Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

01/18

Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Look | Look Details
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Look | Look Details
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Palette | Look Details
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Palette | Look Details
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Look | Look Details
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Look | Look Details
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Palette | Look Details
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Palette | Look Details
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette

Subliminal

Pat McGrath Subliminal Mothership Eyeshadow Palette ($125.00 for 0.47 oz.) is a new, permanent palette that features 10 eyeshadows in a variety of finishes in a cooler set of shades, though there were certainly warm-toned colors included. The brand has divided their eyeshadows into two finishes: Powderluxe Pressed Eye Shadows (matte, pearl, and sparkle finishes) and “modern, hybrid pigmented formulas” (I’m not sure why one type got an official name and the other did not!) with the latter having “metallic, satin sheen, iridescence, and holographic brilliance finishes.”

The key to determining which is which is to look at the shape of the eyeshadow–the “hybrid” shades are domed, and they tend to have a lot more sparkle in them, too. These shades are often recommended to be applied with a “dampened brush to achieve an eye-opening effect” or with “fingertip[s],” though some of the Powderluxe shades can be used wet or dry, too (per the brand). Pat McGrath actually breaks down how to apply each shade here. It’s all I ever wanted from a brand: to actually be more specific on a shade-by-shade level if, in fact, they intend for shades to differ in pigmentation or application!

There’s something about the way the palettes in the Mothership line are designed that makes me think they’re artistic, conceptual palettes that will be most versatile when paired with other eyeshadows and palettes one might have in one’s stash. There were definitely looks to be done within the palette, but I often wanted to reach for outside shades to bring looks to their fullest potential. It will also perform the best if you already use dampened brushes with high-sparkle/high-shimmer eyeshadows.

The packaging is hefty; there’s no question that some of the high price tag is due to the heavier packaging and the metal-esque plate on the exterior and the faceted mirror inside. I do, however, wish the brand had labeled the eyeshadows somewhere on the palette along with the palette’s name.

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01/02

Pat McGrath Skinshow Nude EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Skinshow Nude EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Skinshow Nude EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Skinshow Nude EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Skinshow Nude EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Skinshow Nude EYEdols Eyeshadow

Skinshow Nude

Skinshow Nude is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The eyeshadow was richly pigmented and had a smooth, creamy texture that was easy to blend out and apply to the lid. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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01/02

Pat McGrath Depth EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Depth EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Depth EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Depth EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Depth EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Depth EYEdols Eyeshadow

Depth

Depth is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had medium, buildable pigmentation paired with a soft, velvety texture that wasn’t too soft nor was it too firm in the pan, so it was blendable and easy to work with despite being sheerer than anticipated. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours before fading on me.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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01/02

Pat McGrath Ultimate Taupe EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Ultimate Taupe EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Ultimate Taupe EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Ultimate Taupe EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Ultimate Taupe EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Ultimate Taupe EYEdols Eyeshadow

Ultimate Taupe

Ultimate Taupe is a light-medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage with a half of a layer on top. The texture was soft, silky, and blendable without being too powdery in the pan. I noticed slight fading after eight and a half hours of wear.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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01/02

Pat McGrath Pale Gold 002 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Pale Gold 002 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Pale Gold 002 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Pale Gold 002 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Pale Gold 002 EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Pale Gold 002 EYEdols Eyeshadow

Pale Gold 002

Pale Gold 002 is a dirty, light-medium gold with a silvery-white base and warmer, golden shimmer that gave it a metallic finish. It can be used wet or dry, per the brand. Applied dry, it had sheer coverage that felt a little powdery. Applied with a dampened brush, it had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied much more evenly and smoothly over the skin. It lasted for eight hours on me.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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01/03

Pat McGrath VR Violet EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath VR Violet EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath VR Violet EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath VR Violet EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath VR Violet EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath VR Violet EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath VR Violet EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath VR Violet EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath VR Violet EYEdols Eyeshadow

VR Violet

VR Violet is a medium-dark, orange-brown base with warmer, pink-to-blue shifting sparkle. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry and opaque coverage when applied with with a dampened brush. The brand said to use a “fingertip” to “reach desired effect” (read: buildable), and with fingertips, then yes, I’d describe it as buildable as fingertip application yielded medium to semi-opaque coverage in one layer. I found I preferred using a dampened brush, as it gave me greater control and richer coverage. The color wore well for eight and a half hours but had moderate fallout when used dry and light fallout when applied with a dampened brush.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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01/04

