There are make-up artists, and there are make-up artists. Pat McGrath has always categorically been the latter. As a huge make-up fan, I've always pored over her work and been captivated by both the impressive imagination that dreamed up the look and by the immaculate execution. Other beauty aficionados feel the same; put a bunch of hardened beauty editors backstage at a fashion week show where the make-up is being spearheaded by McGrath, and you'll invariably hear 'oohs' and 'aahs' - even after days of seeing make-up go on models.
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The power of Pat doesn't end with beauty editors. Over the past two years, Pat has launched seven Limited Edition beauty collections, all of which sold out in minutes - and induced a McGrath frenzy among her 3.8 million Instagram followers. Now, she's launching a permanent Unlimited Edition PAT McGRATH LABS collection, for which she's drawn from her '25-year career... sharing my secrets, unzipping my 87 suitcases and revealing the technique and truth behind every eye, skin and lip I have ever created.' And we've got the exclusive on each and every piece in the collection.
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Want to get your hands on it? You'll have to wait a few days - the collection is available on PatMcGrath.com on the 16th of September. But before then, feast your eyes on this exclusive glimpse our favourites from the collection of 3 Mothership palettes, 5 eye pencils, 12 lip pencils, 31 Luxetrance lipsticks, 9 Mattetrance lipsticks, and Dark Star mascara...
1. Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Subversive Palette
This is the one to go for if you love a smoky eye - or love your make-up to properly make a statement. Pat's make-up mantra 'use without caution' springs to mind with this one...
2. Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Sublime Palette
... Or if you're more into the metallic, bombshell, Gisele circa 2003 thing - this. You can do anything from a softly-smoky eye to a luminous wash of gold with this one.
3. Pat McGrath Labs Mattetrance and Luxetrance Lipsticks
There's a lipstick for every proclivity in this collection, with matte lipsticks in 9 shades spanning fuchsia to nude, and a whopping 31 creamy, hydrating Luxetrance hues on offer.
4. Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Subliminal Palette
Like that elusive 'no make-up make-up' thing? Pat's put together this minimalist palette for you.