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New Mascara + Primer Testing: Pat McGrath, Marc Jacobs, Sisley + More

February 28, 2019

Mascara Testing Pat McGrath, Marc Jacobs Velvet Primer, Lancome Monsieur Big, YSL Curler, Sisley So Volume Review

I have another mascara + primer roundup today! As much as I love and swear by waterproof formulas like Chanel Le Volume Waterproof, L’Oreal Lash Paradise Waterproof and Tom Ford Waterproof Extreme (sold out everywhere!), so many of you prefer regular formulas because they’re easier to take off. I have straight lashes and live in a city that has high humidity so I really prefer waterproof most of the time so it’s beach-proof and sweat-proof. For me it’s worth the extra time and effort to remove every evening. Still I understand it’s a total pain to remove which makes it not worth it for everyone (I swear by these Almay pads to remove the most stubborn of waterproof makeup, make sure you pick the waterproof remover version). The good news is there are a lot of new formulas that launched I think you might want to check out. A couple of these aren’t entirely brand new but new to me.

Home decor / style note details at the bottom of the post, but for all those asking my nail polish is OPI Another Ramen-tic Evening.

Mascara Testing Pat McGrath, Marc Jacobs Velvet Primer, Lancome Monsieur Big, YSL Curler, Sisley So Volume Review

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Pat McGrath cannot do wrong in my eyes and she launched the new FetishEyes Mascara earlier this month. I received an early sneak peek and have been testing it for a couple months now. It’s a great non-clumping, defining mascara. It adds length and doesn’t smudge. For me it doesn’t quite add as much volume or drama as other formulas do but it’s a solid one and I truly appreciate that there is zero clumping. Curl holding is not the best, but also not the worst. If you don’t have issues with straight lashes I think you will have no problem with this formula. If you haven’t tried anything from her FetishEyes Collection I highly recommend her Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner (the two available in the Xtreme Duo bundle on her website).

Pat McGrath FetishEyes Mascara Review

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Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara has been raved about my SO many of you. You’ve told me it’s your HOLY GRAIL. I bought the pink packaging one at Sephora and really love it. The regular formula does not smudge but we have had a cold winter here (it has been down to 40s/50s) and even though it’s warming up the humidity isn’t what it normally is. I am worried it will smudge with the humidity so I’m going to investigate in the waterproof version soon. This one adds the most volume that I’ve tried for a non-waterproof formula. It will hold the curl too.

Lancome Monsier Big Mascara Review

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Marc Jacobs launched a Velvet Primer to go with their Velvet Noir Mascara. I feel like most primers have done little for my lashes except the L’Oreal Lash Paradise Primer which is great, but not necessary. Even most high-end ones just didn’t do enough to wow me so I had low expectations for this Marc Jacobs Velvet Primer. It exceeded every expectation I had. Paired with the Velvet Noir Mascara it helps the mascara adhere SO much better and makes the mascara look much better. I haven’t tried it with other formulas but am going to. For now I’m thoroughly impressed. I think it’s worth checking out.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Primer Review

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The YSL Faux Cils Volume Effect in The Curler just came on my radar. I don’t know how new it is (or if it’s really is new). It’s described as a “curling mascara featuring a unique hybrid brush that dramatically curls and defines lashes for an unparalleled full fan effect.” The description alone plus all near 5-star reviews sold me. It didn’t work for me or knock my socks off. It doesn’t hold the curl or curl my lashes. I really do love the brush and how it’s curved and has rubber bristles. It just didn’t live up to the description for me. I like that there’s no clumping, it defines nicely and doesn’t smudge. I just don’t see enough volume and for me there is no curling effect or hold.

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils - The Curler

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Last but not least is the Sisley So Volume Mascara. For some reason I did not think this was new but the press email I received says it is. I’ve tried a few other formulas from Sisley and they’re all ridiculously expensive. This one has a thick chubby wand with bristles and does indeed add serious volume. It has ingredients to soften the lashes which is nice. Once applied it doesn’t have that crunchy feel most mascaras have but it stays put. I haven’t used it long enough to see if it is indeed strengthening but I don’t know that I would be able to tell with any formula. I like this because it adds volume with one stroke. It doesn’t hold the curl as well as waterproof formulas but doesn’t make mine go straight immediately. It’s also included in the Rachel Goodwin x Les Stars Collection bundle.

Sisley So Volume Mascara

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I hope you found this roundup helpful! I think mascara is always tricky for me to write about because even with reviews it’s hard to tell how one may or may not work for you. We all have different lash lengths, density and eye shapes. I’ve tried so many that worked for others that didn’t for me so I know it can be the case for you as well. I still really prefer waterproof formulas so they’ll hold the curl for me. I end up with raccoon eyes most of the time so I’m surprised I found some non-waterproof formulas that didn’t smudge this round.

A few notes on other items featured in the post. On the nails is OPI Another Ramen-tic Evening, Mirrored Trays here, Coffee table here, my favorite eyelash curler is from MAC. Flat zip pouches in the Marc Jacobs photo are from The Daily Edited.

