Product Review | Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Powder
Product Review | Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Powder in the shade Light Medium 2 ($38, PatMcGrath.com and Sephora.com)
Product Details (from Pat McGrath's website): The third step in Mother’s iconic SUBLIME PERFECTION SYSTEM, this luxurious, silky soft and super-blendable powder is the ultimate finishing touch to set makeup for flawless lasting wear. Weightless and brilliantly buildable, it takes your look from divine to sublime. Formulated to complement Sublime Perfection Foundation, it’s available in five shades that are uniquely calibrated to correspond to the Foundation’s 36 colour-true hues.
Mother’s lighter-than-air proprietary Flex Form Matrix powder blend gives a barely-there feel with soft-focus effects that visibly blur fine lines and imperfections. Micronized Amino Acid Treated Pigments in hexagonal and crystalline shapes help ensure flexible skin adherence with colour-true performance. Formulated without parabens and fragrance.
Review: Same as my previous review on the Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation, this came out around the spring of 2019, however, I was already testing out a few products for my wedding in May so I opted not to buy new makeup as precaution in case the new products break me out. I personally did not want any of that on my wedding day. This is a new item to me but to some of you, this is 100 years old. I picked this up at the Pat McGrath 30% - 50% off Sale on her website in November (I'm not sure if the sale is still happening by the time this review is up).
I don't typically try out higher end powders because it is not something I use often. I don't "bake" my face nor do I often put powder underneath my eye area (unless it's necessary for an event or longer days). A few years ago, I found my holy grail powder, the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder. When I ran out of it, I discovered that the ELF Cosmetics Glow Setting Powder is very similar so I decided to forego getting a new Hourglass powder. Since this powder went on sale on the Pat McGrath website, I figured it would be the best time to try it. It retails for $38 which is still cheaper than the Hourglass powder that retails for $46. I ended up paying $26.60 for the powder.
The packaging is similar to the entire Skin Fetish line, a matte black Kraft Paper like box with gold touches and typography. The container is a clear tub with a black screw cap and gold typography. To dispense the powder, it has a netting (similar to the Huda Beauty Powder) instead of small holes. It is not my favorite way to dispense the product as I never can tell if I'm getting any powder or not so it ends up getting all over the place. There are five shades in this line. I picked up Light Medium 2, mostly to use as a finishing powder or to lighten the under eye area when necessary. This powder is finely milled. It is so fine that it almost feels like silk. It is actually a lot finer than the Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder. It claims to be a weightless powder and that is absolutely correct. I don't know how the Mother of All does it, but this powder almost disappears in your face and yet still makes every thing look seamless. I love that this powder does not have any fragrance. I also like that even though this powder has a yellow tint, it does not make my skin look like I have jaundice. I think I may have found a new holy grail. There is nothing in this Skin Fetish Line that I did not love. However, I skipped on the concealer since that's one product I'm really picky about. My two high end holy grails that I've been using since they came out are the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer and the Too Faced Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer. My affordable holy grails are the ELF Cosmetics Came 16 Hour Hydrating Concealer and the Colourpop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Hydrating Concealer. Those are all tried and true and works well with all of the foundations and primers that I own and love.
It is interesting how my loose powder journey came about. I went with the hype on the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder. Then moved on to Too Faced Born This Way, to Hourglass and now to Pat McGrath. I highly recommend this powder, if you are looking for a new powder to try that is weightless and seamless. As always, I recommend trying out new products when they are on sale just in case it doesn't work out for you.