Why the Pat McGath Sunlit Seduction eyeshadow palette is one of the most high-performance and versatile palettes to add to your collection.
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How many rose tones is too many?
“The limit does not exist” Pat McGrath voices with resounding confidence in the rose-gold trend never coming to an end.
Pat McGrath Sunlit Seduction Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath’s Mothership Sunlit Seduction palette arrived on the scene with a lot of skepticism from her most devout customers — present company included. Having multiple rose-toned palettes from Pat in my collection, I too felt it was one that I could give a pass as it did feel slightly duplicative. It wasn’t until I saw the eyeshadows swatched that my heart was falling in love at first sight and this beauty was on its way to my doorstep — and oh am I glad I changed my mind.
It has turned out to be such a wonderful addition to my makeup routine and is easily my most-used palette of the year.
The colors are extremely versatile for everyday use and their performance indicates that some improvements have been made to Pat McGrath’s formula since the original Divine Rose I and Divine Rose II versions arrived a few years back.
Take a look inside the palette and learn all about how it performs on the eyes. Is this one you need in your collection? Would it make for the perfect gift? I’ll be answering all those questions for you — below!
Pat McGrath Sunlit Seduction Eyeshadow Palette
Tucked inside the Pat McGrath Sunlit Seduction eyeshadow palette you will find ten versatile eyeshadows that are perfect for both day and nighttime. The palette also has the same beautiful, sturdy packaging we’ve all come to love from Pat as the shadows are well protected and there’s a gorgeous mirror included.
- SKIN TENSE RADIANCE: Soft, coral shimmer
- NUDE ROSE: Warm nude, rose matte
- HYPNOTIC BRONZE: Enriched, metallic Sienna bronze
- ASTRAL PINK FETISH: Sparkly pink with golden pearls
- BLITZ CRIMSON ECSTASY: Metallic, red foil
- XTREME VERMILLION DUSK: Burnished vermillion
- COPPER DAWN: Gleaming soft metallic copper
- SIENNA MYSTIQUE: Soft, warm terracotta matte
- ASTRAL AMETHYST ALLURE: Sparkly plum with iridescent pearls
- ASTRAL GILDED AURA: Sparkling, golden peach with iridescent pearls
AFTER A CLOSER LOOK, LET’S TALK COLORS!
Pat McGrath and her team continue to know their way around creating a beautiful color story and while the rose-toned theme isn’t new, the Sunlit Seduction palette includes ten densely pigmented shadows that really provide a lot of power when applied to the lid.
The nice mix of warm browns are make for the perfect transitional shades as you work with the palette. But it’s the stunning gem-toned shadows on the right that make the Pat McGrath Sunlit Seduction palette such a standout for me. The garnet red “Blitz Crimson” is beautiful for a festive splash of color and “Astral Amethyst” satisfies my devout purple-loving heart.
PIGMENTATION AND APPLICATION
With any Pat McGrath eyeshadow palette, you can expect shadows that are richly pigmented and perform well.
Her super formula is one that helds up well in all weather conditions — from the frigid cold days of winter to the sweltering hot and humid days of summer — as well as under bright studio lights. This is likely why her products are in such high-demand everywhere from on the catwalk and photoshoots to Taylor Swift’s three-hour Eras tour.
What stands out about the Pat McGrath Sunlit Seduction specifically is how smoothly the matte shadow blend. It does feel like the formula has been tweaked. The mattes are even more buttery than her previous palettes with a very smooth finish — making the shadows great worn all over the lid or used when blending and building a more layered look.
If you’re someone who really doesn’t like looking in the mirror at the end of the day only to see that all the hard work you put into creating a beautiful eyeshadow look has blinked away — Pat McGrath’s formula is the one for you! It would actually be so fascinating to visit her labs to learn the specifics behind the staying power of her shadows because the hold to the lid like glue and are so easy to work with when it comes to layering and blending.
If you’re living in a warm climate — these shadows will especially impress you. Counterparts melt away throughout the day but the high-performance PMG Labs formula withstands extreme heat, extreme humidity and even trips to the swimming pool.
WHERE TO SHOP?
Currently, the Pat McGrath Sunlit Seduction eyeshadow palette is available at:
PAT MCGRATH SUNLIT SEDUCTION BREAKDOWN
- Rich pigmentation
- Super long-lasting formula that holds all day long — even in extreme weather conditions
- Versatile color story that works for both day and night
- Silky, smooth mattes that blend even more easily than previous versions
- Suitable for all skin tones
- Great eyeshadow palette for beginners
- Luxurious packaging
- A color story that feels duplicative to earlier Mothership palettes
- Golden “Gilded Aura” shade does have a fair amount of fallout
OVERALL GRADE: A
While I do understand the disappointment of devout Pat McGrath Labs shoppers that the “Sunlit Seduction” palette features colors she’s already delivered in multiple other palettes and quads — I can’t really find much fault with what she’s bringing to the table here.
The Pat McGrath Sunlit Seduction palette is one that I would recommend to collectors because of how beautiful the Crimson and purple tones are — but it’s an especially great option for anyone who is starting out with Pat’s makeup as the silkiness of the improved formula does blend more smoothly than previous versions.
“Huetopian Dream” remains my all-time favorite Mothership palette from Pat to date, anyway — but I’m mighty glad I got over my initial disappointment that these shades felt like ones we’ve seen before because the palette has been such a wonderful addition to my beauty routine and is one I think will impress anyone who brings it home.
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