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Pat McGrath Executive Realness & Extravaganza MatteTrance Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Executive Realness

Pat McGrath Executive Realness MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. The color coverage was fantastic–full coverage in a single layer–that applied evenly and smoothly without tugging or dragging on my lips. It had a velvety, lightly creamy texture that was thicker but not heavy or difficult to work with, and the color seemed to smooth out most of my lip lines. This shade lasted for over seven hours on me, left a moderate pinkish stain behind, and was lightly hydrating.

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.14 oz. - $271.43 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

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Extravaganza

Pat McGrath Extravaganza MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep magenta with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It had more shine than most of the MatteTrance shades, though it naturally wore down to a more matte finish within two hours of wear. The texture was lightweight, creamy, and smooth with a touch more slip compared to other shades in the same formula. It had opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and did not streak, but there was a bit of product that sat in my deeper lip lines, though it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. It wore well for over seven hours, left a fuchsia stain behind, and was moisturizing while worn.

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.14 oz. - $271.43 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

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Pat McGrath Executive Realness MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Executive Realness MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Executive Realness MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Executive Realness MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Executive Realness MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Executive Realness MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Executive Realness MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Executive Realness MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Executive Realness MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Extravaganza MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Extravaganza MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Extravaganza MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Extravaganza MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Extravaganza MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Extravaganza MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Extravaganza MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Extravaganza MatteTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Extravaganza MatteTrance Lipstick

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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

Product Availability

Pat McGrath MatteTrance 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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Well, thank goodness I have two great dupes for Extravaganza, but Executive Realness is the shade that truly grabbed me in the sneak peak because I (surprisingly) don’t have a dupe, and now I see that it earned an A+ rating. I have a funny feeling that my wallet is trying to run and hide from me right now.

Little wonder that I loved Extravaganza. I own its 1st two dupes mentioned!

Executive Realness looks just like a lipstick I owned and went through around 3-4 tubes of during the late 70’s and 80’s. It was simply called “Rose”. I believe it was made by Almay? It’s been far too many years to remember anything but the shade name. My Mom loved that shade on me! And like Rose, this is that same perfect rose color. Therefore….I must get this.

I meant Executive Realness; didn’t even notice there was another color in the review, that’s how blown away I am.

I feel compelled to mention that I find the outer packaging (cardboard container) for Extravaganza completely unappealing — especially the side with the teeth. Not sure how that sells the lipstick.

How lovely these lipsticks are. Executive Realness is one I’ll most certainly get. The top dupe is one I’ve wanted for years, and why I’ve never ordered it from NARS remains a mystery to me.
I have at least one dupe for Extravaganza, but I still want it.
I really like the MatteTrance formula a lot.

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