Pat McGrath Sublime & Subversive Mini Palettes Now Available!

01/04

Pat McGrath Sublime & Subversive Mini Palettes Now Available!
Pat McGrath Sublime & Subversive Mini Palettes Now Available!
Pat McGrath Sublime & Subversive Mini Palettes Now Available!
Pat McGrath Sublime & Subversive Mini Palettes Now Available!
Pat McGrath Sublime & Subversive Mini Palettes Now Available!
Pat McGrath Sublime & Subversive Mini Palettes Now Available!
Pat McGrath Sublime & Subversive Mini Palettes Now Available!
Pat McGrath Sublime & Subversive Mini Palettes Now Available!
Pat McGrath Sublime & Subversive Mini Palettes Now Available!
Pat McGrath Sublime & Subversive Mini Palettes Now Available!
Pat McGrath Sublime & Subversive Mini Palettes Now Available!
Pat McGrath Sublime & Subversive Mini Palettes Now Available!

Release Date + Collection Info

A curated collection of five luxe shades to unlock the secrets of Pat McGrath’s backstage kit in a sleek, compact, on-the-go palette. These hybrid, cream-infused, powder formulations release infinitely-smooth and extremely-blendable pigments for seamless color transitions with unprecedented buildability. Fete your eyes with uninhibited color that structures, designs, and defines with incendiary flashes of pearl and dazzling effects.

Now available via Sephora's app, 8/29 online


Products Available

Sublime Eye Shadow Palette Mini, $28.00 (Sephora Exclusive)

Editor’s Note: The palette contains all previously released shades, so I’ve pulled together swatches from previous releases (Pat McGrath has been consistent and reliable from launch to launch, but sometimes there can be deviations between releases based on my general experience across brands and products!).

  • Sinful Platinum gold metallic (Decadence)
  • Illicit Deep brown matte with gold sparkle (Sublime Bronze Ambition)
  • Gold Nectar Gleaming golden bronze metallic (Subversive La Vie En Rose)
  • Corruption Fiery bronze duo chrome (Sublime Bronze Temptation)
  • Sextrovert Brilliant bronze metallic (Subliminal Platinum Bronze)

Sublime Eye Shadow Palette Mini

Subversive Eye Shadow Palette Mini, $28.00 (Sephora Exclusive)

Editor’s Note: The palette contains all previously released shades, so I’ve pulled together swatches from previous releases (Pat McGrath has been consistent and reliable from launch to launch, but sometimes there can be deviations between releases based on my general experience across brands and products!).

  • Lapis Luxury Multidimensional turquoise metallic (Decadence)
  • Blue Blood Deepened burgundy sheen (Decadence)
  • Gold Standard Metallic 24-karat gold (Decadence / Subversive Metalmorphosis)
  • Synthetica Sparkling purple metallic (Single)
  • Crimson Fire Rebellious ruby metallic (Single)

Subversive Eye Shadow Palette Mini

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I’m disappointed that these are repeats from other palettes. Although this is a good idea for those who don’t have the other palettes or want a travel sized version. Maybe she should come up with smaller singles with magnetized pans (such as ColourPop or Sydney Grace) to allow people to create their own palettes.

You are so awesome Christine! Thanks so much for preemptively including the swatches for each palette. The Subversive looks like a mini version of the Decadence palette.

I have never snapped up a product faster than the Subversive mini! The full size Decadence palette had long been the one that got away for me. This contains the shades I loved most, at a much more wallet friendly price. (happy dance)

I’m totally going to pick up Subversive! I almost bought Lapis Luxury as a single, and I don’t have any of the other 4 either (whereas I have three out of five of the colors in the Sublime palette).

I’m preeeeetttty excited about this!

I’m heartbroken these aren’t available in Europe… Hope it’s a sign that they or similar products will come Pat’s website though.

Subversive is incredibly tempting, if for no other reason, Synthetica, Blue Blood and Lapis Luxury! But, I now have to wait to get paid Friday…hope they’re still available. 🤞🏼

Why, when so many of us are trying to reduce needless waste, are these being packaged with so much plastic and sequins that I would venture to guess 90% of the purchasers don’t/won’t use. I didn’t like it or think it was creative when she did it a few years ago and I like it even less now. I liked the idea (didn’t even mind the repeat of Illicit since I love it so much) but I am really irked by the packaging and so will not buy.

