Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat Gold Griot Eyeshadow Palette Review

I was given the Urban Decay Gold Griot eyeshadow palette as one of my birthday presents this year. Before my birthday I had never heard of this eyeshadow palette so when I received it I was really excited to try it out. As you can tell by the name, the palette was inspired by the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Instantly, I knew that I was really going to like the palette and I thought that the colours were really nice.

The Gold Griot palette has mostly neutral shades with warm undertones.The price is around £35 in most shops which for an Urban Decay palette containing eight eyeshadows is not too bad.

My first thoughts were that it was different to all my other Urban Decay palettes and I really liked the quirky packaging. I straight away loved all the colours, I thought it was great how they were different to the colours in my other palettes but still similar and very wearable at the same time. I liked the double ended brush because the blending side felt very nice and fluffy which is always good and I also thought that the fact that it has a reasonably big mirror is great, especially for on the go. Unlike some of the other Urban Decay palettes, Gold Griot does not come with a guide on different ways to apply it however this did not bother me at all because I never use the leaflet anyway and if you’ve read my blog post on the Urban Decay Smoky palette you’ll know that trying to follow the instructions didn’t go very well for me.

On my first use I tried a simple look starting with the shades Egima & Levitations as a base. Next, I instantly gravitated towards Not For Sale (the warm brown / red colour) in my crease because I loved the shade of it so much and it went with so many of the other colours. I did use the blending side of the  brush for my crease and it was good however I do still prefer to use my own blending brush most of the time. After using Not For Sale I used Crown (the yellowy gold colour) on my eye lids which went nicely with the colour I used in my crease. I applied Crown with my fingers because I think that this helps to make the shadows extra pigmented. Lastly, I used the smudger brush to apply Egima under my brow bone and in the inner corner of my eye. In general, I found that most of the shadows were very pigmented which is fantastic. I loved the fact that this eyeshadow look turned out a bit different to what I would normally wear during the day but it was also kind of the same for example instead of using a regular brown and gold eyeshadow look it was more of a red and yellow but still with brown and gold tones.

I would say that this is a relatively versatile palette but it maybe isn’t quite so versatile as some of the other Urban Decay palettes however this is no suprise considering the fact that compared to the Naked palettes there is four less shades. You could easily do both day and night looks with Gold Griot. It is definitely more warm toned which I do personally quite like although there is a couple of cooler toned shades.

The Urban Decay Gold Griot is a special edition and therefore might not be available forever so for anyone considering purchasing it I would say do it now, it’s an excellent product.




  1. Sincerely Sarah

    September 6, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Saw Sam Chapman from Pixiwoo do a tutorial with this palette and was super impressed! Love the packaging and colour selection! So lovely.

    Sincerely, Sarah xx

    1. avaology

      September 6, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Yeah, it’s such a lovely palette! Would definitely recommend xx

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