Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Rose Decadence Palette | Review + 5 Looks

Hey everyone! Today I have a review of the Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Rose Decadence palette for you! Ever since the large Divine Rose palette came out, I’ve been enchanted with the packaging from this rose series! When the mini was released, that was my chance, since that $170 CAD price tag on the larger palettes is just way too hard to swallow. Plus, I was more attracted to the brighter and seemingly more colourful shades in the mini size. I did drag my heels for a bit, but I’ve finally bought it. So how did it go?

Packaging and First Impressions

This palette comes in cardboard box packaging with a black glossy palette inside. The packaging of PMG palettes varies quite a bit, but in this one the outer packaging IS attached to the actual palette, which I love. With PMG you are almost always purchasing partly for the stunning packaging! The packaging itself is a light pink with pink roses and gold accents. This palette is also different from past six pans in that it has a magnetic closure, and does not have a tie closure on the front. Inside, there is a mirror just smaller than the size of the lid, and the six pans.

The colour scheme of this palette includes soft pinks, fuchsias, a copper and a gold. While this palette might lean on the typical in terms of a pink colour scheme, I do think adding that copper in there makes it special. In terms of formula, this palette has one satin, one matte, one shimmer, one duochrome and two metallics. These shadows do not have a scent.


“A six-shade love letter to ravishing roses, this Limited Edition palette is rendered in a swoon-worthy array of cream mattes, incendiary shimmers, and one divinely decadent duochrome. Evoking the brilliance and splendour of legendary royal gardens, this stunning bouquet sets eyes passionately alight in luxuriously lightweight ultra-blendable shades ranging from Parc du Malmaison-inspired pinks and carnal coral to luminous rose-infused metallics and a fiercely futuristic fuchsia illuminated by ultraviolet sparks.”

Pat does NOT know how to edit. Hahaha, I feel like that is on ongoing joke with Pat’s products. She uses WAY too many buzz words and descriptive terms, it’s sooooo over the top. But it’s part of her brand! I do roll my eyes though every time I see the name of a product or read a product’s description. Maybe it’s just the scientist in me!


Pink Champagne: Warm frosted pink shimmer with a gold flip
Peach Dusk: Pink coral satin (this is described as a matte, but it is absolutely a satin shade in real life)
Fuchsia Flame: Warm pink duochrome with fuchsia purple flash
Hedonistic Rose: Mid-tone pink mauve matte
Scandalous: Warm orange copper metallic (described as a rose bronze)
Golden Honey: Light antique gold metallic

Price and Quantity

This eyeshadow palette is priced at $88 CAD (it’s actually only $86 CAD on Sephora!!; $65 USD) and has 0.42 oz of product. We all know Pat is luxury, so I wouldn’t expect to be getting great value with this palette.

For a comparison of value to other palettes on the market, I selected smaller palettes that were mostly pink-toned and were on the higher end/luxury side of things. I also included the larger Pat McGrath palette for interests-sake!

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

Quantity (oz)Number of ShadesCost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1Violet Voss Fun Sized Berry Blast$240.410$60/oz
2Viseart Petit Pro 2$400.286$143/oz
3Viseart Tryst$720.499$147/oz
4Pat McGrath Rose Decadence$880.426$210/oz
5Pat McGrath Divine Rose II$1700.4710$362/oz
6Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette$660.184$367/oz
7NARS Organsm Eyeshadow Quad680.164$425/oz

Overall, I’m not surprised this smaller palette ended up somewhere in the middle in terms of value amongst other high end palettes. What DID surprise me, however, was that this smaller palette has almost the same about of product as Pat’s larger palettes!!! Usually larger palettes in general have a better value, simply because they are larger, but this was not the case here! Just shows you how big these pans are in the six pan.

Pigmentation and Performance

Interestingly, my experience with this palette was a little bit of a rollercoaster. At first, I was just not happy. A palette needs to be pretty darn impressive for you to shell out $80+ for only six shades. BUT, once I learned what technique worked best, I was really able to get this palette to perform!

The number one secret to getting the best performance from this palette is using a tacky base. I usually prime my lids with concealer, and set the concealer, as I just find blending is so much easier. Most palettes usually have no problem giving good pigmentation even when your base is set. At least my favourite ones do. What I found with this palette was that the pigmentation was alright on a set base, but exceptional on a tacky one. It’s an expected result, but a tacky base isn’t always required for the best performance of palettes. However, it really did make a difference here. Because you should work on a tacky base, I suggest you work from darkest to lightest, applying your deepest crease and outer corner shades first, and progressively blending higher and higher into your transition with your lighter shades. This will give you maximum pigmentation.

While it may look like it has two, this palette only has one matte. It is a nice matte, however, and has really nice pigmentation on a tacky base. It blends easily. The only caveat is that it isn’t the best when it comes to building on top of other shades. This is again, why I suggest you start with this shade as you are building your eye look, placing it directly on your primer, to give you maximum depth. Something that I also noticed was that this shade almost looked red when it was applied to a set base, and didn’t look truly rose-pink/fuchsia-leaning unless it was applied to a tacky base! Interesting!

