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Pat McGrath Nude Venus Cheek Palette Review & Swatches

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Nude Venus

Pat McGrath Nude Venus Celestial Nirvana Cheek Palette ($62.00 for 0.7 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that contained four blushes and a highlighter. Three of the blushes are from the permanent range, while one blush is new (though not that different than existing shades) and the highlighter is new.

I have found that the color consistency across releases isn’t as good as it should be, so there may be slight differences in the shades here as compared to their single versions. Otherwise, the quality was consistent; slightly powdery blushes but they were blendable, buildable, and easy to work with, while the highlighter was intense and pigmented.

Ingredients

Desert Orchid

Desert Orchid is a medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a pearly sheen.

  • Mostly opaque coverage
  • Soft, lightly powdery but blendable
  • Applied evenly, sat well on bare skin
  • Long-wearing (8.5 hours)

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Dior Charnelle (459) (P, $46.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar).
  • Stellar Beauty Eclipse (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • NARS Body Talk (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Chanel Elegance (370) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Cover FX Warm Honey (Left) (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).
  • Becca Amaretto (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Essence Satin Love (P, $2.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Construct (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • By Terry Tropical Sunset #6 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • Surratt Beauty La Rosée du Soir (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.34 oz. – $111.76 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “featherlight, long-wearing” that “build effortlessly from sheer to subversive.” The blushes are available in two finishes–demi-matte and satin pearl–and range from more muted to more vivid in color. The biggest “downfall” of the formula was that it was rather pigmented than buildable, so one could use a lighter hand to get more buildable coverage, but I found I had to use a light to moderate hand to ensure I didn’t over-apply each shade.

The consistency was smooth, silky, and lightly creamy to the touch; it was a touch powdery in the pan but had more slip than most powder blushes on the market, but it was definitely a powder-based formula. The product applied well to bare skin as well as over foundation, as it diffused well along the edges without picking up base products.

The satin pearl finish was luminous but not overtly shimmery, so it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. They wore around nine hours on me before fading visibly.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath Divine Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethiconol Stearate, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Diisostearyl Malate, Hexylene Glycol, Magnesium Myristate, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Nude Venus

Nude Venus is a light pink-coral with moderate, warm undertones and a satin finish.

  • Semi-sheer, buildable coverage
  • Moderately powdery (more so than expected)
  • Prone to sheering out, better over foundation
  • Applied evenly, blended out well
  • Long-wearing (8 hours)

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • NARS Devotion (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Picnic Time (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Clinique Ruby Pop (05) (P, $26.50) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • ILIA Temptation (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • MAC Springsheen (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Shell Out (LE, $8.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar).
  • Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Rare Beauty Nearly Mauve (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.34 oz. – $111.76 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “featherlight, long-wearing” that “build effortlessly from sheer to subversive.” The blushes are available in two finishes–demi-matte and satin pearl–and range from more muted to more vivid in color. The biggest “downfall” of the formula was that it was rather pigmented than buildable, so one could use a lighter hand to get more buildable coverage, but I found I had to use a light to moderate hand to ensure I didn’t over-apply each shade.

The consistency was smooth, silky, and lightly creamy to the touch; it was a touch powdery in the pan but had more slip than most powder blushes on the market, but it was definitely a powder-based formula. The product applied well to bare skin as well as over foundation, as it diffused well along the edges without picking up base products.

The satin pearl finish was luminous but not overtly shimmery, so it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. They wore around nine hours on me before fading visibly.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath Divine Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethiconol Stearate, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Diisostearyl Malate, Hexylene Glycol, Magnesium Myristate, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Divine Rose III

Divine Rose III is a medium pink with moderate, warm undertones and a soft matte finish.

  • Opaque coverage
  • Soft, lightly powdery but blendable
  • Applied evenly, sat well on bare skin
  • Long-wearing (8.5 hours)

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

These are likely to be very similar shades based on our duping algorithm.

