What would you expect from Pat McGrath? She's practically beauty royalty, right up there with the craft of Kabuki, Egyptian eyeliner and Kevyn Aucoin. I've read that's she's a perfectionist but also very practical.Considering her reputation and how long she's been in the industry, she wouldn't put her name to a product if it wasn't going to be glorious and this certainly is. To this woman and her clientele nude isn't just nude and red isn't flat. Her company's focus isn't just eyeshadow and trends like many of her contemporaries choose to do. Lips are just as important if not the ultimate weapon of seduction itself. I consider lipstick a defining and impactful tool of female beauty. The right one is earth shattering. Ms. McGrath's goal with her lipstick is to reinterpret what she feels are the perfect lipstick colors. So don't expect novelty, expect quality and dimmension. The formula of this is conditioning and just great. Like a good oil painting stick. No one should feel left out here, unless you're a makeup newbie, as these could prove too rich. I took my time testing these lovelies, as I seldom shell out for HE makeup. I'm not a makeup artist, I rather spend my money on experiences, and honestly I'm not impressed by expensive beauty for its own sake unless it works. Without further ado, my review of some shades...
FLESH 3: A deep rosey, maroon brown. I say it's the most beautiful brown for neutral toned women, particularly dark autumns. It's romantic, classy, but not boring. If you love bold lips like I do and want something more "natural" without losing face, this is a real winner.
ELSON 2: I chose this as an experimental shade not for complexion complement. It's a bright orange red. NYX Amsterdam is a perfect dupe, though the NYX formula is sheerer and not as luxurious as this. Too warm for me but it would be glorious on Springs and Autumn's as a statement red lip.
FORBIDDEN LOVE:A shade of classic, French inspired red. By that I mean a bit blue, but more pink and red. As such, the shade makes a statement while bringing out a fresh pink glow to the skin. NYX Monte Carlo is a perfect dupe. My favorite shade of red.
VENDETTA: A deep, sexy burgundy red. Lush, ripe and sweet all at the same time. NYX Cherry Skies is a great dupe.
ELSON: This is the red to end all reds. I haven't found a dupe. Actually, Kiss's Matte Lipstick (black casing) in Kiss Red is spot on, but what makes ELSON fierce is the formula of the lipstick. The Kiss one, though beautiful, ends up "flat". I have a billion red lipsticks, after all it is my signature look, but ELSON took the spirit and surprise that makes red lips so special all for itself. It's like a red ribbon on a gift. It tickles your tummy, pulls at your heart strings, and fills you with giddy exitement. This would look resplendent on everyone, truthfully. This is the red you wear when you want people to notice. Alexis Colby would have worn it on Dynasty. This is what you wear when you want to leave everyone breathless and inspire a small stroke. No one will forget or forgive you for being so incredible, except your bank account and Mama when you catch the billionaire du jour.
McMENAMY: Y'all ever had sex so good you'd sell your soul to the devil for a repeat performance? Let someone string you along like a harp and find he'd hit your notes just right? Where your orgasms were as epic as category 5 hurricane or high magnitude earthquake or losing oxygen on Everest or witnessing a Voodoo "exorcism" on the local hussy, bloody chicken and all? Or do you remember the feeling you had when Violet Chacki came out in the futuristic blue gown for a crowning ceremony and made Bob the queen staggeringly irrelevant? Or Lady Olenna's speech to Jaime Lannister just before her death? Well if those feelings were a color, it would be this I think. It's browned, burgundy plum. The color of an old fine Port wine. This is what Diahann Carroll should have worn in Dynasty to counteract Alexis. Beautiful on everyone I think but on the money if you're dark. Again, the formula makes it lethally sexy. It looks alive and a bit ominous. On the fair it reminds me of Michelle Williams' Louis Vuitton campaign. I will be honest here, I already had a lipstick with this color before purchasing this, Makeup Academy's Damsen.This makes me look like the Twilight vampire version of myself: It makes my contrasting darkness perfection. It brings out a garnet like quality to my eyes and makes them look exotic. I look and feel powerfuI. My man eating color ;).
If you don't fear color, love your lips, and are willing to splurge, try these. Just pick one I think. One reminiscing your favorite, preferably your signature.These are pretty pigmented but they're easy to work with. Fingers to mold the pigments to your lip contour and if you really want to amp it up, neutralize your natural lip color with concealer before applying. Also, amazing as cream blush! Even the packaging is chic. It reminds me of the cheekiness of Lulu Guinness' designs.Highly recommend these. I'll only use these on special occasions, way too $$. I ain't rich or have a sugar daddy sadly lol. With my old Estee Lauder compact and this, I feel like I've made it big. If only for one night sometimes.