PAT MCGRATH LABS Mothership V Eyeshadow Palette - Bronze Seduction
Succumb to the splendor of ten extravagantly extraterrestrial shades, saturated with pure colour and diamond sparkle intensity – ranging from ravishingly radiant rose gold, incendiary crimson and molten metallic bronzes to mesmerizing mattes – presented in a luxurious couture palette.
Shades, (clockwise from top left)
Show Divine Glow
Rose Gold 005
VR Fire Opal
Astral Luna Gold
This post is not a review of the palette, (at the moment). This will just be an unboxing, swatches and first impression, (for now). As this palette is yet to be released, (September 7, 2018), I haven't had enough time to make a full opinion on it. I will update in the future with any thoughts.
This post will also be to make aware of the damage my palette received, due to insufficient packaging. I ordered my palette from Sephora Canada. This is NOT the fault of Sephora, this is a design flaw during the manufacturing process...or so it seems, at the moment.
The only other explanation would be, that my particular palette was opened by someone at Sephora, before shipment, and any protection to the palette was not returned to the packaging and the damage occurred.
All photos in this post have been taken under 5000k fluorescent lighting.
My particular palette arrived fairly damaged. What seems to have happened, the palette is only placed inside the outer packaging, with no protection in place. The palette is then left to slide around inside the box and the grommets, that are in place to hold the box closed, are coming in to contact with the top of the palette and scratching the surface as the palette moves around.
Considering the cost of this palette, this is really not acceptable, in my humble opinion. I'd love to hear if anyone else has experienced this with their palettes, or is this not a common occurrence with Pat McGrath palettes? Let me know in the comments section!
The above photo has been purposely overexposed, to show exactly where on the palette the damage occured.
The following two photos are macro shots of the scratches, to show in detail. The first shot shows a perfect circle, it lines up exactly with the grommet of the outer box.
The second photo shows horizontal scratches above the logo, which line up exactly with the second grommet of the outer box, however, that grommet is only applying pressure to the palette through a layer of cardboard. As the palette moves around in shipping, it's causing damage.
The shadows, themselves, are stunning. There will be NO photo or video, anywhere on Earth, that will do any kind of justice to their finishes. If you have the opportunity to see these shadows in person, I'd highly recommend.
Be forewarned, though...you might make noises that you've never heard yourself make, when you see these in person.
If it wasn't for the damage on the palette exterior, I would be extremely impressed with my first experience with anything from Pat McGrath. As a first impression, however, it's kind of a bummer.
On a side note: I have made a first attempt to contact Pat McGrath Labs on this matter and I will update on their response.