Pat McGrath Mothership V: Bronze Seduction Palette

I’ve been testing this palette for almost a month now and I hate to admit that I’m so in love with such a boujee product, but I am! Not only have I been using this on myself a ton lately, but I’ve used it on a few clients as well and every look I’ve created with it has turned out stunning. This is one of those palettes that’s foolproof, so no matter what shadows you use, your look will end up looking cohesive and beautiful.

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Note: Some photos are of a used palette or used shadows. I’m so sorry but I had to redo them to get photos that were true to color. Also, some of these shadows have a shift to them, so they look different in various lighting and at different angles.

Dupes will be posted on Monday, October 29th, as well as additional brush suggestions.

SONY DSCPat McGrath Labs is by far one of the most high end, luxury brands in the makeup world these days, but if you’re a true makeup connoisseur, you will probably really appreciate this kind of eye shadow palette. Pat McGrath is a legend when it comes to makeup artistry… I’ve always been a huge fan of her work and taken so much inspiration from her, which makes me love this brand even more. Her eye shadow palettes, and the Mothership V: Bronze Seduction palette in particular, are really balanced and versatile and give you every day, neutral shadows as well as bold colors and stunning shimmers to create eye catching, unique, and even editorial looks. If I could actually afford to stock the Pat McGrath palettes in my kit, I totally would! They’re honestly a makeup artist’s dream and the quality of these shadows is out of this world.

The Mothership V: Bronze Seduction palette is a lovely mix of mostly warm toned shadows which, like I said, are versatile, so this palette can take you from a soft, daytime look to a dramatic, sparkly or smoky look for a night out. The price point for this palette is definitely up there and these aren’t shadows that everyone needs, but if you do purchase it, it’s probably something that you’ll use all the time. If you have the extra money to spend on the Mothership V palette, go for it!

SONY DSCYou can get this palette from Sephora’s website and at some Sephora freestanding stores. If you pick this up from Sephora between 11/2/18 – 11/5/18, be sure to use your VIB sale discount! The Mothership V palette is also available from the Pat McGrath Labs website. If you head over there, you can sign up for their emails and get a 10% off welcome code, plus they occasionally send other discount codes.

This palette sells for $125 from both Sephora and the Pat McGrath Labs website. It contains a total of 10 shadows, weighing in at 1.32 g / 0.05 oz each, for a total of 13.2 g / 0.47 oz of product. If you compare these to other palettes out there, not many compare as far as price goes, but you do get about twice as much product in this palette than you do in something like an ABH palette. The shadows in Pat McGrath’s palettes are actually a lot bigger than the shadows you find in most palettes, and are about the same size as individual shadows from Anastasia Beverly Hills or MAC. If you think about it that way, the Mothership V palette is actually a pretty good deal! MAC shadows sell for $17 each, and ABH shadows go for $12 each, so buying this palette is about the same price or a little cheaper than if you bought 10 individual shadows from those brands.

Pat McGrath Labs is a cruelty-free company, but this palette is not vegan because some shadows do contain Carmine. You can check out the photos of the ingredients list below.

SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCNow let’s talk about the formula of these shadows… There are only three matte shadows in this palette, which are all very well pigmented and easily bendable. The other seven shadows range from soft satin to super frosted metallics, sheer shimmers, and other totally unique, nearly indescribable glitzy glows. Overall, I’m really impressed with these formulas. I know I’ve probably said it a billion times already, but they’re very unique and unlike any shadows I’ve worked with before! However, I will say that if you are new to makeup, it may be a bit tricky to work with and finesse some of these eye shadows. The more shimmery shadows do have a bit of fallout, and there are some tricks to applying them that will make them go on as pigmented as possible and wear well, so I’ll get into that in the individual breakdowns later on in this post.