Pat McGrath Xtreme Black EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Xtreme Black (Subliminal)
Pat McGrath Xtreme Black EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Xtreme Black (Sublime)
Pat McGrath Xtreme Black EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Xtreme Black (Subliminal)
Pat McGrath Xtreme Black EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Xtreme Black (Sublime)
Pat McGrath Xtreme Black EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Xtreme Black EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Xtreme Black EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Xtreme Black EYEdols Eyeshadow

Xtreme Black

Xtreme Black is a deep black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was fantastic, while the texture was velvety and soft without being too powdery or too firmly pressed in the pan. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading. The texture of this particular version of it seemed exceptionally silky.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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01/02

Pat McGrath Lilac Dusk EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Lilac Dusk EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Lilac Dusk EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Lilac Dusk EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Lilac Dusk EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Lilac Dusk EYEdols Eyeshadow

Lilac Dusk

Lilac Dusk is a light, grayish lavender with multi-colored micro-sparkle. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that was buildable to medium coverage. The consistency was soft, slightly powdery in the pan, but it blended out nicely on the lid. The color stayed on well for eight hours but had a bit of fallout over time.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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01/02

Pat McGrath Substance EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Substance EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Substance EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Substance EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Substance EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Substance EYEdols Eyeshadow

Substance

Substance is a medium, taupe-brown withw arm undertones and a pearly sheen. The eyeshadow had opaque coverage in a single layer that applied evenly to bare skin. It had a smooth, cream-like consistency that blended out nicely and adhered on well for nine hours.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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01/02

Pat McGrath Blitz Blue EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Blitz Blue EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Blitz Blue EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Blitz Blue EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Blitz Blue EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Blitz Blue EYEdols Eyeshadow

Blitz Blue

Bltiz Blue is a dark blue with cool undertones and a metallic finish. It had opaque pigmentation applied dry or damp, though the dampened application yielded slightly richer, more metallic coverage. The brand recommended to “press the pigment onto the lid with the fingertip to build intensity” (read: buildable), and I would not describe this shade as buildable. With a light hand, it had semi-opaque coverage and could be layered to opaque coverage, but it was fairly pigmented. The texture was soft, slightly dry to the touch, but blendable and easy to work with. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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01/03

Pat McGrath Astral White EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Astral White EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Astral White EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Astral White EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Astral White EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Astral White EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Astral White EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Astral White EYEdols Eyeshadow
Pat McGrath Astral White EYEdols Eyeshadow

Astral White

Astral White is a cool, pinkish-white base with pink-to-teal shifting shimmer and fine sparkle. It had sheer coverage applied dry and semi-opaque coverage applied with a dampened brush. It had medium, buildable coverage applied with a fingertip (which is the recommended application method). The texture was fairly smooth (barring the feel of sparkle, but it did not feel too dry or loosely pressed) and applied evenly to the lid with minimal fallout. It wore well for seven and a half hours and only had a touch of fallout over time.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. - $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath's eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be "super-saturated" with "creamy, soft textures" and "extreme blendability and adherence without creasing." A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow--I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I'm not sure they're as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash--I wish it really locked in, but there's definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it's within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

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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.

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That blue is CRAZY pigmented and gorgeous. Several other shades here I really like but at $170 Canadian, I’ll make do with my dupes for those shades.

The blue is definitely a beautiful shade here: really good dupes for it are the UD Spectrum palette with Evidence and Lorac’s Pro Metal palette with Colbalt.

No Lorac any more in Canada (it’s been gone for at least 5 years) and I have Evidence in the 15th Anniversary Palette (predates even the Spectrum palette and it’s one reason I passed on that palette – I already have so many of the shadows that it made it a less than justifiable purchase).

I really love those Pat Mcgrath palletes. I’m not a big lover of eyeshadow palette because I find them unattractive. I know it sounds stupid, but to me the packaging is 40% of the makeup that why I dislike my ND 28 pan so much and Tom Ford Ford eyeshadow quad which look pretty but each time I’m holding these quads they’re so light and feel like platic in my hand which I hate. I which Guerlain quad performed better because they feel the most luxirious among all of those I tried yet!
Chirstine do you have a favorite eyeshadow packaging/design ?

I’m not really into packaging myself – I tend to care more about the inside – but I’ve always liked Burberry’s design. For me, I just want the packaging to be functional!

Out of the 3 Mothership palettes, this one is my least favorite. But that’s just my own personal taste and preference. I think it’s an *okay* palette for cool eyeshadow palette hunters, though. I do like the Astral White shade better than Astral Ghost!

