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Pat McGrath Antidote, McMenamy, Deep Void MatteTrance Lipsticks

01/06

Pat McGrath Antidote MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Antidote MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Antidote MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Antidote MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Antidote MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Antidote MatteTrance Lipstick

Antidote

Pat McGrath Antidote MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark, magenta purple with warmer, pink undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a creamy, moderately slippery texture that did not adhere well to the inner area of my lip. The color gathered in my lip lines while I wore it, unfortunately. The lipstick stayed on well for five and a half hours, left a pink stain behind, and felt lightly drying.

The formula is supposed to be “richly pigmented” with “”supreme hydration” and “opulent matte opacity.” It’s a denser, firmer formula that takes a second to warm up against the lips, so the very first pull of the lipstick on the lips tugs slightly but then maneuvers smoothly across the lips without skipping or dragging. The lipstick was thicker on the lips, which ensured richer coverage and helped smooth out the texture of my lips but was less forgiving along the edges. For some of the deeper shades, I would recommend using a lip pencil or a lip brush to ensure crisper lines. For an hour or two, the majority of the shades had more of a satin finish that became more matte as the shine wore down. The wear was between four to eight hours and none felt hydrating over time for me; a few were non-drying while others were noticeably drying. There was no discernible scent or taste to the formula.

Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick Antidote
Antidote
Antidote
B

Limited Edition

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

Also In This Review

B-

McMenamy

Limited Edition
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B+

Deep Void

Limited Edition
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  • Haul: ColourPop Fem Rosa Collection, Pat McGrath lipsticks, a few products from Milk Makeup, ABH Fall (not physically here yet)
  • Weekend plans: Lots of post writing! I’m doing an AMA on r/makeupaddiction on Monday at 10AM PST, so I want to make sure I’m totally covered for Monday and Tuesday so I can focus on answering questions.
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Make Up For Ever S214 Artist Face Color (Sculpting)

01/06

Make Up For Ever S214 Artist Face Color – Sculpting

Make Up For Ever S214 Artist Face Color – Sculpting

Make Up For Ever S214 Artist Face Color – Sculpting

Make Up For Ever S214 Artist Face Color – Sculpting

Make Up For Ever S214 Artist Face Color – Sculpting

Make Up For Ever S214 Artist Face Color – Sculpting

S214

Make Up For Ever S214 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had more of a “natural matte” finish where the finish did not appear dry, flat, or truly matte–it looked like “my skin but better.” What I liked was that it did not appear to darken on the skin over time, which more matte powders can do as they interact with oils found on the skin.

I suspect this shade, while listed as a Sculpting powder, is designed for draping or using a more blush-like hue to add dimension to the face. For those who admire it as a blush, nothing stops you from using it as such, as the formula felt and worked just like the B-named shades as far as I could tell! The texture was smooth, velvety, and dense, so there was no powderiness in the pan and will require a moderate touch or moderately dense brush to get good color payoff (similar to their eyeshadows but smoother, overall). It had good pigmentation–just shy of truly full coverage–that applied evenly and blended out easily on my skin. It lasted for nine hours on me before fading.

Overview of the Formula

The formula is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “long-lasting finish.” The range is split into three types–Highlighters, Sculpting Powders, and Blushes–that is easy to determine by the first letter of the shade name (H for Highlighter, S for Sculpting, and B for Blush). There are three finishes–matte, shimmer, and pearl but was less obvious. In fact, the majority of the “matte” shades were more like semi-matte or natural matte where there were no distinctive shimmer particles but they seemed to take on the natural finish of the skin, which gave the “mattes” a particularly seamless finish on the skin but might be dewier on oilier skin types than desired. None of the 34 shades available were frosted or metallic except three of the highlighters (H100, H106, H312).

The pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque, depending largely on the shade, though they were always buildable if they were not opaque in a single layer. Some of the deeper, more matte shades were less forgiving and took more effort to diffuse and blend, even when I used a lighter hand or a more feathery brush. The texture was smooth, velvety, and moderately dense without any powderiness or dustiness in the pan. The formula has lasted between eight and ten hours on me.

You can view swatches of all of the blushes, all of the highlighters, and all of the sculpting powders in the Swatch Gallery.

Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color – Sculpting S214
S214
S214
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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LORAC Unzipped Mountain Sunset Eyeshadow Palette

01/11

LORAC Unzipped Mountain Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Mountain Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Mountain Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Mountain Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Mountain Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Mountain Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Mountain Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Mountain Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Mountain Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Mountain Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Mountain Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Unzipped Mountain Sunset

LORAC Unzipped Mountain Sunset Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 0.58 oz.) includes ten shades in a “cooler” set of neutrals with a few less neutral shades. I wouldn’t describe it as a genuinely cool-toned palette, but they were not nearly as warm-toned as most palettes are these days.

From my experience with LORAC’s formulas, the one in the Unzipped Sunset series seemed more like a hybrid between their Pro and Unzipped formula, as the Sunset palettes did not seem to have the same denseness (particularly in the shimmers) as the permanent Unzipped palettes. The mattes, however, were more substantial (less thin) compared to the Pro formula, which also meant less powderiness/sheering out during application.

LORAC 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Unzipped Mountain Sunset
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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