The Lightweight, Skin-like Foundation I’ll Be Wearing All Summer

After years of her reign, I’ve finally dived into the world of beauty queen, or should I say muva of makeup, Pat McGrath. In search of a lightweight, glow-giving foundation, I turned to the mother and master of perfect complexions and her Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation. As someone with naturally combo oily skin, I knew it was a little risky to step outside of my comfort zone and away from my usual matte foundations but I couldn’t help myself. When your favorite beauty guru and fellow oily skin girl Jackie Aina praises a product, you just have to see what the fuss is about, and I did. Today I’m going to be reviewing the Pat McGrath Foundation on medium-deep combo oily skin.

Pat McGrath launched the Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation in July 2019 and after much research and intake of YouTube reviews, I ordered what I hoped to be my shade. This foundation is priced at $68 for 1.18 oz and comes in 36 shades. The price is comparable to Armani Beauty’s Luminous Silk Foundation for this size product, which is not surprising since Mother Pat advised Armani Beauty on its beloved formulation. 

Packaged in a regal looking frosted glass bottle with her signature gold signature crest sticker, this foundation is made for the luxury beauty lover. It also features a pump covered with a black cap for easy dispense and travel. The black and gold outer carton is just as fashionable, which is to be expected from the industry vet. 

Packaging aside, I love the story behind the formulation of this product. Pat McGrath is the complexion queen so it makes sense that her first complexion products would be ones that enhance the face, not cover it. The texture of this product is super fluid, so you’ll want to start with 1-2 pumps first and build from there if desired. Applying this foundation was like applying silk. It felt so lightweight and blended beautifully into the skin. I like to use a buffing brush to work the product into my skin but according to the directions on, you can also apply this using your fingers.

This foundation is oil-free but it manages to leave your skin with a healthy glow, which was the look I was after. The formula is also paraben-free and fragrance-free. Win and win.  I normally wear shade 4.5 W in the Dior Backstage Foundation and was able to use the Sephora shade match tool to find my perfect shade in Medium Deep 23.

According to the product page on, this foundation is made with “A Vita-Serum Complex [that] moisturizes and helps fight the appearance of wrinkles, while Diamond Core Powder Technology enhances skin’s texture, and helps smooth and blur the appearance of fine lines, pores, and imperfections. The silky, weightless formulation imparts a filtered, soft-focus luminosity.

As you can see from the photos, this foundation looks very natural and wears nicely throughout the day. I did have some shine around my nose after a few hours but it was nothing that my Fenty Blotting Powder couldn’t fix. I also didn’t set my face with any powder, so I’d say that I had great results with this foundation. I’ve heard amazing things about the powder and concealers from Pat McGrath, so I will be trying those in combination with the foundation as well.

For now, it has worked amazingly on my combo oily skin and this is the foundation I will be wearing all summer long. You can see this foundation in action on my YouTube channel and be sure to subscribe while you’re there. I also just ordered the beautiful Divine Rose ll Palette so stay tuned for my review on that.

Where to Buy:, Sephora (in-store & online), & Bergdorf Goodman



Rating: 5 out of 5.