Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Palette Review & Swatches

01/17

Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Eyeshadow Palette

Divine Rose

Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Palette ($125.00 for 0.47 oz.) is a new, surprise release from the brand that debuted exclusively on Selfridges’ app for a hot minute (hour, probably) and then launched at Sephora Australia.

On the 6th, the brand said to “stay tuned” for an announcement on November 7th at 10AM ET along with an image of a rose, so perhaps we’ll get a straight answer on if/when the palette will be released elsewhere. The announcement was for a giveaway for those who can find the “secret location” (in New York City), which will be emailed to their subscriber list. There are no additional details about it releasing officially in the US/CA at this time. Your good news for the day is that the brand labeled it as “Mothership VII,” as it would be an odd move to number it as part of the Mothership series but not make it an full-scale launch.

There’s a sign-up page, which is related to the giveaway, but there’s also this additional text (emphasis added): “Prepare to panic over Mother’s new palette, arriving soon for an exclusive flash release in exceptionally limited quantities. Let Mother know YOU CAN’T WAIT to get your hands on this sublime bouquet of vibrant golds, lascivious roses and poetic peaches — sign up now to be the first to know when, where & how.”

All of the shades had semi-opaque or better pigmentation with soft, blendable textures with eight to 10 hour wear, and in general, they were consistent with past experiences with the brand’s eyeshadows and palettes.

There are three shades within the palette that have previously been released: Skinshow Nude is from the Subliminal palette, Rose Dusk is from the Sublime palette, and Astral Solstice is from the Midnight Sun palette.

Iridescent Pink 003 is very similar to the Iridescent Pink 003 in the Sublime Skin Highlighter formula but felt a bit different overall; the version in the palette is slightly more powdery with less of a plush feel compared to the highlighter, and the eyeshadow seems to read more sparkly/shimmery applied, but the two are very, very comparable in color and finish.

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01/02

Pat McGrath Skinshow Nude EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Skinshow Nude EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Skinshow Nude EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Skinshow Nude EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Skinshow Nude EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Skinshow Nude EYEdols Eyeshadow

Skinshow Nude

Skinshow Nude is a soft, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. The color payoff was opaque in a single layer, which applied evenly to bare skin and blended out without issue. The consistency was soft, finely-milled, and smooth to the touch. It lasted nicely for eight and a half hours on me before fading a bit. I didn’t notice any differences between this version and the one in the Subliminal palette.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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01/02

Pat McGrath Velouria EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Velouria EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Velouria EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Velouria EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Velouria EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Velouria EYEdols Eyeshadow

Velouria

Velouria is a muted, medium-dark mauve with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was finely-milled, silky-smooth, and a smidgen powdery in the pan, though it applied evenly and maintained its opaque coverage, so it wasn’t prone to sheering out too readily. The eyeshadow blended out well along the edges and seemed to darken slightly while appearing a bit warmer-toned as well. It stayed on well for nine hours before fading a bit.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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01/02

Pat McGrath Sable Bronze EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Sable Bronze EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Sable Bronze EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Sable Bronze EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Sable Bronze EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Sable Bronze EYEdols Eyeshadow

Sable Bronze

Sable Bronze is a light, golden bronze with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The eyeshadow had rich pigmentation that applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of product that was easy to blend out. The consistency was smooth, creamy without becoming too thick or too densely pressed into the pan. It wore beautifully for nine and a half hours before fading visibly.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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01/03

Pat McGrath Refined Gold 002 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Refined Gold 002 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Refined Gold 002 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Refined Gold 002 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Refined Gold 002 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Refined Gold 002 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Refined Gold 002 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Refined Gold 002 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Refined Gold 002 EYEdols Eyeshadow

Refined Gold 002

Refined Gold 002 is a medium gold with moderate, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation applied dry and opaque coverage applied with a dampened brush. The texture was smooth, firmer in the pan, but it wasn’t too dense or too stiff, so it picked up well with a brush but didn’t have any powderiness in the pan. The eyeshadow applied well to bare skin and lasted well for nine and a half hours before fading noticeably.

