Pat McGrath MOTHERSHIP V: BRONZE SEDUCTION PALETTE
This palette inspired me to play with makeup again.
This is my first ever Pat McGrath Labs product, and even though the images she posts online are amazing and make me swoon, I honestly wasn’t prepared for how truly beautiful her products were in person.
Even though people do incredible reviews all of the time of her palettes, describing each inch of the packaging to the most minute detail, holding it in your hands really is a totally different story. It’s mesmerizing. It’s weighty. It feels like holding a crown jewel. I don’t feel worthy.
The pressed pigments (are you even allowed to call these eyeshadows?) are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. They don’t even look real at first. Running your finger over the glassy pans feels like touching silk, and running your saturated finger tips over your skin leaves behind trails of pure gold, shimmering opal, and vibrant red.
The Mothership V: Bronze Seduction palette has the warmest color scheme of the five releases, and even though this palette has some pretty intense shades, it was the one that felt the most ‘wearable’, and that I felt I could get the most use from on a regular basis.
If you had to dip your toes into the Pat McGrath universe, this feels like it could be a pretty safe bet for most anyone.
For me, I was so sure that the browns would get the most love from me, but upon opening it, I was immediately drawn to the intense red shade (Blitz Flame) and the two transformative shades on the end (Astral Luna Gold and VR Fire Opal), they’re stunning.
The mattes are very rich and creamy, and blend like a dream. Xtreme Aubergine (deep purple) is a gorgeous alternative to black for a smoked out look, and Disobedient and Entrapment are the perfect duo for a brown smokey eye—they lay the perfect foundation for you to lay any of the shimmery shades on top (Skinshow, Gilty Pleasure, Blitz Flame, and Rose Gold), if you want to transform your look quickly. The glitter shades (Bronze Blaze, VR Fire Opal, Astral Luna Gold) do require a little extra finesse, they’re on the chunky side, and will create fall out if you don’t prep your lid. They also look better applied with a finger or wet brush, than a dry one. That said, they are insanely beautiful, and probably the most unique duo-chrome shades in existence.
This palette is the perfect speed for someone like me, who on most days uses her blush as an eyeshadow. I’m used to the rosier, warmer tones on my eyes, and Mothership V is that, but on steroids. It has just enough familiarity to make me feel comfortable, and just enough boldness to ignite my imagination, and get me trying new things.
Which brings me to this beautiful editorial Pat McGrath did with Byrdie Beauty ahead of the launch of the palette. I was immediately obsessed with the monochromatic red look she created, with Blitz Flame used on the cheeks, and placed high on the cheekbones for an intense flush of color. I never ever get this bold with my makeup, so I decided it was the look I had to attempt for that very reason.
So at 11:00pm on a Tuesday, I did what any normal person does, I started playing in my makeup.
Feeling as inspired as I’ve felt in ages, I took out everything I thought I’d need, and took my time applying it all. Once I started dipping and brushing, and blending, I couldn’t stop. I kept layering different shades on top of each other until I was happy.
What I ended up with was a look that is super beautiful, and something, I’d actually wear out on a night out or to an event. The best part is, this didn’t require any special skills to achieve—just lots of blending and patience. Anyone could do this, and do it justice.
YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector
Fenty Beauty Instant Retouch Primer
MAC Cosmetics Conceal & Correct Palette (Dark)
Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, shades 11.75 (highlight) + 13 (base)
Milk Makeup KUSH Brow Gel in Grind
LA Girl HD Pro Conceal in Espresso
Milk Makeup KUSH Mascara
Fenty Beauty Flyliner
NARS Exhibit A blush, topped with Blitz Flame
Pat McGrath Labs Mattrance Lipstick in Elson, topped with Blitz Flame
From the Mothership V palette: Entrapment, Disobedient, Bronze Blaze, and Blitz Flame
So, that was my first go with the palette, and I had an actual blast playing with it. It reminded of me of being a kid, and getting a fresh box of crayons—do you remember how great and exciting that was? I literally didn’t realize how much I was missing out, not just with Pat McGrath’s makeup, but with makeup in general.
Even if I’m only creating these looks at 11pm to start out, it’ll be worth it to have an hour or so where I’m just able to have my mind on something other than how much work I have to do, or how tired I am.
I’ve been doing the least lately, and this fiery, bronzy palette was just what I needed to inspire me to get back to using color, and to get back to having fun! It was so dope to zone out for a bit, and come back to life looking like a Phoenix.