First Impression | Pat McGrath's Skin Fetish 003: Nude
Not everything that breaks the internet is gold. In this case, it is. (It also comes in nude.) Pat McGrath's Skin Fetish ($72) dropped on April 26th to much fanfare and subsequently broke the internet. The lucky people who snagged a set got busy living their best lives in their newly found iridescent glow, while the rest of us sat on our couches wringing our hands waiting for the next release. When the second release was finally announced for May 10th, I knew The Beat was about to be blessed.
Skin Fetish 003 is toted as Pat McGrath's backstage secret to the great looking skin seen on the runways that she has lit up with her work. Skin is dewy and glowy, it's what you'd expect it to look like in your tropical beach selfies, or after a hydrating facial.
The two colors come in a simple package filled with either gold (for Gold) or silver (for Nude) sequins. After a little bit of digging around in my Nude package, I pulled out a small buffer brush (made in Japan!), a duo stick, and an eyeshadow sized pot of pressed pigment. The duo stick (0.26oz) has a shiny balm on one end and the actual highlighting product on the other. On first swatch, the balm has the shine of a gloss, but none of the stickiness. The waxy texture glides on like a well-loved lip balm. The highlighter end has the same texture, but packs a more powerful punch. The pigment (0.14 oz) reads pink and adds dimension to the highlight, which brings your cheekbones visibility to probably a full city block. Nothing is scented, except the brush smells a little bit like aged parmesan. Both the stick and pigment go on as a "your skin but more magic" finish. There are no discernible bits of shimmer or glitter or really any sort of particles. The only conclusion I can come to is something supernatural- Pat McGrath labs has created fairy dust that makes your skin look smoother, younger, and healthier. It doesn't accentuate the pores on my cheeks at all, which almost every highlighter I've tried loves to do.
Now, the big question is: has this dethroned my all-time favorite, Becca x Jaclyn Hill's Champagne Pop? (The highlighter that rendered all previous ones in my kit obsolete. The highlighter that makes your skin look like it's might be glazed porcelain.) I'd have to give it time and come through with a full review. But Skin Fetish is what I'll dab on in the morning when I run to the cafe across the street for a bagel, so the girl at the cafe starts thinking I woke up (like this) with the glow from a good night's rest.
(I wasn't up reading scary stories on Reddit. Me? No, you're mistaken. I was catching Zs, counting sheep.)
Update: I took a walk last night and under the warm glow of the streetlights, the difference between the shine of my t-zone and the shine of the skin fetish was practically indescernible. hm.