Pat McGrath Labs

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Eye Shadow -Pat McGrath Labs -Subliminal platinum Bronze

on 5/6/2018 3:22:00 PM


I bought the Pat McGrath Subliminal platinum bronze palette when Sephora had their VIB sale. It's expensive. You get six eye shadows and it retails for $55. That's a lot of money but it's so beautiful. The colors are all cool toned browns with almost a purple undertone. It's just gorgeous. There are 5 shimmers and 1 matte shade. The texture of the shadows are very smooth and they blend like a dream. I have worn this palette during a 12 hour nursing shift and the colors never creased or faded so to me that's worth the price because I have come home after a long shift and look tore up and it's not fun. I would recommend this is you want a good cool toned palette. I also have the warm toned Bronze Ambition palette and it's beautiful too but I prefer this one just because I like the cool toned shades better.

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Palettes -Pat McGrath Labs -Mothership IV Eyeshadow Palette - Decadence

on 4/13/2018 11:22:00 AM


Let me start of by saying that I have had a love/hate relationship with Pat Mcgrath makeup. I hated her highlighter sets, they were a waste of a lot of money. Then I bought the Dark Star ultra suede brown set and it looked nothing like the promos and the color payoff was awful. This kept me from trying anything else from her for a long time. Then I bought her Mattetrance lipsticks and I was in love. I bought this palette on her website when she had a 30% off code. I have to say that I am shocked at the quality and this palette. The colors are beautiful and pigmented. I swatched this on my arm and it looked like liquid metal on my skin. The colors are so vivid consisting of rich jewel tones. All the colors have a shimmer finish, there are no mattes in this set. The packaging is really something. The palette is black with a gold back. The inside mirror is beveled and there is a small gold hieroglyphic looking logo on the front. The outer packaging is a heavy cardboard case that holds that palette. It's the heaviest palette I own. You could do some damage if you hit someone with this. I've been wearing these shadows for the last few weeks. I work a 12 hour shift and they didn't crease or fade. They blend like a dream too. I always get compliments when I wear this palette. The only criticism I have is that some of the colors are a little too dark on me because I am so pale. Other than that this is a winner. One of the best palettes I own, hands down.
Color List:

-Gold Standard: yellow gold with high shine and slight gold glitter (no fallout)

-Inferno: to me, this looks like a rose gold shade with a deep brown undertone, has a metallic finish

-Blue Blood: deep purple/brown shimmer

-Sinful: a cross between silver and gold, metallic. I could see this picking up other colors it's paired with. It could go green if you put it with an emerald shade.

-Underworld: a deep navy, slight sheen

-Sterling: metallic silver

-Lapis Luxury: bright royal blue with fine microglitter, no fallout from this shade either. It's one of the most beautiful shades in the palette.

-Divine Mix: gunmetal grey with pink reflects, metallic finish

-Hedonistic: bronze shade with a pink shift, metallic finish

-Enigma: taupe/grey with a gold sheen

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Eye Shadow -Pat McGrath Labs -MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette

on 3/25/2018 7:45:00 PM


The actual full name of this palette is "Sublime Bronze Ambition MTHRSHP Eyeshadow Palette" but I wasn't sure that would fit in the box for the product name! It's quite a mouthful! I was absolutely stunned to walk into my local Sephora and see this smack dab in the center of the aisle as soon as I entered the front door. Until that moment, Pat McGrath's cosmetics had only been available online and I prefer to see my makeup purchases up close and personal, especially when the cosmetics are on the pricier side (this baby is $70 in Canada). This is the only one of her palettes (so far) that is available in-store. I grabbed this almost immediately, after doing swatches of most of the shades and I am really happy with this purchase. Everything I'd read about the quality of her shadows - pigmented, blendable, creamy-smooth - turns out to be true.

