Pat McGrath Crimson Couture Lip Duo includes a new lipstick shade paired with an existing lip pencil. The lipstick was lovely–pigmented, creamy, and long-wearing–but the lip pencil was just so-so; the pencil was best for lining the edges but wasn’t as superb for all-over filling.
Elson 3 is a vivid medium-dark red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a cream finish. It had rich color payoff in a single layer paired with a smooth, creamy consistency that was lightweight, not too thick or too thin, and comfortable to apply. The lipstick wore nicely for seven hours, left a stain behind, and felt lightly hydrating over time.
Blood Lust is a bright, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation in a single layer. The texture was smooth, more velvety than creamy, which I found was more comfortable for filling in my lips all over (less tugging/pulling), but it didn’t layer quite as evenly as I would have expected. It worked well for ling along the edges of my lips, in case that is the only way one might use this. Once on, the product was more iron-like in its wear and lasted for over six hours and felt non-drying.