urban decay x jean-michel basquiat

May 12, 2017  |  Product Reviews, Urban Decay  |  No Comments

Ever since the collaboration between Urban Decay and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s estate was announced, I’ve been totally geeking out over this intersection of art and makeup, two major passions of mine.

Actually, Urban Decay isn’t the first makeup company to launch a Basquiat-inspired collection – in 2013, Addiction (a Japanese department store brand) released six eyeshadow quads that featured his artwork on the cases. The Addiction quads were really popular, but their price point, region-specific release and very restrained use of Basquiat’s art make me MUCH more excited about Urban Decay’s take.

I just love that the Urban Decay x Basquiat packaging is meant to look like they’ve taken a Basquiat painting and wrapped the canvas around makeup palettes. They even have hooks on them so they can be hung on the wall. I don’t expect many people to actually do this, but it’s still a very clever detail that tells me this collection was thoughtfully conceived and carefully executed.


As promised, here are some swatches from the Gold Griot Eyeshadow Palette, Gallery Blush Palette and lipsticks.

The texture of the Gold Griot eyeshadows was excellent – much better than I was expecting, but that’s my fault for underestimating Urban Decay or perhaps not playing with my Naked palettes enough recently! The shimmers were buttery and the mattes were ultra pigmented. These were all done with just 1 swipe, and without primer.

Urban Decay Basquiat Gold Griot Swatches

The Gallery Blush Palette includes 2 blushes, a contour shade and a highlighter. I like that the palette includes a deep berry shade for darker skin tones (which also works just fine on ghosties like me). In terms of quality, these are on par with Urban Decay’s regular blush/highlighter formula: on the dry side of the powder spectrum, well pigmented yet smooth.

Urban Decay Basquiat Gallery Blush Swatches

The lipsticks were also true to Urban Decay’s regular offerings and were very pigmented (single swipes here) and creamy. Note that Abstract and Epigram are satins, while Exhibition is a matte.

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And just for good measure, here’s a FOTD I did with the Gold Griot and the Gallery Blush palettes. The lipstick in Abstract proved a touch too brown for the natural look I was going for, so I cheated and used Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in Backtalk instead. Side note: the Gold Griot palette actually reminds me a lot of NARS’ Loaded Eyeshadow Palette, so if you are looking for a fun alternative, this could be worth checking out.

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This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.

fotd: updated jewel eyes

April 13, 2017  |  Face of the Day, Josie Maran, Urban Decay  |  1 Comment

This is actually a recreation of an old FOTD, which I felt compelled to updated because the main product I used – Josie Maran Watercolour Eyeshadows in Maui Teal – was limited edition and no longer available. Although the Watercolour Eyeshadows don’t seem to be carried at Sephora anymore, you can still get them here at QVC, and the permanent shade Forest Green is a decent stand-in for Maui Teal.

I wanted to tweak this do-over slightly to be more sparkly, so I based this look around another awesome liquid eyeshadow: Urban Decay Moondust Liquid Eyeshadow in Vega.

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I love liquid eyeshadows because they’re so versatile. You can be really imprecise and finger-paint them on for a sheer wash of colour, or heap them on and combine them with powder eyeshadow for a punchier look as I did here. I think you can tell which I prefer! I added a bit more sparkle to the look by patting more Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in (solid) Lightyear over (liquid) Vega.

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I know this very bright, very glittery look isn’t going to be for everyone, but take it from a person who has been living in neutral shades lately: it can be really cathartic to just go crazy once in a while! I hope you’ll be inspired to break out your loud colours and glitter this long weekend and have fun playing with your stash too.

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Face: MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation // Cheeks: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta, MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Soft Frost // Eyes: Urban Decay Moondust Liquid Eyeshadow in Vega, Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Lightyear, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Blackheart from the Naked 3 Palette, Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in M228 Eggplant and ME912 Orchid, Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion // Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Dark Brown // Lips: Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Lip Lacquer in #15


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review: urban decay all nighter foundation

September 27, 2016  |  Product Reviews, Urban Decay  |  2 Comments

I got a couple of requests for a review on Urban Decay’s All Nighter Foundation when I posted a photo of it on my Instagram feed, but as with all base products I like to test it for a while before I weigh in. So here we are, finally! Side note: how gorgeous is this bottle?

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The first thing you should know about this foundation is that it’s super, SUPER pigmented and delivers ultra full coverage. The first time I used it, I made the mistake of going to town with two pumps on a dense brush and…it wasn’t a good look, you guys. I washed it off and started over with one full pump and still had loads of leftover on my hand. I’ve since realised I need maybe a half pump for my whole face. If you pick this up, please be smarter than me.

This foundation did oxidise on me a little so I’m glad I went down a shade (from 3.0 to 2.0 for my NC15-with-a-slight-tan face). I was kind of freaked out by how peachy the arm swatches were, but somehow this worked out really well on my face and turned out to be a better match for me than I expected.

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For reference, here it is between two other major players in my current foundation rotation: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation in Y225 and IT Cosmetics’ CC Cream in Fair.

urban decay all nighter swatches

I tested application with both a dense brush and a Beauty Blender. Using this with a dense brush gave me flawless coverage in one layer; using a damp Beauty Blender gave me light to medium all-over coverage that I was able to build up in areas that needed it more (which is my personal preference). Even when I wore it as full coverage though, it felt really weightless on my skin which was a pleasant surprise. I used a half pump on a dense brush for this photo, and I think you can tell it was more than enough.

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This foundation had a velvety matte finish which wont require powdering over if you have normal or dry skin. I have combo-oily skin and I noticed it wore better on the drier parts of my face like my cheeks. On my T-zone – in the tropical Singapore heat – I needed to blot lightly every 4 hours or so, but on days when I was indoors in the AC it lasted about 10 hours.

The two seconds it takes to blot is totally worth it however because at the end of each day, my base makeup still looked freshly applied and just flawless. I mean, this stuff does NOT fade. Or look tired. Or worn-in. So I definitely recommend it if your makeup needs to last through a full work day and still look good for after-work drinks or events. And did I mention it photographs beautifully? Because it photographs beautifully.

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PS you can see more of this look in my Urban Decay Moondust Palette FOTD here, which has a full product list.

Overall, if you can find a colour match and are prepared to blot if necessary – which, lets face it, most of us combo-oily girls do anyway – this is an awesome fade-resistant foundation to own and an excellent value considering you’ll only ever need the tiniest amount each time.



This post features a product/products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.