Expensive Pat McGrath Labs LuxeTrance Lipsticks Review

January 21, 2020

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I normally wouldn’t pay $37 for a lipstick at all. Yes, that’s the price of a Pat McGrath Labs LuxeTrance Lipstick. But during their Black Friday sale, I was able to get 4 lipsticks for just $10 each! I mean, that’s a good deal right?! I have been testing them out for a while now (after I was scared to use them for like 2 weeks) and I’m sharing my thoughts and swatches in today’s post. Are these lipsticks worth the high price tag? 

I’ve never bought a lipstick this expensive. I mean, I got them for an amazing deal during their Black Friday sales. But still, they’re worth 37 bucks. I was literally scared to use them for about 2 weeks because I didn’t want to ruin them lol. But in the end, I realized I bought them so I can use them and not as a museum artwork. 

I have been using them for a while now so I can give you my full in-depth review, thoughts, and opinions about these expensive Pat McGrath Labs LuxeTrance Lipsticks. I was so curious to see if this high-end lipstick would be better than a drugstore one. Is there something magical in the lipsticks that’s worth the price tag? I wasn’t sure before I tested them out. However, I’m going to spill the tea today! 

Pat McGrath Labs

“This is the golden age of makeup. PAT McGRATH LABS is my Golden Revolution. The entire planet is just as cosmetics obsessed as I’ve always been. Makeup is a movement. Makeup is mesmerizing. Makeup is major. Mantra-esque, three words have repeated over and over in my mind ever since I was young. Obsession. Inspiration. Addiction. Those words became my guiding principles, my manifesto as I brought this brand to life . I wanted to capture, in a quartet of exquisite palettes, 50 legendary lipsticks, a divine dozen eyeliners and five fetish-worthy lip pencils, The Power of Transformation, The Power of Beauty;  The Power of Makeup.”  

– Pat McGrath, CEO & Founder of PAT McGRATH LABS

“For more than two decades, Pat McGrath has been concepting, launching and developing luxury cosmetic brands, countless runway shows, breakthrough advertising campaigns, and editorial spreads.

Each season, Pat McGrath conceptualizes and creates beauty looks for more than 60 ready-to-wear and couture shows in Milan, Paris, London and New York for a luminous roster of the world’s most prestigious brands and visionary designers. With her incomparable mastery and iconoclastic vision, Pat McGrath has transformed the beauty industry. Name any trend of the past two decades, and you’ll find her at its origin, from 1990s dewy skin to no-retouching-necessary foundation specifically designed for this decade’s selfies.

The queen of American fashion, Vogue’s Anna Wintour, proclaimed her “the most influential makeup artist in the world.” Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II made her a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to the fashion and beauty industry. It’s undeniable: Pat McGrath is the most influential and sought-after makeup artist in the world.”

Source: Pat McGrath website.

Expensive Pat McGrath Labs Mattetrance Lipsticks Review
Left to right: Profumo, Lavish, Realness, Donatella.

The Shades

As I said before, I bought 4 LuxeTrance Lipsticks. The picture above shows you which 4 I’ve got. The shades are called: 

  • LuxeTrance Lipstick in the shade Realness (Light Rose Nude)
  • LuxeTranceLipstick in the shade Donatella (Beige Mauve)
  • LuxeTranceLipstick in the shade Lavish (Mauve Rose)
  • LuxeTranceLipstick in the shade Profumo (Neutral True Pink)

Pat McGrath Labs LuxeTrance Lipsticks Review

I have to start off by mentioning that the packaging is absolutely stunning. I think this is the most beautiful lipstick packaging I’ve ever seen. It’s a bit heavy which makes it even more luxurious looking. I love black with golden details a lot. It’s chic and expensive looking. The lips detail is in my opinion super cute and a lovely, personal touch to the packaging. I would recognize the packaging from a thousand miles so marketing wise this is also very smart! 

