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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


Flesh Fatale:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Flesh Fatale review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance swatch


Fuchsia Perfect:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Fuchsia Perfect review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Fuchsia Perfect swatch


Cyber Orchid:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Cyber Orchid review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Cyber Orchid swatch


Rebel Red:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Rebel Red review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Rebel Red swatch


Club Kiss:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Club Kiss review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Club Kiss swatch


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.


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  • Gill♡ November 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    The packaging !!!!! These are gorgeous, my favourite shade is nude romantique – i love it! Great photo’s too

  • anna November 12, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Not a huge fan of these bc of sparkle and colors that wouldn’t really work on me but happy to finally see some proper swatches of them!

  • Anne Capitant November 12, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    I’m not a sparkle fan but these would make great gifts for people who are!

  • Swingtime November 12, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Rebel Red really is gorgeous, but less red than I expected. The photos I saw prior to your review made it look more like Elson with shimmer, but it looks far more wearable than what I’d imagined. Super review!

  • Shelleyeatz November 12, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Nude Romantique is sooooo beautiful!

  • Mariya November 12, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Club Kiss is gorgeous!

    Mariya |

  • Arianna November 12, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    I love the sparkly gold packaging 😊

    Arianna |

  • mparker November 13, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Sabrina, the Cyber Orchid color looks like it’d be an amazing and very party appropriate lipstick for the upcoming holiday season! =)

  • Ana Céline November 13, 2018 at 5:53 am

    Omg how stunning is the packaging and this shade range? xx

  • Suzanna November 13, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I love how Nude Romantique and Flesh Fatale look on you. I’d be tempted to try/buy if there were a way to do so locally. Normally I don’t like sparkle in lipstick at all!

  • Jane Parkins November 15, 2018 at 9:55 am

    This lipstick is awesome! I like Club kiss, so gorgeous.I need to get it But i have a question.Is this brand is cruelty-free?. Currently I am using Virginic. And it really good.Pure and Healthy! I was looking for a attractive lipstick, and i think I found one! I love this set a lot! Very pretty colors…

  • Sharon Macklin November 15, 2018 at 11:12 am

    I ordered and received the Nude Romantique. As usual, it feels a bit drying on my lips…all of her lipsticks do, including the so-called balms. It also pulls a bit warm for me, but I remedy both problems by topping with a cooler pink balm. The tube is gorgeous!

  • Justine R November 16, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    My holiday colour is a bright pink but I do like a bright matte red as well!

  • Jasmijn Le Roux November 16, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    I usually wear pinky shades but for the holidays I always wear red or another bright shade.

  • Farah Ilyas November 16, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    I love the color red for any occasion 🙂

  • inkchick November 16, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    I really love deep burgundy shades for the holiday season, but I also like to mix it up with things like baby blue.

  • Alison November 16, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Love Nude Romantique!

  • tiffany November 16, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    the nude romantique color is gorgeous!!

  • Carole D. November 16, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    bite agave mask in all colors

  • kelleyhasapis1 . November 16, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    I am a neutral girl. I wear that year round. I really need to branch out

  • Kendra Miller November 16, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    I tend to go for more neutral/rose colors. I do wear red lips but only for going out.

  • Jocelyn Seno November 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    I like mauve colors and berry. I just purchased Pat MacGrath Rebel Red. It looks so good especially on the holidays. Hope it’s not too red on me.

  • jeansco84 November 16, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    My holiday lip colour is gonna be a bright pink or a classic red!

  • Belen Ryan November 16, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    My holiday lip color is always a dark pink/berry!

  • Catherine Shi November 16, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you for reviewing these! Wow. I fell in love with the packaging as soon as I saw teaser photos for it but thought it’d be a hard pass for me since I just don’t like shimmer/glitter/metallic/frost on the lips. I might have to go try on Nude Romantique and Rebel Red.

    My holiday lip color is usually a bright red if it’s a party or a nice nude rose MLBB if there’s going to be a lot of eating!

  • AmyB November 16, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    My go to lip this holiday season is Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame. It’s perfect!!

  • Anjali November 16, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    My go to lip for the holidays is always something berry and glossy!

