At the end of April, I bought the UD x Jean Michel Basquiat Tenant eyeshadow palette at my local Sephora. I already own several eyeshadow palettes, but I only tend to buy palettes that have an abundance of gold, neutral matte shades and various textures and renditions of the color brown. I am a huge fan of Basquiat’s work, so after swatching all of the shades I decided that I couldn’t leave the store without it! The palette retails for $39.00 and includes 8 buttery, vibrant shades!

This palette is a beautiful choice if you need/want to add a few vibrant colors to your arsenal for spring or summer. The shade that really caught my eye after my swatching spree was “Untitled,” the (electrifying) matte blue shade. Can you guess what my favorite color is?

I purchased the palette after only moments of holding the sample in my hands, but in hindsight I bought it for a few reasons. First, I had to snag it as soon as it came out because I knew that it would be out of stock for weeks following its debut. (Am I right or am I right?) Secondly, I bought it because it’s nothing short of a work of art! JMB created a number of works of abstract (and graffiti) art that I would love to own, but I’m well aware that his pieces are (financially) out of my reach. Urban Decay wrapped the palette all the way around with canvas, and placed a small cutout on the back for hanging so you can display the palette on your wall after you’ve used all of the shadows. How dope is that?

This palette comes with a dual-ended eyeshadow brush, but I took it out before taking the photos.

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Here’s a front/top view of the UD x JMB Tenant Eyeshadow Palette!
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Here’s a view of the back of the palette! Notice the small cutout on the back for hanging so you can display the palette on your wall once you’re done using it!
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Here is the palette open! I love the large mirror attached to the top and how sturdy it is!
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I was shocked to see how vibrant the shades remained after they were applied against my skin! The names of the shadows from left to right are: Studio, 1960, Neo, Les, Graffiti, Exu, Boom and Untitled.

I am extremely happy with my purchase; however, I most likely will not purchase any more products from Urban Decay for one reason and one reason only — there is a severe lack of representation of people of color in all of their advertisements! After buying the palette, I was very disappointed to notice that UD didn’t think to include black models in the launching of the collaboration. JMB was black, and used his platform to speak out against social injustice. I’m sure that UD is well aware of both facts, so I’m wondering as to why they felt comfortable in leaving out black models? One may think that one has nothing to do with the other, but representation is extremely important to me! There are little brown girls of all shades all around the world who deserve to see someone who looks like them in order to remind them that they are pretty too! Beauty has no set standard, and I think that it’s high time that beauty brands implement that thought within their advertisements and promotions.

To wrap up, I have not yet had an opportunity to create a look with this palette, but I fully intend on doing so! Drop a comment below to let me know what you think of this review or what look you think that I should attempt with this palette!

— T

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