[sample] It’s rumoured that this limited edition launch is for Chinese New Year but nowhere specifically says that so I guess it’s whatever you want it to be. Opulence is right though, with a mix of highly metallic, gleaming shades and pigment drenched mattes.

Pat McGrath Golden Opulence Palette

I think perhaps we are a bit late into winter for this (my sample arrived on Friday and it’s completely sold out at Selfridges) unless you flip the look to summer for which it’s equally suitable if you love those mesmeric sunset shades.

Pat McGrath Golden Opulence Palette

Colours going around the clock from the top left are: Eternal Opuluence, Tranquility, Lotus Luxe, Gold Fortune, Moon Phase and Prosperity. Prosperity is a bitter chocolate brown that gave me a perfect dark line just above my lashes nearly deep enough to replace my black liner. I might actually from time to time although I am pretty addicted to black. As you’d imagine, it’s the metallics that kick this palette into life. When I first opened it, I thought perhaps it wasn’t as exciting as previous palettes but the swatching put me right.

Pat McGrath Golden Opulence Palette

If you feel in the mood for neutrals, Tranquility (above) is a beautiful lid cover that doesn’t need much else with it unless you want to use it as a base to build a look around. It’s supposed to be a palette representing ‘excess’ but I don’t find it so unless you count the packaging which is glittery red with gold.

Pat McGrath Golden Opulence Palette

I’m also pretty keen on Lotus Luxe (third up) to wear as an individual shade. That’s going to look great on everyone no matter what. I think that Pat McGrath make up formulas are really the very, very best at the moment but you need to pick carefully because it’s so expensive. I see this more as a selection of mono shades as I’m not interested in making looks that are layered and complex at the moment so I do think I will get good use from it. I see a lot of feedback that their packaging is wasteful – mine came via the PR agency and was thoughtfully packaged – but hopefully they’ll address it soon and find better methods to protect the product on its journey. At £50 I don’t feel it’s excessive, working out at about £8.30 a colour – I’d easily pay that for a single shade and not think twice. My only comment in the negative is that the palette is a bit unwieldy – the palette likes to close on its own! You can find it at Pat’s site HERE, non affiliate HERE.

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