While this is a new shade, it doesn’t seem so new because it’s very, very similar to other gold shades released within the brand previously.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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01/03

Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink 003 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink 003 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink 003 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink 003 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink 003 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink 003 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink 003 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink 003 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink 003 EYEdols Eyeshadow

Iridescent Pink 003

Iridescent Pink 003 is a pale, pinkish-white base that shifted between brighter pink and cooler lavender. The effect was mostly the shift, rather than any lighter base that came through. The consistency was more powdery but almost in a clumpy way, which made it harder to apply evenly to my skin as some of the product bunched up on itself. It applied better with a dampened brush or a fingertip, as those helped to minimize the powdery effect. It had opaque coverage that sheered out a bit when initially applied. The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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01/02

Pat McGrath Xtreme Mahogany EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Xtreme Mahogany EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Xtreme Mahogany EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Xtreme Mahogany EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Xtreme Mahogany EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Xtreme Mahogany EYEdols Eyeshadow

Xtreme Mahogany

Xtreme Mahogany is a deep brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and velvety without being too dense that it became difficult to blend out. There was a touch of powderiness the pan, but it applied with opaque coverage that blended out well along the edges but didn’t lose its intensity. This shade wore well for nine hours on me before fading a bit.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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01/02

Pat McGrath Love Lace EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Love Lace EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Love Lace EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Love Lace EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Love Lace EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Love Lace EYEdols Eyeshadow

Love Lace

Love Lace is a medium-dark taupe with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented to the point where a little went a long a way. The consistency was smooth, creamy, and dense without being heavy or overly thick, so it applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin without emphasizing lid texture. It lasted nicely for 10 hours before fading slightly.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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01/02

Pat McGrath Rose Dusk EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Rose Dusk EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Rose Dusk EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Rose Dusk EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Rose Dusk EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Rose Dusk EYEdols Eyeshadow

Rose Dusk

Rose Dusk is a medium, rosy plum with strong, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The eyeshadow had rich color payoff in a single layer, which went on evenly and blended out easily along the edges. The consistency felt smooth to the touch, soft without being too densely-pressed into the pan, it was a bit less cream-like (but not in a positive or a negative way) than a shade like Love Lace. It stayed on well for nine hours before fading a bit.

The version in this palette seemed slightly cooler-toned on the top, but the base was just as warm toned, so applied and blended out in practice, I didn’t notice any actual differences in color or undertone. The texture of the shade included in this palette seemed slightly more finely-milled and seemed to adhere even better.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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01/03

Pat McGrath VR Rose Venus EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath VR Rose Venus EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath VR Rose Venus EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath VR Rose Venus EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath VR Rose Venus EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath VR Rose Venus EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath VR Rose Venus EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath VR Rose Venus EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath VR Rose Venus EYEdols Eyeshadow

VR Rose Venus

VR Rose Venus is a bright, medium-dark pink base with a strong, gold to orange shift that dominated. On the lid, when I looked at myself, it read mostly gold to orange-gold but was very slightly pinkish along the outer curvature at a given angle. Swatched on the arm, the shift was strong, dynamic, and seemed really stunning, but the effect was so much harder to see (even for someone looking at me, as I asked!) on the lid.

It had rich pigmentation that was the same regardless of dry or wet application. The texture was fairly smooth–seemed ever-so-slightly textured from the amount of shimmer in it–without any powderiness. It was slightly denser, so it worked best with moderately dense brushes. This shade wore well for nine and a half hours before showing signs of fading.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath EYEdols Eyeshadow swatches.

01/03

Pat McGrath Astral Solstice EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Astral Solstice EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Astral Solstice EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Astral Solstice EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Astral Solstice EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Astral Solstice EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Astral Solstice EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Astral Solstice EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Astral Solstice EYEdols Eyeshadow

Astral Solstice

Astral Solstice is a light, golden beige with warmer undertones and a sparkling, wet-looking finish. It had medium to medium, buildable coverage applied dry with a brush and semi-opaque with a fingertip (the latter being as recommended), and it nearly opaque pigmentation applied with a dampened brush.

