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Pat McGrath Donatella, Realness, Valetta LuxeTrance Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Donatella

Pat McGrath Donatella LuxeTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, rosy beige with soft, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had rich color payoff in a single stroke, which delivered even, smooth coverage across the lips. There was slight settling along the center of my bottom lip, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance (which is where it matters most!). The texture was smooth, velvety, and comfortable to wear with just enough slip to glide on with ease but not enough for the color to slide around while worn. This shade wore well for five hours and was hydrating while worn–fairly impressive for this type of color.

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.14 oz. - $271.43 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a "intense color payoff" with "comfort" and "rich hydration" that has a "satiny sheen." Of the shades I've tried, they are richly pigmented, long-wearing, incredibly comfortable to wear from start to finish, hydrating, and generally flattering on the lips. The texture was smooth, velvety, and creamy enough to glide across the lips with ease but never felt slippery or too clingy. Most shades performed exceptionally well, and while pricey, they at least lived up to a lot of the claims. There was no discernible scent or taste.

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Ingredients

Donatella
Donatella
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Realness

Pat McGrath Realness LuxeTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with warmer undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, and the lipstick applied evenly and smoothly directly from the tube. It never showed “lines” when I pressed my lips despite being creamy enough to skate across the lips easily. The texture felt smooth, lightweight, and “clung” to lips for excellent wear time but never in a drying way, as the formula was moderately moisturizing over the five and a half hours it lasted for.

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.14 oz. - $271.43 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a "intense color payoff" with "comfort" and "rich hydration" that has a "satiny sheen." Of the shades I've tried, they are richly pigmented, long-wearing, incredibly comfortable to wear from start to finish, hydrating, and generally flattering on the lips. The texture was smooth, velvety, and creamy enough to glide across the lips with ease but never felt slippery or too clingy. Most shades performed exceptionally well, and while pricey, they at least lived up to a lot of the claims. There was no discernible scent or taste.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath LuxeTrance Lipstick swatches.

Realness
Realness
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Valetta

Pat McGrath Valetta LuxeTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had good color payoff that covered the lips fairly well, but this shade seemed to pull away more at my lip lines and had very slight streaking along the edges of my lips. I don’t think either of those flaws were too noticeable in person. I also found that it applied and appeared lighter on my lips than initially swatched on my arm (whereas most of the shades in the line are similar swatched on the skin and on lips, often going slightly darker on the lips). The consistency was creamy and had more slip than most of the LuxeTrance shades I’ve tried. It was comfortable to wear, lasted for four and a half hours, and was hydrating over time.

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.14 oz. - $271.43 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a "intense color payoff" with "comfort" and "rich hydration" that has a "satiny sheen." Of the shades I've tried, they are richly pigmented, long-wearing, incredibly comfortable to wear from start to finish, hydrating, and generally flattering on the lips. The texture was smooth, velvety, and creamy enough to glide across the lips with ease but never felt slippery or too clingy. Most shades performed exceptionally well, and while pricey, they at least lived up to a lot of the claims. There was no discernible scent or taste.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath LuxeTrance Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Valetta
Valetta
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

Pat McGrath Donatella LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Donatella LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Donatella LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Donatella LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Donatella LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Donatella LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Donatella LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Donatella LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Realness LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Realness LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Realness LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Realness LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Realness LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Realness LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Realness LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Valetta LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Valetta LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Valetta LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Valetta LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Valetta LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Valetta LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Valetta LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Valetta LuxeTrance Lipstick

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Huda Beauty FauxFilter Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Lush & Libido Air Blush
  • Cover FX Golden Peach Perfect Highlighter
On eyes:
  • Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
  • Natasha Denona Bronze/Peach/Nude/Grey-Brown Crystal Top Coats
  • Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner

Product Availability

Pat McGrath LuxeTrance Lipstick $38.00/0.14 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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I suspect that the only shade here that wouldn’t look totally weird on me without employing various tweaks would be Realness. Which, btw, is a beauty of a darker nude for us medium tone folks! 🤗

Sadly, I love Donatella on you, but I’ve got a feeling that it would look pretty bad on me! 😕

Donatella Versace used to be such a babe – bronzed, platinum blonde goddess with precisely that lip color (if a bit more shiny). Pat is being very loyal to name that shade Donatella as those who make the connection will likely shudder now.

I am not an Amber Valetta watcher but that shade seems to be aptly named.

Have all of these, love all of these. I’m not a nude lipstick person but Donatella is one of the few nudes I think is flattering on me (I’m on the paler, cooler side of the spectrum).

Realness is great. I don’t know what’s up with the disparity between Valletta and the other two! I have not experienced that at all. I’d say Sextrology is the outlier for me, it feels a little bit thinner than the other shades but still in the A category. I’m surprised it got a B+ considering so many of the weaker Tom Ford shade extensions have been getting As and A-s. I was extraordinarily unimpressed with the new shades, and I thought that the formula was all over the place. On the other hand, the LuxeTrance lipsticks just blew me away and have been super consistent regardless of shade! The new Tom Ford nudes have a noticeably thinner feel to them, with a semi-sheer milky sort of finish that is just so different to his earlier shades. It’s interesting how experience suffers!

I ordered Realness during the Sephora sale but it hasn’t arrived yet. Now I see why I was drawn to it: I have quite a few of the dupes and love these types of colors – neutral but not colorless. Now I am not sure if I’ll be keeping it after all.

Even though I have a zillion lippies and they are my jam, I am impressed with her lipsticks. I particularly like the matte formula, but they all are really nice. I have Donatella in this formula and 1995 in the mattetrance. Both really nice standouts even for a lippie girl.

Ahh. I’m eyeing Donatella but I’m worried that it might not work with my medium skin tone. (MAC NC35). Any thoughts on this? Do you think it could work for me? I also have pigmented lips– on the darker side.

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