For the Holiday season, Pat McGrath Labs has officially entered the liquid lipstick game with the new LiquiLust 007 collection. Ever since the launch of the MatteTrance and LuxeTrance Lipsticks, Pat McGrath Labs has quite literally been on everyone’s lips so I decided to purchase the limited edition LiquiLust 007 Duo in Femme Moderne ($38) as soon as it hit her official website in November. There are five kit options to choose from in eight shades, all of which are highly pigmented and come in a matte finish ranging from $38 to $250 in price. Each kit contains a liquid lipstick, and includes either a gloss and her newly introduced Micro-Fine Pigment depending on the set which provides a fully customizable multi-finish experience. The kits offer the luxury of personalization which can be as easy as simply swiping on the liquid lipstick and call it good, or elevate the lips by layering on a coat of the gloss or pigment for a high-impact shine and rich ombre effect. There are two color options for the LiquiLust 007 Duo and naturally I went for the neutral one.
First, can we just talk about the packaging? The kits are housed in iridescent sealed pouches poured with lavender colored iridescent sequins. Facing the front is a label outlining the product in almost a police evidence- esque typographic setting. At first I did not want to open the pouch at all because it’s so pretty but once I did it felt like opening a present. Fancy exterior packaging can often times be a waste but presentation and first impressions are always important, and per Pat McGrath style, this is so cutting-edge and creative.
In this set you’ll get:
- 0.17 oz/ 5 mL LiquiLUST Liquid Lipstick in Femme Moderne
- 0.34 oz/ 10 mL Astral Vinyl Gloss in Bronze
Historically, I am very anti- liquid lipstick due to the fact that most formulas have a matte dry-down that ultimately makes the lips look like a shriveled mess. Overall I just simply prefer the look and finish of a classic creamy lipstick. However, Femme Moderne took me completely by surprise as it both looks and feels remarkable for a matte. It’s a beautiful neutral-toned, medium creamy mauve beige with subtle pink undertones. The formula is very on-point for a liquid lipstick. It has full, smooth coverage that is totally streak-free. Driven by vegetable derived emollients and antioxidants, the whipped cushiony texture leaves lips feeling velvety smooth and prevent dryness. The color is super rich and lays down to a beautiful, high-impact pigment. One thin layer is all you really need to cover the entire lip area, but two layers intensifies the color. One of the things I immediately noticed is that the consistency of the liquid lipstick almost experiences kind of like a lightweight moisturizer, which I love because it feels like it hydrates and conditions the lips throughout wear time. While this formula does have a matte finish and dry-down, it does not dry out my lips to the shriveling point nor does it cause them to peel at the end of the day. Lasting power is also quite impressive, the color stays put for hours without budging.
The Astral Vinyl Gloss is a sheer, buildable, pearlized gloss that adds sparkle, shine, and dimension when worn alone or over the lip color. The gloss has a smooth, creamy base to it that has a slightly tacky feel but does not feel sticky on the lips. Even though the gloss is said to be buildable, overall the basis of it is sheer and functions more like a top coat that suits going over top of an actual lip color as opposed to being worn on its own. There is a beautiful bronzy-gold shimmer factor to the gloss that does not feel gritty on the lips and adds a gorgeous dimension once you figure out how to properly layer it. Simply squeeze a little on your bottom lip and use your finger to dab and smooth over lips – allowing the formula to completely dry before pursing lips together. If at any point you purse the lips together while it’s still wet, the shimmer will totally disappear.
Swatched on the arm
Swatched on the lips. For skin tone reference, I am not wearing any foundation and am completely barefaced here. My skin tone is medium with pink undertones. The swatches below feature one coat of color.
Bottom line, my first experience with Pat McGrath Labs was an absolute positive one. This kit is a solid win and I like that it is customizable by making the gloss an option. Even though I love the shimmery bronze-toned gloss, I prefer a clear one since it enhances the color so much more than the tinted one does. At this time I don’t know if her liquid lipsticks are going to be launched individually or if they will even become permanent. On her official website most of the LiquiLust 007 kits are limited edition so I suggest to snag one up before they are gone if you end up liking this review.
Have you tried any of these kits yet? What are your thoughts on it?