Pat McGrath EYEdols Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches (Part 2)

Gold Standard

Pat McGrath Gold Standard Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bright, medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic shine. The color payoff was opaque in a single layer and adhered evenly to bare skin. The texture was lightly creamy, smooth, and denser without being thick or stiff to work with. It lasted well for almost 10 hours on me before fading slightly. It performed consistently with the versions found in the Subversive Metalmorphosis and Decadence palettes.

Coloured Raine Rose (LE, $6.99) is darker, cooler (95% similar).Urban Decay Stay Gold (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar).Pat McGrath Enraptured (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar).Juvia’s Place Nubia (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar).Tom Ford Beauty TFX14 (LE, $36.00) is darker (90% similar).Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (DC, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar).Urban Decay Sinful (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Anastasia Bronze (PiP, $12.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar).Natasha Denona Oro (PiP, $29.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Makeup Geek Casino (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. – $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath’s eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be “super-saturated” with “creamy, soft textures” and “extreme blendability and adherence without creasing.” A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

Ingredients

Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Saccharin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Fruit Powder, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Vanillin, Tin Oxide, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Gold, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492).

Statuesque

Pat McGrath Statuesque Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a soft, golden taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation with a soft and blendable texture that was slightly thinner than other matte shades by the brand but nothing that had a meaningful impact on application or wear that I could tell. It lasted well for nine hours on me before fading noticeably.

Chanel Deep #1 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar).MAC Bite the Beat (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar).Smashbox Sable (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar).Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar).Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose in the Air #6 (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #2 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar).LORAC Mocha (Mega Pro 4) (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar).Too Faced Skinny Latte (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Lancome Sante (PiP, $19.00) is darker (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. – $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath’s eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be “super-saturated” with “creamy, soft textures” and “extreme blendability and adherence without creasing.” A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

Ingredients

Lapis Luxury

Pat McGrath Lapis Luxury Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark blue-teal with cool undertones and a metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented where a little went a long, long way. The consistency was creamy, smooth, and dense without being thick, so it was soft enough to pick up with a brush but had no fallout when applied and blended out easily along the edges. It wore beautifully for just under 10 hours on me before fading a touch. It performed consistently with the version found in the Decadence palette.

Guerlain Les Aquas #3 (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).NABLA Cosmetics Under Pressure (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar).Colour Pop Backseat (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Milani Blue My Mind (P, $6.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Too Faced Mystic Hour (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar).Urban Decay Plunge (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Tarte Artist (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop On One (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).Dose of Colors Teal Me More (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar).City Color Under the Sea (P, $6.99) is lighter (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. – $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath’s eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be “super-saturated” with “creamy, soft textures” and “extreme blendability and adherence without creasing.” A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

Ingredients

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Stearyl Dimethicone, Glyceryl Behenate, Zinc Stearate, Honey Extract, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Octadecene, Aluminum Dimyristate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Water, Talc, Silica, Tin Oxide, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

Purple Reign

Pat McGrath Purple Reign Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bright, medium purple with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, lightly creamy texture–dense and a bit more firmly-pressed in the pan–but it picked up well with a brush and applied evenly to bare skin. It stayed on well for almost nine and a half hours before fading slightly on me. It was consistent with the version found in the Subversive La Vie En Rose palette.

This shade was listed as a “EYEdols Pressed Pigment” on the packaging but I didn’t see any warning about use; it contains Red 7 Lake and Red 28 Lake, both of which are listed as “no” for the eye area as color additives by FDA (these are commonly used in other “Pigment” type products that come with the “not intended to be used on the immediate eye area” warning in the US, approved for use areas like the EU).

Sydney Grace Flannel (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar).Ardency Inn Royal (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).Sydney Grace Fierce (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar).Inglot #439 (P, $7.00) is darker (85% similar).MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar).Huda Beauty Gemstone #9 (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar).Anastasia Enchanted (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar).Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar).Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 2) #20 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar).Huda Beauty Amethyst #6 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. – $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath’s eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be “super-saturated” with “creamy, soft textures” and “extreme blendability and adherence without creasing.” A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

Ingredients

Synthetica

Pat McGrath Synthetica Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium purple with subtle, cool undertones and a sparkling finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation but seemed like it was packed with more sparkle than base pigment, which is why there was a slight sheerness detected along the edges if I looked closely. The texture was lightly creamy, dense without being thick, and despite the amount of sparkle in it, the color adhered well with minimal fallout both during application as well as over the nine hours it lasted for.

MAC Get Physical (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Stila Vivid Amethyst (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).Ciate Oh, Roger (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar).Kevyn Aucoin Hardwire (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Urban Decay Omen (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).Huda Beauty Gemstone #9 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar).NARS Kauai #2 (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).Makeup Geek Hype (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar).NARS Kauai II (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. – $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath’s eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be “super-saturated” with “creamy, soft textures” and “extreme blendability and adherence without creasing.” A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

Ingredients

Dark Matter

Pat McGrath Dark Matter Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark black with a satin finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation with a smooth, denser consistency–it felt like a cream-powder hybrid, as there was some slip to it but didn’t actually feel wet nor did it indent when pushed on. If you’re someone who likes to use black eyeshadow to darken other shades and always worries about overdoing it, this type of texture is great for darkening without fallout or fear of going too heavy as it’s very easy to control. It wore well for 10 hours before fading slightly on me. It performed consistently with the version found in the Subliminal Dark Star palette.

MAC Sense of Doubt (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar).Dior Smoky Sequins #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar).Dose of Colors Finders Keepers (LE, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar).Colour Pop Stallion (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar).Natasha Denona Spot (227CP) (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (95% similar).L’Oreal Noir C’est Noir (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar).NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar).Viseart Chroma #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar).Wet ‘n’ Wild Lights Out #3 (PiP, ) (95% similar).

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. – $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath’s eyeshadows are, generally, supposed to be “super-saturated” with “creamy, soft textures” and “extreme blendability and adherence without creasing.” A lot of how well they perform (and to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The more metallic finishes tend to be softer, creamy, and smooth with a bit more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has largely been my experience. Most of the shades last between eight and nine hours.

Ingredients

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