When makeup legend Pat McGrath launches a foundation, you sit up and take notice. After all, this is the makeup artist that sends runway models down the aisle with skin that looks real and glowing—almost as if they have absolutely no makeup on.
And if that’s the look you’re going for, then yes, the Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation is for you. But keep in mind that you will also need to have skin that is as clear and blemish-free as a model who eats clean and works out every day, because this foundation can be fairly unforgiving.
Available in 36 shades—divided into light, light medium, medium, medium deep and deep—it’s fairly easy to find a shade that is an exact match to your skin tone. My shade is Medium 15, but I think I could also work with Medium 14. A couple of pumps of this foundation will give you dewy, second skin-like finish, which I absolutely love. However, used on its own, it can slip and slide around a bit given the heat and humidity, so I layered it over a primer. Since I have dry skin, I used a hydrating primer and that further enhanced the dewiness and I’m not complaining.
Once I had my primer on, I swiped on the Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation with my fingers, because apparently that’s how Pat McGrath applies foundation backstage at fashion shows—with her hands. The Pat McGrath Labs website also recommends applying the foundation with your fingers. But I was obviously doing something wrong, because it just looked streaky when I was done. So after applying it with my hands, I followed with the bounce-bounce-bounce motions of the BeautyBlender to ensure a seamless finish. Because this foundation offers sheer to medium coverage, I checked if there were any areas on my face that needed more coverage and dotted a bit more foundation on those areas, and bounced the Beauty Blender some more. The result is glowing skin that didn’t look cakey.
That’s probably because the Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation has something called a Vita Serum Complex that helps with the production of natural hyaluronic acid. And that glow is down to the Diamond Core Powder Technology and illuminating soft-focus pigment blended into the formula that reflect and scatter light so imperfections are blurred and your skin looks flawless. If you have relatively clear skin.
I feel like Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation works for me because I have dry skin and wasn’t breaking out when I was trying this. It might not work as well for someone who has oily or combination skin. Plus, it has a high alcohol content. And while it didn’t dry out my skin, it has the potential to and can cause irritation for those with sensitive skin. At $100 a bottle, I would suggest trying it at Sephora first before committing to a whole bottle.