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The palette itself is very heavy and sturdy, and is a glossy black plastic with a golden, metal back on it. As you can see in one of the above photos, the black plastic shows every single fingerprint or speck of dust that lands on it, which can be irritating if you’re super OCD like I am at times, but it’s whatever… What’s inside is what really matters! The golden/brassy, metal backing on the palette is really different and adds some seriously lux vibes to the Mothership V palette. It has “use without caution, shade throwing and eye ecstasy, may result with prolonged use” etched into it, which I thought was pretty epic and cute. The names of the shadows are not on the palette itself anywhere, so it looks really sleek and clean, but it can also get annoying if you want to know exactly what you’re using and be able to share that on IG or in a video or something. The names of the shadows are on an insert that’s under the palette when you open it up, so just make sure you don’t throw that away!

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Swatches are on MAC NC10-15 skin with just one back and forth swipe of my finger.

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Skinshow Divine Glow:   This shadow is described as a “golden champange”. It’s a light, pretty neutral, almost white gold with a soft, satin finish that has a very subtle glow to it. At some angles and in some lighting, the golden undertones show a little more. This shadow is great as a brow or inner corner highlight, or you can pop it onto the lid with something like Entrapment in the crease for a simple but gorgeous, natural daytime look. To apply this shadow, I like to use either a natural or synthetic brush and use a dry application. If you’d like some extra sheen, using a damp synthetic brush will do the job!

The texture of this shadow is extremely smooth and buttery, so it applies very easily and glides right on. Color payoff is great and this looks just like it does in the pan when layered or applied damp, but it does look a little softer with a dry application. Coverage isn’t fully opaque unless you do a damp application, but I don’t think this shadow was meant to be intense and fully opaque. I didn’t notice any fallout with this shadow and wear time on the lid, on the inner corner or below the brow is great! I had no fading with this shadow until I had it on for a solid 8 to 9 hours.

Dupes:   

This is not a terribly unique color, so there are a ton of dupes out there. You probably have several in your makeup collection already, but here are a few of my favorites:

  • MAC Nylon Eye Shadow is much lighter and has more white/creamy tones.
  • MAC Dazzlelight Eye Shadow is lighter and more pinky toned.
  • MAC Ricepaper Eye Shadow is darker and has more peachy tones. It’s also got less of a sheen to it.
  • MAC Shroom is lighter and has more peachy pink tones.
  • ABH’s Soft Gold is lighter and more of a cream/white color.
  • ABH’s Legend is the closest dupe I found, and it looks almost identical but it lacks the soft shift that Skinshow Divine Glow has.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Entrapment:   Entrapment is a “tawny terracotta matte” with a matte finish. It’s a medium, warm toned brown. Is it unique? No, but this shadow is necessary in any palette and makes a great transition color or crease color if you’re doing a more toned down, natural, daytime look. You can also pop it all over the lid and blend it out and up into the crease if you’re in a hurry and just need to quickly put on a single eye shadow. If I’m popping this all over the lid and into the crease, or even applying this below my lower lash line, I like to use a small to medium, somewhat stiff but still fluffy brush, like a MAC 217 or TIME Los Angeles 204 brush. If I’m using this shadow in a more diffused way, like as a transition color, I usually reach for something like a MAC 224 or TIME 203 brush.

Entrapment’s texture is very soft and smooth for a matte shadow, so it’s easy to blend out. Color payoff looks just like it does in the palette and is fully opaque when applied with a flat brush. If you apply it with a fluffy brush, it’s less opaque of course, but it’s still got great color payoff. There’s some powdery kickback in the palette but it’s minimal, and I didn’t have any fallout when using this shadow. Wear time was over 9 hours whether I wore this in the crease or all over my eye.

