epoxy Resin.[+/- (All Shades May Contain/ Toutes les couleurs peuvent contenir) : CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 16035 / Red 40 Lake, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 77510 / Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 77000 / Aluminum Powder].

01/02

Urban Decay Levitation Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Levitation Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Levitation Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Levitation Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Levitation Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Levitation Eyeshadow

Levitation

Levitation is a soft, very light brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied evenly to the skin, but I found it difficult to build up the color, even over primer, which was a surprise. The texture was thinner and somewhat dusty, which could have explained my results. This shade started to fade after six and a half hours of wear.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.05 oz. - $380.00 Per Ounce

The formula is typically described as "high-pigment" that "stays on your lids" and goes on "seamlessly." Their permanent range has a lot of fantastic shades in it, and many of them are pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. Some of their matte are real workhorse kind of shades with soft, smooth, silky, and blendable textures, while their shimmers and pearly shades are very rich in payoff and apply beautifully to the lid. They wear between seven and nine hours on me, depending on the shade and finish.

Browse all of our Urban Decay Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Diisostearyl Malate, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Hexylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Tetrasodium EDTA, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Aqua / Water, Palmitic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Polylactic Acid, Isobutylphenoxy Epoxy Resin.[+/- (All Shades May Contain/ Toutes les couleurs peuvent contenir) : CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 16035 / Red 40 Lake, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 77510 / Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 77000 / Aluminum Powder].

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01/02

Urban Decay Not For Sale Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Not For Sale Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Not For Sale Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Not For Sale Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Not For Sale Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Not For Sale Eyeshadow

Not For Sale

Not For Sale is a muted, medium-dark reddish-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was fantastic–rich, opaque coverage in a single layer–and applied evenly to bare skin. The eyeshadow blended like a dream with minimal effort and didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.05 oz. - $380.00 Per Ounce

The formula is typically described as "high-pigment" that "stays on your lids" and goes on "seamlessly." Their permanent range has a lot of fantastic shades in it, and many of them are pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. Some of their matte are real workhorse kind of shades with soft, smooth, silky, and blendable textures, while their shimmers and pearly shades are very rich in payoff and apply beautifully to the lid. They wear between seven and nine hours on me, depending on the shade and finish.

Browse all of our Urban Decay Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Diisostearyl Malate, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Hexylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Tetrasodium EDTA, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Aqua / Water, Palmitic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Polylactic Acid, Isobutylphenoxy Epoxy Resin.[+/- (All Shades May Contain/ Toutes les couleurs peuvent contenir) : CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 16035 / Red 40 Lake, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 77510 / Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 77000 / Aluminum Powder].

01/02

Urban Decay Suckerpunch Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Suckerpunch Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Suckerpunch Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Suckerpunch Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Suckerpunch Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Suckerpunch Eyeshadow

Suckerpunch

Suckerpunch is a dark, chocolaty brown with warmer undertones and flecks of fine, gold pearl. It had good pigmentation, but it wasn’t quite opaque without two layers, though it was buildable and did perform better over a primer. The consistency was soft, a touch dusty, but blendable and fairly easy to work with. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.05 oz. - $380.00 Per Ounce

The formula is typically described as "high-pigment" that "stays on your lids" and goes on "seamlessly." Their permanent range has a lot of fantastic shades in it, and many of them are pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. Some of their matte are real workhorse kind of shades with soft, smooth, silky, and blendable textures, while their shimmers and pearly shades are very rich in payoff and apply beautifully to the lid. They wear between seven and nine hours on me, depending on the shade and finish.

Browse all of our Urban Decay Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Diisostearyl Malate, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Hexylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Tetrasodium EDTA, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Aqua / Water, Palmitic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Polylactic Acid, Isobutylphenoxy Epoxy Resin.[+/- (All Shades May Contain/ Toutes les couleurs peuvent contenir) : CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 16035 / Red 40 Lake, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 77510 / Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 77000 / Aluminum Powder].

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01/02

Urban Decay Influence Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Influence Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Influence Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Influence Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Influence Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Influence Eyeshadow

Influence

Influence is a rich, dark bronze with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. The color payoff was opaque, while the texture was smooth, creamy, and so easy to blend and diffuse. It was the best shade in the palette. On me, the eyeshadow stayed on well for eight hours before fading.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.05 oz. - $380.00 Per Ounce

The formula is typically described as "high-pigment" that "stays on your lids" and goes on "seamlessly." Their permanent range has a lot of fantastic shades in it, and many of them are pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. Some of their matte are real workhorse kind of shades with soft, smooth, silky, and blendable textures, while their shimmers and pearly shades are very rich in payoff and apply beautifully to the lid. They wear between seven and nine hours on me, depending on the shade and finish.