What’s your favorite non-waterproof mascara formula? Always love reading about your recommendations!

 

 

Press samples from Sisley, Marc Jacobs and Pat McGrath.

 

Lips Pat McGrath Labs

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss New Shades Spring 2019

January 18, 2019

Pat McGrath Lust Gloss New Shades Spring 2019 Review and Swatches

Pat McGrath Labs is making all my lip gloss dreams come true with 18 new shades of LUST Gloss for spring 2019. They retail for $28 each and come in three different finishes she calls High Shine, Shimmer and Glitter. I reviewed some shades when they initially launched last May. They’re among my favorite formula because they are smooth, have no scent, aren’t sticky and have a pretty shine to them. I’m thrilled to share swatches of all the new spring colors! As a neutral lip lover I feel like she made so many amazing colors that are wearable alone or mixed with a lipstick/liner. There are a lot of fresh glowing soft shades. Most of these have sheer to medium coverage. There are a couple that have higher medium pigment, but the vast majority of these will have a soft finish.

These come with a beveled sponge tip applicator. They’re easy to apply and glide on the lips nicely. A couple layers will add enough color to cover my lips.

Pat McGrath Lust Gloss New Shades Spring 2019 Review and Swatches

Pat McGrath Lust Gloss New Shades Spring 2019 Review and Swatches

Close ups and descriptions of each color. I tried grouping them by finish, but some of the shine shades seem to have a tiny bit of pearl in them.

Left to right:

  • Nude Negligee is a sheer cream light beige
  • Wicked Whisper is a medium nude peach
  • Prima Donna is a soft glowy pale petal pink
  • Heavy Petal is a pigmented bold bright warm pink
  • Flesh6 is a medium warm brown cream

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Nude Negligee, Wicked Whisper, Prima Donna, Heavy Petal, Flesh6 | The Beauty Look BookPat McGrath LUST Gloss Nude Negligee, Wicked Whisper, Prima Donna, Heavy Petal, Flesh6 swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Nude Negligee swatch

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Wicked Whisper swatch

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Prima Donna swatch | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Heavy Petal swatch | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Flesh 6 swatch | The Beauty Look Book

Up next are the shimmers:

  • Love Potion is a sheer pale pink with a hint of shimmer, alone this settles into lip lines a little
  • Faux Real is beige nude tan with a pearly finish
  • Peach Perversion is a pale peach with a pearly glow
  • Belladonna is a medium warm pink with a sheen
  • Sunset Rose is a perfect medium neutral rose with soft gold shimmer
  • Secret Lover is a deeper rose with a hint of warm pearl

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Spring 2019: Love Potion, Faux Real, Peach Perversion, Belladonna, Sunset Rose and Secret Lover

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Spring 2019: Love Potion, Faux Real, Peach Perversion, Belladonna, Sunset Rose and Secret Lover swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Love Potion | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Faux Real swatch | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Peach Perversion swatch via The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss swatch Belladonna | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss swatch Sunset Rose via Sabrina The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss swatch Secret Lover | The Beauty Look Book

Last are the sparkles, all of these are smooth in finish. There’s no gritty feel. Even with the sparkles I cannot feel any texture. I highly recommend referring to the Pat McGrath website for more swatches. Some of the shimmers are hard for me to capture with my flash. All of these are wearable even for conservative makeup wearers.

  • Future Femme is a pale pastel sparkling pink with silver flecks
  • Earth Angel is a sparkling clear base loaded with champagne, pink and copper pearl
  • Bronze Divinity is a smooth shimmery bronze rose nude
  • Bronze Venus is a sparkling iridescent bronze sparkle
  • Carnal Desire is a sheer red pink with loads of sparkle
  • Astral Flash Dance is a sheer violet purple with blue and pink sparkles
  • Astral Moon Flower is a sheer duochrome blue iridescent sparkle

Pat McGrath Lust Gloss shimmers: Future Femme, Earth Angel, Bronze Divinity, Bronze Venus, Carnal Desire, Astral Flash Dance and Astral Moon Flower review | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath Lust Gloss shimmers: Future Femme, Earth Angel, Bronze Divinity, Bronze Venus, Carnal Desire, Astral Flash Dance and Astral Moon Flower swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss swatch Future Femme via Sabrina The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Earth Angel swatch | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Bronze Divinity swatch | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Bronze Venus swatch | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Carnal Desire Swatch | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Astral Flashdance swatch | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Moon Flower Swatch | The Beauty Look Book

Side by sides, all of these lip swatches were done on my bare lips. For skintone reference on the face I’m wearing Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation in Buff.