Dupes:  

  • MAC’s Saddle Eye Shadow is incredibly similar but leans a bit more neutral. When blended out, it’s hard to tell the difference between the two.
  • ABH’s Caramel Eye Shadow is much warmer and reddish brown.
  • ABH’s Fawn is lighter and cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Bronze Blaze:   This eye shadow is a “glittering golden bronze” and has a glowing, shimmery finish. It is a medium to medium-dark, very warm toned golden bronze that’s actually pretty bold for this type of color and formula. It’s gorgeous all over the lid with any of the matte shadows in this palette in the crease. Because this shadow is glittery, it applies best either dry or damp with a flat, dense brush like a MAC 248 or TIME 205 brush. If you apply it damp, it’s going to take on a much more metallic finish. You can also apply this shadow with your finger, which is the method I use for a lot of the shadows in this palette that are not matte.

Bronze Blaze feels ultra smooth and almost creamy without the roughness that you find in many glittery shadows. Color payoff is just as intense once it’s applied as it is in the palette, and the coverage is insane! The pigmentation of this shadow makes it fully opaque with one little swipe of your brush or finger, even when used dry. There is definitely some glittery fallout with this shadow, so make sure you either do your eyes first or have enough powder under your eyes that you can easily dust off any shadow that may fall. If I wear Bronze Blaze on my lid, it does fade a little closest to the crease within about 5 hours, but it stays on the rest of the lid for 7 to 8 hours. If you apply this over a glitter glue, you won’t get as much fallout and it will help with the creasing and wear time.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s Amber Lights Eye Shadow is darker and doesn’t have any glitter, but it’s kinda close.
  • ABH’s Amber is a lot lighter, slightly cooler toned, and has no glitter.
  • Colourpop’s Side Kick Super Shock Shadow is similar as far as the finish goes, but it’s a lot more coppery/orange.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

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Yep, this is the same shadow! It takes on a much more silvery tone when you see the shift of it.

Rose Gold 005:   This shadow is described as a “gleaming rose gold” and has a very sparkly type of finish with multidimensional shimmer. It’s a light, mostly neutral, pinky rose gold but it can look more warm or cool toned depending on what it’s worn with or from what angle you look at it. It’s honestly hard to describe! To me, this shadow looks best when applied as a lid color or in the center of a halo eye. To apply it, I usually use my finger, but you can also use a very dense, flat brush like a MAC 248 either dry or damp, but a damp application will give you better color payoff and more shimmer.

In the pan, the texture of Rose Gold 005 feels smooth, but there’s a hint of grittiness (although very finely milled) once you apply it, especially if you use your finger to do so. Color payoff is good but it’s not as intensely pigmented on the eye as it is in the palette. Coverage isn’t fully opaque when applied dry, but it’s almost there. I feel like this isn’t supposed to be some super intense shadow, though, and is supposed to be more of a wash of color and shimmer to add an ethereal glow to any look. If you use a damp brush to apply it, it will definitely be more glittery/metallic and have better color payoff and coverage. Unfortunately, this eye shadow has quite a bit of fallout, mostly with a dry application using a brush, but it drops little glittery bits no matter what. The shimmery particles also travel onto anything you blend next to this shadow, so blend carefully unless you want shimmer all over the place! Rose Gold 005 wears best over a glitter glue… If it’s not applied over something like that, it fades closest to the crease really quickly (like an hour) but will hang on to the lid for 5 or 6 hours.

Dupes:  

  • MAC’s Slow/Fast/Slow Dazzle Shadow is quite a bit darker and has more plum tones.
  • MAC’s Last Dance Dazzle Shadow is lighter, cooler, and has a pink to purple shift.
  • ABH’s Pink Champagne is lighter and more of a cool mauve, and has no glitter.
  • Colourpop’s Catnip Super Shock Shadow is more cool toned and mauve but pretty similar as far as the finish goes.

Overall Rating:   3.5 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

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VR Fire Opal:   VR Fire Opal is described as a “color shifting chartreuse” and has a glowy, glimmering finish. When looked at straight on, it’s a light, golden champagne color with a soft, shimmery glow. Both in the pan or applied to the eye, it takes on a teal to chartreuse shift from one angle, and from another angle, it takes on a pinky, fuchsia shift. It’s pretty much impossible to capture any of that in photos or videos, so it’s one of those colors you just have to see yourself to appreciate. I love this shadow as a lid or inner corner color or in the center of a halo eye. Like Rose Gold 005, it applies best with a finger or a damp flat brush and can be quite dusty if it’s applied with a dry brush.

