Urban Decay has had some fabulous makeup collaborations over the years and the new Jean-Michel Basquait Collection is no exception. The American born artist was a pioneer for the neo-expressionist movement and his graffiti was a fixture around lower Manhattan. Jean-Michel’s iconic art is still exhibited all over the world and his use of varied texture and intense color has inspired a beautiful array of vibrant makeup. The range includes 3 lipsticks, 3 eye pencils, a multipurpose blush palette and two shadow palettes – bright and neutral. The packaging is wrapped in canvas to make the artwork pop and each palette has a cutout at the back so you can hang them on the wall. I will be reviewing the collection in three separate articles to emphasize the beauty of each piece but you can also purchase all of the items as a set in the UD Jean-Michel Vault for $299.00.
The Tenant Eye Shadow Palette contains bold, vivacious hues and since I wear colors like this all the time (it’s all about blending and technique), they are definitely my style! There are 8 shades with shimmer, micro-shimmer, matte and satin finishes and the pigmentation is fantastic. Some colors are more intense than others but they are all very buildable and versatile with smooth, highly blendable textures that are crease and fade resistant. To amp-up the colors even more, use UD’s famous Primer Potion (my all time fave).
The first four shades (pale pink, bright pink, aubergine/purple and black) aren’t really unique as far as new colors go but they do look stunning. Most of the shadows in the palette can be used on their own - simply concentrate the pigment on the lids and fade it out gradually into the crease and up towards the brows to create a nice gradient. Finish by accentuating the eyes with sharp, black liner and you’re good to go. You can also mix and match to create exotic combinations and interesting effects. For example – I love how the bright pink looks with the teal, purple or blue. Don't be afraid to experiment and unleash your inner artist.
The last 4 shadows are my personal favorite and I can’t wait to experiment with the bright green shimmer that is almost neon lime. The teal and deep blue are exquisite and they have the best consistency in the palette – rich and silky for a striking finish! On their own they are definitely showstoppers but combined they remind of the tropics.
If you are on the hunt of a dynamic collection of colors then this edgy little palette is amazing and retails for $49.00. If you prefer neutral hues (or a little of both) stay tuned for my review on the Gold Griot Palette.
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