California-based beauty brand Urban Decay (which is owned by L’Oreal) has taken inspiration from the colorful palette of Brooklyn-born Michel Basquiat, a gifted artist who passed away at the young age of 27, but left an enduring body of artwork, widely-admired for its street-rooted aesthetic and messages.
The collaborative collection is cool not just because of the color story, which really does pay tribute (as much as it is able) to Basquiat’s color stories, but especially because the packaging and makeup bags are inspired by reproductions of Basquiat’s work.
The collaborative 12-product collection includes lipsticks, blush and eyeshadow palettes, eyeliners, and cosmetics bags. You can buy all the products together in a vault for $165 or buy them separately, ranging from $17 for lipsticks up to $30 for the eyeshadow palette.
Do we feel a little dismayed that this collaboration is happening with an artist who has passed away and has no say in it? Well yes, of course we do though overall, Basquiat’s estate seems to do a decent job of protecting his legacy in that his work isn’t EVERYWHERE. And if his family is benefiting from this type of collaboration, that is a great thing.
There’s is no launch date yet for this collection though keep an eye on Urban Decay’s Instagram for more info.