Good day everyone! I’m very excited to present to you the Pat McGrath Labs Mothership VI: Midnight Sun Eyeshadow Palette ($125.00, 0.47 oz.). This is my first palette from the brand and my first impression was how stunning it appears. The packaging is beautiful, very sleek and modern, and the colours are beautiful and varied even with the limited number of shades.
Honest corner: I received this palette complimentary from Influenster. Pat McGrath Labs wasn’t a brand previously on my radar, so I may have never tried this palette had I not been sent this one.
The packaging is sleek and black on the top and metallic gold on the bottom. It has a bit of weight to it, in a good way; it reminds me of a brick of gold! From the moment you pick it up you think, luxury, which is exactly what you should expect from this brand.
The mirror is beautiful, large and is nicely framed at the edges. (I still have the vinyl cover on mine.) The larger size of the mirror goes in my pro column as it provides good visibility for makeup application. This tiny mirrors in some palettes leave much to be desired, if there’s even a mirror at all! However, this mirror doesn’t disappoint.
There are 10 shades in a variety of finishes (3 matte, 4 shimmer, and 3 metallic). I am not someone that uses 10 different shades for 1 eye look (on average, I use 3-6), or if I do, I use multiple palettes. So for my usage level, this is a good number of colours. To better understand the amount of product you’d be receiving, each pan is 0.047 oz. For comparison, the Natasha Denona Metropolis eyeshadow palette ($129, 1.35 oz.) contains 28 shadows, making each pan slightly more than 0.048 oz.
The metallic shades are the easiest I’ve ever blended compared to others with a similar formula. The formulas for all the shades are silky and easy to blend. Relatively speaking, the matte shades are the hardest to blend in, but to do so requires only minimal practice. Overall, the formulations are exquisite, and all shades are easy to use.
The color scheme of this palette is perfect for my skin tone! Taboo is an ideal transition shade, with Skinshow Moon Glow and Bronze Eclipse being great highlighters. Xtreme Dusk is a great outer corner accent shade. When I want to go a little more extravagant, any of the other 6 shades will enhance the look.
I use what I call the nail polish effect, meaning I apply several light coats to achieve great results. These shadows let me do that. I can apply Blitz Violet Orchid (the purple shade) twice to create a very subtle accent, or I can apply 3-4 layers and get a very vibrant purple.
While some may consider the versatility of the palette’s colours to be limited, I like the selection. I am someone who can get overwhelmed with too many shades. If you want more range, this may not be the palette for you.
I would also say this palette is dupe-able. The colours themselves aren’t anything special and I have seen them before. But, the formulas are impeccable and the finishes are beautiful so that’s what sets this palette apart from other potentially less expensive options.
For me, this palette works. The colours fit my personal style, and I do love the formulas. I know this palette won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. My advice is take a look at it in person. I believe the formulas are worth the price, but it should be determined if this is a palette you will use well before spending the money. Makeup is a very personal art, and as such, purchase decisions are unique to everyone.
This palette can be purchased from the link here
If you’re interested in seeing this eyeshadow palette in action, consider watching the video below and visiting @lunanoirerose on Instagram to see more looks!