The Best & Worst of Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipsticks (2018)

01/07

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Here’s an updated look at how well the Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) have performed with the newest additions to the line-up that I just finished reviewing!

The formula is supposed to be “richly pigmented” with “”supreme hydration” and “opulent matte opacity.” The consistency was smooth, velvety, and dense without being too firm for one-stroke, glide-on application (I found the original shades to be slightly firmer compared to more newly released shades). They had nearly opaque to opaque coverage in one layer and most were buildable.

They had a subtle sheen–more satin-to-cream in finish–that wore down to a natural matte finish within an hour or two of wear. The formula lasted between four and eight hours on me, and while most weren’t drying, they aren’t “supreme[ly” hydrating either. They are, however, comfortable to wear over a longer period of time and reapply well. There was no discernible scent or taste to the formula.

01.

01. Flesh 5 Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A+

Pat McGrath Flesh 5 MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep, reddened plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely...

Pat McGrath Flesh 5 MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep, reddened plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely...

02.

02. Guinevere Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A+

Pat McGrath Guinevere MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep red with warm undertones and a satin finish. The color coverage was opaque...

Pat McGrath Guinevere MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep red with warm undertones and a satin finish. The color coverage was opaque...

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04.

04. Flesh 3 Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Flesh 3 MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep, reddish plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It was...

Pat McGrath Flesh 3 MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep, reddish plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It was...

05.

05. Fever Dream Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A
06.

06. Elson 2 Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A

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...

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...

07.

07. 1995 Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A

Pat McGrath 1995 MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had...

Pat McGrath 1995 MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had...

08.

08. Elson Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Elson MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. It had...

Pat McGrath Elson MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. It had...

09.

09. Venus in Furs Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Venus in Furs MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark, rosy mauve with warm undertones and a satin finish. The...

Pat McGrath Venus in Furs MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark, rosy mauve with warm undertones and a satin finish. The...

10.

10. Vendetta Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Vendetta MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The...

Pat McGrath Vendetta MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The...

11.

11. Divine Brown Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Divine Brown MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep, reddish-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had...

Pat McGrath Divine Brown MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep, reddish-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had...

12.

12. Deep Orchid Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Deep Orchid MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. The...

Pat McGrath Deep Orchid MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. The...

13.

13. Forbidden Love Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A
14.

14. Omi Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Omi MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with more neutral undertones and a cream finish. There was a...

Pat McGrath Omi MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with more neutral undertones and a cream finish. There was a...

15.

15. Modern Woman Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A
16.

16. Candy Flip Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Candy Flip MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. ...

Pat McGrath Candy Flip MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. ...

17.

17. Christy Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a cream finish. (It took two hours...

Pat McGrath Christy MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a cream finish. (It took two hours...

19.

19. Faux Pas Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Faux Pas MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. It was...

Pat McGrath Faux Pas MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. It was...

20.

20. Extravaganza Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A
21.

21. Soft Core Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Soft Core MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color...

Pat McGrath Soft Core MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color...

22.

22. Obsessed Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

LELimited Edition. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A-

Pat McGrath Obsessed MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a cream finish. It had...

Pat McGrath Obsessed MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a cream finish. It had...

23.

23. Polaroid Pink Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A-

Pat McGrath Polaroid Pink MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had...

Pat McGrath Polaroid Pink MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had...

24.

24. Full Blooded Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A-

Pat McGrath Full Blooded MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep, reddened plum with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly...

Pat McGrath Full Blooded MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep, reddened plum with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly...

25.

25. Femmebot Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

A-

Pat McGrath Femmebot MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The...

Pat McGrath Femmebot MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The...

26.

26. Full Panic Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

LELimited Edition. $40.00/0.14 oz.

B+

Pat McGrath Full Panic MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. ...

Pat McGrath Full Panic MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. ...

27.

27. Peep Show Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $40.00/0.14 oz.

B+

Pat McGrath Peep Show MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff...

Pat McGrath Peep Show MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff...

28.

28. Deep Void Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

LELimited Edition. $40.00/0.14 oz.

B+

Pat McGrath Deep Void MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep purple with subtle, cool undertones and a soft sheen. It had moderate...

Pat McGrath Deep Void MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep purple with subtle, cool undertones and a soft sheen. It had moderate...

29.

29. Antidote Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

LELimited Edition. $40.00/0.14 oz.

B

Pat McGrath Antidote MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark, magenta purple with warmer, pink undertones and a satin finish. It...

Pat McGrath Antidote MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark, magenta purple with warmer, pink undertones and a satin finish. It...

30.

30. McMenamy Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

LELimited Edition. $40.00/0.14 oz.

B-

Pat McGrath McMenamy MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep burgundy with warm, red undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque...

Pat McGrath McMenamy MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep burgundy with warm, red undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque...

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Glossover Breakdown

95%

Average Score
A
32
B
5
C
0
D
0
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
9
pigmentation
9.5
texture
9
longevity
9.5
application
5
Total
95%
product
9
pigmentation
9.5
texture
9
longevity
9.5
application
5
Total
95%

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I have one of these, but it seems I have misplaced it, I don’t remember the name, but it is a pink one, very pretty, probably Full Panic.
I want Elson and Full Blooded.
I find the formula comfortable to wear and it lasts a long time.

It won’t be easy chosing my next PMG Lipstick, that’s for certain! Even just choosing between the richer nude shades is tough: Omi, Venus In Furs or Femmebot? I’ll figure that out…. eventually!

I am trying to decide between the same 3 Nancy! 🙂 I have already picked up Elsinore for my red shade. I wish Pat McGrath was sold in a store near me so I could swatch them on my skintone.

The range of colors is really impressed considering Pat McGrath keeps the quality very consistent.
Would you say FemmeBot or Realness on the Luxetrance line is a suitable natural lip color for your complexion Christine? I’m asking because I have a similar skintone but a cooler undertone. Thanks for reading <3

Love love these! Thanks Christine for your great and timely reviews. I have 3 of these and they have been surprisingly great! I have always been a MAC lippie addict, but because of your reviews of Elson and Major Red I decided to explore this new brand and as a result I’ve bought these 2 as well as Vendetta, Major Red being my favorite. It’s well worth the 38 USD splurge!!

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