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Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Flesh Review and Swatches

October 22, 2016


Besides Bloodwine, Pat McGrath Labs’ fourth launch Lust 004 comes in Flesh, a versatile 5-piece lip kit that will turn your mouth into a metaphysical masterpiece in shades of nude.

Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Flesh Lip Kit review

Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Flesh Lip Kit


Similar to the Skin Fetish 003 kits, the Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Flesh Lip Kit comes in a plastic bag stuffed with sequins.

Clear Vinyl Gloss is a clear gloss packaged in a transparent plastic tube with a black cap, like M·A·C Lipglass Clear. You get 0.46 oz of product, just shy of the 0.5 oz with M·A·C. Unlike the M·A·C, the gloss added shine to my lips and eyelids without feeling too tacky, making the wear much more comfortable. The tube packaging was also much better and did not leak (a HUGE problem I had with the M·A·C).

Flesh 1 Lipstick is a medium peachy nude color with semi-matte finish. NARS Belle de Jour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and NARS Floralies Satin Lip Pencil are both lighter and more yellow; NARS Biscayne Park Satin Lip Pencil is similar, just a tinge darker and shinier. You only get 0.05 oz of product, which is about half of a M·A·C and NARS lipstick. I liked that the slim shape helped with application plus since the color is on the lighter side, I was able to get away with not using a liner. However, the lipstick did not apply evenly and highlighted every single flake on my lips, even after I prepped with balm.

Flesh 2 Lipstick is a muted rosy brown-pink with semi-matte finish. M·A·C Modesty Lipstick and NARS Bilbao Lipstick are both lighter and glossier, with more pink undertones. Like the Blood Lipsticks, this glided on easily with good pigmentation and felt less drying than Flesh 1. The color also showed up much lighter and pinker on my lips, giving me a my-lips-but-better look. Definitely one of those lipsticks you can just apply and go, without needing to blot or use liner.

Metallic Gold Pigment is a tarnished gold loose pigment in a clear jar with a black lid. You get 0.07 oz of product, about the same as M·A·C Sized To Go Pigment (0.08 oz). The texture was finely-milled and a little goes a long way. On my NC20 skintone, it worked nicely as a wash on the eyes and a highlight on the cupid’s bow and on top of the cheekbones. The only problem I had was the packaging. Despite the sifter, the pigment kept leaking EVERYWHERE, even straight out of the package when it was sealed shut. I could not figure out a way to use, let alone travel with it, without making a mess.

Flesh Microfine Glitter is a coppery loose glitter in a clear jar with a black lid. You get 0.07 oz of product, same as the Metallic Gold Pigment. The glitter was really pretty and so fine I could barely feel it on my lips. But again, the packaging sucked. It was a pain getting the glitter out of the sifter and I had to shake the jar for like 20 times.

Overall, I liked the Lust 004 Flesh Lip Kit more than the Bloodwine Lip Kit. However, I still feel that the quality of the products was not on par with the Skin Fetish 003 kits.

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Pat McGrath Labs Clear Vinyl Gloss


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Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Flesh Lipsticks 1 and 2


Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Flesh Microfine Glitter and Metallic Gold Pigment

Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Flesh Microfine Glitter and Metallic Gold Pigment


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Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Flesh Lipsticks 1 and 2


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Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Blood Microfine Glitter, Flesh Microfine Glitter and Metallic Gold Pigment


Swatches of Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Flesh Lipsticks 1 and 2


Left to right: NARS Biscayne Park Satin Lip Pencil, NARS Belle du Jour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, NARS Floralies Satin Lip Pencil and Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Flesh Lipstick 1


Left to right: Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Flesh Lipstick 2, MAC Modesty Lipstick and NARS Bilbao Lipstick


Swatches of Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Metallic Gold Pigment and Flesh Microfine Glitter



Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Flesh Lip Kit is available at sephora.com and select Sephora stores for $60.

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