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Thursday, 28 November 2019

Pat McGrath Labs Blitz Astral Quad in Nocturnal Nirvana with Eye Ecstasy: Eye Shadow Palette Mini in Subversive and Sublime : Swatches & Review

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Pat McGrath Labs Blitz Astral Quad in Nocturnal Nirvana with Eye Ecstasy: Eye Shadow Palette Mini in Subversive and Sublime
The Pat McGrath Labs Blitz Astral Quad in Nocturnal Nirvana retails for $65US and $86CAN for a Total Net Weight 4 x 0.05 oz/ 1.5 g eyeshadow product in each palette.

The Pat McGrath Labs Eye Ecstasy: Eye Shadow Palette Mini in Subversive and Sublime retails for $28US and $38CAN for a Total Net Weight 5 x 0.035 oz/ 1 g eyeshadow product in each palette.

I did place an order for this with the Sephora sales site for 20% after the VIP sale.


Pat McGrath Labs Blitz Astral Quad in Nocturnal Nirvana box art.
Pat McGrath Labs Blitz Astral Quad in Nocturnal Nirvana palette lid and bottom.
Pat McGrath Labs Blitz Astral Quad in Nocturnal Nirvana box card.
Pat McGrath Labs Blitz Astral Quad in Nocturnal Nirvana palette opened.
Pat McGrath Labs Eye Ecstasy: Eye Shadow Palette Mini in Subversive and Sublime bag and sequined outer packaging.
Pat McGrath Labs Eye Ecstasy: Eye Shadow Palette Mini in Subversive and Sublime bag packaging backside.


Pat McGrath Labs Eye Ecstasy: Eye Shadow Palette Mini in Subversive and Sublime compact lid.
Pat McGrath Labs Eye Ecstasy: Eye Shadow Palette Mini in Subversive and Sublime compact bottom.
Pat McGrath Labs Eye Ecstasy: Eye Shadow Palette Mini in Subversive compact opened.
Pat McGrath Labs Eye Ecstasy: Eye Shadow Palette Mini in Sublime compact opened.

Ingredients:
Nocturnal Nirvana ~
Incandescent Gold:Mica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carrageenan, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499).Blitz Purple:Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Myristyl Trisiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Trehalose, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isododecane, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tin Oxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tocopherol, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Citric Acid, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470).Blitz Aquamarine:Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Mica, Silica, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Carrageenan, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).Emerald:Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Carrageenan, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499).
Pat McGrath Labs Eye Ecstasy: Eye Shadow Palette Mini ~Sublime ~ 
Sinful:Mica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Silica, Stearyl Dimethicone, Talc, Glyceryl Behenate, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylyl Glycol, Octadecene, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Aluminum Dimyristate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tin Oxide, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Poloxamer 338, Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491).Gold Nectar:Mica, Dimethicone, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Zinc Stearate, Talc, Silica, Ptfe, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400).Corruption:Silica, Mica, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Boron Nitride, Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Poloxamer 338, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).Sextrovert:Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Ptfe, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Poloxamer 338, Silica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163).Illicit:Mica, Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Poloxamer 338, Silica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499, Ci 77491, Ci 77492), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).Subversive ~
Synthetica:Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Silica, Zinc Stearate, Mica, Talc, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Sorbic Acid, Aluminum Dimyristate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).Lapis Luxury:Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Stearyl Dimethicone, Glyceryl Behenate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Octadecene, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Aluminum Dimyristate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Talc, Water/Aqua, Honey Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).Crimson Fire:Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Talc, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).Blue Blood:Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Talc, Stearyl Dimethicone, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Octadecene, Aluminum Dimyristate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ptfe, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Poloxamer 338, Silica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499, Ci 77491), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).Gold Standard:Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492).

Product:
The Matte shade from the Sublime palette in Illicit is slight powdery side with excellent pigmentation blend out beautifully. the gold shimmer does last longer with a primer in this formula.

The Metallic/Shimmer shades do pack a punch regarding pigmentation, and the texture is buttery which allows you to sheer out nicely as needed but also intense enough to last on the skin.

