Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat Vault
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that had to Wiki Jean-Michel Basquiat, but now that I have, this collection makes sense. It’s about being ahead of its time, of having messages that are different and challenging and expression through art. Jean-Michel emerged as a talent when hip hop and street art were embryonic – despite the fact that he died relatively young he was a prolific artist, working with Andy Warhol and David Bowie. It’s a very appropriate collaboration for the Urban Decay brand.
The Vault itself contains two eye palettes, one blush/highlighter palette, three liners and three lipsticks. I’m splitting this into two posts – the first focuses on the lips, liners and blush palette.
First up, the Blush Palette. This has four shades – really wearable with two suit-all pinks; one warm, one cool, plus a bronzer (matte) and a highlighter. In terms of texture – they’re no different to usual UD textures. I found them a little bit dusty but the highlighter gives a beautiful golden glow when you’ve buffed it onto the skin. Pigment is high, as per, so you only need a tiny amount and I’d advise a soft brush for application.
Next up, the lipsticks. Epigram (brick toned matte), Exhibition (hot pink cream) and Abstract (nude cream). I like Exhibition best for its lavender undertones.
Ooh.. a challenge! The 24/7 Glide On Liners tap into the mono liner look – one stroke of any of these on the lid and you don’t need anything else. Think of it as graffiti for the eyes. Shades are Posk Punk (lime green/yellow), Anatomy (brick orange/brown) and Vivid (turquoise blue).
In this swatch, it’s X Rated, Now’s The Time, Noho and Jawbone from the blush palette and liners Anatomy, Post Punk and Vivid.
In the lipstick swatch above, you can see Epigram, Exhibition and Abstract.
I’m told that this is a Selfridges exclusive initially for the end of April and it will cost £160.
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