If you’ve ever been stuck in a makeup rut, I’m telling you, the new Urban Decay UD Jean-Michel Basquiat collection will kick you outta that funk like that. *snaps*
“Art as makeup. Makeup as art.”
That’s the tagline for the collection, which is available now (sort of, but more on that in a minute). And the collection is a work of art. I think it’s incredible. This is some of the best — THE BEST — makeup Urban Decay has ever done. Like, every single thing in this collection makes me want to paint my face in a myriad of different ways.
But let me back up juuust a bit…
Urban Decay UD Jean-Michel Basquiat: Already getting hard to find, but it IS still available
Sadly, Urban Decay UD Jean-Michel Basquiat is limited edition, and folks are losing their minds over it! — so the items are already getting hard to to find on the UD website. A lot of the pieces are sold out, but you can still find most of them (for now) online at Ulta, Sephora, Macy’s and Nordstrom.
If you ever shop Macy’s, they’re running a 10% off promotion on Urban Decay products online using code “FRIEND” (I’m not sure how long it will last, though).
What’s actually in the release?
There are two eyeshadow palettes (Gold Griot and Tentant, which are $39 each), a blush palette (Gallery Blush Palette $34), three lipsticks (Exhibition, Abstract and Epigram, $17 each) three eyeliners (Anatomy, Vivid and Post Punk, $17 each), three makeup bags ($18-35 each) and a $165 LE case called a vault that comes with everything (appears to be sold out, unfortunately).
Who was Jean-Michel Basquiat?
I recognized the name before I’d started looking into this collection, but I didn’t know much at all about him or his art. He’s deceased now. He was an artist from New York best known for his graffiti and his use of mixed media and color. Wende Zomnir, the chief creative officer and co-founder of Urban Decay, is and has been a huge fan for years.
Talk about bad-@ss paintings/palettes
Urban Decay collaborated with the Basquiat estate on the products and got permission to use his name and artwork on the palettes, which look like works of art irrespective of the actual makeup in them!
The packaging even feels like an art canvas, and that’s actual Basquiat artwork on them, both inside and out. Oh, and UD even added mounting holes to them on the back so you can hang them on your walls if you’d like.
That’s just neat, isn’t it?
This is high-end makeup
The coolness factor and attention to detail are incredible, but they wouldn’t mean much without good makeup.
Oh! And about that? Oh, my gawd! I can’t think of anything I’ve ever seen from Urban Decay that has impressed me this much. Yeah, I mean, they’ve done epic things many times before, like the Naked palettes, for sure, but this is next-level sh*t.
I used the neutral-heavy Gold Griot palette a few times between last Friday and last weekend, and every time I touched it, I thought, “What IS this? Am I using Dolce & Gabbana?”
It’s that caliber quality. Easily up there with Dolce, Armani and Chanel.
Same with the blush palette, Tenant eyeshadow palette and the lipsticks. Satin sheets feel like sandpaper next to the softness of these microscopic grains of powder, and butter feels like trail mix next to the smoothness of these lipsticks.
Running my brush across the eyeshadows barely kicks up any dust, and fallout? Seriously, what’s that?!? I’ve barely noticed any (very little for Urban Decay). And the blending? Easy as 1-2-3.
The powders and blushes are also potently pigmented.
Even the lipsticks! You only need one swipe to completely cover your lips with long-lasting, lovely color, and they aren’t a bit drying.
Oh, and did I mention that the eye, cheek and lip colors go together like hummus and pita chips? You could do an infinite number of looks with this collection.
That said, the eyeliners are touchy
That’s the only thing. Even so, I love Anatomy, the reddish brown eyeliner,which is like a redder version of MAC Costa Riche, but I’m not too crazy about neon green Post Punk and blue Vivid, at least when I wear them on their own. They need a little finagling, like by putting them on top of a white base to help them be all they can be.
I think they might be mixing with my undertones, and it makes them look a little funky, but they show their true, beautiful colors on top of a white base.
This is one of those collections I’m going to remember forever. I know it. It’s epic, not just in terms of quality, but in terms of how the colors work together, the packaging, everything.
I’ll take it a step further. I think this is UD’s best collection ever. If you skip it, you could be crying glittery tears, because this is one of those collections that lives up to the hype.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,