Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio Review & Swatches

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Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio
Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio
Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio
Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio
Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio
Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio
Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio
Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio
Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio
Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio
Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio
Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio

Red Opulence

Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio ($25.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new, limited edition set of lip glosses with two shades from the existing gloss range and one new shade (with a new formula), Celestial Ruby. The existing glosses were consistent with their full-sized, original counterparts, while the new shade was pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear, though it wasn’t quite as smoothing as it could have been.

Ingredients

Red Opulence

LELimited Edition. $25.00.
A-
A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Blood 2 LUST Lip Gloss

Blood 2

Blood 2 is a bright, ruby red with cool undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single layer, which went on somewhat unevenly and let some color settle into my deeper lip lines. The shininess of the finish made some of the imperfections less noticeable in person. The texture was smooth, lightweight, and comfortable to wear without being tacky. It wore well for four and a half hours and was moisturizing over time.

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

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.15 oz. - $200.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "multidimensional shine" with a "non-sticky texture" that "nourishes" with "exceptional adherence." The opacity ranges from "opaque to transparent." The color coverage really does vary quite a bit, but most of the shades I've tried are sheer to medium in coverage--the brand could be clearer on which shades are opaque.

The consistency has a smooth, lightweight texture that wasn't tacky and was comfortable to wear. For the most part, they didn't seem to sink into my lip lines, which can be a pitfall of gloss. I didn't find the wear time to be better than average--three to four hours--but the formula was moderately hydrating. There was a subtle vanilla scent but no discernible taste when worn.

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Ingredients

Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Isostearyl Isostearate, Synthetic Wax, Polyglyceryl-2 Tetraisostearate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Methylstyrene/Indene Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Ethyl Vanillin, Dicalcium Phosphate, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol. May Contain / Peut Contenir / +/- : Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Iron Oxides (Cl 77492, Ci 77491, Ci 77499).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Blood 2

PPermanent. $30.00.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss

Carnal Desire

Carnal Desire is a soft red base with flecks of pink, gold, and red sparkle throughout. It had semi-sheer coverage, as opposed to the medium coverage intended, that spread evenly across my lips and didn’t emphasize my lip lines. The texture was lightweight, smooth, and spreadable with good dispersion of the sparkle/pearl, too. It stayed on well for four hours and was hydrating while worn.

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

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.15 oz. - $200.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "multidimensional shine" with a "non-sticky texture" that "nourishes" with "exceptional adherence." The opacity ranges from "opaque to transparent." The color coverage really does vary quite a bit, but most of the shades I've tried are sheer to medium in coverage--the brand could be clearer on which shades are opaque.

The consistency has a smooth, lightweight texture that wasn't tacky and was comfortable to wear. For the most part, they didn't seem to sink into my lip lines, which can be a pitfall of gloss. I didn't find the wear time to be better than average--three to four hours--but the formula was moderately hydrating. There was a subtle vanilla scent but no discernible taste when worn.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath LUST Lip Gloss swatches.

Ingredients

Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Isostearyl Isostearate, Synthetic Wax, Polyglyceryl-2 Tetraisostearate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Methylstyrene/Indene Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Silica, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Ethyl Vanillin, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).Ingredients / Ingrédients : Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Isostearyl Isostearate, Synthetic Wax, Polyglyceryl-2 Tetraisostearate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Methylstyrene/Indene Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Silica, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Ethyl Vanillin, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Carnal Desire

PPermanent. $30.00.
A-
A-
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer
Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer
Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer
Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer
Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer
Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer
Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer
Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer
Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer
Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer
Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer
Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer
Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer
Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer
Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer
Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer
Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer
Pat McGrath Celestial Ruby Lust Lacquer

Celestial Ruby

Celestial Ruby is a rich, medium-dark red with neutral undertones and cooler, ruby red pearl that gave it a more metallic finish paired with a high-gloss sheen. It had nearly opaque color payoff in a single pass, which applied evenly but there was a bit of product that settled into my deeper lip lines. In person, I didn’t notice it as the shinier finish and richness of the color camouflaged that minor flaw. The texture was smooth but thicker and moderately tacky, though I didn’t find it unduly heavy or sticky, it very well might be for those who prefer completely non-tacky formulas. It lasted nicely for five and a half hours without feathering/bleeding and felt hydrating over time.

Ingredients

Polybutene, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Polyglyceryl-10 Decaoleate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Silica, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax / Cire Microcrystalline, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyurethane-79, Benzyl Benzoate, Flavor / Aroma, Mica, Sodium Saccharin, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Celestial Ruby

PPermanent.
A-
A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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Tracy Avatar

As always, your reviews and insights are spot-on, Christine. I bought this set last week, and Carnal Desire is my favorite of the trio. I’ve worn Pale Fire Nectar since it came out, and I think Carnal Desire will become a new go-to shade. I had trouble with Blood 2 settling into lip lines, too, so I’ve been treating it more like a lip stain and carrying Carnal Desire to top it off throughout the day.

serena Avatar

I do agree! We saw here the same packaging for some Essence glosses last year, so to me this package feels very cheap instead of what deserved for a luxury brand.
Beside the fact that they are so small and tiny they look like a toy.
Tear the plastic, toss the sequins, 3 expensive small toys 🙁

Gabby Avatar

Hey Christine, do you think these will be eventually coming as a stand-alone shade? I’m dying for Celestial Ruby but not the rest. Or will there be an expanding lust lacquer formula? Just asking in case you’ve got some inside deets!

Lauren Avatar

These look so plush and lovely… I love how these look on you. I don’t think I want to muss about with a red deep red gloss myself (good for photos but a pain for day to day wear). I would wear Carnal Desire though so a bit disappointed it isn’t on its own. Not worth it to buy a set for only one I’d use up. I think the pearl of Celestial Ruby is just absolutely beautiful and if a similar finish hot pink or fushia one comes out (yes I’ll muss about with a pink) it will be in my cart immediately!

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