Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio is a new, limited edition set of lip glosses with two shades from the existing gloss range and one new shade (with a new formula), Celestial Ruby. The existing glosses were consistent with their full-sized, original counterparts, while the new shade was pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear, though it wasn’t quite as smoothing as it could have been.
Blood 2 is a bright, ruby red with cool undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single layer, which went on somewhat unevenly and let some color settle into my deeper lip lines. The shininess of the finish made some of the imperfections less noticeable in person. The texture was smooth, lightweight, and comfortable to wear without being tacky. It wore well for four and a half hours and was moisturizing over time.
Carnal Desire is a soft red base with flecks of pink, gold, and red sparkle throughout. It had semi-sheer coverage, as opposed to the medium coverage intended, that spread evenly across my lips and didn’t emphasize my lip lines. The texture was lightweight, smooth, and spreadable with good dispersion of the sparkle/pearl, too. It stayed on well for four hours and was hydrating while worn.
Celestial Ruby is a rich, medium-dark red with neutral undertones and cooler, ruby red pearl that gave it a more metallic finish paired with a high-gloss sheen. It had nearly opaque color payoff in a single pass, which applied evenly but there was a bit of product that settled into my deeper lip lines. In person, I didn’t notice it as the shinier finish and richness of the color camouflaged that minor flaw. The texture was smooth but thicker and moderately tacky, though I didn’t find it unduly heavy or sticky, it very well might be for those who prefer completely non-tacky formulas. It lasted nicely for five and a half hours without feathering/bleeding and felt hydrating over time.