Peach Dusk, to my horror, is a satin. I did not realize this upon purchasing this palette, so that is my fault. It probably wouldn’t have stopped me anyways. This shade is very obviously a satin to me. It is definitely not a flat shade, and has some light reflectivity to it. It’s not my favourite, but it is still a decently pigmented shade that works well in the crease. It looks especially great on a tacky base. It also blends very nicely and pairs well with all the metallics in this palette.

As for the rest of the shades, they are all shimmers or metallics. Scandalous and Golden Honey are very clearly metallics, with a lot more richness in shade and reflectivity. Pink Champagne ain’t so slacker though. I wouldn’t necessarily have referred to this as a shimmer if Pat hadn’t said so, as it still packs a punch. Honestly, I love all of these shades. They all have great pigment, and look especially amazing on top of a glitter glue, which is exclusively how I apply metallics and shimmers now. Why not get the best performance possible? If I had to choose, I do think Fuchsia Flame is my favourite shade in the palette. The depth of that fuchsia, it’s intensely beautiful!

So let’s get into the eye looks and I will let you know all the shades used and my thoughts on each shade as we go through. Each look was created on an set/unset concealer base, and shimmers/metallics were applied on top of a glitter glue.

This look was created on a SET concealer base
Shades Used
Peach Dusk
: Crease, outer lower lash line. This is a nice peachy shade that I later learned worked best on an unset base. It is clearly a satin in person, as it does not appear completely matte. I personally, would have preferred a matte as it would give slightly more depth/opacity.
Hedonistic Rose: Outer corner. This is a matte dusty medium rose that builds ok on top of other shades, but looks the best when directly applied to an unset base. Here in this look I really had to work hard to get it to show up.
Fuchsia Flame: Center lid. This is a stunning sparkly fuchsia metallic. However, I don’t really feel that it appeared super duochrome on the lid. It was mostly just a bright fuchsia, but it was stunning as it was, especially on top of a glitter glue.
Pink Champagne: Inner lid and inner corner. This is a beautiful peachy light pink shimmer/metallic. It definitely has a nice gold reflect to it.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shades “Heartless” and “Alkaline” are on the waterline.

This look was created on a SET concealer base
Shades Used
Hedonistic Rose: Crease, outer corner and outer lower lash line.
Peach Dusk: Transition and lower lash line.
Scandalous: Center lid. This copper metallic is beyond stunning. I love how warm it is, bordering on orange-y.
Golden Honey: Inner lid and inner corner. This is a typical gold metallic. I mean what can I say, it’s a gold. Is anyone else bored of gold metallics? lol. This one is exceptionally rich though.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shades “Heartless” and “Alkaline” are on the waterline.

This look was created on a UNSET concealer base
Shades Used
Hedonistic Rose: Crease, outer corner and outer lower lash line. See how much depth you can achieve with a tacky base?? I just DIE over this full-on fuchsia look! So pretty!
Peach Dusk: Transition and lower lash line.
Fuchsia Flame: Lid.
Golden Honey: Inner corner.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shades “Heartless” and “Alkaline” are on the waterline.

This look was created on a UNSET concealer base
Shades Used
Peach Dusk: Crease, outer lower lash line. This shade is so pretty with full pigmentation! I found myself even forgiving it for being a satin.
Pink Champagne: Lid and inner corner.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Heartless” is on the waterline.

This look was created on a UNSET concealer base
Shades Used
Hedonistic Rose: Crease, outer corner and outer lower lash line.
Peach Dusk: Transition and lower lash line.
Fuchsia Flame: Center lid.
Scandalous: Inner lid and inner corner.
Pink Champagne: Layered on top of Scandalous in the inner corner.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Alkaline” is on the waterline.

Final Thoughts

I am actually shocked by how much I like this palette. No, love. At first, I was almost feeling ready to return it because I was just not happy about the pigment I was getting and the buildability of the matte shade. But, thank god I tried a tacky base! The reason why I don’t usually use a tacky base is 1. It isn’t usually necessary for my favourite palettes, and 2. Blending can just be much more of a challenge sometimes. But that wasn’t the case here! This palette is exceptional on a tacky base! I think you can also tell how much I like this palette, with the fact that I created 5 looks for you, when really only two were necessary. I had used all of the shades with the first two looks, so that was good enough for a basic review. But once I discovered how awesome it was with the right technique, I wanted to use it over and over again, and I still do! I think there is just something I am really digging about intense fuchsia looks right now, which might be strange with my recently dyed red hair? What do you think? Does it look strange with my hair? Regardless, I’m still going to wear it!

What do you think about this palette? Is it on your to buy list? What is your experience with Pat McGrath shadows?

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