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss lip swatches

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss lip swatches

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss lip swatches via The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss New Spring 2019 shades | The Beauty Look BookI fit as many swatch comparisons as I could on my arm to the other LUST Glosses I own. I swatched the neutral lighter shades side by side:

Pat McGrath LUST Glosses

Bottom line love! If you like smooth natural medium-sheer color you’ll love these. I just received these in the mail this week so I haven’t had a chance to extensively test all 18 new colors. First impressions on testing a few for extended periods is that they are all just as good as the initial launch. Some have more color payoff than others but in general it’s on the natural side. Even though they are sheer the color shows up well on my bare lips. Lasting power is average for a smooth sheer gloss. They’re not going to be budge proof or transfer proof. You’ll have to reapply but it’s something I really don’t mind.

You can find the Pat McGrath LUST Gloss online at Pat McGrath. There are also some bundles and sets available on her website as well. She’s offering a 10% off new gloss shades through end of the day 1/19 with code SHINE at checkout.

“10% discount on ONLY Lust Gloss new shades. Promo code is SHINE – update, extended through end of Sunday 1/19!”

Have you tried the LUST Gloss formula yet? What did you think? Are any of the new shades on your radar?

Many thanks to the Pat McGrath team for sending the new shades for review.

 

Lips Pat McGrath Labs

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Review + Swatches

November 12, 2018

Pat McGrath Labs BlitzTrance Lipstick Review

Continuing holiday beauty reviews with a look at the Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipsticks ($38 each for 3.9 g/0.13 oz, made in USA). Pat McGrath continues to launch innovative colors and formulas in a way that makes me want to go beyond my usual conservative makeup comfort zone and try new things. These BlitzTrance Lipsticks have intense sparkle and pigment. They’re described as an “iridescent lipstick that releases a full-coverage blast of explosive color with multidimensional, high-shine effects” and I could not describe it better. They’re opaque, ultra-reflective, explosive in color pigment and luminous.

These lipsticks are very sparkly but the sparkle and glitter varies per shade. I’ll describe them in more detail next to each shade description. There is a little bit of texture from the sparkle with a couple of these but it’s not a harsh texture and once on the lips I barely notice it. Lasting power is really good – the color base is emollient and has a hydrating feel so it helps the glitter adhere and it doesn’t migrate. Only Pat McGrath can make me want to wear sparkle this intense. I was prepared to tell you that they are way too sparkly and intense for me based on the online swatches I saw, but some of the colors are really wearable and I think the bolds are going to be particularly beautiful for holiday parties or dinners.

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Review

There are currently 7 shades available. I received 6 of these as press samples and then picked up the 7th color from my local Sephora. There is another 8th shade listed online as “coming soon.”

  • Nude Romantique is a refined peachy pink shimmer, it has lots of sparkle but this is one of the more subtle sparkles
  • Flesh Fatale is a medium bronze nude shimmer, also has softer shimmer
  • Fuchsia Perfect is an intense cool-toned bright blue based pink sparkle
  • Cyber Orchid is a bright cool-toned purple pink sparkle (it’s similar to Fuchsia Perfect, Cyber Orchid just has more blue tones)
  • Rebel Red is the most stunning metallic red I’ve ever seen, sparkle is chunkier in this one with a noticeable texture
  • Club Kiss is an intense plum-red shimmer, sparkle is also very metallic and bold
  • Blitz Gold is a yellow 24K gold metallic, it’s smoother in shimmer, but very foiled
  • Electra is listed as “coming soon”

Pat McGrath Labs BlitzTrance Lipstick swatches

Pat McGrath Labs BlitzTrance Lipstick swatches

I’d recommend looking at the @patmcgrathreal Instagram page for live swatch videos to get a better sense of the sparkle. The ones I have don’t capture the sparkle quality quite as intense as I see in real life. Although I do think the studio lights used on social emphasize the sparkle and glitz a little more intensely than they actually appear.

Close ups of each color below, Nude Romantique:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Nude Romantique review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Nude Romantique swatch

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Flesh Fatale:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Flesh Fatale review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance swatch

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Fuchsia Perfect:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Fuchsia Perfect review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Fuchsia Perfect swatch

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Cyber Orchid:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Cyber Orchid review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Cyber Orchid swatch

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Rebel Red:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Rebel Red review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Rebel Red swatch

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Club Kiss:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Club Kiss review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Club Kiss swatch

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Blitz Gold:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Blitz Gold review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Blitz Gold swatches

Pat McGrath Labs BlitzTrance Lipstick swatches

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

For me the only two colors I did not like are Cyber Orchid (it’s really blue on me) and also Blitz Gold (I just don’t like really yellow golds) – but this is just a matter of color preference. If you don’t like sparkle or glitter in your lip color I think it’s going to be a safe pass for you. If you like bold colors and don’t mind some shimmer and glitz I think they’re really worth checking out. Out of all the shades Nude Romantique and Flesh Fatale are the most conservative in color and shimmer.

I think these have the perfect festive holiday feel. For me they’re a little too sparkly for everyday wear but I do think the neutrals Nude Romantique and Flesh Fatale are ones I can wear without feeling too sparkly. Rebel Red and Club Kiss are my favorites out of the entire collection. I always feel like bold reds and plums draw so much attention to my already full lips – but these two are so stunning and festive I think they’re going to be fun for holiday. No detectable scent or taste with these! Lasting power is really nice.

