The first time I ever touched one of Pat McGrath Labs’s Mothership Eyeshadow Palettes, I immediately felt unworthy. Ringing up at $125, I could only imagine myself owning one once I could place it on the marble countertop of my vanity in the home I share with my former K-pop star husband next to a bottle of Chanel No. 5 and a jar of Cle de Peau Beaute’s $250 The Foundation. (In case you were wondering, I paid for the house with earnings from my Pulitzer Prize-winning book.) Alas, I currently live in a walk-up with three other people and a hand-me-down end table that doubles as my vanity.
Thankfully, my makeup mother, Pat McGrath, is about to drop a more realistic option while I work my way to my future fantasy. Starting March 7, you’ll be able to shop three limited-edition Mthershp Eye Palettes. They’re mini versions of the Mothership Palettes that are about a third of the price — $55, to be exact.
McGrath calls the new palettes “compact couture” for two reasons. The first is obvious: Because they have four fewer shades, they are much more travel-friendly than the larger palettes. Although the packaging for the Mothership Palettes is gorgeous and deserves that spot on a fancy vanity, it’s heavy, and I would be scared to travel with it. The Mthrshp Eye Palettes, on the other hand, come in durable cardboard packaging that feels weightless compared to the larger palettes. I recently threw the La Vie En Rose one in my suitcase when I went on a weekend trip, and it didn’t weigh my bag down or get damaged in transit.
The second way the new palettes could be described as “compact couture” is the brand-new shadows in each of the six-shade sets were used backstage at runways shows from the past two seasons. Last week, I spotted the grape, orange, and fuchsia shades featured in La Vie En Rose at Anna Sui and knew something was up. With the new palette, they’re joined by a matte mauve, a shimmery lilac, and the best gold eye shadow that’s graced my lids.
I pinky-swear I’m not exaggerating about that last part. All I had to do was dip a brush into the pan of the gold shadow (named Gold Nectar) once to create the look below. The pigmentation was just as the pan advertised. All I did was swipe a fluffy brush like the Wet n Wild Large Eyeshadow Brush from the inner corners of my eyes around to my brow bones, and the gold was consistently rich as I swept it along my lids in one motion.
You can also use the velvety soft shadows wet. I spritzed a thin liner brush like the Royal and Langnickel Moda Pointed Liner Brush with setting spray before coating it with the purple and pink pigments for this Anna Sui-inspired look. For the pink, I lined along the sockets of my eyes. The purple was placed along my dark circles. *Tyra Banks voice:* Dark circles, but make it fashion.
La Vie En Rose can be used for a more subtle look, too. Cover your lids all over with Pale Fire, a duochrome peach with a similar formula to the VR ones in the Mothership Palettes. If you want to take it one step further, you can add the pink shadow, Rose Risqué, in the outer corners to add depth. The dots and black lipstick are optional, of course.
McGrath considers each of the mini palettes to be extensions of the Mothership Palettes, hence why the packaging of the Mthership Eye Palettes echoes the boxes for the Mothership Palettes. La Vie En Rose, in particular, is the little sister of the Subversive Eye Palette. The Mthershp Eye Palette also comes in two neutral colorways, Platinum Bronze and Bronze Ambition. McGrath calls Platinum Bronze an “add-on” for the Subliminal Palette. Both are filled with the go-to shades that she uses at almost every show like cool-toned browns, grays, and purples. Bronze Ambition, on the other hand, is an offshoot of the Sublime Eye Palette. It’s more about warmer-toned browns and coppers.
You can see swatches of all three palettes below.
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That’s not all. Pat McGrath Labs is also launching its first-ever liquid liner dubbed the Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner next month, too. You might have noticed my winged liner looked particularly black and matte in the selfies above. This liner is to thank. The ink is just as intensely pigmented as the shadows, and it’s probably the deepest, pitch black you’ll ever line your lids with. If you have hooded lids, be sure to let it dry before you open your eye or it smudges. Once it’s dry though, it won’t budge all day long. I got caught in the rain one day and cried another, and my wings didn’t fly away either day. You’ll be living for the applicator, too. Unlike most felt-tipped liners, the applicator isn’t stiff and borderline sharp. Instead, the Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner has a soft, flexible tip that moves with the contours of your lids and makes creating a sharp flick simple.
You can shop the Mthership Eye Palettes now for $55 on patmcgrath.com. They’ll be available on sephora.com starting tomorrow, March 8. The Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner can also be added to your digital cart right now for $28 on patmcgrath.com and you’ll find it on Sephora’s website tomorrow here.
This post originally appeared on February 21, 2018.
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