The version in this palette performed better than the one I have in Midnight Sun; the version in Divine Rose has a smoother, more emollient base and yielded better coverage and was easier to work with. It lasted well for nine hours with light fallout over time.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath EYEdols Eyeshadow swatches.

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Is the gold in this palette cooler at all than other golds? I have the La Vie En Rose palette and the gold in it is almost orange on me it’s so warm toned!

Hi Haley,

Please check the Dupe List as any that are similar would be noted there, and you can also use the “compare any two” tool, which is on this page, if you are interested in a particular comparison.

Really beautiful, but with so many golds and repeats, I am not sure if this will be my first Mothership. I’m not interested in VR Rose Venus if it looks gold when worn. I have really wanted Iridescent 003 and Astral Solstice, but I might splurge on Midnight Sun instead.

Goodnesss, when she does the whole scarcity thing, limited edition, AND labels it Mothership VII… I need to go back and read that post about fighting the collector’s mentality 😂 If I were starting my eyeshadow collection from scratch, I’d buy this in a heartbeat!

I’ve been on IG since 8 a.m. our time (10 EST) and still no announcement! Strange, since Brits are known for their punctuality and timeliness. I’m getting nervous. Definitely am hoping that this is a PERMANENT palette, which would make sense since it is a wonderfully curated, easy to wear combination of shades!

As for this palette? I LOVE IT! It may not be flashy like Subversive, or colorful either, but it’s perfect for several different daytime friendly looks. BTW; I did use Gigabyte and Lazarus yesterday. It turned out to be stunning!

That I missed this one is truly driving me bonkers.. I do not have Sublime or Midnight sun so no duping on those shades. I do have the nude from Subliminal. This looks like a perfect complement palette to Subliminal, Subversive and Ritualistic Rose. This also looks like a perfect day palette for regular wear and the one I would grab for travel. I have all my appendages crossed this makes an appearance here.. Oh, and the packaging is utterly gorgeous..

P.S. Mother may you bring out an iPhone XS MAX phone cover with this image. T’would be absolute killer!!! Add the MAX..to the max, I’m sure.

Hi Sheena,

Right on the Glossover, it says “Limited Edition” – you can always check there, as it will list whether something is permanent, limited edition, discontinued, unknown, etc.

It’s really interesting that this Astral Solstice performed better for you (I threw a little tantrum on your Midnight Sun review about the rating as mine is more in line with the performance you got from this one). Makes me wonder if there are some quality control issues.

Thanks for the great review! It’s a gorgeous palette, I’ll probably end up getting it as I don’t have dupes for the duochromes or Love Lace.

There’s a new Instagram post out that’s backpedaling on the “New York only” post, btw.

Pat keeps replying “stay tuned my love”. I’m with Vanessa below. I don’t get the games. Same with Decadence. This is a way to turn off fans in such a finicky market. It is silly too to make such a “neutral palette” limited edition. What a great palette that would appeal to more and may be a gateway into her brand. UD did that with Naked.

The whole thing is beyond weird. I commented on the post tagging an influencer I follow and PM replied to me “that there is more to come”. I’t leaving a really bad taste in my mouth with all these games.

It’s absolutely beautiful. I think I would splurge for this – however, this whole business of extreme-limited releases in different parts of the world is a huge turn-off for me. I’m not going to waste my time chasing after an eyeshadow palette artificially hyped up with vendor-controlled releasing. It’s stupid, just let the product speak for itself. Going to check out the dupe list now, thank you for providing one.

I’m disappointed with how the company is choosing to handle this release. It’s not exciting – it’s straight up manipulative. I am not jumping through hoops for an eye shadow palette. Especially one with 4 repeat shades.