The High Shimmer/Glitter shades are the stunners in this Blitz Astral Quad in Nocturnal Nirvana. They contain the ingredients of Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, and Alumina which creates the mineral Glitter looks to the shadows. These need more love in terms of a primer to get them to last on your eye all day but it's worth is

Colours:
Nocturnal Nirvana:
Incandescent Gold 003 is a bright light warm gold with a high shimmer glitter finish. This shade is sheer but can be built up over a primer.
Blitz Aquamarine is a vibrant turquoise with a high shimmer glitter finish. This shade is sheer but can be built up over a primer.
Blitz Purple is a black-based purple with a high purple shimmer finish.
VR Emerald is a white/blue that shifts gold with a high shimmer glitter finish. This shade is sheer but can be built up over a primer.

Subversive:
Lapis Luxury rich marine blue with a high shimmer finish.
Blue Blood is a deep maroon with a shimmer finish.
Gold Standard is a bright yellow-based gold with a high shimmer finish.
Synthetica is a deep purple with a shimmer finish.
Crimson Fire rich burnt ruby with a high shimmer finish.

Sublime:
Sinful is an antique cool-tone gold with a metallic finish.
Illicit deep warm brown matte base is a with a gold shimmer flecks finish.
Gold Nectar is a warm rich gold with a metallic finish.
Corruption is a rich bronze base with a red high shimmer finish.
Sextrovert is a warm bronze with a high shimmer finish.


Wear: I get close to 8-9 hours of wear without a base for the matte and shimmer shades. The high shimmer glitter shades wear about 5-7 without a primer because of the larger particles. With primer all day. ;)

Packaging: The Blitz Astral Quad palette is a reflective black plastic box with gold mirror finish metal inlay panels and a magnetic closure. There is a bevelled mirror in the lid and the palette has a fair bit of weight to it for the "Lux" feel. You are definitely paying more for the packaging here for sure.

The palette is housed in a cardstock box that closes like a tie off folder which does give the palette a little bit of padding.

Pat McGrath Labs Eye Ecstasy: Eye Shadow Palette Mini in Subversive
The Pat McGrath Labs Eye Ecstasy: Eye Shadow Palette Mini is a basic frosted clear plastic clamshell that is cheap but that's ok because what you really want is the quality product inside. The tray the holds the pan is easily removable and snaps into place which makes it the first of her product packaging I would try to depot for eyeshadows.

Pat McGrath Labs Blitz Astral Quad in Nocturnal Nirvana. Shades in Incandescent Gold 003, Blitz Aquamarine, Blitz Purple, and VR Emerald
Daylight & Flash swatches: Incandescent Gold 003, Blitz Aquamarine, Blitz Purple, and VR Emerald.

Pat McGrath Labs Eye Ecstasy: Eye Shadow Palette Mini in Subversive:
Lapis Luxury, Blue Blood, Gold Standard, Synthetica, & Crimson Fire.
Daylight swatches: Lapis Luxury, Blue Blood, Gold Standard, Synthetica, & Crimson Fire.
Flash swatches: Lapis Luxury, Blue Blood, Gold Standard, Synthetica, & Crimson Fire.
Pat McGrath Labs Eye Ecstasy: Eye Shadow Palette Mini in Sublime:
Sinful, Illicit, Gold Nectar, Corruption, & Sextrovert.
Daylight swatches: Sinful, Illicit, Gold Nectar, Corruption, & Sextrovert.

Flash swatches: Sinful, Illicit, Gold Nectar, Corruption, & Sextrovert. 
Verdict:
These palettes have A+ eyeshadow shades in terms of performance. The mattes are nice and workable while the shimmers are excellent as well. These ones caught my eye in terms of the harder to find in a pressed pan formula on the market at the moment with the high shimmer/glitter eyeshadows.

My complaint is that this year Blitz Astral Quad's is being more expensive than last year's 6 pan holiday set. Now they are using the brand's premium packaging but is it realistic to expect to pay that much more with 1/3 of the product missing. If might be that this holiday Blitz Astral Quad line is using more expensive eyeshadow formula from the brand but it still seems shady that the less product and nicer packing is costing that much more as the lux packaging is bulk made without any difference between palette other than a small clear stick to cut the price down.

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