  • MAC What I Fancy (LE, $24.00).
  • Dior Bal (250) (P, $46.00).
  • Merit Beverly Hills (P, $28.00).
  • elf Maui (P, $7.00).
  • MAC Wall of Desire (LE, $24.00).
  • Fenty Beauty Petal Poppin’ (P, $20.00).
  • NARS Kingpin (LE, $30.00).
  • Wayne Goss Blushing (PiP, ).
  • Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $40.00).
  • Lethal Cosmetics Blossom (P, $15.50).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.34 oz. – $111.76 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “featherlight, long-wearing” that “build effortlessly from sheer to subversive.” The blushes are available in two finishes–demi-matte and satin pearl–and range from more muted to more vivid in color. The biggest “downfall” of the formula was that it was rather pigmented than buildable, so one could use a lighter hand to get more buildable coverage, but I found I had to use a light to moderate hand to ensure I didn’t over-apply each shade.

The consistency was smooth, silky, and lightly creamy to the touch; it was a touch powdery in the pan but had more slip than most powder blushes on the market, but it was definitely a powder-based formula. The product applied well to bare skin as well as over foundation, as it diffused well along the edges without picking up base products.

The satin pearl finish was luminous but not overtly shimmery, so it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. They wore around nine hours on me before fading visibly.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath Divine Blush swatches.

Paradise Venus

Paradise Venus is a darker, reddish-copper with subtle, warm undertones and a soft matte finish.

  • Mostly opaque coverage
  • Soft, lightly powdery but blendable
  • Applied evenly, sat well on bare skin
  • Long-wearing (8.5 hours)

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Kaja Extra Pepper (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar).
  • Gucci Beauty Warm Berry (06) (P, $49.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • Patrick Ta She’s Baked (Powder) (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Beyond (P, $7.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar).
  • MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Toffee Cake (LE, $12.00) is cooler (85% similar).
  • Bite Beauty Almond (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar).
  • Chanel Evening Beige (340) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).
  • Dior Galactic Red (826) (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.34 oz. – $111.76 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “featherlight, long-wearing” that “build effortlessly from sheer to subversive.” The blushes are available in two finishes–demi-matte and satin pearl–and range from more muted to more vivid in color. The biggest “downfall” of the formula was that it was rather pigmented than buildable, so one could use a lighter hand to get more buildable coverage, but I found I had to use a light to moderate hand to ensure I didn’t over-apply each shade.

The consistency was smooth, silky, and lightly creamy to the touch; it was a touch powdery in the pan but had more slip than most powder blushes on the market, but it was definitely a powder-based formula. The product applied well to bare skin as well as over foundation, as it diffused well along the edges without picking up base products.

The satin pearl finish was luminous but not overtly shimmery, so it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. They wore around nine hours on me before fading visibly.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath Divine Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Alumina, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methylpropanediol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenylpropanol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Sunset Nectar

Sunset Nectar is a light, pinky-peach with moderate, warm undertones and an intense, metallic sheen.

  • Opaque pigmentation
  • Smooth, lightly emollient texture that was lightweight
  • Picked up evenly and blended out easily
  • Didn’t emphasize skin texture
  • Long-wearing (8.5 hours)

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

These are likely to be very similar shades based on our duping algorithm.

  • Maybelline Nikkie Tutorials (LE, $9.99).
  • Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 (P, $48.00).
  • MAC Tutu (LE, $37.00).
  • Tarte Strobe (PiP, ).
  • Clinique Lunar Pop (LE, $32.50).
  • Natasha Denona Light (PiP, ).
  • Givenchy Mystic Pink (LE, $47.00).
  • ColourPop Counting Sheep (LE, $10.00).
  • Natasha Denona Light (01) (P, $38.00).
  • ColourPop Horse and Carriage (LE, $8.00).

Formula Overview

$48.00/0.17 oz. – $282.35 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have an “ultra-reflective finish” and “silken feel” to give a “high intensity glow.” The texture felt more emollient, almost wet to the touch, though it was distinctively a powder-based formula in practice.

It had mostly opaque, buildable color coverage with a very thin, lightweight texture that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out with ease. The finish was “high intensity” but didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading a bit.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath Divine Glow Highlighter swatches.

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