Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Sublime: Bronze Temptation | Holiday 2018 | Review, Swatches + 4 Looks

Hello everyone! Today I have a super boujee review for you! In the last month I was finally able to get my $100 Sephora Rouge Reward in exchange for 2500 points. It involved stalking the Sephora website from 8:50-9:10 am PST on a Tuesday, refreshing the Rewards Bazaar 100 times, but I got my hands on one! It took a lot of thought to decide what I wanted to spend my reward on, but I knew ultimately I wanted it to be a fun purchase, and a product that I knew I would probably never buy myself. That means boujee and expensive honey!

For the holiday season Pat McGrath Labs released three six-pan palettes in her Opulence Collection. From the jump I knew I was interested in the Bronze Temptation one, but $70 CAD for six eyeshadows hurts my soul. But free is a better price for me, so I went for it!

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So if you are interested in this review, let’s get into it!

Packaging and First Impressions

This eyeshadow palette comes in a tri-fold palette that is cardboard and has an elastic closure. The outside pattern on this palette is STUNNING and borderline breathtaking! The main colour scheme is red, decked with jewels and downright blingy designs. It just exudes luxury. Inside, the tri-fold palette opens to reveal six eyeshadows and a mirror. The eyeshadows themselves are actually in a plastic palette. Overall, the whole palette feels super luxurious, has good weight to it, and I love the unique packaging.

One thing that might be slightly annoying for people is that the flaps of the palette don’t both open flat. The flap with the mirror only opens to about 120 degrees. The half flap does open further, but it kind of springs back into place, if not held open. Either way, these things don’t really bother me. You can definitely still use the mirror, but it is more awkward than it needs to be.

The shades in this palette are so perfect for the holidays and for people that gravitate towards more neutral looks. Inside, you get a few gold/champagnes, some neutral warm mattes, a red and a green. Of the three palettes that Pat released in the Opulence collection, this is definitely the most neutral one.


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“Succumb to the seduction of six illicit iconoclassic shades, ranging from glamorously gilty golds to wondrously warm matte neutrals, sparked by the tantalising temptation of a single shimmering bronzed rose. Gild, glamorise and glorify your eyes with the erotic elegance of arousingly smooth formulations that glide on effortlessly, uninhibitedly exhibiting incendiary shine and licentious luxury. Slay with style and splendour in a sublime textures and finishes, entrancing all whom you encounter from dusk to dawn and beyond.

Creamy, soft textures ignite metallic pigments and amplify colour.
– Extreme blendability and adherence without creasing.
– Pure colour intensity.
– Polished and bright multi-dimensional finish.
– Emollient-like texture and glide.
– One-stroke, fully pigmented, opaque color saturation.”


Celestial: Luminous champagne
Burning Desire: Matte terra cotta
Supernova: Sparkling emerald green
Dark Paradise: Noir-tinged brick red
Corruption: Bronzed burgundy
Provocatrix: Golden bronze duo-chrome

Price and Quantity

This eyeshadow palette is priced at $75 CAD ($55 USD) on the Pat McGrath Labs website, however, on Sephora Canada, the palette is only $70 CAD (same price in USD though)! Clearly Pat’s website is more up to date with the current exchange rate, so any Canadians should take advantage of this by shopping on the Sephora website. This palette has 0.42 oz of product.

Since I think we all know Pat McGrath Labs is boujee AF, there is little need to do a price comparison. Additionally, price comparisons usually only make sense when there are comparable products on the market, and there aren’t really any eyeshadow palettes out there that include this kind of “Christmas” colour scheme, but it is fairly neutral as well. Just for sh*ts and giggles, lets compare it to other luxury smaller boujee palettes, even if they don’t have a similar colour scheme, just to give you an idea of how the values compare, and really, how much the brand’s are charging for their name.

Here are the comparisons listed from best value to worst value:

Rank Product Cost
($ CAD)
Quantity (oz) Number of Shades Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1 Viseart Theory Eyeshadow Palette $60 0.42 6 $143/oz
2 Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 $61 0.4 5 $153/oz
3 Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Temptation $70 0.42 6 $167/oz
4 Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette $59 0.21 7 $281/oz
5 Tom Ford Eye Color Quad $105 0.35 4 $300/oz
6 Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette $66 0.18 4 $367/oz

Well, I’m not totally surprised by the ranking above. At least you get plenty of product in this palette! You will seriously never run out of these six shades!

Pigmentation and Performance

As my first experience with the PML formula, this palette gave me a great first impression!

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The mattes in this palette are very pigmented and super blendable. I also found that they are very buildable and the two shades that are included in this palette are all you really need. I found that they worked both on a tacky or set primer, however you can achieve better depth if you leave your primer tacky.

The metallics are all very beautiful, but they do seem to have slightly different formulas. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find any information about how they differ, but I can describe them. Both Celestial and Supernova feel like they are a bit thinner, but they have a microglitter within the formula, giving them extra sparkle. Corruption and Provocatrix differ in that they have more body to them, feel creamier, and are both duochromes. Regardless of the formula, all of the shades apply well to the eye when pressed on to a tacky base. They work best with a finger, but can work with a brush as well, especially when dampened.

