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REVIEW: Pat McGrath Matte Trance Lipsticks

REVIEW: Pat McGrath Matte Trance Lipsticks

I have absolutely no excuse why it's been two weeks since my last post, except that there have been a few hiccups since surgery that have kept me stuck at home longer than anticipated, and it's made me extremely lethargic. This has been exacerbated in the past few days where I finally (finally!) started feeling more like myself for the first time in the exactly one month today since my surgery. It feels amazing that I'm starting to feel "normal" again, but it also exacerbates the listlessness and anxiety of doing literally nothing except lying in bed binging Younger and Naked & Afraid XL (I have eclectic taste) and going to the doctor's office. I have been poked, prodded, and scanned more times in the past few weeks than I think I have in the rest of my life combined but thankfully that is now going to be coming to an end!

One of the material constants that has brought me some excitement since my surgery are all the new makeup launches that have come out recently, the most heavily anticipated (for me, at least) being Pat McGrath's Matte Trance lipsticks. So as soon as they dropped on Sephora.com, I ordered 5 of them since I knew I wasn't going to be able to get to a store to try them on in person. 

Clockwise from bottom left: Omi (nude rose,) Full Panic (fuchsia pink,) Antidote (magenta violet,) Elson (blue red), and Deep Void (deep blackened purple.)

Clockwise from bottom left: Omi (nude rose,) Full Panic (fuchsia pink,) Antidote (magenta violet,) Elson (blue red), and Deep Void (deep blackened purple.)

The formula on these is AMAZING - incredibly creamy but super lightweight considering how insanely pigmented they are (SO PIGMENTED.) My personal favorites are Omi (bottom left above, a nude rose), and of course, Elson, the blue red. Some people overdose on nude lipsticks (but they all have a different undertone, right?) - I overdose on red lipsticks. In my drawer they might all SEEM the same, but I swear they're not. I was also super surprised to love Omi since I don't usually gravitate towards brown-toned nudes (and so many nudes look brown on me.) But this has just enough pink in it to feel balanced, and I was surprised how flattering it wound up being.

I wanted to love Full Panic, but it pulled more red than magenta and me and I just wanted it to be brighter on my skintone. The purples, both the bright purple of Antidote and the super dark violet of Deep Void, were the only ones that were a little bit patchy and harder to apply - and I just didn't find either color that special on me. 

All in all though, I'm obsessed with the formula and am SO excited to hear that Pat McGrath will be launching her first NON limited-edition collection in September! I'll be first in line.

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