Pat McGrath Labs LuxeTrance Lipsticks Swatches

All 4 shades are very beautiful shades. I tried to buy a bit of a variety of shades instead of 4 nudes and I think I did pretty well. All 4 shades are very wearable, but Donatella and Profumo are both a bit darker and brighter. 

The lipsticks have a créme formula which I really like because it doesn’t dry my lips. Because of their creaminess, they tend to last a bit less long than a matte lipstick. However, they are still long-wearing. After about 3-4 hours the color starts to fade. 

The pigmentation is very good, one swipe and you’re done. The swatches below are one swipe so you can see what I mean. The texture is creamy and I just love how the lipsticks look on the lips. 

I think my favorite shade is Realness so far. I love a rosy nude kinda color. Lavish and Profumo are both a bit out of my comfort zone but I do love them both a lot. Donatella is a perfect nude which I always love. 

But, are these lipsticks worth the $37 price tag? Even though I love the texture, formula, packaging, and colors, I still think $37 is just a lot of money. I think a lot of the money goes into the packaging and it’s definitely beautiful, but in the end, we are buying a lipstick for the shade and formula. I don’t think the actual colors and formula are that spectacular to be worth $37.

If you have some extra money to spend and looking for beautiful lipstick? I would definitely recommend them. If you’re not having this luxury, don’t you worry, you’re not missing out on something revolutionary. 

What are your thoughts on the Pat McGrath LuxeTrance Lipsticks? Have you ever tried them or do you think they’re too expensive? 

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Comments (13)

  • The Newbury Girl

    January 24, 2020 at 2:47 am

    I haven’t tried the PML LuxeTrance lippies but I have tried (and LOVE) the glosses. These sound so lovely and my fave shades based on your swatches are def Donatella & Lavish!!

  • Amber Cain (@allofamberblog)

    February 3, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Beautiful lip shades. Pat McGrath definitely has a nice collection of lipsticks. I may stop by the mall to shop for some once the weather gets nicer! ♥️

    1. Simone | Beautymone

      February 3, 2020 at 10:05 pm

      Yay! Enjoy your shopping session! 🙂

  • Lisa

    February 4, 2020 at 12:15 am

    Good information, thank you. Will try if I’m lucky enough to spot them on sale.

    1. Simone | Beautymone

      February 4, 2020 at 1:28 pm

      Thank you! Hopefully there will be a sale soon. 🙂

  • Hailey

    February 4, 2020 at 2:20 am

    These are so pretty! I have a lipstick obsession, and Donatella needs to be in my collection lol I’d be interested to see if anyone has found a dupe for these!

    1. Simone | Beautymone

      February 4, 2020 at 1:38 pm

      I have a lipstick obsession too so I feel you on this lol! I just searched around a bit and found out that Very Victoria from Charlotte Tilbury is pretty similar to Donatella! Since that one is also a bit pricy, I looked for another dupe which could be Velvet Teddy from MAC. Hopefully, this is helpful! 🙂

  • Fadima Mooneira

    February 4, 2020 at 5:11 am

    Oh wow!!!!!!! Those lipsticks are beautiful. I love the packaging and colours. The most expensive lipstick I purchased was History of Wu. It cost me RM250.00.

    1. Simone | Beautymone

      February 4, 2020 at 1:40 pm

      They’re stunning, aren’t they?! There’s something special when it comes to expensive lipstick, right? 🙂

  • solidparent

    February 4, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Wow, these are beautiful shades. I can’t imagine spending that amount of money but I also understand you get what you pay for , so the quality must be pretty great!

    1. Simone | Beautymone

      February 4, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      I never thought I would spend that much money on a lipstick but I’m glad they were discounted! Otherwise, I think I wouldn’t purchase them. However, it’s definitely true that you get what you pay for though.

  • barbarafavafmx

    February 5, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Donatella looks a lot like a shade I would wear on a daily basis!

    1. Simone | Beautymone

      February 8, 2020 at 7:54 pm

      It’s a perfect shade to wear on a daily basis! 🙂

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