You can find the Pat McGrath Labs BlitzTrance Lipsticks out now online at Pat McGrath. Available at $38 each or in various bundles and sets on her website.

6 shades provided for review. Fuchsia Perfect purchased by me.

 

Eye Makeup Lips Pat McGrath Labs

Pat McGrath Labs Opulence Collection Holiday 2018

November 3, 2018

Pat McGrath Opulence Collection Holiday 2018 Review | The Beauty Look Book

The Pat McGrath Labs Opulence Collection Holiday 2018 is the most glamorous beauty launch I’ve seen all season. Nobody does it quite like Pat McGrath! There are three new limited-edition MTHRSHP Palettes ($55 each for 6 shades for 12 g/0.42 oz, made in USA) along with repromoted MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38 each for 4 g/0.14 oz) in corresponding colored packaging pink sapphire, aquamarine and ruby. I’ve put everything to the test for the past week and the entire collection is solid. As usual she has a number of different sets and bundles available on her website, usually at a price break rather than ordering items individually.

With the lipsticks she has Flesh 3 in each of the packaging colors and then two other repromotes with each corresponding packaging. Colors in the launch include:

  • Aquamarine packaging:
    • MTHRSHP Subliminal Eyeshadow Palette in Dark Star
    • MatteTrance Lipsticks in 1995, Flesh 3 and Guinevere
  • Ruby packaging:
    • MTHRSHP Sublime Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Temptation
    • MatteTrance Lipsticks in Omi, Flesh 3 and Elson
  • Pink Sapphire packaging:
    • MTHRSHP Subversive Eyeshadow Palette in Metalmorphosis
    • MatteTrance Lipsticks in Christy, Flesh 3 and Forbidden Love

Pat McGrath Opulence Collection Holiday 2018 Review | The Beauty Look Book

The Pat McGrath Opulence MTHRSHP Palettes are on the bolder side but still very wearable, even for my neutral-loving self. I put each one to the test for separate full days and found they all performed well. Colors have a variety of finishes and textures. Pigment is intense and application is smooth! The shades layer beautifully together. In general I find her 6-pan MTHRSHP Palettes better than her 8-pan palettes for me because they’re easier to use and don’t have the super glitzy glitters that are so popular but challenging for me to wear. Some of you e-mailed me that you were disappointed in her latest Mothership V Bronze Seduction because of the glitter. The sparkle is indeed very intense there. With the MTHRSHP Palettes there aren’t any strong chunky glitter shades, although there are sparkles. The sparkles are more refined.

The MatteTrance Lipsticks are among my favorite lipstick formula, especially for mattes. I’ve had numerous chats with friends about these and they all agree that these lipsticks are THE best for mattes because they’re so opaque, feel light and whipped on the lips, but give full smooth coverage without drying or making your lips look shriveled. I think they’re 100% worth the price – I’ve bought many on my own. No regrets with any of them.

Opulence: The Collection in Aquamarine

I’m splitting the photos and swatches by color grouping. Up first are the items in the turquoise packaging including the MTHRSHP Subliminal Eyeshadow Palette in Dark Star and MatteTrance Lipsticks in 1995, Flesh 3 and Guinevere.

Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Subliminal in Dark Star and MatteTrance 1995, Flesh3 and Guinevere

The first palette I tested was the MTHRSHP Subliminal Eyeshadow Palette in Dark Star – I thought this was the most interesting combination for a cool and warm smokey eye. I tend to avoid cooler tones as they often clash with my olive skin but this one was my favorite in the bunch. The mix of gold, grey, plum and violet blue make for such a pretty eye look.

Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Subliminal in Dark Star review | The Beauty Look Book

Colors include:

  • Entice is a sparkling champagne with flashes of pink and opal
  • Deep Space is a soft matte dove blue grey, it’s matte but the flash added a subtle sheen to the swatch photo
  • Enraptured is an antique sparkling gold metallic
  • Dark Matter is a deep satiny black
  • Metroplis is a shimmering plum
  • Interstellar is a glistening violet blue iridescent sparkle with tiny flecks of micro glitter

Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Subliminal in Dark Star swatches | The Beauty Look Book

The Opulence Aquamarine Packaging MatteTrance Lipsticks in 1995, Flesh 3 and Guinevere are all repromotes. 1995 is a neutral-cool nude pink with hint of mauve, Flesh 3 is a deep rose brick (on me it pulls reddish) and Guinevere is a matte crimson red. They’re matte but not flat. As usual I take all my photos with a flash because the colors pull better when I use the flash, but it adds a bit of sheen/shine to the finish.

Pat McGrath MatteTrance 1995, Flesh3 and Guinevere review, holiday 2018

Pat McGrath Holiday 2018 MatteTrance Pat McGrath MatteTrance 1995, Flesh3 and Guinevere swatches

 

Opulence: The Collection in Ruby

Next are the ruby packaging items MTHRSHP Sublime Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Temptation and the MatteTrance Lipsticks in Omi, Flesh 3 and Elson.

Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Sublime in Bronze Temptation Review, Matte Trance in OMI, Flesh 3 and Elson

I would say there’s a two-way tie between the blue and ruby palettes. The MTHRSHP Sublime Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Temptation is one I did not expect to love because of the red and green shimmers, but this one is simply beautiful! Photos do not do it justice. The colors swatch more complex than what you see in the pan – if you try this one move it around in the light at different angles and you’ll see the red and green shift.

Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Sublime in Bronze Temptation

Colors include:

  • Celestial is a pale cool shimmering beige sparkle (this one is a bit sheer, I had to apply with a very heavy hand)
  • Burning Desire is a soft matte tan
  • Supernova is a deep forest green, appears to have micro glitters, but they’re super fine and apply without too much glitz (it’s not chunky)
  • Dark Paradise is a perfect warm matte brown
  • Corruption is the perfect duo chrome red and copper shimmer
  • Provocatrix is a shimmering golden tan that shifts into silver and copper depending on the light

Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Sublime in Bronze Temptation swatches

MatteTrance Lipsticks in Omi, Flesh 3 and Elson are also repromotes. Omi is a classic medium rose, Flesh 3 is launched in all three colors of packaging, Elson is a vibrant blue based red matte.

Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipsticks in Matte Trance in OMI, Flesh 3 and Elson

Matte Trance in OMI, Flesh 3 and Elson lip swatches

 

Opulence: The Collection in Pink Sapphire

Last but not least are the pink sapphire packaging products with MTHRSHP Subversive Eyeshadow Palette in Metalmorphosis and MatteTrance Lipsticks in in Christy, Flesh 3 and Forbidden Love.

Pat McGrath Opulence Holiday 2018 Mthrshp Subversive Metalmorphosis, MatteTrance Christy, Flesh 3 and Forbidden Love

The MTHRSHP Subversive Eyeshadow Palette in Metalmorphosis is very pigmented. The overall mix of warm and cool balance each other out for a beautiful complex eye. I did not expect to love this because of the sharp sterling and gold shades, but when you mix them with the coppery ones they make for a unique mix. If you feel like you’re more of the creative type this is the palette for you.

Pat McGrath Opulence Holiday 2018 Mthrshp Subversive Metalmorphosis Palette Review

Colors in this one overall are the most metallic and include:

  • Metalurgy is a shimmering light taupe gold
  • Copper is a reddish shimmer with an intense metallic sheen
  • Sterling is a metallic pale silver
  • Smoked Amethyst is a matte deep purple base loaded with flecks of red and plum sparkle
  • Bronze is a orange metallic shimmer
  • Gold Standard is an intense 24K gold shimmer

Pat McGrath Opulence Holiday 2018 Mthrshp Subversive Metalmorphosis Palette Swatches

MatteTrance Lipsticks in Christy, Flesh 3 and Forbidden Love are the shades for the pink sapphire packaging. I think the pink is such a princess-like pink. Christy is a pink beige, Forbidden Love is a vibrant red.

Pat McGrath Opulence Holiday 2018 MatteTrance Christy, Flesh 3 and Forbidden Love

Pat McGrath Opulence Holiday 2018 MatteTrance Christy, Flesh 3 and Forbidden Love Lip Swatches

In the holiday set I’ve already reviewed all except 2 of the colors but thought it would be helpful for another swatch post. For quick reference, I reswatched all the lipsticks swatched side by side with Flesh 5 and Elson 2 for added comparison.

To me Flesh 5 is less intense than Flesh 3 – I prefer 5. Elson 2 is brighter and more orange than Elson. Based on the swatches below and in real life to me Elson and Forbidden Love both look identical on the hand, arm and lips. Maybe if you have lighter or deeper skin you’ll be able to see more of a difference in undertone – I triple checked to make sure and walked my arm around with both tubes to swatch and re-swatch. If you’ve tried both shades let me know if you see the same thing.

Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick Swatches, 1995, Flesh 3, Guinevere, Omi, Elson, Christy, Forbidden Love, Flesh 5 and Elson 2

 

Overall the collection is just knock out gorgeous. To me the Pat McGrath Labs Opulence collection has the biggest wow factor out of all the holiday makeup launches that I’ve seen. Everything from the packaging, presentation and colors are so beautiful. I think the palettes are really unique and different. I think Dark Star and Bronze Temptation are the best ones, but my recommendations would primarily be to pick based on your color preferences. I’ve mentioned numerous times that palettes are tricky if you don’t love all of the shades. Quality-wise everything performs to excellent standards in terms of application, pigment, lasting power, minimal fall out. If you don’t like glitter I’d say that the 6-pan palettes are definitely a lot more wearable than her 8-pans. The colors in The Opulence Holiday collection have some intense sparkle and metallic sheens, but no chunky glitter.

