Pat McGrath Nocturnal Nirvana is a limited edition eye palette that retails for $65.00 and contains 0.2 oz.
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Pat McGrath Nocturnal Nirvana Blitz Astral Eyeshadow Quad ($65.00 for 0.2 oz.) is a new, limited edition foursome that features all shimmer shades in the Blitz and Astral-based finishes in the brand's range. These are often referred to as the "dome-shaped" shades as they tend to have more "effects" than the typical, pressed powder eyeshadows (that are flat). Under how-tos, these types of finishes are often recommended to be applied using fingertips or with wet brushes, though they aren't always listed that way, and some shades can be used dry/as-is. If you like more pigmented, shimmery eyeshadows, they're all quite nice--easy to work with, blendable, and long-wearing.
Here's some official details on the "domed" finishes:
These hybrid formulations combine all of the best features of baked, powder, cream and fluid textures for high pick-up and opulent payoff. Created to ensure the perfect suspension of pigments for a range of finishes that radiate pure colour reflection and dramatic shine.
BLITZ / This revolutionary formulation perfectly captures pearlescent pigments while releasing a burst of high-definition chromatic colour. Its smooth, satin, sensorial sheen is easily blendable and buildable without being powdery, for a highly polished, metalized, pure chrome finish.
METALMORPHOSIS / This Metalmorphosis-inspired formulation features next generation pigments that release a cascade of molten metallic effects and unprecedented colour performance. Dramatic light effects radiate pure metallic colour and shape eyes with blinding luminosity.
ASTRAL / This intense, crystalline formula unleashes a wave of star-like pigments with infinite pearlescence. Infused with a bright, lustrous, glass-like powder, it adds extreme visual depth and dimensionality, gliding across the lids with exquisite blendability and the purest colour effects.
I think the brand could position/describe their shades a bit better on a per-shade basis because the information often has a general take of "one-stroke, fully pigmented, opaque color saturation" and things like "pure colour intensity" but then other shades are to be built up using fingertips or a wet brush, so there can be confusion on what to expect. Sometimes they have a list of each shade and give better (clearer) details on how to use, but it doesn't always occur.
Based on experience, the more glittering a shade, the less base pigment it has, but a lot of the Blitz and Metalmorphosis shades are more pigmented than they are buildable to begin with. As is the case with most pigmented eyeshadows, you can use a lighter hand or a fluffier brush to achieve sheerer and more buildable coverage.
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These hybrid formulations combine the best features of powder, cream, and fluid textures delivering high pick up with an opulent payoff for eye looks that beam with iconic illumination. Succumb to extravagant makeup artistry with this exquisite array of finishes that deliver radiant color and sparkling shine.