Pat McGrath Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

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Pat McGrath Sublime Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio
Pat McGrath Sublime Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio
Pat McGrath Sublime Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio
Pat McGrath Sublime Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio
Pat McGrath Sublime Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio
Pat McGrath Sublime Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio
Pat McGrath Sublime Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio
Pat McGrath Sublime Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio
Pat McGrath Sublime Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio
Pat McGrath Sublime Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio
Pat McGrath Sublime Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio
Pat McGrath Sublime Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio

Sublime

Pat McGrath Sublime Sublime Skin Highlighting TrioPat McGrath Sublime Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio ($50.00 for 0.42 oz.) contains three, metallic highlighters that are supposed to have a “gel-powder” formula that has a “silky smooth texture” and “buildable intensity” (with respect to finish). The three powders were very smooth, silky, and blendable with high pigmentation, and the texture did feel like a cross between a gel and a powder as there was no powderiness, but it didn’t feel wet either. The level of shimmer and shine could be built up by layering on more product. They lasted between eight and nine hours. They had a more “melted” look on the skin that I think made them appear more “lit-from-within” when worn at medium coverage.

Sublime

PPermanent. $50.00.
A
A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Iridescent Pink (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter

Iridescent Pink (003)

Iridescent Pink (003) is a pale lavender with a pink-to-violet duochrome shift paired with a sparkling sheen. It had good color coverage that was buildable to full coverage with half of a layer on top. The highlighter had a smooth texture, despite seeming to have a bit more of a sparkle to it, and picked up well with a brush despite the denser, more cream-like consistency. It applied beautifully to bare skin and blended out nicely without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture as it had a satin-to-pearl finish one layer, and with two to three layers, it was more metallic. The color stayed on well for nine hours on me.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 20, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Chondrus Crispus, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

Iridescent Pink (003)

PiPPermanent in Palette. $65.00.
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9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Pat McGrath Fine Gold (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Fine Gold (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Fine Gold (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Fine Gold (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Fine Gold (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Fine Gold (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Fine Gold (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Fine Gold (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Fine Gold (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Fine Gold (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Fine Gold (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Fine Gold (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Fine Gold (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Fine Gold (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Fine Gold (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter

Fine Gold (003)

Fine Gold (003) is a bright, white gold with a silver-to-gold shift and a metallic finish. There seemed to be fine sparkle in this shade, too. The consistency was smooth and velvety to the touch with excellent pigmentation. It applied evenly to my cheek bones and blended out with little effort. The finish was luminous in a single layer and could be built up to more metallic with a second layer. The highlighter lasted for eight and a half hours on me before I noticed any fading.

Ingredients

Alumina, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Mica, Glycerin, Tin Oxide, Silica, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 20, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Chondrus Crispus, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

Fine Gold (003)

PiPPermanent in Palette. $65.00.
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10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
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Pat McGrath Bronze Nectar (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Bronze Nectar (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Bronze Nectar (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Bronze Nectar (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Bronze Nectar (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Bronze Nectar (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Bronze Nectar (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Bronze Nectar (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Bronze Nectar (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Bronze Nectar (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Bronze Nectar (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter
Pat McGrath Bronze Nectar (003) Sublime Skin Highlighter

Bronze Nectar (003)

Bronze Nectar (003) is a medium-dark gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, velvety texture that was soft to the touch but not at all powdery. The color picked up well to a tapered highlighting brush and applied evenly to bare skin. It blended out beautifully and left behind a more metallic finish that was just shy of pore-emphasizing territory on my skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

Ingredients

Mica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 20, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Chondrus Crispus, Xanthan Gum, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dicalcium Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Carmine (Ci 75470).

Bronze Nectar (003)

PiPPermanent in Palette. $65.00.
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10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Liquid Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Tom Ford Nude Dip Eyeshadow Quad
  • Chanel Empreinte du Desert Eyeshadow Quad
  • Urban Decay Perversion Eyeliner
On lips:
  • Fenty Universal Gloss Bomb
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Reviewer

Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I love the sound of the formula of these but the gold one is the sort of shade that always looks a bit sickly/almost jaundiced on me and the dark shade is one I’d have no use for either so that leaves 1 of 3 which makes this way too pricey for me 1 highlighter. This is often the problem I have with cheek/highlighter palettes. If the pink one were available on its own, I might give it a try.

These all look pretty on you. I think the Fine Gold seems to have a bit of a blue undertone, which would not work well w/the veining I’ve got in my face. The Bronze seems way too yellow based for me too. I can see these three colors working for many other people though.

Are these at all similar to the formula of the single kits Pat McGrath released a few years ago? The colors look similar.

The pink and silver one look beautiful but I don’t like the gold one. It’s quite pricey for just two that I like. Hopefully the sticks look better!

Oh! I see the price is $50 as opposed to $68 – much more tempting! The highlighter-balm duo sticks are $48 versus $55.

I love the way these look in the packaging…like little planets!

I was surprised to see Precious Petals listed as a dupe because it is much more of a rose gold on me, not as yellow as Bronze Nectar.

Iridescent Pink is the only one I could see myself wearing from this trio. Christine, do you know how it compares to ColourPop Monster Super Shock Cheek? I couldn’t truly tell from the swatches.

I’m really digging the glow on these! They actually do have as you stated, “a glow from within” effect. More and more, I’m finding myself drawn to this effect instead of glittery or very metallic highlighters. Began using my old Laura Mercier Radiant Matte Highlighter 01 again on the regular recently!

Hi Christine, I’ve been hoping you would review this, so thank you! I was just wondering if you think the lightest shade has a base pigment that would translate as looking like a white/grey stripe on darker skin, or would just be visible when the light hits it?

I think it has less white than some dupes for it have had, but it’s hard to tell. You might be able to find past reviews of someone with deeper skin for just that shade since I believe the lighter shade launched previously (but I never reviewed it).

When I first saw these highlighters I wasn’t interested because I could tell that 2 of the shades were not going to work on my super pale skin. I was fairly sure they would review well given that they are PM products. Then I saw Tara swatch and use them on her YT channel and she is about the same skin shade as me but with different undertones. She has been using the ones that don’t work as blush toppers and eye shadows. They swatched beautifully and I do like all of the shades so this is definitely a possibility.

People talk a big game about these highlights and I’m super please they’re released in this format – even if the only one I really want is Fine Gold. I am so happy you reviewed these!! They’ll probably go on my wishlist for a sale.

This is a beautiful highlighting palette, but I am wondering whether the first two shades are too similar to each other. The gold shade is lovely, but would it turn orangey on fairer skintones.

I bought this trio and I love it so much. It is beautiful on the skin. I think it is definitely worth $50. Its shimmery not glittery at all. Im Excited to get the balm duo and the lip fetiah. I am a little obsessed

I bit the bullet and purchased this. I had a $25 gift card so it didn’t hurt as bad. I have dupes for two of the shades, but the rating and the way it looked on your skin made me cave and get it even though I was not interested in it in the beginning at all.

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