The 19 available shades include nudes (spanning from paler peachy nudes to browner rose-tone nudes), pinks, corals, reds, purples, and deep burgundies. Some of the shades get patchy as you wear them, especially after eating or drinking, and they transfer fairly easily to other surfaces, due to the longer “drying down” time. That being said, your lips don’t lose coverage the moment you eat or drink, and most shades will outlast a non-oily meal. You’ll definitely have to reapply this lipstick more often than Fenty Mattemoiselle, but with packaging like this, you’re going to want to show it off anyway.
Opening these lipsticks is an experience to itself. Each box has a different, wild design, and opens with a string wound around it — this isn’t a thin cardboard box you’ll want to throw away. The tube itself is substantial, a thick and glossy black design crowned with a pair of gold lips where the lipstick opens. We found we wanted to put it on display, whether on our desk or on our bathroom vanity, and pulling it out of our purse or pocket to reapply felt luxurious rather than like a chore. As one of our As/Is editors, Essence Gant sees it, “One of my favorite things about it, though, is that just as much thought went into the packaging as the product. Life is a lot, so beauty is one way in which I practice self-care. Pat McGrath’s MatteTrance lipstick is an experience. It’s luxury, and I feel good when I wear it.”