Vanessa, I am right there with you. All I want is transparency. Tell us what you’re doing. If you haven’t decided, tell us you’re evaluating. If you only produced 300 palettes, fine. Say it’s limited and when they’re gone, they’re gone. I have no problem with people in UK/Australia getting this palette (esp Australia) because those folks get the short end of the stick so often (because of their location). I actually think it was great that they had an opportunity to buy a special palette. I’m not a huge fan of PM eyeshadows (which hasn’t stopped me from buying virtually all of them), but that’s not the issue. Every brand should get it together and to the extent they are hiding the ball, stop. But they won’t until consumers say, “enough.” Between the wasteful packaging and this silliness, I will write to PM. Not that they are, but I’m drawing a line under it now.

Vanessa – I couldn’t agree with you more, this is very manipulative business practice on PMG’s part. And I hate it even though I love her products. It’s just very wrong to play with your customers feelings this way. First there was the half hour re-release of the Decadence Mothership Palette, and now this debacle. Sadly, I do still want this palette, but now I’m wondering why I’d be willing to deal with a brand who treats its consumers like utter crap this way!

Came down here to say exactly this. Pat McGrath products are so good that they don’t even need artificial hype. She has a steady following, and as one of her fans, I feel a bit disrespected that I have to scrape for the opportunity to give her $125.

Sarah, I’m about ready to give up on this red herring. She’s been teasing it for several days already on IG, and now I’m fed up and have all but lost any desire to chase it down. If it’s still around in December when I get paid again, I’ll probably get it. This whole tease thing has left me feeling sour, though.

I have Sublime + the pink 003 highlight + plenty of mauvey colors… I think I’ve dupes out the wazoo of this palette. It’s pretty though. It’s just a shame that brands do these super exclusive limited releases with palettes that they know will be a hit. This one is super wearable for PMGL and I know a lot more people would have picked it up if given the chance.

Also if any of you guys are looking for a dupe for the VR Rose Venus shade, if you have the Colourpop Sweet Talk palette, Garden Date would give you a similar vibe! It’s a little warmer and darker, but same basic thing going on.

If all of my makeup were to vanish tomorrow, I’d rebuild my collection starting with this palette. Otherwise I’m duped to the gills.

Which would YOU wear more? I’ve provided all of the insight I can for each palette, but it ultimately comes down to what you like, what you’d wear, what kind of colors and finishes you like! 🙂

Oh my god, I really hope this because easily available to purchase in the US because I’m absolutely lusting after this. I love PMG, but the weird exclusivity of this palette is a little absurd.

You know you have released too many golds when at least two of your own shades are listed as dupes for the gold in this palette, PM. I love the palette, pretty much love all of PMGL palettes but I think I would prefer Midnight Sun and am still thinking I will treat myself at some point but not a priority.
Speaking to the release games, I swore off Violet Voss after the Holy Grail fiasco and never purchased another thing. Those of us who have been collector’s for some time, have seen all the games and it is only going to turn us off. In PMGL’s case, she might not care as she has built up quite a clientele but overall, this would be an easy sell to most of us who collect makeup. We might not be her target market at this point because she likely feels that her reputation and our lemming for her products will draw us in and for newer collector’s or younger women, they might buy into this type of release. These things leave a bitter taste in the mouth, though.

I’ve been playing around with this palette for the past few days, and although it was a bit of a rough start for me, I’ve come to fall in love with it. To me, this is one of Pat’s most consistent palettes in terms of pigmentation and performance.
I’m getting tired of the same warm golds as well, however. Maybe it’s just a signature part of Pat’s makeup style, but I’d personally like to see more variations at the very least.

I think it’s a lovely palette but I feel that there are too many shades here reminiscent of others in PMG’s palettes. And there are lots of dupes for the key shades. I just wish there would have been a beautiful Rose Gold shade in here somewhere, perhaps instead of the ubiquitous gold (002) that lives in every one of PMG’s palettes.
Beautiful eye look Christine.

Maybe it will be released Black Friday weekend? Who knows?

I will say this though, the makeup community speaks of being inclusive, but then make certain things exclusive and only a select few are able to get them. Kind of a double message in my opinion.

I think working towards more inclusive advertising campaigns in terms of shapes, sizes, genders, ethnicities, ages, skin tones, and features or improving shade ranges so that there’s not just a few token “dark” shades at the end is extremely different than a palette being released just in certain geographical region.