All the MatteTrance lipsticks shades are repromotes. You can shop your stash if you already own a lot of colors although the limited-edition packaging colors are super fun and if you haven’t tried any yet but had some on your wishlist she has amazing bundles on her website. You get a nice price break with her sets! I already owned all except 2 of the holiday shades. I’ve already made a serious dent in 1995 and OMI so I’m really happy to have backups now.

The entire Opulence Collection is available now online at Pat McGrath. MTHRSHP Palettes retail for $55 each and the MatteTrance Lipsticks are priced at $38 each. The MTHRSHP Palettes are also available at Sephora. Everything is limited-edition.

Pat McGrath Opulence Collection provided for review.

 

Sephora

Top Makeup Favorites You Can Find At Sephora

November 2, 2018

Favorite Makeup Staples from Sephora | The Beauty Look Book

I’m have Part 2 of my beauty recommendations for the second weekend of the Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event! This weekend continues with savings for Rouge Tier Members. This roundup focuses on my top makeup favorites for bases, cheeks, eyes and lips. You can find Part 1 Skin, Body and Hair recommendations here. Dates, codes and details:

  • Rouge get 20% Off 11/2-11/5 with code: ROUGEBONUS
  • VIB get 20% off 11/9-11/12 with code: VIBBONUS
  • Insiders/ Non-BI members get 15% off 11/16-11/19 with code: BIBONUS

Terms, conditions and exclusions listed here. I tried to narrow my absolute top picks and favorites limiting myself to under 10 per category. There are so many good products available right now, especially with holiday beauty launches. Most of these are products I consider tried and true staples but there are a few newer items I’ve tried recently I think are really worth the splurge. Products that are press samples have a * next to them.

Favorite Makeup Staples from Sephora | The Beauty Look Book

Foundations + Base:

 

Concealer:

Powders + Setting:

  • Hourglass Veil Translucent Loose Powder * is one of the new launches this year, I love this for it’s truly translucent finish (no white cast) and sheer natural matte finish.
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose * is my most-worn loose powder, I like it with either the puff or a regular powder brush.
  • Armani Neo-Nude Fusion Powder is the best all over setting pressed glow powder, doesn’t make me too shiny, just adds the perfect amount of even coverage and glow, if you’re oily you should probably opt for an all matte option though. Review here.
  • La Mer Sheer Pressed Powder is one I have gone through several of Light and Medium, it’s the best sheer natural pressed matte powder I’ve tried, although I will say I think MAC Next to Nothing Pressed is a very close dupe that’s cheaper (but they don’t carry MAC at Sephora).
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Pressed Powder in Medium is my holy grail blurring powder, it covers and smooths imperfections, I wish it came in more shades but am happy Medium has worked for me.
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray is my go-to setting spray to set makeup and help make it last longer. It’s available in a number of size options including a mini if you want to try one before splurging on the full size.

 

Eye Makeup:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes Eyeshadow Palette is the prettiest large eyeshadow palette I think I’ve tried of the season, it rivals NARS Singapore (which is sold out everywhere as it was limited-edition), versatile for a wide range of looks – reviewed here. Swatches of the palette in this post here.
  • Urban Decay Naked2, Naked3 or Naked Cherry are great options if you’re new to shadow and don’t know where to start. Naked2 has the neutral taupes and browns, Naked3 runs more pink but still neutral, Naked Cherry * is trendy but still wearable. I reviewed Naked Cherry in this post here. There is also this pretty awesome Naked Cherry Vault in a limited-edition set available now too.
  • Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Honeymoon is probably my favorite warm neutral, it goes with anything and everything and brightens the face with any cheek color. Nude Dip comes in close second for neutrals.
  • Pat McGrath anything wins unless you’re not a glitter fan in which case I still think her MTHRSHP Subliminal Platinum Bronze Palette is amazing (review here). I’ll have a review of her Opulence collection posted tomorrow so stay tuned!
  • Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Sticks are my most worn shadow sticks, I don’t have oily lids so they last all day for me and don’t crease. Rosegold is my holy grail go-to shade I wear the most, followed by Copper.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Shadows are also ones I like to wear a lot, I use them alone on lazy makeup days or layered with powder on top to make them last longer.
  • Natasha Denona makes amazing eyeshadows, the pigment, intensity and complexity of her palettes are really truly beautiful. It’s hard for me to pick one but I think her Camel or 5-Pan in Color Option #2 are great ones.

Brows and Lashes:

  • Anastasia Brow Wiz * in Medium Brown has been a go-to until I discovered Dior and Hourglass, since getting highlights I’ve felt the need to change my brow color to match a bit more, Taupe and Caramel have been working great for me.
  • Diorshow Brow Styler in Univeral Brown is still my holy grail, it still works even with highlights!
  • Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel * is among my favorite tinted brow gels (in either Soft Brunette or Warm Brunette), although the Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel is also very good.
  • Surratt Lash Curler is spendy and you can find good alternatives for less, but I think it’s worth the splurge.
  • Mascara – my current favorites aren’t carried at Sephora but I’ve linked a few I’ve enjoyed in the shop the post carousel below.