100% agreed. if i could switch the colors around from the three to get the ones i want i might buy one, if i had the money right now. But there are SOO many options these days with indie brands and cheaper brands stepping there game up, the price points on some of these high end brands are pushing it a bit IMO. Back when i had WAY more spending cash i would probably bought one and all the Natasha Denona palettes, but living alone in a city is so much money i cant do that crap anymore, ahhh sad day. Im gonna take a online MUA course, and get a certificate then i can get disc. on brands that are on board. And hopefully have a second income.

I love the overall look of this palette and that blue is killer. There are definitely a number of unique looking shadow here and I’m sorely tempted.. ugh.

I don’t have either.. 😔 Genevieve. I have something similar but not as intense in a ColourPop shadow.. this blue paired with the other shades stood out for me.. so often you see palettes with brights or palettes with neutrals.. so this is a but natasha denona like to me.. a more creative grouping.. but ugh so pricey

I like Subversive the most, but I don’t know that I would spend $125 on a palette if $125 wasn’t like… a drop in the bucket for you. Like if you spend $3,000 a year, then sure, but if you only spend $300 a year, I couldn’t recommend buying one of these.

Can’t believe that you can even see, much less keep your objectivity. But, is anyone on my page? These are Pat. These are a massive outlay of funds for most. Anybody else think these should have been better? Suspect that it’s makeup heresy to suggest these are less than impeccable, perfect palettes. I have found some better (and cheaper) dupes, thanks to Christine’s features. That is always our greatest gift from this blog. MO is these are a major let down, whether you want them or not. With both palettes reviewed thus far, some of the difficult shades were done quite well. Some unexpected poor performers. The kicker for me is personal. The shades I like best, therefore look forward to, are the worst performing. Continuing a no eye palette holiday. (More than enough lips to make up for that!)

For the expensive price, this palette is full of inconsistent shades, as pretty as it maybe. I think if you owned the UD Afterdark palette, you would have a few of them.
Thank you so, so much for getting these reviews out to us as quickly – it’s such a huge effort and we appreciate it.

Is it dishonest to say, if it’s gonna cost $125 it has to be perfect in every way, while knowing that even if it was flawless, I wouldn’t pay that? Not for 10 shadows, maybe not for any amount. Somehow Viseart Warm Nudes still tempts me. A little less $, the practicality makes it seem more justified. Maybe I have too much already, maybe too many repetitions of the life-changing purchase that (surprise) just turned out to be more stuff…which I enjoyed more and less, depending…
Despite my grousing, I love looking at all the shiny pretty colors, love your incredibly thorough and intelligent reviews, love the peek inside other women’s heads about make-up, how we look, think we look, want to look, etc.
When I check out other sites now and again, I wonder if they know about Christine. If so, doesn’t it feel weird to go online and just say: I love X, Y is fab, go buy whatever. Thanks for setting the standard Christine!

I don’t think so – the price point should dictate it’s high quality to the person buying it, but we all have certain price ranges that we’re comfortable with and uncomfortable with!

I waited and waited for views to start coming out, finally yours dropped and I was “great” add to cart but thought I would check their cruelty free status and well… sadly no palettes for me!

So disappointing! I’m really disgusted such a strong innovative woman would choose to test on animals.

Thank you for your reviews. I really, really wanted these because the colors are so lovely, something about them just speaks to me. But for that price, each shade needs to be absolutely perfect. Thank you for making these a really easy pass.

Booo hoooo! I really like more of the colors in this palette then the others and felt I’d use it more often due to it being “subliminal”. That said, after this review and reading the comments I have to agree, for even 100$ (if you catch it on sale) I expect A or A+. And so far I’m not seeing it.

I really wish this blue was in another palette or a single. I grabbed all 3 during the Rouge sale b/c I figured they would be something that could possibly sale out quickly, but I was definitely on the fence about this one. Depending on how everything works out with it, this may or may not go back. Especially seeing the rating on that dark brown, and seeing pictures of it compared to the others made it seem cooler toned than it appears to be from your description. As you can see, I’m still on the fence but that freaking FOMO syndrome hit me hard.

So… I used this palette and III yesterday and I really love the 3rd one and genuinely like/almost love this one. I finally remembered that you do not use a primer when you review things Christine, so I remembered to score things up a bit. Tomorrow I plan to use the 2nd one, but based on my experience with I & III, I’m sure I will like/love it as well.

So far neither palette has been standalone for me (and I can tell II will not be either), but I have so many other palettes and so many mattes it’s not an issue for me. Very happy with my purchases so far.

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