Best Pat McGrath Products - Editor's Recommendations

Pat McGrath has extended the brand’s offering quite a bit since its long-awaited debut! I’m sharing the best Pat McGrath products I’ve tested and reviewed in this post–that’s 50 of the top-rated products the brand has released and are still available today. Pat McGrath seems to be best known for the Mothership Palettes.  The brand also has a plethora of lip products, which can overwhelming at first glance, so the recommendations below should help!

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Over time, I’ve also included roundups of the top-rated shades as the brand has released new formulas or shade extensions, so here are links to those posts for handy reference!

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Need more help figuring out what Pat McGrath products are worth the money? See below for quick links to several of the brand’s top selling formulas:


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Wednesday Avatar

My top picks would be

1. Subliminal Platinum Bronze (the 6 pan) continues to be my favourite small palette. If I was really hopelessly restrained to one palette for travel, I would take this one with me. It’s the perfect daytime palette for me and the matte (which isn’t a brown hallelujia) is a an excellent enhancer for my green hazel eyes.

2. Faux Pas is a terrific very wearable purple lipstick

I have to admit this 20% thingee is making me rethink my position of the new Mothership.. ugh

Nancy T Avatar

Sooo tempting! However, I’m just going to have to wait until November Rouge sale to make any of my planned (or semi-planned?) expenditures on one of the Mothership palettes. I’m torn between very fun, cheery (haha) Subversive and the much more sensible, anytime wearable Northern Lights palette. ?‍♀️
Even lipstick has to wait. ?‍♀️

Ana Maria Avatar

I know foundation / primers / concealers are not necessarily in the temptalia realm 😀 but it would be nice to know (given the 20% off code) if `the system` (or parts of it) are worthwhile.
The reviews, especially on the foundation, are all over the place. Especially since I tend to believe some positive reviews are influenced by the fact people like Pat McGraph (or don’t want to dislike her products and offend them), some negative reviews are influenced by the price, and some people won’t review just not to get into `drama`.

Christine Avatar

It’s similar to Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, but I find Luminous Silk is more consistent in application. Pat McGrath’s foundation sometimes applied and emphasied texture/dryness and other times looked great. It wears down nicely, and it has a good finish after initial application, though it transfers heavily (I don’t really touch my face or anything where transfer is a concern, so it lasted a long time still and looked great after 12 hours of wear).

Z Avatar

I ADORE her LuxeTrance and while I don’t care for matte lipsticks, if I had to pick a favorite matte lipstick formula it would be her MatteTrance.

I like her shadow palettes, but not for the $125 price tag. I basically never reach for my Bronze Seduction and when I do it’s a “force myself because it was so expensive kind of thing”.

However I was really impressed by the little baby palettes at $28 in their plastic packaging perfect for travel. They feel rich, creamy, and each one has at least one shade I wanted from other palettes but wouldn’t buy. So I took the opportunity to snag both at the 20% off.

Genevieve Avatar

PMG certainly produces excellent quality products, but even on sale they are still expensive. What I have noticed, whilst perusing your excellent dupe list Christine, is that many of the lipstick shades have equally good dupes from Colour Pop, Maybelline and Milani (for less expensive options). Also quite a few of PMG’s lippies are dupes of each other – Strange, Flesh 3, Unnatural Natural etc.
So too some of the singles – I don’t think there could be more dupes of Sextrovert than just about any other shade.
The palettes would be a good deal if only you used all the shades….
The Subliminal Platinum Bronze would be my favourite.

dzymzlzy Avatar

This is sort of off topic but it is about Pat McGrath! A few days ago I was in Cost Plus World Market with my 7 year old and we picked up a bunch of books about trailblazing women throughout the ages and one was an A through Z book and guess who was listed under “P”… Pat McGrath! She was right there alongside women like Lucille Ball and Malala and Amelia Earhart and Queen Elizabeth I. I love that the book includes Mother even though makeup is so often viewed as frivolous and verging on anti-feminist.