I agree with you on there being more than just a few token “dark shades” and for the advertising campaigns to include all. I just wish companies didn’t do the certain geographical areas. It makes me feel not included.

Hey Jessica,
I thought about what you said some more and posted a comment on Pat’s insta. I asked them if stringing fans along, building up hype, was worth the damage to the brand’s reputation. You know how they responded? By deleting my comment.
I had to put my Pat stan hat down and confront the disappointment I feel for how they treat their customers. I saw this brand as doing things in a classy way and this is not it. This release is a slap in the face for a lot of fans. And ignoring concerns like this doesn’t bode well for a brand.
I have purchased every release and am on a first name basis with one of the folks at the company, who helped me out with my bad batch of Mothership V, so I feel quite conflicted. I love the products, admire Pat, but am resenting this trashy way of treating customers like bleating sheep that need to be led.

I hope they read this and reconsider their life goals as a brand. Do you want to cheapen your reputation by creating fake exclusivity? Or do you want happy devoted customers? Because you can’t have both.

I feel the same way. It’s giving me pause in a BIG way. So called luxury brands don’t usually do this. This is practically an 180 from last year.

When I saw the initial release, I planned on purchasing for my stepdaughters but am looking elsewhere for something else. Which sucks because I would have been done with my Christmas shopping by now. I’m strongly considering canceling the two Midnight Sun palettes in my cart I had for them based on what happened to your comment and replacing it with a decent perfume.

I’ve seen immaturity and rudeness by lesser brands and kind of surprised at how this is all going down. Especially someone like you…who has been a huge cheerleader for the product…

I posted a critical IG post on my account (c38vandijk). I expressed my concern about the ubiquitous gold in her palettes, some repetitive color schemes and the cheap quality of her brushes. Pat McGrath blocked me on IG after my post. I was her fan but after this ridiculous behavior, I stopped to buy her stuff. It’s the only “weapon” I have. She won’t get my money anymore

Valerie, that she did this to you, a so-called “Stan” of her brand, someone on a first name basis with one of their main people, has now driven a wedge between her brand and myself. I cannot deal with brands that stoop to this level of immaturity and lack of professionalism. I just cannot and will not. Makes me very sad as there were still a few permanent products I had wanted, but when I’m done, I’m done. Even sadder? I love her creative genius, her using her immense talent to carve out her world renowned, high quality goods brand, and now all that stands to become permanently tarnished and lost due to these ugly games PMGL is playing. I’m so sorry that she treated you so poorly.

Hey Valerie,

It’s Jessica. I wanted to tell you that I appreciate you for standing up for the rest of us on Pat McGrath’s Instagram page. I’m so sorry that you were treated the way you were. That’s not cool! I know that you have been the PMGL biggest supporter and fan. I always appreciate that about you. I really like what you said about creating fake exclusivity. Companies need to be able to take all kinds of feedback and not delete what they don’t want to hear or see. Being able to take feedback shows that you truly care about your customers and will make the company and their products better.

Jessica and Nancy, I didn’t realize anyone would remember all the fawning I do over Pat’s creations 🙈🤪thanks guys, you’re so sweet. I didn’t take it personally when they deleted my comment. They have no idea how big a fan I am. And it’s her PR team, it’s just a poor tactic for dealing with frustrated customers. I’m sorry they blocked Clidre. I’d be upset about that; just because I had a (valid) criticism doesn’t mean I don’t want to see info on new releases. TropicalCowgirl said it’s a 180 from the past and that luxury brands do don’t this and she’s 💯 right. And then Pearl said they should fire whoever was in charge of this release and maybe that’s the issue. Maybe someone messed up. But if that’s the case, transparency and honesty would be the right approach. When Lisa Eldridge’s shipper messed up and her site was down at release, she kept everyone informed and emailed a profusely apologetic email. It doesn’t take much to keep people happy when people love you 🤷‍♀️

Given that I am in NYC, chances are I’ll be near one of the “secret locations,” but probably not until the afternoon. I truly wish that instead of feeling jaded about this, that I was super enthusiastic. Oh, well, if it’s where I think it will be, and I am near there and it falls into my basket, then well I will get it. And if not, that “it,” there are always other “it’s.”