 

Cheeks:

 

Lips:

 

That wraps up my top makeup picks and recommendations for things you can find during the Sephora Beauty Insider Event! Hope this helps if you’re looking for ideas. It’s always nice to have these events each year to help save on new things or to stock up on favorites. I’ll have a haul post soon and will also have another giveaway when I post the haul.

Dates, codes and details, online and in store at Sephora:

  • Rouge get 20% Off 11/2-11/5 with code: ROUGEBONUS
  • VIB get 20% off 11/9-11/12 with code: VIBBONUS
  • Insiders/ Non-BI members get 15% off 11/16-11/19 with code: BIBONUS

Let me know if you hauled anything yet! Or any fun beauty items recently if you’re not shopping the Sephora Beauty Insider Event. Always love hearing about what you end up buying!

Press samples indicated with a * next to the product listings.

 

Lips Pat McGrath Labs

Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Lip Balm

September 29, 2018

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm Review | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath Labs has launched one of the best tinted lip balms I’ve ever tried with her Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balms ($38 each for 3.5 g/0.12 oz, made in USA). She previously released a clear version (reviewed here which I bought and love) and her sparkly Astrals (I bought the Nude one, but the others looked a bit too sparkly for me). This month she launched 9 new non-shimmers in tinted colors which I think are absolute perfection. I really liked the formula of her clear version even though the price point was pretty high. Having color added feels like I can justify the price point a little more for a lip balm, but seriously ALL her lip products are phenomenal.

There are 9 perfect colors ranging from nude, pink, beige, to bright pink, plum and red. I think the color selection is very good, there’s not a single bad color in the launch. I also really appreciate that she offers sets on her website that give us a price break versus buying individually. You can find the Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm Everything Kit for $275 with 9 colors or three variations of Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm Trios for $95 each.

Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm Review | The Beauty Look Book

For tinted balms my favorites have been the Dior Addict Lip Glows followed by any of the YSL Volupte line (Tint-in-Balms and Volupte Shine Oil in Stick). The Pat McGrath Balms aren’t as soft in density which makes them have a less slippery feel on the lips. As much as I love super emollient balms that have an almost buttery feel, the Florida heat can make those feel like they are sliding off the lips sometimes. The Pat McGrath ones have a balmy feel but without the sliding feeling. You can feel and notice lips are moisturized but it’s not heavy. There’s no detectable scent or taste to me.

Color swatches very sheer on the arms/hands. Once on the lips the color shows up in a sheer to medium coverage. Even with the light ones I see my entire lip covered with pigment. They’re sheer compared to her lipsticks but have enough color that you can see them on your lips. Application is smooth and perfect with every single color. Color descriptions:

  • 521 Blow Up is a warm beige
  • 522 Love Supreme is a cool rose cream
  • 523 Succexy medium coral peach
  • 524 Passion Flower is a light pink peach (turns pink on my lips)
  • 525 Full Fantasy bright pink
  • 526 Wild Cherry is a deep cherry red
  • 527 Dark Devotion is a mulberry wine
  • 528 Ultra Vixen is a deep wine plum
  • 529 Flesh 3 perfect red brown rose

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm Review | The Beauty Look Book

Also shown in direct sunlight below:

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm Blow Up, Love Supreme, Succexy, Passion Flower, Full Fantasy, Wild Cherry, Dark Devotion, Ultra Vixen, Flesh 3

Swatches, first straight from the tube:

Pat McGrath Labs Swatches Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm

Swatches applied with a lip brush:

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm

Lip swatches, done on bare lips, for reference my skintone is MAC Studio Fix NC35. Note Passion Flower turns pink on my lips, I triple checked and triple lip-swatched to make sure I didn’t have any remnants on my lips from other colors mixing in. Also quick note, I take my photos with a flash – depending on your screen the lip swatches may look a tiny bit more glossy below. I’d describe these as having a soft sheen finish.

Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm Lip Swatches

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm Review + swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Individual close ups, I’m having a bad skin week so please excuse the patchy skin, I packed on tons of extra powder and foundation to cover up some scars and skin breakage. All lip swatches are taken indoors but with a flash:

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm 521 Blow Up | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm 522 Love Supreme | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm 523 Succexy | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm 524 Passion Flower | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm 525 Full Fantasy | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm 526 Wild Cherry | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm 527 Dark Devotion | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm 528 Ultra Vixen | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm 529 Flesh3 | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm Review | The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line perfect. EVERY single one is perfect. Lasting power is better than your average balm, it still won’t last as long as her LuxeTrance or MatteTrance lipsticks, but for a balm I get several hours of wear without fading. Formula is hydrating and really does moisturize the lips nicely. I love the natural sheen these have and also the fact that once you apply they don’t feel like they’ll slide off. I still have some more lip product reviews from other brands that I’m working on including some of the new Tom Ford Boys and Girls, Sisley Le Phyto-Rouge and more, but being the gloss girl that I am, I love these balms. They’re easy to wear, effortless, apply flawlessly and the colors are perfect. I think it’s a little odd Passion Flower turns straight pink on my lips when it looks peach in the tube but I love it regardless.

