Pat McGrath Elson 2 is a moderately warm-toned, dark orange with a satin finish. It is a permanent lipstick that retails for $40.00 and contains 0.14 oz.
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Pat McGrath Elson 2 MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly across my lips without tugging. The lipstick had a lightweight, velvety consistency that was comfortable to wear but adhered well, too. There was a smidgen of product in my deeper lip lines from the initial application, though it wasn't noticeable from a normal viewing distance, and it seemed to smooth out as it wore down to a matte finish (within an hour). It stayed on well for seven hours and was lightly moisturizing while worn.
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