First Impression | Pat McGrath's Skin Fetish 003: Golden
To read the review on the Skin Fetish 003: Nude, read Qian's review here.
Instagram is a soapbox. It is the forum where people stand and holler at the top of their lungs what products you "need" to have. Some time ago it was the Naked Palette, then Anastasia Dipbrow, Kylie Jenner Lip Kits, and now- Pat McGrath's Skin Fetish 003 ($72.) When one of the world's most renowned makeup artists starts trickling her trade secrets down to us mere mortals, you hark. Which is exactly what Qian and I did.
I picked up Golden. It arrived in a brown box filled with crinkle-cut kraft paper. Under literal handfuls of it was a golden holographic pouch. It was heat sealed shut in a way that I imagine "fancy" drug dealers in Los Angeles would do on dime bags. The pouch was filled to the brim with gold sequins. It was because of these sequins that I waited several days to open it. Three days later, I took it to my office and ripped it open. I shoved my mitt into the pouch and felt immediately awash with the needlessly messy feeling of Double Dare. I pulled the products out one by one, getting sequins all over the fucking place. This was the second time I had to physically extract handfuls of detritus to reach something else in this product.
The kit includes a two-sided Shiny Stick, a buffing brush, and a pressed pigment. The Shiny Stick is roughly the size of a can of mase. One side is a balm. It's scentless with a low melting point, which lead me to believe it was either coconut oil or mercury. The other end is a boisterously sheeny cream highlighter. Pearlescent and highly reflective. I thumbed the duo fiber brush and held it to my nose. It smelled like aged pecorino. "Buffing" would not be the right word for this brush, because it is quite soft with low density. It has the kind of allure to it that would cause a friend to see it and, without asking, stroke it along their face. Ultimately, the pressed pigment was most intriguing.
My colleague Molly: "Is it green?"
Me: *holding it up, tilting it side to side*
Molly: "That'd be cool if it was."
The pigment has a gold sheen with a chartreuse shift. It reminds me of Chanel's Perdoit. Don't let the green scare you away. It is sheer enough where it just neutralizes red tones. I swatched all the products on the back of my hand. The quality of the products: compelling. Several coworkers craning their heads towards me in awe, on the other hand: gripping.
Chorus: "How did you get the Skin Fetish?!"
Me: "I ordered it at Sephora."
It wasn't even sold out.