  • Amber November 16, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    I bought Nude Romantique and will be pairing it with all my non-red outfits this holiday season! I never do red lipsticks but I’m even eyeing the Rebel Red…

  • Neha Kaul November 16, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Bobbi Brown’s berry-toned creamy matte Razzberry is very flattering on me and I find myself reaching out for it often during festivities.

  • MALINA CRISTESCU November 16, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Definitely a glossy red, no glitter though 🙂

  • Linda S. November 16, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Red! Bite beauty Tannin.

  • Jessica November 16, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    My colour is B*tch Perfect by Charlotte Tilbury.

  • J Lee November 16, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    I feel like lipsticks look terrible on me and I don’t have the mental capacity to make sure I don’t have lipstick on my teeth… so glossy and neutral it is!

  • Effie Wong November 16, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    I don’t really have a holiday lip color, I’m more a neutral lip color person.

  • Panna November 16, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Charlotte Tilbury’s Walk of Shame is my year-round favorite. Did you see she got an MBE from the Queen? 🙂

  • stephanieamccoy November 16, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Fenty lipsticks from last fall are great for holiday!

  • Thu November 16, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    I love a pink lip for the holidays! My favorite is marc jacob have we met!

  • Kim Mckain November 16, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    I don’t really have a holiday lipstick, I stick to nudes usually but Nude Romantique may just fit the bill for that!

  • Sondra November 16, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Gorgeous!!!!! I want ALL of these!!!

  • Anne C November 16, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Beautiful review and swatches. That nude shade is calling me. So pigmented!

  • GK November 16, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    My holiday lipstick is a healthy glossy one helped by hourglass oil 🙂

  • Jennifer Ryder November 16, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    I love a sparkly or glossy red for the holidays.

  • Laura Schmaltz November 16, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Usually I wear more neutral lip colors – but for the holidays I love a nice dark, classy red lip!

  • Solange November 16, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    I love a nude lip.

  • lucy nguyen November 16, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    My holiday lip colour has to be a classic nude like MAC yash, just to keep it low maintenance

  • Erika Stryker November 16, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    My holiday lip color is a bright red.

  • Jessica November 16, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    I would love to do a red lip but am always too scared to

  • Valerie Manke November 16, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    I love anything sparkly during the holidays.

  • Lisa C November 17, 2018 at 12:14 am

    I love doing a red lip with gold gloss for the holidays

  • Rosa J November 17, 2018 at 12:16 am

    I’m a neutral girl, like Marc Jacobs cream and sugar set.

  • bilqees bano November 17, 2018 at 1:54 am

    I think Red .. Like Rebel Red

  • Shelleyeatz November 17, 2018 at 2:21 am

    These are a bit too shiny for me, but looks like I could potentially pull off nude romantique!

  • Petunia November 17, 2018 at 2:28 am

    Holiday lip color depends on the rest of the look. Armani in 400 is a gorgeous red that always makes several appearances.

  • Alex Monday November 17, 2018 at 5:56 am

    These look gorgeous! It’s summer here in Australia and will be getting VERY hot soon so my holiday lip will probably be a lightweight balm like the Dior lip glow in raspberry. Otherwise, a blue-based red such as Clinique lip pop in Cherry Pop!

  • Luana November 17, 2018 at 7:44 am

    My go to Holiday Lipstick is Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Red no. 1 … effortlessly chic!

  • Jeannie November 17, 2018 at 8:42 am

    These shades are beautiful. I’m hoping the more neutral mini trio comes back in stock on Sephora soon. My go to holiday lip color is Charlotte Tilbury’s Bond Girl!

  • Jenny November 17, 2018 at 8:49 am

    My fav holiday color is bitebeauy amuse Boucher in spiced plum

  • Alia November 17, 2018 at 9:31 am

    My holiday lip colour this year is the Givenchy Le Rouge Liquide in N309. It’s their classic red and this shade in this formula is so rich and intense (and moisturising too!). More than a little obsessed with this one!

  • Alysha Evans November 17, 2018 at 9:42 am

    So far this year I’ve been wearing Burberry lip mist in Oxford, but I’m leaning into Charlotte Tilbury in Birkin Brown, and will be scooping up PM in Flesh Fatale from this collection.