The texture feels similar to Rose Gold 005, but it’s a bit smoother with less grittiness. Color payoff definitely looks different once applied than it does in the palette, but if you layer it or apply it damp, it does look more pigmented. Coverage is also a little sheer, but also like Rose Gold 005, I feel like it’s probably supposed to be and that VR Fire Opal is more like a multidimensional, shifting topper rather than a super pigmented eye shadow on it’s own… If that makes any sense at all. This shadow does have some fallout but not as much as Rose Gold 005. Applying this over a sticky primer or glitter glue will minimize that and also increase the pigmentation and coverage. Wear time on the lid is about 6 to 7 hours before any fading or creasing occurs, but only 4 to 5 hours on the inner corner.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s I Like 2 Watch has the same type of finish and a little bit of a shift, but it’s much darker and more of a green/gold.

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Xtreme Aubergine:   This eye shadow is a “blackened matte violet” with a very matte finish. It’s a dark, blackened purple that can pull either slightly warm or slightly cool toned depending on what your own skin tone is and what shadows you pair it up with. You can use this all over the lid with something like Entrapment in the crease for a smoky eye, or you can wear this in the crease or as liner. A dry application is best with matte shadows, and this applies well with pretty much any dense, flat brush for the lid or a fluffier, domed brush for the crease. The only time I’ve used this shadow with a damp brush is if I’m using it as an eyeliner, and any angled brush will work well for that.

Xtreme Aubergine feels very similar to the texture of Entrapment, although this shadow is a bit more dry. Color payoff looks almost just like it does in the palette but it can look a little darker, more cool toned, or more warm toned depending on how you apply this and what shadows you use with it. Coverage is totally opaque if you apply this with a dense, flat brush, so don’t let the swatch fool you! There’s no fallout with this shadow at all and it wears well on the lid for 6 to 7 hours before any fading or creasing occurs, and more like 8 to 9 hours in the crease.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s Shadowy Lady Eye Shadow is really similar but more cool toned.
  • ABH’s Violet is lighter and more of a true purple.
  • ABH’s Deep Plum is close, but has more of a brownish tone to it.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Gilty Pleasure:   This eye shadow is a “silky bronze taupe” and has a satiny, shimmery finish. It’s a medium, cool to neutral toned bronzy taupe with a sort of patina sheen to it. The base of this shadow is more of a satin finish, while the shimmery part is made up of very smooth, finely milled glittery bits. I like using Gilty Pleasure best on my lid or in the center of a halo eye. It applies easily with a finger, or you can use a flat, dense shadow brush like a MAC 239 or 248, either damp or dry.

The texture of this shadow is super smooth and buttery and it applies like a dream. Color payoff is really nice and when applied to the eye, this looks just like it does in the palette. Coverage is fantastic and fully opaque without having to layer and pack on a ton of product. There’s a little bit of fallout with Gilty Pleasure, but it’s minimal and can easily be dusted away if you powder under your eyes before doing your eye makeup, or do your eyes first. Wear time on the lid is a full 8 to 10 hours before any creasing or fading happens.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s Sumptuous Olive Eye Shadow is a lot more olive/green and has no glitter or shimmer.
  • ABH’s Chiffon Eye Shadow is similar in color, perhaps a bit more olive toned, but it doesn’t have any glitter or shimmer.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Disobedient:   Disobedient is a “classic matte mahogany” with a very matte finish (don’t worry, the shimmery bits in the photo above are from other shadows in the palette). It’s a dark, warm toned brown with reddish undertones. It’s not the must unique shadow ever, but like Entrapment, it’s one of those shadows that can be used by anyone, and with any other shadow in this palette. It looks nice all over the lid for a warm, subtle smoky eye, or in the crease or as liner. All over the lid, I like to use a dense, flat brush and in the crease, I like to use something tapered and dense, but still fluffy, like a MAC 217 or TIME 204 brush.