You can find the Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balms online at Pat McGrath for $38 each. Also available in her Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm Everything Kit for $275 with 9 colors or three variations of Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm Trios for $95 each.

Many thanks to the Pat McGrath team for sending these for review.

 

Eye Makeup Pat McGrath Labs

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Bronze Seduction Review + Swatches

September 7, 2018

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Bronze Seduction Review

Pat McGrath Labs launches keep getting better and better and her latest is the Mothership V Bronze Seduction Eyeshadow Palette ($125 for 13.2 g/ 0.47 oz, made in Italy, available at Pat McGrath and Sephora). I’ve had my eye on many of her large 10-pan palettes but was a little intimidated by the glitter and bold colors. I am beyond thrilled to be able to test this one out and it does not disappoint. It’s quite glitzy so if you don’t do glitter shadows this will definitely not be for you and I’d recommend you check out her 6-pan MTHRSHP Eyeshadow Palettes instead. I am beyond obsessed with all three options and love very much. I consider myself to be a conservative shadow wearer but indulge in some glitters every now and then. Not all glitters are created equal and the ones from Pat McGrath are quite special.

The Mothership V Bronze Seduction Eyeshadow Palette has ten eyeshadows that have a variety of textures. The formulas are really good in terms of color payoff and ease of blending. Some apply better with fingers in a patting motion. Others work better with a brush. I do want to mention that I’ve only had this palette for a couple days so this is more of a first impressions post. I did two eye looks to test everything and have one of them shown later in the post.

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Bronze Seduction Review

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Bronze Seduction eyeshadow palette

The colors in the palette include:

  • Skinshow Divine Glow is a soft shimmery white gold champagne
  • Entrapment is a warm matte brown
  • Bronze Blaze is a sparkling bronze copper
  • Rose Gold 005 is an iridescent glitter pink copper
  • VR Fire Opal is a duochrome gold and flashes green
  • Xtreme Aubergine is a deep matte plum
  • Gilty Pleasure is a sparkling brass glitter
  • Disobedient is a warm red brown matte
  • Blitz Flame is a smooth metallic deep red
  • Astral Luna Gold is a chunky gold sparkle

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Bronze Seduction eyeshadow palette

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Bronze Seduction eyeshadow palette

My favorites are Skinshow, Bronze Blaze and Gilty Pleasure. For the two glitters I find patting them over the mattes with my fingers resulted in a super pretty bronzed eye look. The color Rose Gold 005 is a super sparkly rose pink that flashes copper sparkle – it’s also a nice top coat shadow. Blitz Flame surprised me as I’m not a red shadow wearer but when I layer it with any of the matte browns it transforms into a deeper almost plum bronze with a little bit of red.

With the glitters there is a little bit of fall out when you apply. This is why I feel patting with fingers is best. Once on the lids they stay put pretty well. By the late afternoon I only had a tiny bit of fall out under the eyes.

The mattes did not swatch well on my arm. I’m not sure why mattes do that sometimes but on the eyes with a brush they performed just fine. They blend just fine on the eyes as a lid or liner color.

I’ve never had so much trouble photographing swatches. These shadows are so multi-dimensional they flash different colors depending on the angle. I highly recommend you check out the swatch video on her Instagram @patmcgrathreal because it shows the dimension and color best.

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Bronze Seduction eyeshadow palette

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Bronze Seduction eyeshadow palette swatches

Look wearing the following (press samples indicated with a *):

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Bronze Seduction look

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Bronze Seduction look

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Bronze Seduction Review

The Mothership V Palette is glitzy and full on glam but very pretty for special occasions or for when you want some extra sparkle. If you feel the sparkle is too much you may want to opt for the NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette (still available at Ulta right now) or the Singapore Eyeshadow Quad. They have a similar vibe color-wise but aren’t as glittery.

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Bronze Seduction Palette

Overall jaw dropping gorgeous. Because it’s got a lot of sparkle I know it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea but I think it’s worth looking into. Have you tried any of the other Pat McGrath Labs Eyeshadow palettes? What did you think?

You can find the Mothership V Bronze Seduction Eyeshadow Palette out now online at Pat McGrath and Sephora.

For one day they’re having a 10% off discount with code on the palette with promo code SEDUCTION at checkout. Terms conditions: Offer ends at 11:59PM EDT on Friday, September 7, 2018. Enter code SEDUCTION during checkout at www.patmcgrath.com to receive 10% off MOTHERSHIP V: Bronze Seduction Eye Palette. Limit one use per customer. Offer applies to authorized purchases only; only authorized orders will be processed and shipped. We reserve the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized, altered or ineligible use of offer and to modify or cancel the promotion at any time. Other restrictions may apply.

 

Palette provided for review.

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