Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio Review & Swatches

01/04

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.

Red Opulence

LELimited Edition. $25.00.
A-
A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

01/06

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.

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, 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).

Blood 2

PPermanent. $30.00.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

01/08

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.

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).

Carnal Desire

PPermanent. $30.00.
A-
A-
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

01/06

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).

Celestial Ruby

PPermanent.
A-
A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Where to Buy

Current Sales & Deals

  • Pat McGrath LabsEarly access + 10% off new Sublime Perfection Concealer collection with code SUBLIME10, starts at 9AM ET, ends 2/23. 50% off Platinum Bronze palette (now $32.50), ends 2/29.
  • Sephora
    • Get 7 free samples with $35 purchase. Plus, get a bonus trial size from fresh. Use code SCENT2BE. Online only. Exclusions/terms apply, ends 2/28.
    • Receive a SkinFix Barrier + Triple Lipid-Peptide Cream trial size with any $25 merchandise purchase. Use code GOODFATS. Online only, exclusions apply, ends 3/07.
    • Choose a Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream with any $65 merchandise purchase. Use code STURMCREAM. Online only, exclusions apply, ends 3/08.
When you purchase through our links above, you help support Temptalia. Thank You!

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.

Compare Any Two Swatches

Curious how two shades compare to each other? Type in the shades below to get instant side-by-side swatches!

17 Comments

Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Leave a Reply

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This looks like the perfect little gift for my daughter for Valentine’s Day. I also like the shades and I like the formula so may pick up one for myself also.

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.

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 🙁

I agree. It has no function, it’s simply garbage.
The beauty industry is awful for waste, I can no longer support it. I’m not sure what this means as my decision though…

I really hope she releases Celestial Ruby as a full-size, it looks beautiful! But I’ve also wanted to try Carnal Desire so I’ll probably pick the set up.

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!

Hi Gabby,

Any information I’m able to share will be published to the blog 🙂 If it was inside info, I wouldn’t be able to share without facing consequences (whether being blacklisted by PR/brands or legal consequences). Thanks!

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!

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!