She did the same thing with the mini lip gloss kit I got a couple months ago. I love the minis, I love the product, but what am I to do with all those sequins, and that unnecessary plastic bag? I don’t get it, at a time when so many are motivated to reduce needless waste.

Exactly! Most of us (at least here in Canada – I’m sure it’s similar in other countries) are no longer using plastic grocery bags and trying to remember to bring our own cloth/reusable bags to all sorts of stores and now people are buying re-usable mesh produce bags. And then something like THIS???? Irresponsible and thoughtless.

I really like these palettes, and they would be my first PMcG purchase, except for what you noted. The plastic is harder to recycle and the sequins are alarming when there is so much plastic pollution in our environment, already! You know what real luxury is? Not living on a dying planet.

I kept all the sequins from previous packages because I have small kids and plan on using them for crafts so they don’t just get thrown away. I also want to try putting them in a clear glass to hold pencils/pens. 🙂

I didn’t even think of that, I’m ashamed to say. I always save sequins, chunky glitter, charms, etc. from packages to reuse in crafts projects. (They can also be donated to a school or charity shop.) Most people probably don’t, though. I realize PML is trying to look lux to go along with the prices. However, pretty paper crinkles like one puts in gift bags, or something else biodegradable/reusable, would be a much better choice. If the plastic bag were a zip-lock, at least it would be reusable. I think most of us would settle for a pretty, recyclable paper box like everyone else uses.

See, I don’t find it looks “lux” at all – to me, it looks cheap and tacky and junky with plastic junk. A sleek black or mock tortoise shell or an elegant cardboard palette with less waste would be much more “lux” looking to my eye. Lise Watier in Canada has some lovely 5-pan palettes that look very elegant (dark grey with black and white stylized initials) – that’s the sort of thing that really looks lux to most adults, I’d think.

I don’t think the white plastic case on this palette is lux, either. I meant the sequins. Sorry, I should have explained better. I have to agree the white palette is too big for five small shadows.

I understood you, Rachel – I was just wondering how anyone at PMG could think this looked “luxurious” or elegant – like, if that’s what they were going for, they sure missed the mark IMO. And the other thing is that many of us (I’m sure you’re one) would gladly compromise on luxury packaging in favour of something more environmentally friendly. I mean, could you imagine if some company decided to release a luxury product packaged in REAL tortoise shell, alligator skin or ocelot fur? Sure, it would be “luxury” in the extreme but the justifiable outrage would be heard loud and clear.

This is so helpful! Thank you Christine! 🙂 I’m glad a didn’t pull the trigger on the singles when they came out, there are 3 shades I was eyeing that are in this mini Subversive palette. They are all shades I don’t already have from previous palettes that I’m happy to have a small pan of (all accent shades for me that I will never hit pan on). Picked it up immediately!

Does anyone know for certain PMG’s cruelty-free status? The brand website says that “Pat McGrath Labs does not test our products or ingredients on animals” but I have found conflicting information on-line. I believe that they had changed their status to cruelty-free after their initial launch, but I haven’t been able to confirm.

Cruelty Free Kitty lists them as not CF. My Beauty Bunny, Phyrra Nyx, and Leaping Bunny do not have them on their CF lists. Those are the sites I trust the most to be accurate. PMG probably has an “except where required by law” disclaimer in there somewhere, I’m guessing.

*tries to be sustainable*
*dives right in*
Pat! lol. I’m going to get the Subversive one. I think it’s mislabeled in this post.

Subversive looks like a great way to enjoy the brighter jewel tones without having to shell out hundreds of euros on the full palettes 🙂 I might go for it should it become available in Europe! I agree with mariella though. I find the palette layout to be too bulky especially if it comes with half a kilo of sequins.

I actually am excited for the second set. I slept on Decadence, something I’m still kicking myself for, so this seems like a good way to sample it without shelling $300+ on the secondhand market. I’m assuming these are gonna be the same sample size pans as the eyeshadows in that Sephora eye set she dropped earlier this year, which is kinda disappointing, but they aren’t colors I use as frequently anyway so not completely turned off by that.

Raja, you said exactly what I was thinking. I don’t do full eye looks with bright colors but love them for enhancing. I would never come close to using these in the big palette. To think I almost bought Lapis single. Gold Standard was the OG so no surprise there…it actually is great at the center of the bottom lip!

So yes on the second!

For those not sure what to do with the sequins — there are so many sewers and crafters out there, donate the bag of sequins to your local thrift store and make someone happy. 🙂

Thank you so much for the heads up Christine!

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