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Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection Review


Straight to the point! I’m not going to bore you with the story of Jean-Michel Basquiat, as you’ve probably heard it before from Urban Decay or you might happen to be a fan of his work or just an art connoisseur. To be fair, I didn’t know much about him before Urban Decay launched these products, but I’m happy they did the “collaboration” cause now not only my make-up collection has improved, but my knowledge as well.

I don’t own everything from the Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection, but I bought enough to get an impression of how the products perform. You know me, I can’t stay away from colourful eyeshadows and warm tones. Therefore I purchased the Tenant Eyeshadow Palette, the Lipstick in Epigram, and the 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Anatomy. So let’s get on with this review!

Tenant Eyeshadow Palette (£35)


This palette is everything I wish every eyeshadow were like. They have little to no fall-out, the pigmentation is unreal, the texture is not too creamy, not too powdery, the looks you could create are endless! It is as simple as that! If Urban Decay would keep the quality of these eyeshadows throughout their every collection, I would go that far to put my hand on my heart and name them my favourite make-up brand.


Shades included:
”Studio” – they see a matte pale pink and I see exactly the same thing;
”1960” – they say it’s a matte bright pink and I say it’s not the brightest pink ever, but it does the job;
”Neo” – they think it’s a rich aubergine with micro-shimmer and I think the food implication is right, but the shimmer is not very visible;
”Les” – they wanted a matte-satin charcoal-black and I reckon they got it right;
”Graffiti” – they see a deep metallic green and I couldn’t be more precise myself;
”Exu” – they say it’s a shimmery bright green and I say it’s more of a satin neon green;
”Boom” – they think it’s a matte bright teal and I thank them for bringing this colour in my life;
”Untitled” – they wanted a matte rich deep blue and when I saw it, I wanted it as well.

Epigram Lipstick (£16.50)


This Lipstick has the perfect shade for me, but not the perfect texture. I love my matte lipsticks, and this one has a creamy-satin finish. It is a bit more hydrating on the lips, which is awesome, but if you don’t apply a lip liner underneath, it’s not very longwearing. What I love to do is to pair it with the eye-liner from the same collection, Anatomy, and I basically wear the colour of my hair on my lips, which is something like a muted burnt orange with a bit of brown.


24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Anatomy (£16.50)


If Anatomy were an artist and I were a TV host, I’d probably use the cliché “This man needs no introduction”, because it’s that good! This eye-pencil has the perfect shade of burnt orange, the perfect texture that makes it easy to use on your eyes, waterline or even lips, and the perfect colour pay-off. Literally, I couldn’t ask for more!

The packaging of this collection is right up my alley! Everything is basically wrapped in Basquiat’s art, and the eyeshadow palettes have a little cut-out so you could hang them on your wall. I think for what you get, the prices are actually quite decent. I would definitely recommend these products to everyone, not only Basquiat fans.

Now, the bad news! As you might know already, the Basquiat collection is limited edition. But I think you can still find some of their products in store or online. I know for sure that I have to buy some more back-ups for the eye pencil!

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