Legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath has basically been doing the longest tease ever for her full makeup line, which is rumored to drop sometime at the end of 2016. In the interim, she's rolled out the super limited-edition Gold 001, a metallic pigment, and Phantom 002, an assortment of pigments, eye gloss, and a liner. Now it's time for 003, and hoo boy — it's going to cause a commotion among makeup aficionados.
It's the most accessible — in several ways — launch she's done yet. Please meet Skin Fetish 003, the highlighting kit of your dreams. There are two colorways, gold and nude. Each $72 kit comes packaged in her now-signature pouch full of couture sequins and includes a brush made in Japan, a pressed pigment, and a two-sided stick that has a luminous balm on one end and a shiny highlighter stick on the other. The pigment features the first-of-its kind technology; while it looks like a powder, it's actually a gel that's been formed into a mold. McGrath wanted to see only "finish" on the skin, not powder. The nude pigment looks like an opal, with pinky lavender undertones. The gold is, well, more golden, and both work on all skin tones, which I saw in action at a preview last week.
McGrath recommends mixing textures — something she has been doing for almost 20 years — and it's the reason why she wanted them all packaged together. "It's one of my most important tools that I use at nearly every show and [for] editorial," she said. She also had a few words of advice about the strobing trend: Beware of making it look like one block of shimmer on top of your cheekbones. (That's where mixing textures comes in.) The balm works well on eyelids, lips and cheekbones to add a "super-sporty dewy" look. Add the pigment on top for more glow. Best of all, according to McGrath, highlighting appropriately can make you look younger, if looking haggard is a concern of yours. (Yes, it is for me.) She says she tested the products on "all age groups" on her team.
The kits go on sale April 26 at 12 p.m. EST on PatMcGrath.com, but this launch, while also limited-edition, is bigger than her previous two (which sold out in a day) and will be available at Sephora for the first time. Starting on May 3, the kits will go on sale for VIP Rouge members, and then go live on Sephora.com and in select brick-and-mortar locations on May 10. It's going to sell out, so get on this one. It's totally worth it.