As for the colour story, I love that you are given the perfect two mattes to build any look, and depth can certainly be achieved. I have to say that I was definitely attracted to this palette mostly because of the “Christmas-y” colour scheme, but I do have a note on that for you. Although Corruption does look quite red in most photos, it actually has a very strong copper duochrome effect that tends to take over. While it might look like a bright cranberry, you should actually expect a duller red/copper to avoid disappointment. This change in shade didn’t really bother me, but I did see some negative reviews talking about it. Lastly, while Provocatrix is described as a gold bronze duo chrome, but I swear there is a touch of green reflect in there! It is especially noticeable on the eyes in sunlight, but you might be able to pick up on it in some of my eye photos. It is slight, but I thought I would mention that because it was unexpected.

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In late day direct sunlight
swatches in shade
In natural light

Below I have created four looks with this palette using all of the shades. You will notice that the looks are all pretty similar, with me just changing up the lid shades. I was wearing these looks to work and so I didn’t really want to change up my method or do anything too crazy. My thoughts on each specific shade are discussed as I list them.

Look #1




This look was created with a set base.

Shades used:
Burning Desire
: Crease. This is a really beautiful warm orange brown that works perfectly for the transition. It can be applied lightly or built up.
Dark Paradise: Outer corner. Even though this shade is described as a blackened brick red, it is really just a dark brown to me, and appears that way on the eye. This shade has great pigmentation, and builds well on Burning Desire, but you will get more impact if you apply on a tacky base and use the reverse blending method.
Celestial: Inner third of the lid. This is a pretty and sparkly champagne shade. This is one of the thinner shades that I mentioned, but it sill applies well.
Supernova: Rest of the lid. This is such a gorgeous emerald shade that has lots of sparkle to it. Again, this was the other thin shade.

Look #2



This look was created with a set base.

Shades used:
Burning Desire
: Crease.
Dark Paradise: Crease.
Celestial: Inner third of the lid.
Corruption: Rest of the lid. This is the red shade that has a strong copper duochrome. What looks like a bright cranberry in the pan really does look much more muted on the eye, but honestly that makes it more wearable! This metallic was so creamy and easy to apply!

Look #3



This look was created with a set base.

Shades used:
Burning Desire
: Crease.
Dark Paradise: Outer corner.
Celestial: Inner third of the lid.
Provocatrix: Rest of the lid. This is the gold shade that I swear has a slight green reflect. It’s not totally noticeable in these pictures, but I think you can see it a bit better in the next look. Again, this was a very creamy and smooth metallic. So easy to work with!

Look #4

I initially wasn’t going to include this look because it almost looks exactly like the previous one, but this does show you the potential green reflect better, and the fact that I was able to build more depth in this look with a tacky base and the reverse blending method.




This look was created with a tacky base.

Shades used:
Burning Desire
: Crease.
Dark Paradise: Outer corner.
Provocatrix: Lid.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I am so happy that I splurged and got this palette! And really, it wasn’t even a splurge since I used my Rouge reward to get it. In total, this palette really does it for me on all levels. It is pigmented, blendable, and has beautiful shades that are wearable but also allow you to play with colour.

Even though this palette has only six shades, I don’t even feel like I have used it to it’s full potential, and I can’t wait to create more looks with it using different methods. I can definitely see myself creating more Christmas-y looks with the red and green together as we get into December!

Have you tried Pat McGrath Labs products before? Which palette of hers are you lusting over? I think I’m addicted now! And now that my birthday is coming up in the next few days, I think I’ll be treating myself to another of her palettes potentially. Which one should I get??

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15 thoughts on “Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Sublime: Bronze Temptation | Holiday 2018 | Review, Swatches + 4 Looks

  1. This palette is such eye candy! I don’t know if I’ll ever get a Pat McGrath palette (unlikely, but never say never) but both the packaging and the product itself is nice to look at. And of course you had to get this one, it has a shade called Supernova in it!

    Good to know your method of getting the gift card…I never spend my points because there’s never any deluxe samples I’m interested in, but I want that gift card!!

    1. Eye candy is definitely the perfect descriptor!! I would never really consider buying a PML palette unless I had a GC or something, which is what happened here, and now I have more GC’s from my birthday which is why I am considering getting another.. Haha I know it’s so perfect that that shade was named after me… right?? 😛

  2. That palette is beyond gorgeous! Wow, look at that packaging! I have the Bronze Ambition Palette from the summer, and it’s probably one of the best eyeshadow palettes I own.

    1. I know, the packaging couldn’t be more stunning, unless she had put actual jewels on it lol. Knowing Pat and her prices, she might in the future!!
      Good to know about the Bronze Ambition Palette! That sounds right up my alley, but I’m trying to be choosy since it’s not like I can afford to buy all her palettes. I want something that I will use a lot, but is unique in my collection. It’s so hard to decide though!!

  3. Okay I think you’re totally justified in getting this palette, especially since one of the shades literally has your name on it! The Supernova and Corruption shades are SO pretty!
    You make me want every palette that you review, saving money is so hard lol

    1. Haha I know!! I didn’t realize that until after I purchased it!! I’m pretty in love with this palette, and I think you can get pretty versatile looks out of it despite it being fairly neutral. Saving money IS hard, especially with prices like these!!

  4. I’d buy this palette just for the packaging… so gorgeous! If only it wasn’t so expensive. Also love the looks you created, you’ve got some skills! X

    1. Uhg I know, the price is unreal.. Definitely something that you would hope to receive as a gift so that you don’t have to spend the cash!! But it is so pretty and perfect for the holidays! And thank you so much! I was worried that these looks were too basic so that’s very kind of you to say!

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