  • Marie P November 17, 2018 at 10:10 am

    My holiday lip color is Bond Girl! Goes with everything

  • Meghan M November 17, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Thank you for a great post! I don’t have a specific color but I tend to use anything glossy.

  • MBAMommy November 17, 2018 at 11:53 am

    For several of our family Christmas cards I do put on a red lip – usually Ruby Woo. Otherwise, this holiday season I have been loving the Pat McGrath colored balms – a great mix of a balm for a little more protection in the winter chill and subtle color!

  • Debi Walker November 17, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Red always

  • Erin November 17, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    I’m usually a my lips but better lip product kind of gal, but for the holidays I like to punch it up with a strong raspberry like Marc Jacobs Lip Creme Je T’Aime.

  • Swathi (@the.bling.factor) November 17, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    My most recent Sephora sale purchase – Tom Ford Flame is my holiday color this season. Loving your gift ideas Sabrina! X

  • Quyen Roddy November 17, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    I love the idea of a bright, vibrant red lip colour for the holiday but that’s too far out of my comfort zone. I usually stick to neutrals and soft rose tones. My favourite of all time is Tom Ford Lips and Boys in Ashton and Richard.

  • Loki Mokka November 17, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    My biggest focus during the holidays is to keep my lips hydrated, best accomplished with Treat Beauty lip balm in Soft Candy. I add a shiny gloss and may do a celebratory extra sparkly pink for the holidays!

  • niche November 17, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    I like a red lip for holidays. My fave is Mac Ruffian Red (very old LE) or the Nars Dragon Girl lip pencil.

  • Jennifer November 17, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    I don’t know that I have a holiday color, but I will pull out the reds and berries more.

  • Margot November 18, 2018 at 2:08 am

    I am looking forward to busting out the metallic and shimmery lipsticks for the holidays. I have Club Kiss and Flesh Fatale in my Sephora cart right now!

  • Kim November 18, 2018 at 3:44 am

    My go-to holiday lip color is usually something plummy and I always love shimmer!

  • Jenny November 18, 2018 at 4:27 am

    My favorite holiday shade is the Rouge Dior Liquid 999!

  • Tinisha Lambeth November 18, 2018 at 7:26 am

    My favorite holiday lip color is a festive red stain with a gloss. I still have Bite Beauty Mistletoe from a year or so ago. I like to smudge that into the lips and top with a clear or even gold gloss.

  • Jeanie M. November 18, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    I so wish I could pull off a brilliant red lipstick but I usually stick with a coppery bronze lipstick with maybe a little bit of red smudged in. It will have to do until I can find a red that looks good on me.

  • Betty Kondrich November 18, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Nars Velvet Matte pencil dusty rose, one of my favorite colors. Very convenient to travel with or keep in the car or my purse.


  • Aðalheiður Sigbergsdóttir November 18, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    My favorite lip color for the holidays is red

  • Cristina November 18, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    The cyber orchid color is amaze!

  • Rahasya Chandan November 18, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    My go to holiday color is a berry lipstick

  • hofken November 18, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    My holiday lip color is Lipsense Sugar Plum with Red Glitter Gloss.

  • hh November 18, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    For holidays spent without family: RED! For holidays with family, something more neutral and subdued. This year probably YSL Tatouage Couture in a neutral shade.

  • Eli Dumas November 19, 2018 at 3:48 am

    I like a deep red for the holidays although I recently purchased NYX soft matte metallic in Madrid and I’m loving it. It’s described as a wine red so it has a bit of purple in it that makes it gorgeous for autumn/winter

  • Anastasiya November 19, 2018 at 8:08 am

    I like red color for holiday 😉

  • HW November 19, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    My go-to holiday lip color varies, but I generally stick with something neutral and flattering.

  • XingJian November 20, 2018 at 12:36 am

    Red + shimmery! Keep trying to get my hands on the new Chanel LE gloss, but no dice so far.

  • Cadie Campbell November 20, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    I’m a red for the holidays! I usually break out the mac russian red 🙂

  • Anna Wang November 20, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    My favorite lips are MOISTURIZED and glossy. I’m in dry weather now and needing all the tinted lip balm I can get.

  • Martha Braga November 20, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    My holiday color is fun and glossy, so a pink or peachy shade.

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