If you’ve been paying attention to the beauty community on social media, then I’m sure you’ve come across the Pat McGrath Labs Mothership VIII Artistry Divine Rose ll Eyeshadow Palette. It was highly hyped and for good reason. I mean, have you seen it? It’s stunning. Now, if you’re new here, then the $125 price tag may be a bit of a shock but here at TLM HQ, we promote quality over quantity, so you’re only investing in products and pieces with superior performance and can stand the test of time. There aren’t a lot of black-owned brands in the luxury space so I’m so happy Muva is here to represent. This was my second purchase and first eyeshadow palette from the brand and boy was it a good choice.
The Divine Rose ll Palette launched in its classic black packaging and limited-edition pink packaging on PatMcGrathLabs.com on May 29, 2020, 2 days before my birthday, and a couple of weeks later on Sephora.com. This is the second version of the original Divine Rose Palette which had more cool-toned purple and silver shades. I don’t do well with cool tones, so I was excited to see the addition of those warm bronze and gold shades in the second iteration that is more suitable for us medium-deep and deeper skin toned folks. I was late in my decision to buy this launch, so the LE pink packaging had already sold out.
Price & Availability: The Pat McGrath Divine Rose ll Palette retails for $125 and available on PatMcGrath.com and at Sephora in-store and online. There’s currently a sale, so for a limited time, you can pick the palette up for $113. Shop Here
You can’t talk about luxury products, without talking about the packaging and Pat McGrath is definitely the queen of presentation. The outer carton is covered in the signature artwork (pictured above), with this one being all pink with a rose-colored makeup look shown. When you open the box, there lies the palette in all of its glory. If you’ve never seen a Pat McGrath eyeshadow palette, it is a black rectangular box that is more like a case due to the weight of it. On the top, the brand’s logo is embossed in gold in the center and the bottom is gold with a little slogan embossed and the ingredients are included on a clear sticker. I ordered my palette from Sephora and it came a little bit scratched on the top but nothing too bad and thankfully, all of the shadows inside were in perfect condition.
The palette flips open to a large rectangular mirror and the 10 eyeshadow pans. Again, there’s a bit of weight to the palette which adds to the luxurious feeling but may not be the most practical for traveling if you prefer something small and lightweight (which I’m not worried about since I’m not going anywhere anytime soon). Even when the world opens back up, the weight of the palette isn’t too heavy where it would make me think twice about traveling with it since I’m not a light packer anyway. Also in the carton is an insert card with all of the shade names on one side and just a few of Muva’s accolades on the other (pictured below).
I’ve always wanted to try out one the brand’s highly talked about eyeshadow palettes but could never justify the $125 price tag since there was always 1 or more shades that I knew I wouldn’t wear that often. (Although I had been eyeing the Bronze Seduction Palette and after trying this one, I think I’ll pick that one up for the Fall.) If I’m going to spend that kind of money on a palette, I need to love every shade, and with this one, I do. It’s the perfect rose-inspired palette that includes 10 purple, pink, coral, champagne, and tones. Based on the name, I’d expect the palette to include more pink shades but you can definitely create a few different pink eye looks when layered together. The shades in the palette make it super versatile with the ability to seamlessly take you from a subtle everyday look to a more bright, statement look suitable for an event or special occasion all the way to a deep smokey look for the night.
The palette includes many different textures including 2 Mattes, 3 Shimmers, 2 Glitters, 2 Metallic, and 1 Satin. The showstopper in the palette is definitely the metallic triocrhome in shade VR Sextraterrestrial. This shade is amazing because it can shift to a different color depending on which angle the light hits it. On Pat McGrath’s Instagram, she described the shade as a Fuschia, golden peach, and chartreuse triochrome but I see more of a forest green, purple, and Fuschia depending on the angle I view it from. Nevertheless, this is definitely the most unique eyeshadow I’ve ever come across.
As for the other textures, I immediately fell in love with all of the finishes. The glitters and shimmers dance on the skin under light and the metallic and satin textures are like velvet. The 2 mattes were really smooth and easily blended into the skin. Can you tell that I’m obsessed?
Swatches L to R: Skinshow Rose Opal (Shimmer), Naked Blush (Matte), Eleganza (Shimmer), Bronze Rosé 005 (Metallic), Gold Lust 001 (Glitter), Xtreme Burgundy (Matte), Divine Dusk (Shimmer), Rose Seduction (Satin), VR Sextraterrestrial (Metallic), and, Astral Pink Moon (Glitter)
Overall, the buttery, pigmented formula combined with the unique shades make this palette worth the price. I may be a few years late but I now understand the love these and previous eyeshadow palettes from the brand have received. I now have no hesitation when it comes to PML and will definitely be buying more products from the brand. If you caught my review on the PML foundation, you know that it has become a staple in my complexion collection. Now that I’ve ventured into the brand’s color products, I know that I’ll be a repeat customer from here on out.
Dupes of the Pat Mcgrath Divine Rose 2 Palette
If you’re looking for a more affordable eyeshadow palette with similar shades, then I would recommend checking out the Nars Afterglow Palette which retails for $59. The Afterglow Palette had been on my list after seeing all of those warm tones and that beautiful pop of hot pink, which is the same reason why the Divine Rose 2 Palette caught my eye. Compared to the Divine Rose ll Palette, the only shades missing from the Afterglow Palette are the purple tones and of course, the triochrome which I’m sure you’d probably only find in the Divine Rose ll palette. If you’re okay with foregoing those, then the Nars Afterglow Palette could be a good alternative for you.