Just in time for holiday party season, Pat McGrath gives fans the ultimate going-out starter pack: Metalmorphosis 005, a collection of gold, silver, bronze, and copper pigments available in both cream and powder form, along with Mehron mixing liquid and a double-ended black marker for the perfect cat eye. Got that? Those who missed McGrath's limited-run first launch Gold 001, will appreciate that Metalmorphosis 005 includes the sold out favorite .
There are a million ways to wear McGrath's new metallics, and you can't mess up because it's totally intuitive. "You don't need to be the number one makeup artist to pull off a V of silver on the inner corner of your eyes or your Cupid's bow," McGrath explains. In the week's leading up to today's launch, the makeup pro teased Metalmorphosis 005 looks with help from her #McGrathMuses.
Here, five ELLE.com editors test drive Metalmorphosis 005 in the real world with help from Pat McGrath Labs artists.
Justine Carreon, Associate Market Editor
Look 1: My makeup routine tends to stay minimalist, but it's completely out of laziness, not because of a pared-down design philosophy. At most, my evening makeup consists of a tiny flick of liner that barely registers as a cat eye. But we updated a classic look in Pat McGrath's signature "Why didn't I think of that first" fashion. We dabbed the inner corners of my lids with gold and outlined a cat eye in silver. At first glance you barely notice the metallic touches, but then it'll catch the light and all of a sudden you're transported into '70s glam territory.
Look 2: A smoky eye is inherently sexy, but these colors are subtle steps away from your typical metallic hues. Instead of gold, it's a bold, shimmering marigold, and instead of that universally flattering bronze, the color has undertones of orange. Strategically applied to my inner corners and the center of my lid-key spots to reflect light-the result is a look I'd wear daily if I had any talent for blending.
Julie Schott, Senior Beauty Editor
Look 1: When you have nothing to wear–aka my life story–gold lids take even a velour sweatshirt (please see above) from IDGAF to party ready. Pat's Gold 001 pigment (and good skin) is all I need this season.
Look 2: My eyes are both deep-set and close-set which means sooty smokey eyes often look more stage-makeup than sexy–it's just too much. The bronze pigments in Metalmorphosis 005, though, soften everything up and make smoked-out lids super flattering on every eye situation.
Kristina Rodulfo, Associate Editor
Look 1: I am always into a bold lip–there's a tube of red lipstick in every bag I own–but metallic bronze is something I didn't think I could pull off. Considering this is a Pat McGrath creation we're talking about, however, I was happy to let the makeup artists do absolutely whatever they wanted. I'm happy I did. In the end, the gilded lip looked surprisingly wearable IRL. Especially with the holidays coming up…I just might dare to debut this look.
Look 2: To me smokey eyes are like a six pack, I always want it but every time I try, I fail. I've told myself that dark, smudgy shadow just doesn't work with my eye shape, but this gold-lidded look proved me completely wrong. The element of surprise is nice–with your eyes open it looks like a standard smoky but with your eyes closed, boom, a flicker of shine. I felt like a GD goddess all day and almost cried when I had to wash my face that night.
Mariel Tyler, Photo Editor
Look 1: This gold lip is an alchemist's dream! The metallic shine is otherworldly. I couldn't stop looking at my lips! The gold was also accented with hints of the copper for dimension, which was a nice touch. If you're rocking this lip, not much else is needed. The mascara overload made for a perfect combo; noticeable but not distracting. Apparently, Pat calls this lash look "clogged lashes." I would have worn this to Beyoncé's Soul Train-themed birthday if my invite hadn't gotten lost in the mail.
Look 2: I am not used to wearing this much eyeshadow. My main concern with eyeshadows in general is that they can clump up and get lost in the creases of my eye. But this eyeshadow was like no other. All the colors stayed put. It was so lightweight and insanely vibrant! You didn't need much to make a statement. I didn't want to take it off... so I didn't! Sadly, I went to watch my Cleveland Tribe lose the World Series, but at least I slayed while doing so.
Chloe Schama, Executive Editor
Look 1: I'm not usually a dramatic-eye kind of gal, but, wow, did these quicksilver eyes give me a much-needed dose of I-can-do-anything attitude. "So David Bowie" a friend exclaimed upon seeing my silver-winged eyelids, and I couldn't have agreed more, though, paired with a neutral face, they feel like the kind of makeup you could actually wear if not every day, then whenever you need to tap into your inner superhero. Now, excuse me while I go and dream about life on Mars.
Look 2: Some makeup you wear because it's a thing, and some makeup you wear because it's naturally complimentary-and then there are the looks that miraculously combine both. This look was just gorgeous-a subtle gradation of metallic layered with a smoky rim. "I'm having a hard time concentrating," a colleague said to me later in the day. "I just keep getting distracted by your eyes." I took it as a compliment.
Metalmorphosis hits McGrath's website at noon on November 15th and Sephora.com on November 22nd.
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