Pat McGrath Sublime Mini Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Sublime

Pat McGrath Sublime Eye Ecstasy Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($28.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a new, five-pan eyeshadow palette with four metallic shades and one semi-matte shade (matte with fine shimmer/micro-sparkle). All five shades have been released previously, so those who have a lot of the brand’s past palette releases, this may be redundant. For those who have always wanted to try the formula but have held back due to the price point, it’s an excellent way to enjoy it. It’s a fantastic palette from a quality perspective, and I’m glad that the price point will make Pat McGrath more accessible to some.

The packaging is functional; it’s by no means luxe or weighty like the Mothership Palettes, but it seems like it would hold up for travel to me. The cover will give a little if you pushed firmly on the center, but it has a good click to stay shut. If you’re someone who would rather more of the cost go toward the actual product than the packaging, this is that–it contains $118.42 worth of eyeshadow! I would have liked to have seen something more in line with Natasha Denona’s mini palettes re: packaging — it doesn’t feel like a departure from the brand, though, and it’s more space-efficient!

Pat McGrath Sinful EYEdols Eyeshadow

Pat McGrath Sinful EYEdols Eyeshadow

Sinful

Sinful is a bright, light gold with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer–enough that with a heavier hand, it was opaque. The texture was smooth, dense without being too firmly pressed in the pan, and felt creamy to the touch. The eyeshadow applied evenly to bare skin without falling out and blended out easily along the edges. It wore well for 10 hours on me before creasing noticeably.

Urban Decay Fool’s Gold (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Jouer Skinny Dip (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Fenty Beauty Marrakush (PiP, ) is brighter, cooler (90% similar).Pat McGrath Metallurgy (LE, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).NARS Kauai I (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar).Anastasia Tiger’s Eye (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar).Huda Beauty Dubai (Remastered) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar).Too Faced Shiny Happy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).Viseart Bijoux Royal #3 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar).NARS Pygar (LE, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, 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 brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow–I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I’m not sure they’re as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash–I wish it really locked in, but there’s definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it’s within 2mm of the base.

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

Mica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Silica, Stearyl Dimethicone, Talc, Glyceryl Behenate, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylyl Glycol, Octadecene, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Aluminum Dimyristate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tin Oxide, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Poloxamer 338, Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491).

Pat McGrath Illicit EYEdols Eyeshadow

Pat McGrath Illicit EYEdols Eyeshadow

Pat McGrath Illicit EYEdols EyeshadowPat McGrath Illicit EYEdols Eyeshadow

Illicit

Illicit is a deep brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had very fine shimmer strewn throughout, and there was enough of it to keep it from appearing totally matte applied. It had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer, which applied well to bare skin and diffused out well along the edges. The consistency was soft, slightly dusty in the pan but not prone to fallout or sheering out during application. It lasted well for nine and a half hours on me before fading a bit.

Smashbox Side Hustle (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar).Pretty Vulgar Swoop (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).LORAC Cedar (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Too Faced Night Fever (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Too Faced Sexspresso (PiP, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).Viseart Chocolate (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Pretty Vulgar Victory (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Surratt Beauty Chocolate Noir (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Kat Von D Shadow Box (DC, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (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 brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow–I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I’m not sure they’re as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash–I wish it really locked in, but there’s definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it’s within 2mm of the base.

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

Mica, Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Poloxamer 338, Silica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499, Ci 77491, Ci 77492), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

Pat McGrath Gold Nectar EYEdols Eyeshadow

Pat McGrath Gold Nectar EYEdols Eyeshadow

Gold Nectar

Gold Nectar is a bright, golden copper with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The texture was soft, lightly creamy, and felt like silk to the touch. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The edges were easy to blend out without losing intensity on the lid. This shade stayed on nicely for 10 hours before creasing slightly.

Pat McGrath Gold Rush (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).Sephora Copper (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar).Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar).Tarte Beach Bae (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar).LORAC Sandbar (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).Natasha Denona Alchemist (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar).Too Faced Glitter Donut (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar).Viseart Burnt Gold (Siren #4) (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar).Too Faced Caramel (PiP, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar).Tarte Boss Lady (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (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 brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow–I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I’m not sure they’re as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash–I wish it really locked in, but there’s definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it’s within 2mm of the base.

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

Mica, Dimethicone, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Zinc Stearate, Talc, Silica, Ptfe, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400).

Pat McGrath Corruption EYEdols Eyeshadow

Pat McGrath Corruption EYEdols Eyeshadow

Corruption

Corruption is a medium-dark plum with warmer undertones and a shift that goes from pinkish-violet to copper to subtle green at the very edge and in the undertone. It actually left a slight bluish-teal stain behind when swatched (though I didn’t notice a stain from wearing it). It had rich pigmentation with a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that was dense without being too firmly pressed in the pan. The version in this palette was more yielding from the very first use compared to the original release. It wore well for ten hours on me before fading noticeably.

Melt Cosmetics Morning After (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Make Up For Ever Beam (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar).Pat McGrath Amnesia (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar).Urban Decay Extragalactic (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).Huda Beauty Amethyst #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).Colour Pop Moon Lit (LE, $7.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).Coloured Raine Queen Mother (PiP, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).Sydney Grace Be Kind (PiP, $6.00) is more shimmery (85% similar).Colour Pop Something Special (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).Urban Decay Shockwave (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, brighter, 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 brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow–I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I’m not sure they’re as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash–I wish it really locked in, but there’s definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it’s within 2mm of the base.

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

Silica, Mica, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Boron Nitride, Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Poloxamer 338, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

Pat McGrath Sextrovert EYEdols Eyeshadow

Pat McGrath Sextrovert EYEdols Eyeshadow

Pat McGrath Sextrovert EYEdols EyeshadowPat McGrath Sextrovert EYEdols Eyeshadow

Sextrovert

Sextrovert is a medium bronze with warm undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. The pigmentation was opaque in one stroke, while the consistency was smooth, creamy, and not too firmly nor too loosely pressed in the pan. I had no trouble picking up the product with a dry brush and applying it for an even lay down of color that looked “melted” after a couple of minutes. It lasted nicely for ten hours on me before creasing slightly.

Pat McGrath Bronze Struck (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar).Urban Decay Influence (Lightbeam) (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar).Make Up For Ever ME658 Golden Brown (DC, $21.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar).Burberry Gold #2 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar).Gucci Beauty Oxydus (P, $37.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).Urban Decay Distilled (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar).Too Faced Caramelized (PiP, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).NARS Telesto (P, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar).Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar).LORAC Copper Pearl (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (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 brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019, and the shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow–I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I’m not sure they’re as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash–I wish it really locked in, but there’s definitely a magnet that pulls the lid down if it’s within 2mm of the base.

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

Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Ptfe, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Poloxamer 338, Silica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163).

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