Browse all of our Urban Decay Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Diisostearyl Malate, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Alumina, Aqua / Water, Polyurethane-11, Polylactic Acid, Isobutylphenoxy Epoxy Resin. [+/- (All shades may contain /Toutes les couleurs peuvent contenir): Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 77510 / Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, CI 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 19140 / Yellow 5, CI 77000 / Aluminum Powder].

01/02

Urban Decay BK Eyeshadow
Urban Decay BK Eyeshadow
Urban Decay BK Eyeshadow
Urban Decay BK Eyeshadow
Urban Decay BK Eyeshadow
Urban Decay BK Eyeshadow

BK

BK is a soft, medium gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. It had medium, buildable color coverage but was more semi-opaque when applied over an eyeshadow primer. The consistency was finely-milled but slightly dusty, which made it more prone to sheering out. It applied evenly and blended out without difficulty. This shade lasted for seven hours on me.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.05 oz. - $380.00 Per Ounce

The formula is typically described as "high-pigment" that "stays on your lids" and goes on "seamlessly." Their permanent range has a lot of fantastic shades in it, and many of them are pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. Some of their matte are real workhorse kind of shades with soft, smooth, silky, and blendable textures, while their shimmers and pearly shades are very rich in payoff and apply beautifully to the lid. They wear between seven and nine hours on me, depending on the shade and finish.

Browse all of our Urban Decay Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Diisostearyl Malate, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Hexylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Tetrasodium EDTA, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Aqua / Water, Palmitic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Polylactic Acid, Isobutylphenoxy Epoxy Resin.[+/- (All Shades May Contain/ Toutes les couleurs peuvent contenir) : CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 16035 / Red 40 Lake, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 77510 / Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 77000 / Aluminum Powder].

01/02

Urban Decay Pseudonym Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Pseudonym Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Pseudonym Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Pseudonym Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Pseudonym Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Pseudonym Eyeshadow

Pseudonym

Pseudonym is a blackened blue with cool undertones and violet pearl over a matte finish. The shimmer wasn’t noticeable on the lid for the most part, and it worked like a brighter, black eyeshadow on the lid. The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and slightly dusty in the pan but had little fallout on the lid (even when packed on). It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which was buildable. The eyeshadow started to fade on me after eight hours of wear.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.05 oz. - $380.00 Per Ounce

The formula is typically described as "high-pigment" that "stays on your lids" and goes on "seamlessly." Their permanent range has a lot of fantastic shades in it, and many of them are pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. Some of their matte are real workhorse kind of shades with soft, smooth, silky, and blendable textures, while their shimmers and pearly shades are very rich in payoff and apply beautifully to the lid. They wear between seven and nine hours on me, depending on the shade and finish.

Browse all of our Urban Decay Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Diisostearyl Malate, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Hexylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Tetrasodium EDTA, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Aqua / Water, Palmitic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Polylactic Acid, Isobutylphenoxy Epoxy Resin.[+/- (All Shades May Contain/ Toutes les couleurs peuvent contenir) : CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 16035 / Red 40 Lake, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 77510 / Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 77000 / Aluminum Powder].

01/02

Urban Decay Crown Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Crown Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Crown Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Crown Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Crown Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Crown Eyeshadow

Crown

Crown is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent pigmentation that applied fairly evenly to bare skin. The consistency was soft, though it felt like it could have been more firmly pressed in the pan, and blendable on the eye. This shade wore well for eight hours on me.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.05 oz. - $380.00 Per Ounce

The formula is typically described as "high-pigment" that "stays on your lids" and goes on "seamlessly." Their permanent range has a lot of fantastic shades in it, and many of them are pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. Some of their matte are real workhorse kind of shades with soft, smooth, silky, and blendable textures, while their shimmers and pearly shades are very rich in payoff and apply beautifully to the lid. They wear between seven and nine hours on me, depending on the shade and finish.

Browse all of our Urban Decay Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Diisostearyl Malate, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Phenoxyethanol, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Alumina, Aqua / Water, Polyurethane-11, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Isobutylphenoxy Epoxy Resin, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Polylactic Acid.[+/- (All Shades May Contain/ Toutes les couleurs peuvent contenir) : Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, Ci 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ci 75470 / Carmine, Ci 77007 / Ultramarines, Ci 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 19140 / Yellow 5, CI 77000 / Aluminum Powder]. G953799 / D181868/3 PSEUDONYM Ingredients (Ingrédients): Talc, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Silica, Polyethylene. [+/- (May Contain/Peut contenir): CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, Mica, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide].

Product Availability

Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette $39.00/0.32 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Love the slightly odd pairing of the cool with super warm neutral shades, even though they don’t at first seem to make sense. Going to see whether I’ve got enough dupes within my stash to talk myself out of this, but I already know that I have nothing at all like Pseudonym.

I really like Not for Sale, and Influence is just gorgeous; it looks like the lovechild of Ambush and the original Radar from Vice 2, down to how it looks in the pan.

