The hottest product available right now seems to be the Pat McGrath Lab Skin Fetish 003. This is a limited edition set that was once sold on her own site but it sold out in a flash. Sephora is the carrier of this right now and I’m quite sure that despite it’s $72 price that it will be sold out soon again. There are definitely reasons to buy this and other reasons to skip it.
The cosmetics themselves are beautiful and unique as seen in these photos from Allure.com
If highlighting and strobing items make your day then these will definitely be for you. I love the name Skin Fetish since that’s what we’re all about when we buy products like this. The two available shades are Nude and Golden. I bought this in Nude because of the beautiful pink in the photo. When it arrives what you’ll actually see is the compact is white but as you use it or turn it the iridescent pink appears.
The highlighting stick is almost the same in both sets with Nude being a light gold and Golden appearing darker and more golden. The brush is the same blush.
Let me start with the “bad” so I can get to the “beautiful”:
The outer packaging is a throwaway. There’s nothing attractive or appealing about it although the sequins within would grab your eye.
When I opened it, sequins went everywhere. I corralled most of them but I found two in my shower today and that isn’t even near where I opened the package. My advice: have a garbage can or a big plastic bag nearby to hold them.
The packaging is flimsy and isn’t the quality you’d expect for this amount of money. The highlighter/balm stick is lightweight and doesn’t feel sturdy. The compact with the pigment is plain as plain can be and feels more drugstore than Sephora. The brush is decent but I don’t really think it adds much to the products. Most people who covet cosmetics like this have oodles of better brushes.
Bad 4: $72 — enough said.
But there’s also the Beautiful so now you have to weigh the bad against them!
The pigment raises this to a new level. I have more cosmetics than you can imagine but I own nothing like this. It has a a subtle iridescence that you can build up. This is luminous without a touch of glitter which makes it even better. The buffer brush is used to buff this in for different levels of shine. I prefer a softer kabuki brush though personally.
The highlighter side of the dual-ended Shiny Stick™ is a softly mottled gold with a luminous finish. The balm side is exactly that: a balm like finish that creates a dewy look to your cheeks but doesn’t add any color. The balm is called a “beautifying balm” and is meant to amplify the color of the Shiny Stick.
As you can see I’m torn about this. I love the pigment though and would buy the one from the Golden set in the blink of an eye. But I’d have to buy the entire set which I don’t need. I’d be thrilled if Pat McGrath Skin Labs had just the pigments for sale.
Ways to use this according to Pat McGrath Skin Labs:
Accentuate by swiping the balm alone on the high points of your skin. This will give you a glow that isn’t colorful. You can then flip to stick to use the highlighter only to amplify your bone structure.
Amplify: To take it to the next level apply the highlighter and follow with the balm that you’ve pressed on top with your fingers.
Transcend: Go all the way. Buff the pigment over the Shiny Stick duo for an aliengelic gleam of otherworldly opulence. (yes, they use the word aliengelic, it’s not a typo)
Lavish light anywhere on the face and body. Add sumptuous sheen to eyelids and lips. Brighten brow bones, corners of eyes. Dramatize décolletage. Glorify shoulders.
While I couldn’t get a picture of the angelic radiance it’s definitely there and that’s what makes this worth the money for me. I can use the pigment powder with or without the Shiny Stick™ and it’s wonderous.
What do you think? Bad or beautiful? — Marcia