It’s been a hot minute since I did a ‘No Thanks’ post. And I think we’ve been seeing quite a bit of new products, new releases, new cosmetics lines what have we so it’s about time we talk about those that we do not need. So let’s get straight into the list.
Pat McGrath Mothership Eyeshadow Palettes (125.00 USD)
(Image source: https://www.temptalia.com/pat-mcgrath-unlimited-core-the-permanent-collection-for-fall-2017/)
Pat McGrath’s products are usually those I look on with much awe and admiration, but have never been able to justify purchasing. Just a couple months back, she launched her Luxetrance lipsticks (in the photo above), which to be honest, look very pigmented and of great quality but I never got to buying as I wasn’t specifically into any of the colors. But the drawback for McGrath for me was always the price point. I surely understand her stature; being one of the most influential makeup artists whose works on runways, editorials and advertisements have defined beauty trends but that doesn’t mean that I will throw all my money to get her products just because.
So when I chanced upon Pat McGrath’s announcement on social media of the release of her Mothership Eyeshadow Palettes, I remembered scrolling down to read the details and there it was – the hefty price tag. 125.00 USD for a ten-pan eyeshadow palette is no joke. That’s a lot of money. Now if you’re a Pat McGrath collector, or an eyeshadow palette hoarder then I guess this won’t be an issue. But for a typical consumer like myself, spending that amount of money is a significant moment. Therefore, I need to make sure that forking out those dollar bills is worth every cent.
Unfortunately, I don’t think I will feel good about spending that much on one of these eyeshadow palettes. There are three palettes in this release – Mothership I Subliminal Palette (made up of blues, violets, soft golds and matte neutrals); Mothership II Sublime Palette (consists of coppers, pinks, bronze and matte neutrals); and Mothership III Subversive Palette (includes violets, blues, olives and matte neutrals) – costing 125.00 USD each. From the photos, they do look stunning especially the vibrant diamond-sparkled colors (I’m eyeing the iconic luscious green from the Sublime Palette). The shade selection and curation appears very well conceived, and overall I think it really seems like a very well made palette. However, the price tag is just way beyond what I feel is within reasonable parameters for a typical consumer, especially if you have already owned quite a number of other palettes. Spending 125 dollars on this would obligate me to only use this palette, and not opt for my other palettes merely to justify the expenditure. Am I gonna do that? Hells to the no.
So I’m saying no to Pat McGrath’s mothership series, just because of the price tag. So if money is no issue to you, then this palette might be your best investment yet.
Viseart Golden Hour Eyeshadow Palette (49.00 USD)
(Image source: https://www.temptalia.com/viseart-golden-hour-eyeshadow-palette-for-fall-2017/)
Next in line after McGrath (and possibly Natasha Denona) in terms of price point is Viseart. Their permanent twelve-pan eyeshadows are priced at 80.00 USD and six-pan theory palettes at 45.00 USD but Viseart occasionally brings out smaller, travel-sized or fits-into-purse collections. The previous was the Petit PRO eight-super-tiny-pan eyeshadow palette pegged at 30.00 USD, which I felt was a ridiculous price for the minuscule product you get. This fall, they have just launched the Golden Hour Eyeshadow Palette, a nine-pan warm-neutral palette with matte and metallic finishes. Compared to the tiny Petit PRO, this new launch contains about double the amount of product, and in a superior metal packaging as opposed to Petit PRO’s cardboard exterior. But it launches for 49 dollars.
To be honest, I don’t have as much beef with the pricing for this as with the Pat McGrath shadows. However, the main reason why I still couldn’t justify spending on this product is due to the almost dull and meh shade selection. Nothing in this palette screams new and innovative. These are shades we’ve seen before, shades we own. I just wish they would’ve stepped out of the warm-neutral zone and come up with a more dazzling and vibrant selection that is not easily available in many other palettes. I heard that by end of the year, Viseart might be releasing another nine-pan palette but in a different shade series, so I am looking forward to that but for now, I’m keeping my 49.
LORAC Mega PRO Palette 4 (59.00 USD)
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Before I talk about this palette, let me just say that I do love LORAC eyeshadows. My LORAC PRO palette is one my favorite eyeshadow palettes as it has an amazing color selection and the shadow quality is impressively pigmented and incredibly blendable. However, I have never been a fan of the LORAC Mega PRO palettes. I’ve swatched them before, and I just feel that they aren’t as amazing as the standard PRO palettes. On top of that, the mind-boggling color range confuses me. In other words, the Mega PRO palettes do not seem as well thought out as the standard PROs. It’s as if the colors are randomly picked with no clear concept. LORAC Mega PRO wants to be the jack of all trades, but master of none. The palette gives you a lot of colors in the spectrum but nothing wows you. It’s a totally different experience with the standard PRO palettes. The latter seem very professionally curated and manufactured but the former bears none of those attributes. The only people who might like this product may be makeup artists, largely due to the color range. But typical consumers? PASS.
Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon (26.00 USD)
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For the finale, we’ll shift our attention from eyeshadow palettes to lip colors. And one that will be released at the end of the year is a liquid-in-a-crayon lipstick by Marc Jacobs. Called the Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon, this product promises long-wear and comfort and comes in ten shades. The crayon concept reminds me a lot of the NARS crayon-pencil lip color thing but apparently this is supposed to be more liquidy, almost like a liquid lipstick type of consistency. While this may appear sleek, and possibly easy to wear, I am just not drawn to any of the shades to be honest. And for 26 dollars, I’d rather get a proper lipstick or liquid lipstick because I am not the most optimistic as to the longwear of this formula. Also, the shades in Marc Jacob’s Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme are more up my alley and they cost only 2 bucks more. For now, sorry Marc Jacobs, maybe next time!
That’s all I have for now. I had wanted to include more, but I didn’t want the post to get too long. But just FYI and I’m gonna keep this brief, I was gonna include the KKW powder contour kit as well. That’s a hell no for me (it’s coming back in stock yet again tomorrow). If you’re looking for a similar type of contour powder product and packaging, go ahead and check out the powder contour palettes by ELF Cosmetics. They’re much much more affordable (6 bucks!) and not a celebrity limited edition kind of bullshit releases. If you want a high quality powder contour product, go with Kat Von D’s Shade and Light Contour Palette. That’s all for now. Till the next one!