In all honesty, I'd probably give this palette a 4.5 rating if I could because, like another of my fave palettes (the ABH Mario one), this is lacking a brow-bone highlight shade for me (matte or shimmery). And the packaging is nice but the elastic loop closure is a bit "faffy" though the magnets are strong enough to hold this securely closed. There is also a really nice mirror - it seems somehow "brighter" (if that makes any sense at all) than the mirrors in most palettes. The colour names are printed on a separate cellophane sheet (y'know, the kind that are a pain to keep track of and always seem to vanish within the first 2 months of use). The shades themselves are just gorgeous and pretty much what you'd expect from something with the name "Bronze Ambition":
Gilt Trip: a shimmery light gold (smooth as silk charmeuse and the lightest shade in the palette)
Bronze Struck: a rich and very wearable bronze shade
Copperized: a really rich and shimmery (almost liquid looking) copper; initially, I thought this wouldn't be a good colour on me but it's absolutely stunning on my mobile lids or on the inner 2/3 with something darker (like Illicit) on the outer third
Illicit: to me, the most striking and beautiful shade in a palette full of beautiful shades; it's a rich, slightly warm shimmery brown that reminds me of Urban Decay Thunderbird
Throwing Shade: a very warm, orange-toned lighter brown and a colour I thought would be the dud for me in the palette because it's so orange but as a transition/blending out shade, it works surprisingly well in the higher crease area and it's making me want to try similar shades I have but have been ignoring
Gold Rush: as the name suggests, another gold shade - this one is deeper and darker than Gilt Trip and while I like them both, I do wish one or the other had been replaced with a brow bone shade

This is a really beautiful palette and, compared to her larger palettes, the price isn't quite so alarming. And if you are someone who has been buying neutral shadows for years, this isn't a must have as you are likely to have dupes for most or all of the shades. But if you are newer to makeup, this is a good purchase and give you the opportunity to work with some really good quality shadows. Even if you have more eyeshadows than you can realistically use in your lifetime, you will still probably enjoy this palette.

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Lipstick -Pat McGrath Labs -LuxeTrance Lipstick (all)

on 3/14/2018 9:57:00 AM


This is unlike any other lipstick I’ve owned and I hated it at first, kicking myself for spending such an obscene amount on lipstick. It is not, for a very pale person, meant to be applied full force from the tube like you can every other lipstick on the planet. In order for this to work - and work it does - on me, this needs to be applied like my granny used to: dabbed on. It's just way too much color when applied full bore.

It literally is unlike any other lipstick I’ve used in that it has no smell, it’s almost like a smell vacuum, which is fine by me. Bad lipstick perfume (cough Bobbi Brown cough) wrecks many a glorious formula. It is as though it is literally a pigment tube, there's so much packed in here. So even this LuxeTrance one is mighty matte lipstick. It just goes on, and it feels like the few carriers and emollients just evaporate and poof, color. It doesn’t feel dried out or uncomfortable, though for dry lip wearers I think it could. It's like a film of rich, opaque color.

The two colors I have worn are Lavish, which is a fairly bold (even patted!) rose with a dash of brown and a lot of mauve; it doesn’t pull purple at all, and Tropicalia, […see below]. Lavish's cousin is Bobbi Brown's Telluride lipstick in the new, clearer formula applied deeply.

If you are a pigmented lady and wish that lipsticks had more oomph, I think this is your formula. As it is I love it.
ETA 3/16/18: Tropicalia is a very bright coral and I wonder if I meant to get Apricult or if that is the brighter one. As it is, this one goes POW on me - even dabbing. It’s great but in March my pale self isn’t really ready for colors like that. I had tried it over Lavish and that is when I loved the color. Lasts like classic lipsticks, so check your lips after a meal, but I don’t expect eight hour wear when I'm dabbing it daintily.

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Lipstick -Pat McGrath Labs -Lust LuxeTrance in Strangé

on 2/22/2018 4:05:00 PM

I love Pat McGrath Labs Lust LuxeTrance in Strangé and it has been one of my regular daytime and evening time lipstick colors for quite a little while now. It looks excellent on me and it appears to be quite 'universal' looking as well as in that Strangé should be able to suit the colorings of most people out there.

On me Strangé appears to be a dark red that's almost quite neutral as far as its undertones look on me although it appears to have a slight bit of a brown base to it that under some lighting the brown base seems to appear a bit stronger.

But yes either way, Strangé is the type of red lipstick that's not too 'this' or too 'that' and can easily look good during the day and night. Plus Strangé should able to go with many different colors of clothing and accessories.

I am a huge fan of the amazing though pricey Pat McGrath Labs Lust MatteTrance and LuxeTrance lipsticks but I think that the main trick with them is to wear them without lip balm underneath those lipsticks. I think that lip balm takes away from these lipsticks' integrity and then they'll start wiping off and moving around because when I wear them without lip balm they really don't budge for the most part. This could be why Pat McGrath Labs came out with a lip balm of their own eventually because other brands of lip balm ruin their lipsticks for me anyway.

I wear Fashion Fair in Butterscotch, Black Opal in Truly Topaz and Nars in Malaga

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