Weird my iridescent pink is creamier in texture than my highlighter version. It’s a standout shade, along with astral solstice which is a smidgen even better than the one in midnight sun.

I am in the UK and received an email for a chance to win the palette! But I think perhaps they thought I was in the US?

Oh, and it has already appeared on eBay UK the bidding starting at more than the rrp.

I’ll stick with my two Astral Blitz quads

I’m really looking forward to making this my first mothership palette (I just have metalmorphosis and I ordered Ritualistic rose but haven’t receive it yet).
But I agree with many of the opinions expressed here that this release strategy is turning me off. If I can get it in Sephora at some point, great. Otherwise I’ll survive.

I was just informed by my local Sephora that Pat McGrath Lab is coming to France this winter! So if this should find it’s way here, I might consider it as this is calm and subtle like I found the Subliminal palette (though it took me a little to warm up to it). For some reason that I can’t explain, I prefer a calmer, quiet palette from Pat than the really colorful ones (I think because I want to be able to use them regular at the high cost). I do very much like the quad with the blue-green (Blitz Astral), but it’s just tooo much money for quad.

Disappointed that it’s mostly golds and only about 3 “rose” related shades. Velouria is pretty but probably can be easily duped. In fact most are dupes of ND shadows from the new gold palette. PM is great at those super Iridescent sparkle shades though.
Was just hoping more for a PML take of Naked 3.

I was lucky enough to get Divine Rose and it looks nothing like the new ND mini Gold nor the large Gold in pan, nor on lid. The tones are pink and completely different. There are 2 gold type shades and only 1 of them looks anything like one of the ND golds.
It’s also not Naked 3, which is lighter and more rose-beige. This is pink-mauve. Different, but closer than the ND Golds.
There are, however, 4 previously released shades, including a highlighter shade that stays on the lid much better than the highlighter version. I think she curated this palette in a hurry, and as a nod to her newer fans, which is why she didn’t release in the US.

If pink-mauve is your thing, you will *love* this palette.

I’m thinking she is going to release closer to if not on Black Friday OR tomorrow. I think she waited until the Sephora sale was over also. I haven’t heard anything and this is just speculation, but the way she backpedaled from the NY giveaway and I know for a fact there are a lot of negative comments about this frenzy tactic left on her ig that have been deleted . . . am thinking she will release sooner rather than later.

I don’t think everyone would be having kittens over this – myself included – if it were permanent and I think she played the release strategy all wrong.

She didn’t tease like this with Decadence, if I remember right. I don’t think the mainstream popularity was there until after Decadence anyway. For the last palette release, Midnight Sun, it was/is permanent so no one was losing their minds about fomo. I think everyone was just excited about another release but no one had to worry about if there would be enough because we knew going in it would be permanent and if it sold out, there’d be a re-stock eventually.

I think she handled this poorly and needs to fire the amateur that came up with the NY giveaway and that ran this launch campaign – people don’t like being mocked for wanting something and having their desire for something used against them.

“Soon my darling” and “stay tuned lovely xxx” is crap for blanket pr responses. Why not give the date of release??

Pearl – that’s another issue. Why not re-release Decadence? It’s selling at $500+ now on eBay and Mercari. Clearly the demand is there. What a strange way of handling things.
Who knows, maybe taunting your customers is a sure-fire way to sell out a palette. But having watched the Shane x Jeffree series, apparently being vulnerable and real, sharing the process, and pouring heaps of love and tears can apparently sell 1m palettes in hours (probably less without Shopify crashing).

I’m 100% with you on everything you just said, Pearl. This has been handled so poorly and unprofessionally, like something I would have come to expect from Urban Decay a few years back, but not a deeply respected MUA turned entrepreneur such as Pat McGrath! Like I said above, I’ll *think* about getting it if it’s around in December. Perhaps not so much after all these tiresome, amateurish games, though.

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