Pat McGrath Elson 2 & Forbidden Love MatteTrance Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

01/09

Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick

Elson 2

Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly across my lips without tugging. The lipstick had a lightweight, velvety consistency that was comfortable to wear but adhered well, too. There was a smidgen of product in my deeper lip lines from the initial application, though it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance, and it seemed to smooth out as it wore down to a matte finish (within an hour). It stayed on well for seven hours and was lightly moisturizing while worn.

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

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01/09

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
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 medium-dark red with cooler undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation with a lightweight, creamy consistency that felt velvety and dense without being firm, so it applied without tugging on my lips but did not slide around while worn. I noticed that this particular shade had a bit more slip compared to most shades in the MatteTrance line, though. The lipstick stayed on well for eight hours and left a strong stain behind, while the formula was lightly hydrating over time.

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

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
  • Wet 'n' Wild Fire Highlighter
  • Wet 'n' Wild Earth Highlighter
On eyes:
  • Urban Decay Aphrodisiac Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay Scorch 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

About the Reviewer

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 matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Thank you for your insight on the shipping of PML lipsticks, Christine. I have placed an order and picked up Forbidden Love, Executive Realness, Beautiful Stranger and Guinevere. Excited to get them. This is the most comfortable matte lipstick formula’s that I have ever worn.

With MAC Lady Danger and Russian Red, I’m taken care of….although that tube of RR is 5 years old, do Idk? Maybe not.

I wore Forbidden Love today and O. M. G. I am in LOVE. It’s the perfect red for me and I love this formula so much. Very little bleed around the edges after 8 hours bouncing between air con and 90+ temps.

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