Let’s discuss the new Pat McGrath Huetopian Dream palette and why it’s the one most in heavy-rotation on my eyes.
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I know. It’s hard to believe the Pat McGrath Huetopian Dream eyeshadow palette could top Divine Rose II but miraculously – and much to my delight – it does.
Perhaps it’s because purple is my favorite color and I’m a complete sucker whenever new purple-esque palettes hit the market. Or perhaps it’s because this palette includes such a wonderful mix of everyday neutrals as well as more lively shades that are fun splashed across your lids in the daytime or for a night out (assuming anyone goes out anymore).
Pat McGrath Huetopian Dream Eyeshadow Palette
Tucked inside the Pat McGrath Huetopian Dream palette are 10 richly pigmented shades in a variety of finishes, including Pat’s signature triochrome formula.
- SKINSHOW NUDE XTASY: Shimmery Champagne
- SECRET EDEN: Matte Dusty Rose
- BRONZE DESIRE: Gleaming Metallic Bronze
- BRONZE SOLARIS 005: Metallic Gold
- ASTRAL VENUSIAN ORCHID: Duochrome Sparkly Soft Pink
- XTREME PLUM NOIR: Matte Burgundy
- COSMIC BLOOM: Metallic Blush Pink
- SHOCKWAVE: Matte Barbie Pink
- BLITZ SEXTREME: Triochrome Bronze with Pink and Purple Undertones
- ASTRAL AMETHYST MOON: Duochrome Purple
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After a Closer Look, Let’s Talk Colors!
Whenever teasers of a new Pat McGrath palette pop up, I’m always eager to see what new color story she’s working with! Her talented team always drops snippets that showcasing the outside of the palette only, saving the inside for a big reveal later on. And whenever that reveal finally comes, I’m as excited as a little girl opening up a new Barbie on Christmas morning.
Pat’s Huetopian Dream palette features a cheery mix of pink and purple tones that are beautifully romantic. We also receive a fantastic bronze and while I realize bronze shadows are a dime a dozen, I always appreciate their inclusion as I find myself gravitating towards them on a weekly basis. They also pair with other colors so nicely!
Pigmentation and Application
The Pat McGrath Huetopian Dream palette includes that same fantastic eyeshadow formula we’ve come to love – and expect – from PML over the years.
In addition to the intensive pigment, I’m always blown away by how well Pat’s shadows deposit color on the lid. They apply so beautifully with the slightest touch of hand! Where other shadows might require layer after layer, Pat’s achieve a bold look so easily.
Long-Lasting Formula That Holds Up in High Heat and Humidity
Fortunately the weather seems to be cooling off but for a solid 3 weeks I was wearing my Pat McGrath Huetopian Dream eyeshadows in sweltering 90º weather with extreme humidity. I’m talking the type of weather where you’re practically melting like the Wicked Witch of the West opposite a pale of water after only a couple minutes outdoors.
To say it’s a miracle how well these shadows hold up would be an understatement. They’re bullet-proof. I feel like I could walk through fire, then go for a mile-long swim and still have my eyeshadow hanging tough. Wow, wow.
What I’m Bringing for Life on a Deserted Island
I’m officially declaring myself a ride-or-die superfan of Pat McGrath’s eyeshadow formula fanatic.
Eyeshadow is my favorite form of makeup and I enjoy trying out different formulas and palettes from a variety of brands and at every price point. If I was told to pack my bags and move to a remote desert island, it would hands down be Pat’s palettes I’d be bringing with me. And even more than that, if I had to choose just one from my collection — it would be the Huetopian Dream palette.
This palette is so perfectly designed. It has neutral shades for everyday use and blending. It has fun, splashes of color. It also has the perfect mix of mattes and shimmers for creating multi-dimensional looks that catch the light beautifully. And, as the perfect cherry on top, these shadows have super charged strength and lasting power.
Essentially, the Pat McGrath Huetopian Dream palette is the Wonder Woman of all eyeshadow palettes for me.
Pat McGrath ItensifEYES Artistry Wand
Alongside her new Huetopian Dream palette, Pat McGrath also launched an Artistry Wand that can intensify the appearance of any eyeshadow. My curious mind simply had to put this pen to the test!
What I found was that while the wand does add some intensity to your eyeshadow, it’s not such a dramatic difference that has me reaching for the pen again and again. The shellac like consistency does also crease. That’s not necessarily a deal breaker as you can avoid applying in the natural creases of your eye but it’s definitely something to be aware of.
Final Verdict: You can skip this one
Pat McGrath Huetopian Dream Rundown
- Extreme pigmentation
- Shades that deposit color and blend beautifully
- Great variation of neutral and colorful shades
- Nice mix of matte, metallic, duo and triochrome finishes
- Super long-lasting formula that holds up in heat and humidity
- Available from both Pat McGrath and Sephora
- Luxurious packaging
- Shades are similar to the Divine Rose II palette so if you have that one, this one could be somewhat duplicative. If you’re a purple fan, though, this one you’ll love!
- Pricier than your average palette at $125
Overall Grade: A
A! A! A! We’ve seen some great releases from Pat McGrath in 2021. Earlier this year she launched liquid lipsticks as well as a beautiful collection of blushes. One could say she’s really being doing quite a lot this year but that’s somehow not stopping herself from topping her own A-game with another stellar eyeshadow palette.
The Huetopian Dream is so fantastic I’ve had a had time putting it down. I’ve traveled with it. I’ve worn and received countless compliments on it everywhere from trips to the dentist to evening events. It’s a staple and a palette that’s going to be really hard to beat in these final months of the year.
If you’re entirely new to Pat McGrath eyeshadows, this really might be the perfect introductory palette. The formulation of the shadows is fantastic as is the color selection. It’s a cheerful array of shadows that are universally flattering on all skin tones!
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Thank you for reading!
If you’re interested in learning about more new makeup, be sure to checkout my recent review on Valentino’s new foundation.
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