Irrational and Batsh*t Crazy

I feel that when Pat McGrath, a doyenne of the makeup artistry world, was ready to launch her own brand of products, someone must have said something to her to get her on the defensive about packaging.

Random naysayer: “Sure, it’s a nice formula, but the packaging is kinda dull”

Pat: “Kinda dull, you say? How dare you good sir. I shall bury it in a bag of sequins. That will show you. Pat McGrath Does Not Do Dull.”

And so the nuttiest packaging of all time was born. Don’t get me wrong – totally mindblowingly amazing, but nutty.


Pat McGrath is one of the best known makeup artists out there. She does fashion shows, product development, editorials, everything. She’s recently started bringing out her own products, all of which are based around formulas that are layer-able, customisable, and encourage artistry and creativity.

Her lipstick formula is no exception. The full kit comes with a slim lipstick, accompanying loose glitter, and a clear gloss to hold it all together. You can also just buy the lipstick alone, which is what I did because I am trying to be very Marie Kondo about makeup these days (something to do with an impending small bub taking a room of our HK flat soon).

The formula is incredible, and I’m not just saying that because of the sequin razzle dazzle. Super high pigment, supremely comfortable to wear, matte but not dry-looking, and doesn’t catch on any chapping, it is brilliant. And definitely not dull.


She also has a range of highlighters and metallic pigments, which you can get at Sephora or on her website.

And in answer to your question, yes they do go everywhere.


  • Reply Elaine November 13, 2016 at 8:57 am

    This was so enjoyable to read. Really brightened up a dull Sunday evening.

    • Reply The Formulist November 14, 2016 at 2:58 am

      Thanks so much! That’s what sequins are for…

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