Pat McGrath, the mother of makeup, can do absolutely no wrong in my eyes. Everything she touches turns to gold. Whether it be her beautifully formulated lip lacquers, her vividly colorful liquid lipsticks, or her dewy highlighter stick, all of her formulas are insanely gorgeous, long-lasting, and perfectly complementary against my skin tone.
Out of all the Pat McGrath products I've tried, I have yet to get my hands on her coveted eye shadow palettes. McGrath is known for delivering stunning shades you can spot from a mile away. One scroll through her Instagram, which happens to be one of my favorite pages to follow, will have you entranced by captivating shades.
My time finally came to try out the Pat McGrath Mothership Eyeshadow Palette, and let me tell you it did not disappoint. I usually play it safe when it comes to eye shadow, keeping things neutral, but something about this decadent mix of sparkly, matte, colorful, and bronzy shades made me go all-out. Here's how I achieved this warm, golden eye shadow look:
I used a medium-size fluffy eye shadow brush to coat my entire lid with the shade Entrapment. It's a warm taupe that I used as my base color.
This is when the intensity of the sparkle took my eyes from 50 to 100. I took a dense brush and swept the Bronze Blaze shade, which is a sparkly chocolate, from the inner corners of my eyes to the middle. The glow is practically blinding, and these textures are so finely milled, so a little pigment goes such a long way. Next, I took Blitz Flame, which is a heated red, and swept that from the middle of my lids, stopping 75% of the way out. This color showed up as a vivid coral on my deep skin tone.
To finish strong, I glided a bit of the Xtreme Aubergine shade on the outer corners of my eyes. This was a wine color that added depth to my lids and was so opaque it took less than a minute to apply. The above is my finished look.
Considering my mediocre eye shadow skills, I'm wildly impressed by this palette. It took me less than five minutes to complete this eye glam, I'm four hours in, and my lids look the exact same. It's hard to choose what I love the most. The vivid, high-intensity colors make for a seamless and fast application. The longevity of the shades has proven to be on point as well. Oh, and I didn't even use an eye shadow primer (gasp). If you're into bronze, golden, and champagne hues, you need to invest in this admittedly rather spendy—but worth it—buy.
Mothership II Eyeshadow Palette in Sublime
Here's another rendition of the Mothership palette, Sublime, and it's decked out with earthy tones that are equally gorgeous.
Here's her third coveted Mothership palette, Subversive, which is full of sultry, deep shades that together would make the most eye-catching smoky eye.
No, these are certainly not cheap, but I'm 100% sold on the investment. In literally one swipe, your lids will be bursting with color. You can trust that each of these will last you for quite some time.
While you're at it, take a peek at my other Pat McGrath favorites below, which you might want to add to your cart. Each of these picks is in a league of its own.
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