Pat McGrath Christy & Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

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Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick

Christy

Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color coverage that applied evenly to my lips without dragging or tugging on my lips. The texture had a bit of slip to it, beyond its more velvety, creamy consistency that I expect out of the MatteTrance formula, that led to the color getting into my lip lines. It wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance, and it did not seem to get progressively worse. This shade stayed on well for five hours on me and was lightly hydrating over time. It was fairly consistent with the regularly-packaged version.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$40.00/0.14 oz. - $285.71 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “richly pigmented” with “”supreme hydration” and “opulent matte opacity.” The consistency was smooth, velvety, and dense without being too firm for one-stroke, glide-on application (I found the original shades to be slightly firmer compared to more newly released shades). They had nearly opaque to opaque coverage in one layer and most were buildable.

They had a subtle sheen--more satin-to-cream in finish--that wore down to a natural matte finish within an hour or two of wear. The formula lasted between four and eight hours on me, and while most weren't drying, they aren't "supreme[ly" hydrating either. They are, however, comfortable to wear over a longer period of time and reapply well. There was no discernible scent or taste to the formula.

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Ingredients

Christy

PPermanent. $40.00.
A
A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick

Forbidden Love

Pat McGrath Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with cool undertones and a satin finish. The lipstick was richly pigmented and had a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that felt velvety and denser but not thick or heavy on my lips. The color was still going strong after seven hours of wear, and it left a stain behind. The formula felt lightly moisturizing while worn. It performed consistently with the regularly-packaged version but was a touch more pigmented (went from 9.5 to 10/10 on pigmentation).

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$40.00/0.14 oz. - $285.71 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “richly pigmented” with “”supreme hydration” and “opulent matte opacity.” The consistency was smooth, velvety, and dense without being too firm for one-stroke, glide-on application (I found the original shades to be slightly firmer compared to more newly released shades). They had nearly opaque to opaque coverage in one layer and most were buildable.

They had a subtle sheen--more satin-to-cream in finish--that wore down to a natural matte finish within an hour or two of wear. The formula lasted between four and eight hours on me, and while most weren't drying, they aren't "supreme[ly" hydrating either. They are, however, comfortable to wear over a longer period of time and reapply well. There was no discernible scent or taste to the formula.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Forbidden Love

PPermanent. $40.00.
A
A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
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95%

Average

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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As much as I LOVE both of these, it would be foolish of me to get either. My tube of Russian Red is still perfectly vanilla scented despite being at least 5 years old, so there goes Forbidden Love. My Cosmo is getting a little yucky from fairly regular usage, so *maybe* Christy isn’t such a bad thing? But, I know I should wait until Cosmo gets rancid or whatever.

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