Pat McGrath Pale Gold 002 is a slightly warm-toned, very light gold with a glitter finish. It is a limited edition highlighter that retails for $30.00 and contains 0.23 oz.
Pat McGrath Pale Gold Chromaluxe Hi-Lite Cream ($30.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a pale, white gold with more of a translucent base but was chocked full of both finer and larger-sized sparkle and micro-glitter. It appeared slightly white gold at certain angles and then shifted to a brighter, yellower gold (that was about as "cool" as you'll see for a gold highlighter) with a sparkling, metallic finish.
It had opaque pigmentation but the cream format made it more inclined to diffuse and sheer out slightly to more medium to semi-opaque coverage. Application worked best with fingertips or fluffy, synthetic brushes, as that seemed to help smooth and diffuse the product without encouraging it to thicken or clump up (a flat, synthetic brush did that).
I recommend using a small amount of product and playing around first to figure out what the ideal amount of product is. When I tried to build up coverage, it often resulted in a thicker, uneven texture that emphasized skin texture/lines as the formula is quick-drying. Heavier application looked drier and more visibly textured, too, so the learning curve on this product might be steep for some.
When I applied it on my eyes, it worked best as an inner tearduct highlighter or all over the lid for a sparkling effect. When I wore it on my brow bone, it was better in person but sometimes looked like I had a bald patch because of the way the light didn't reflect off of it at all times.
As a cheek highlighter, it blended out without too much effort but I had to be careful applying over complexion products as it could lift them up. I felt like it emphasized my skin texture when worn at medium coverage or higher. It wore around eight hours on eyes and cheeks with minimal migration.
Note: I did experience a significant amount of product exploding from the tube when I first opened it; this tube I unrolled at the end after experiencing the same issue with the other shade. I didn't experience additional product loss when opened on later occasions.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
This gel-cream highlighter shines with radiant glittering effects for the eyes and face, available in sparkling gold and brilliant blue iridescence. Pearlescent pigments create multidimensional shine with a smooth texture that’s exceptionally adhesive and applies effortlessly with the finger or a brush. This glittering full coverage cream stays in place for lasting wear and high-impact diamond sparkle intensity.