Melanin and Makeup | Urban Decay Basquiat

I cross out words so you will see them more; the fact that they are obscured makes you want to read them.
— Jean-Michel Basquiat
Urban Decay Basquiat Gold Griot Palette

Urban Decay Basquiat Gold Griot Palette

From the first time I saw this collection I was interested in the palettes, I did waffle a little bit and went back and forth multiple times,not certain if I would purchase it. I will say that before Urban Decay announced this collection I had no idea who Basquiat was, I didn’t know his art, or what he stood for. There are many people who were upset that this collection was being launched, because they felt that it went against what Basquiat stood for, which was pro-black representation and anti-consumerism .

While I understand where they are coming from, I appreciate the collection because it brought Basquiat and his art to my awareness. Now I’d be lying if I said that I loved his art and that it spoke to me on some fundamental level, because honestly it doesn’t. I’m pretty basic and prefer concrete to abstract, which is where a lot of Basquiat’s pieces lie. I can’t pretend that I understand all the nuances that he was trying to portray in his art, that being said I do feel that it was good to learn about him and what he stood for.

Let’s get back to the palettes. I purchased both the eyeshadow palettes, because I was drawn to both, the colourful one - Tenant, more so than the neutral one- Gold Griot. I would have loved if Urban Decay broke down the reasons why they named each palette the way that they did. I also think that it’s pretty cool that they created the palettes to literally be pieces of art that you can hang on your wall. So the palettes contain product that you can use to create art on your face while gracing your walls and making them beautiful.

Urban Decay Basquiat Tenant Palette

Urban Decay Basquiat

Tenant Palette

I got these guys from the UD site, I used the 10% off coupon and got 15% back from ebates which was a great deal to me. As of right now, both palettes are currently out of stock and I’m not sure if they will be bringing more in. If you have a UD store near by you maybe able to find it there or at Sephora.

I found the shadows to be pigmented and with minimal fall out. They have a bit of a drier texture to them, they don’t feel creamy but there not rough either. They worked well without a primer on my lids but like most shadows adding a shadow will improve how they perform. 

My critique of the palettes; for Gold Griot, I would have loved if they added a deeper matte shade, they had some nice transitions shades but the deepest shade in the palette was full of shimmer. So I did find that the versatility of palette was reduced because of that, you can of course create a simply natural eye look or go dramatic with a smoky eye or even a halo eye.

I found the Tenant palette to have a few more issues. These shades had more fallout, than the neutral palette. I also found it to be a bit all over the place. It’s not cohesive, you’ve got three different colour families, purple, green and blue, with no other colour to bridge the gap except a black. This is not a palette that you pick up if you're looking for versatility and range, if you want some bright pops of colour then it's a perfect fit..

Overall, I don't regret purchasing these palettes, I will say however that they are not a must have.

Have you picked up anything fromthe Basquiat collection? What are your thoughts on them?