Pat McGrath's Astral Lip Balm Is Perfect for Everyday Glam

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Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Astral Lip Balm

Close up shot of the Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Astral Lip Balm.

Karla Ayala

What We Like
  • Gorgeous satin finish

  • Moisturizing

  • Cute packaging

What We Don't Like
  • Has a tiny bit of texture due to the shimmer

I adore Pat McGrath Labs's Lip Fetish Astral Lip Balm. It has the buttery smoothness of a high-quality lip balm with just a slight bit of color to level out the tone of my lips, allowing me to do effortless "no-makeup makeup." I need this product in every color; it's well worth the money.


Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Astral Lip Balm

Close up shot of the Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Astral Lip Balm.

Karla Ayala

We put Pat McGrath Labs's Lip Fetish Astral Lip Balm to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.

A beauty product that will never go missing from my makeup collection is lip balm. I always have one with me, and I think it's a staple product everyone needs. When I was younger, I was devoted to Chapstick and Carmex. Nowadays, though, the possibilities are endless when it comes to hydrating lip products. There are different textures, scents, and even shades. 

I am always on the hunt for the next best lip product, and Pat McGrath Labs's Lip Fetish Balm caught my eye right away. I saw the color Gold Astral—a beautiful shimmering gold tone—and it reminded me of summer, so I knew I had to give it a try. Continue reading to learn more about Pat McGrath Labs's Lip Fetish Astral Gold Lip Balm and my experience with it. 

Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Astral Lip Balm

Best for: Lips only

Active ingredients: Argan kern oil and lychee fruit extract 

Byrdie Clean?: No, contains polyethylene

Potential allergens: Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter

Price: $36

About the brand: Pat McGrath is one of the world's most sought-after makeup artists. McGrath's iconic and creative power has revolutionized beauty and fashion worldwide for more than 25 years. She has spent decades creating and polishing the products in her must-have line of high-performance cosmetics, Pat McGrath Labs.

About My Lips: In need of constant hydration

I cannot get enough of lip products. I usually keep one on me since my lips can get really dry, particularly in the winter and after using masks. I use a variety of products on my lips, from lip masks and lip balms to lipsticks and lipglosses. I always use a lip balm once I've completed my skincare routine, whether morning or night. I tested this product almost daily, and it did not cause any irritation to my sensitive skin. 

A texture shot (left) and a swatch (right) of the Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Astral Lip Balm.

Karla Ayala / Byrdie

How to Apply: Directly or with a lip brush 

You may apply this product straight to your lips since it is in stick form. Gold Astral, the shade I tested, is one of the more glittery tones, and it applies smoothly with minimal fallout or mess, which is fantastic. If you want to add a burst of glitter to your usual lipsticks, apply your lipstick first, then take some of the balm and apply it on top using a brush or your fingers.

The Results: Glowy lips 

I began with my typical makeup routine: I started with primer and then used the Nars Natural Radiant Foundation. I added a dab of concealer followed by blush and highlighter and ended my look with the Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Astral Lip Balm. After applying this product, my lips felt immediately moisturized. The creaminess and nourishing properties of the formula are unrivaled. The balm is lightweight and has a nice satin finish, and it lasts for a long time. Where I am the temperature is chilly, and this balm is a lifesaver. I enjoy how the shimmer doesn't shift, which was one of my concerns about a product like this. I would say it surpassed my expectations.

Karla Ayala before (left) and after (right) the Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Astral Lip Balm.

Karla Ayala / Byrdie

The Value: You get what you pay for

The Lip Fetish Astral Lip Balms cost $36, which is firmly in the "high end" range. This lip balm is not only moisturizing, but it also comes in a variety of hues that provide a beautiful pop of color to your lips. There aren't many identical products on the market; the closest I've seen is Tom Ford's Frost Lip Balm, which costs $58. You get 3.5 grams/0.12 ounces of product with the Astral Lip Balms, which should last you a reasonable amount of time. I believe that you get what you pay for, and this lip balm is deserving of a spot in your beauty bag.

Similar Products: You have options 

Burt Bee's Lip Shimmer: The Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer ($5) offers a hint of radiance to the lips and has a tingling sensation after application. It's only available in shades of pink, however, while the Lip Fetish Lip Balms come in a variety of hues. 

Glossier Balm Dotcom in Birthday: Glossier's Balm Dotcom ($15) is a moisturizing lip balm that is formulated to heal dry, chafed skin. The shade Birthday features a vanilla buttercream cake smell and has faint glitter "sprinkles." It's a lovely, natural lip balm, but do know that it lacks the pigment you'll find in the Astral Lip Balms.

Final Verdict

The Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Astral Lip Balm is extraordinary. The shade "Gold Astral" is gorgeous, and the rest of the shades look equally lovely. The product itself is so nourishing and hydrating. If you're looking for a new lip balm that not only moisturizes your lips but also transforms your look, you need to try this one.


  • Product Name Lip Fetish Astral Lip Balm
  • Product Brand Pat McGrath Labs
  • Price $36.00
  • Shade Range Available in six shades
  • Full Ingredient List Polybutene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyethylene, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Microcrystalline Wax / Cera Microcristallina / Cire Microcrystalline, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Silica, Propylene Carbonate, Mica, Ethyl Vanillin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Tin Oxide, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bht, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Carmine (Ci 75470).

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