Pat McGrath Voyeuristic Vixen Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches

by Jeremy

Voyeuristic Vixen

Pat McGrath Voyeuristic Vixen Venus in Fleurs Luxe QuadPat McGrath Voyeuristic Vixen Venus in Fleurs Luxe Quad ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new, limited edition quad that includes three shimmery shades and one matte. All four shades were pigmented, blendable, long-wearing, and consistent with the brand’s past releases. Rose Nectar Fire was a surprise–it was far more dimensional (almost appeared to be a multichrome to my eye!) than it appeared in the pan.


Pat McGrath Voyeuristic Vixen Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches

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Moonlight Liaison

Moonlight Liaison is a light, peachy pink with strong, warm undertones and a high-shine, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that wasn’t too firm nor softly pressed into the pan. The eyeshadow applied well to bare skin and blended out with ease. This shade showed signs of fading after nine hours of wear.

Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like the scent).

  • Sydney Grace Romeo (Light) (PiP, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever I528 Pearl (DC, $21.00) is cooler (90% identical).
  • Dior Pink Corolle #3 (PiP) is less shimmery (90% equivalent).
  • BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #8 (PiP) is less shimmery and cooler (90% similar).
  • MAC Dance Flowers Dance (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery and darker (90% identical).
  • Dior Blue Beat #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, and warmer (90% similar).
  • BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #8 (PiP) is less shimmery and cooler (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Kindred (LE, $4.50) is cooler (90% similar).
  • Dior Tutu #2 (PiP) is less shimmery (90% similar).
  • Chanel Au Fil de L’Eau #2 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, and warmer (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.04 oz. – $625.00 Per Ounce

Pat McGrath’s eyeshadows are generally supposed to be “super-saturated” with “creamy, soft textures” and “extreme blendability and adherence without creasing.” How well they perform (and, to some degree, how they are supposed to be applied and marketed) depends on the type of shades, but by and large, the eyeshadows perform very much as they are described. The brand released single eyeshadows in March 2019.

The shades have been consistent in quality, look, and feel. They are not removable, unfortunately, so one would have to depot like any other single eyeshadow–I tried using tweezers and lifting on several shades to no avail. The lids are held closed by a weak magnet, so I’m not sure they’re as secure as most single eyeshadow compacts in my stash–I wish it locked in, but there’s a magnet that pulls the lid down if it’s within 2mm of the base.

The mattes are velvety, blendable, and dense without being thick or too heavy, and they have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation, where a little can go a long way with some of the deeper and richer hues. The satin and pearl finishes are smooth, lightly creamy, and firmer but not dense or thick, with good pigmentation, blendability, and easy application. The metallic finishes are softer, creamy, and smooth, with more denseness and no powderiness. The sparkly/glittery shades are often designed to be applied wet for richer coverage or intensity, which has primarily been my experience. Most of the shadows last between eight and nine hours.

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