This shadow’s texture is consistent with the other two mattes in the palette and feels very soft and blends out quite easily. The color payoff and pigmentation is amazing, as is the coverage. You hardly have to use any product to get perfect color payoff and full opacity. I didn’t have any fallout with this shadow and it wore well for 9 to 10 hours.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s Embark Eye Shadow is very similar but slightly more cool toned.
  • ABH’s Deep Plum Eye Shadow is almost a perfect dupe but it’s a little more purple.
  • ABH’s Beauty Mark Eye Shadow is also nearly a perfect dupe.
  • ABH’s Fudge Eye Shadow is another almost identical shadow but it’s very slightly more warm toned.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Photo taken indoors using natural light + a ring light.

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Photo taken indoors using natural light + a ring light.

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Photo taken using natural, indirect sunlight.

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Photo taken using natural, indirect sunlight.

Blitz Flame:   This shadow is by far my favorite in the entire Mothership V palette! It’s described as a “molten metallic crimson” and has a glowy, satin-like to metallic finish. It’s a medium, mostly warm toned red that can look more cool or more warm, depending on what other shadows you pair it up with, what angle you look at it from, and how you apply it. I love this shadow in any form of application… In the crease, on the lid, blown out below the lower lash line, on the inner corner for a more edgy look… It honestly all looks amazing because this color is SO unique and versatile. I’ve never seen an eye shadow like this before! You can use any application technique with this shadow, but it definitely has a more metallic finish when using a damp brush.

Blitz Flame is a very smooth, almost creamy feeling eye shadow that glides right on. Color payoff looks just like it does in the palette if you layer it or apply it with a finger or a damp brush, and coverage is full and opaque using little product. I didn’t have any fallout with this shadow, no matter how I applied it, and it wore well both in the crease and on the lid for a solid 8 to 10 hours without any creasing or fading.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s Let’s Roll Dazzle Shadow is actually pretty similar, but it’s more pink and has more true glitter.
  • Colourpop’s Cuteologist Super Shock Shadow is a lot more orange/red and doesn’t have the same type of sheen that Blitz Flame has.
  • Colourpop’s Fooling Around Super Shock Shadow is really, really similar but has little more of a magenta/red tone and has actual shimmer in it.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Astral Luna Gold:   This eye shadow is described as a “glistening white gold” and it has an incredibly glowy, glittery finish. It’s a light, silvery/blue, white gold that reminds me of moonstone or quartz crystals. The shimmery/glittery part of this shadow is really intense and picks up more purple, teal, gold, and icy blue tones. It’s almost impossible to describe this shadow and even staring at it in person, it’s hard to wrap my head around everything going on with Astral Luna Gold. This works best when applied damp or with a finger all over the lid or on the inner corner and this shadow can also be used as a topper over other shadows.

The formula and texture for Astral Luna Gold is unlike any eye shadow I’ve used before…  It’s smooth and feels quite silky, but it has a little powdery grit to it as well (probably from all of the glittery particles). Color payoff looks almost like it does in the pan if you apply this shadow in layers and damp, but it’s pretty sheer otherwise, so coverage isn’t fantastic unless you are willing to work with this shadow. Like I said earlier, this is almost like a shimmery glow and topper for other shadows rather than a great stand-alone shadow. When used dry, there’s an awful lot of fallout with Astral Luna Gold, but if you apply it over a glitter glue or sticky primer, that helps. That will also help with the wear time, which is only 4 to 6 hours without a something to adhere to before fading or creasing happens.

Dupes:

  • I honestly cannot find a dupe for this shadow. It’s way too unique to compare to anything in my collection!

Overall Rating:   3.3 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

 

This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this product with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review.

 

 

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