The new palettes start to look recycle after owning the earlier versions…good thing you review them all….so i don’t even need to go to the store to swatch. It is like shopping for a new date.

Patiently waiting for you to review other brands like a Vulgar Cosmetics.

The shades I like best in this – BK, Suckerpunch and Influencer – you guessed it – I’ve dupes of them all. Still this looks like a good palette and the art-work makes it even more desirable. As always, a lovely eye look (though I still struggle with orange so would play that down or use another colour in the crease).

From the original promo pictures I thought the last two shades were a navy and a chartreuse, which I think could have made the palette more interesting. It’s still beautiful and I really like how the shades are inspired by the art.

The only one I really liked, and have no dupes, or at least close enough shades is the grey. I really, really like it. I’ll buy one of the dupes for it I think.

hmm I dont really know what to say about this palette- colours are gorgeous but they are euther very cool-toned or very warm-toned. I think that whoever gets it, wont use half of the shades.
But your review is, as always, so professional! x

If you only use warm or only use cool-toned shades, perhaps, but I know I use both so I’m sure others would have use for both, too 🙂

As a scholar of the artist, I think he would have been tickled by this. I wasn’t able to get my hands on the vault- it sold out nearly the moment it went on sale.
It’s been heartbreaking to see people who don’t even know who he was (making fun of the ‘ugly’ art or confusing him with a shoe designer) bragging about getting the full vault.

This might sound spoiled, but honestly I only wanted the vault. I’ve got my Naked palette, so I don’t need the Gold Griot. I’ve got Pastel Goth, so I don’t need Tenant. The blush and lipsticks are made for WoC and would be wasted on me, and I don’t use sharpenable eyeliners. I would have loved the makeup bags, but those are sold out, too. *shrugs*

Actually, that’s worth reiterating: the colors are WoC-appropriate. That’s major. That, to me, says more than the model they used.

As much as I love Basquiat’s art and how great this packaging is, I passed on this collection because of most of the reasons listed above.

On the other hand, I love the idea of makeup reflecting art (and palettes themed around famous pieces/artists), and would love to see other collections like this, but that stay true to and respectful of the artist’s perspective.

Agreed. That’s why I’ve been able to support the NARS concepts with Andy Warhol (who, let’s face it, pretty much sold anything he could), but not these Basquiat pieces.

But Basquiat worked with Warhol. They had a productive relationship and Basquiat was also sort of the vanguard of art being shown on MTV back when MTV started and his art was everywhere in the channel. It was very much a celebration of pop culture and the moment. I don’t understand why people think he would hate it so much. The Warhol collab kind of shuts down the commercialism argument. But I’m just a long time fan, what do I know compared to everyone on the internet that suddenly literally loves him and totally thinks he would have hated this…….btw whomever my comment ends up under this isn’t directed at you! I always seem to hit the wrong reply button but I’m actually not even writing this to debate with anyone. Just some food for thought.

A very pretty and colourful palette – a tribute to the artist. And yes, it is a shame that a woman of colour has not been employed to advertise this palette.
UD also need to re think their policy around the subject of name choices for their products. They upset and alienate many.

I always love reading your editors notes that draw attention to important topics and give us food for thought Christine.. I think it’s great that you bring awareness to these sensitive issues.

I bought this online and after seeing it in the store I’m glad I did. I don’t have anything with this color palette and there’s a hanger spot on the back of it to display it on the wall as art when the palette is finished. So, I consider my money well spent 🙂

Me too! I was worried it would be like too many of the browns in my other UD palettes, but it doesn’t look like it (except maybe crown being similar to goldmine). I’m glad that the Not For Sale is similar to Extra Bitter, since I don’t have that palette, and that was the only color I liked in that naked palette ;). One complaint though, what’s with all the black/blackish eyeshadow? You pretty much have something like it in every palette, save the space to give us something novel.

While I understand the community’s dislike with UD’s BAD naming practices I think the fact that Basquiat estate going to them about this proves that they were not bothered by it and shouldn’t be. UD’s collaborations are always creative. The quality of the product may not be the best but I’ve loved viewing collaborations because I think they are one of the only brands that when they collaborate, they really go above and beyond on the production of the product which to me is acceptable. Not many brands can do collabs with anybody but I think UD can – I am sure they are done with the drug inspired naming practices thankfully.

It seems weird Urban “Naked palettes” Decay didn’t knock a neutral palettes out of the park, but this was one of those rare cases I wanted a palette 99% for the packaging, so I’ll be happy enough. I do like the cool gray and black with the warmer tones.

You pulled off a lovely eye look, though, as usual!

I just ordered both of the Jean-Michel Basquiat eyeshadow Palettes online. Can’t beat the sale price. I ordered the blush palette when it first came out. I’m planning on putting all of them on my wall. I’ll probably depot them first.

Christine I loved your eye looks for both Palettes! Can’t wait to try them out.

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