Pat McGrath Lust 004 Is Here to Change Everything You Think You Know About Lipstick

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You’ve definitely already seen this on social media: A bold glitter lip first revealed at the Atelier Versace FW16 show and then made even more famous by stars like Chrissy Teigen and Shay Mitchell. 

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But you wondered to yourself: Is this actually wearable? On real human beings like myself?

I’m here to tell you that it is and the experience of wearing it will change everything you think you know about lipstick.

Pat McGrath’s Lust 004 is the latest and greatest release from the master makeup artist and it is exactly what it looks like: a glitter lip kit. It comes in three color ways, Flesh, Vermillion Venom and Bloodwine. Flesh is a nude/rose gold set, Venom is a rich apple red and Bloodwine is a vampy maroon.

Each set includes two coordinating matte lipsticks—a lighter shade that’s applied all over and a darker shade that can be used to accent or contour. They provide amazing color payoff but are surprisingly light and moisturizing. I tried the Flesh set, and thought it was a very flattering nude.

Next up is the clear vinyl gloss. Even though this step is key for the glitter portion, it’s again shockingly light, smooth without even a tiny hint of stickiness or tackiness. Just the lipsticks or the lipsticks and gloss combination is enough to give you really gorgeous lip look.

But you’re here because you’re curious about the glitter, and when I got to that step, my heart was actually pounding. This was the moment of truth and it would determine if this lip kit was crafted only for runway models and social media goddesses or if a mere mortal could actually pull it off. Would the glitter feel rough or hurt my lips? Will I end up looking like a toddler broke into an arts and crafts kit? Is it just going to look plain ridiculous on?

And the answer to all of those question is a resounding “no.”

The Flesh kit comes with two glitter options: a pink rose and a traditional gold pigment. The glitter is so finely milled that it actually feels soft (soft!) on the skin, and despite how much of it there is, the glitter only goes on where it’s applied and doesn’t move. At. All. I’ve had more fallout and smudging from 95 percent of the eyeliners and mascaras I’ve tried than I did after tapping multiple rounds of glitter all over my mouth. Once applied, it gives your lips a kind of dimension and dazzle that no lip gloss can replicate.

The glitter portion is where you can get creative and go as bold as you want. If you’re feeling a more subtle highlight, apply the glitter only to the center of your lips for a volumizing effect. Or, you can layer on the glitter and the pigment if you’re the type that likes a full mouth of sparkle. 

Pat McGrath Lust 004 will be available on her site August 30 and on Sephora.com September 8. Each kit retails for $60. You can also buy all three (six lipsticks) as a set for $150 or individual lipsticks for $25 each. I would recommend setting your calendar reminders now.

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