[purchase] So, here we are. From the horrible debacle that was the affiliate nightmare, I’ve finally got a set of the things that caused all the problems in the first place. I’m sure I don’t need to recap but do want to clarify that the reason I needed order numbers from everyone (skip past this if you’ve no idea what I’m talking about!) was because the affiliate agency demanded proof that orders had been made. Little did they know that with the bit between my teeth and the kindness of people who had actually ordered through my link I would send them over 300. It uncovered that affiliate agencies are not able to see how many orders are placed with the brands that they agent for and rely on the honesty of the brand in question to feedback to them so they can pay out on the brand’s behalf. If a brand hides orders from them (which seems to be what happened) they have no way to know which is something none of us knew before. It all seems to me like a huge problem for anyone who uses affiliate links and full of transparency issues. Anyway, Pat McGrath Labs neatly solved any future problems by ensuring that nobody from the UK can affiliate link to them any more.
To add insult to injury, my order of the balms didn’t go through for some reason. So, I swallowed my pride and made another order and I have to admit that I am very pleased with the mini trio. I’m a bit of a sucker for mini things anyway, and visually these are ticking all of the boxes, especially for ten quid, all in. For personal preference, I’d rather have had coral or pink/orange tones but both the colours suit me okay and as something to pop in a pocket at approx. £3.33 each I have zero complaints. The balm is nicely balmy and there is enough colour to them that it’s evident on the lip. It’s not a high shine balm so will suit anyone who doesn’t like high gloss lips – in fact, the palest one is the most ‘glossy’ and gives a light-catchy, dewy lip look.
The two colour shades are Flesh 3 and Blow Up. You get a small amount of course but if you want to venture into the Pat McGrath brand, I think the set is a good entry point. They’re still available at £10 (reduced from £20) HERE.
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