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Urban Decay Basquiat Gold Griot Palette Review

Urban Decay Basquiat Gold Griot

Today I’m sharing my Urban Decay Basquiat Gold Griot Palette Review with you. Urban Decay sent me this palette.

About Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an insanely talented American artist who created neo-expressionist art. He tragically died of a heroin overdose at an early age. You can learn more about him and his art in the documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.

Where to Buy



$39, limited edition

Urban Decay Basquiat Gold Griot Palette

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Like the Basquiat Tenant Palette, the Gold Griot Palette is a literal work of art. The box that houses the eyeshadows is meant to be hung on the wall for display.

The palette comes with 8 eyeshadows that are .04 oz each for a total of .32 oz. It also comes with a brush (not pictured).

Urban Decay Basquiat Gold Griot Palette Swatches

Swatched on Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Urban Decay Basquiat Enigma Swatch

neutral pale nude matte
Enigma is a pale beige with slightly pinky-peach tones matte on my pale skin. It’s a great base shade for me.

Urban Decay Basquiat Levitation Swatch

warm pale nude matte
Levitation is a warm peachy-beige matte.

Urban Decay Basquiat BK Swatch

grey matte-satin
BK is a nice grey satin-matte shade. I really love grey tones.
Urban Decay Basquiat Not For Sale Swatch

Not For Sale
medium sienna matte
Not For Sale is an orange shade with brown undertones. It reminds me of Extra Bitter from the Naked Ultimate Basics Palette.
Urban Decay Basquiat Influence Swatch

brown satin with gold shimmer
Influence is a warm brown with gold shimmer. It reminds me a little bit of UD Smog.

Urban Decay Basquiat Suckerpunch Swatch

warm brown shimmer
This looks like a warm brown matte with gold micro-shimmer in it. It reminds me a little bit of UD Twice-Baked.

Urban Decay Basquiat Crown Swatch

very metallic gold
Crown is a metallic yellow gold. It reminds me a little of 1987 from the UD Gwen Stefani palette

Urban Decay Basquiat Pseudonym Swatch

deep navy matte
Pseudonym is a blackened navy matte. I love this color.

Urban Decay Basquiat Gold Griot Palette Review and Swatches on Pale Skin Urban Decay Basquiat Gold Griot Palette Swatches on Pale Skin

Urban Decay Basquiat Gold Griot Palette Look

Urban Decay Basquiat Gold Griot Brown Look Urban Decay Basquiat Gold Griot Look for Hooded Eyes See the look.

I used Enigma as my base, Levitation all over, BK in the outer v and at the upper lash line, Pseudonym at the outer lower lash line, Not For Sale at the outer v and lower lid. I then put Darling Girl Pink Sugar on the lid and highlighted with KVD Thunderstruck.

Urban Decay Gold Griot Palette Review and Swatches on Pale Skin. This is a great staple neutral palette with a good mix of mattes and shimmer.

This palette has no duds in it, which is nice.

For the price of $39, it breaks down to 4.87 per eyeshadow. If you get it on sale, it’s an even better deal. I think it’s a good value for the price.

The Basquiat Gold Griot palette didn’t impress me initially. I felt like it was yet another neutral palette. After I had a day where I tried putting on 2 different eyeshadow looks and both were terrible, I reached for this palette to see if I could make a salvageable look. I was pleasantly surprised by the look I put together. And I’ve enjoyed making more looks with it since then.

I’ve had no trouble putting together cohesive looks with it. I like Enigma with BK, Levitation and Not For Sale. Influence on top of Pseudonym, Influence with Not For sale, most of the colors are easy to pair together.

This is definitely a nice neutral palette. In some ways, I feel like it’s an edit of some of the best sorts of neutrals to have all in one place – a gold, a grey, a golden bronzey shimmer, and several solid mattes. It’s a really great neutral palette for hooded eyes.

If you like bright colors, or all matte palettes, you’ll want to skip this. If you like neutrals and a good mix of matte and shimmer, you may love this.

If you’re in the market for a new neutral palette, check out the Basquiat Gold Griot palette.

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What do you think of the Urban Decay Basquiat Gold Griot palette?

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  • I just came back to look again at the review and the swatches because it’s on sale at ULTA. I think you’re right – it’s sort of like a best of other palettes. So, for me, even at the reduced price of $27, it’s a pass. Your blog is great for finding out about new products but it’s also really helpful for going back to check on something that’s been around a while in case I need to replace something or I’d like to try something that’s new for me.

    • So I’ve actually been using this as my go-to neutral palette because it has colors that I find flattering on my blue-green eyes and pale skin. I love the mix of mattes and shimmer in it.

  • Your swatches are so good! I am a huge Basquiat fan and I want to encourage this collaboration in hopes more families of artists will approach the makeup world as a means of exposing the art to a broader and newer audience. In a way, Basquiat lives on through these palettes.

    Gah! I think I need it.

  • I’ve been using this palette this week, and really loving it. I agree with everything you said about it. I also originally thought it was just another neutral palette with a pretty gold in it, but it’s amazing.

  • I have been wanting to try this Urban Decay Neutral shadow palette! Thank YOU for the reviews!

  • I like this one more than the other one. It does remind me of one the newer Urban Decay palettes only with shimmer included. It sort of looks like that one in terms of tone. Could you compare this to the Naked Ultimate Basics palette? The tones look really similar.

  • I think I would wear every single shadow in this palette. It’s just so pretty and the combination is stunning. I especially love Not For Sale!

  • I’m still so torn on these palettes! While they are both beautiful, I just don’t think I’d reach for them too much.
    The packaging is so neat too!

    • I’m actually afraid that this one, the Gold Griot, might turn into a go-to neutral palette before me because of the mix of colors and textures. The looks I’ve put together with it have been super easy and seem to make my eyes pop, so I’ve been impressed.

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