THE BEAUTY BLACKOUT


Battle of the Expensive Lip Balms: Pat McGrath Lip Fetish vs. Dior’s NEW Lip Glows for Spring ‘18

Introducing the Contenders Dior Addict Lip Glows in 101 Matte Pink, 102 Matte Raspberry & 009 Holo Purple (US$34 for 3.5g) Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Lip Balm (US$38 for 3.5 grams; supposedly LE). Emily: I'll just get one thing right out of the way: I've never been big on expensive lip balms. I usually prefer expensive everything so this is, I suppose, one of my eccentricities. (Is it endearing? Comment below, please.) As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't get better than Lucas Papaw Ointment (preferably in the small tube with the slanted applicator) and Lanolips 101 Ointment (no slanted applicator sadly.... read more »


Pat McGrath’s Curated Collections of LuxeTrance Lipsticks for Holiday 2017 (...this is MAJOR!)

When it comes to lipsticks, here's a daily nugget of truth for you: there is no such thing as owning too many of them. Our drawers, vanities and handbags literally overfloweth with them. And since Pat McGrath’s LuxeTrance lipsticks were only the lipsticks of 2017, it should come as no surprise that our top recs for the holiday season are Pat's 'Lust' Curated Collections of her LuxeTrance lipsticks, available in several different sizes/price points. If you STILL don’t own any LuxeTrance lipsticks, we want to let you know that you are officially on notice: you have no excuse not to buy some now.... read more »


Pat McGrath’s Liquid Lip Kits for Holiday 2017: The Skin Show Set

After my dramatic experience with the Deceit Duo - I think I'm probably still recovering - I confess I decided to take a brief break from testing out Pat's LiquiLUST 007 kits. Alright, full disclosure: I may have been otherwise preoccupied with picking up a rather generous array of Tom Ford's new Private Shadows - for sampling purposes only, of course (translation: for the benefit of The Beauty Blackout's much valued readers.) Oh yeah, and I bought one of the new mascaras too, also for your benefit, but it turned out to be the wrong one - so I guess a return trip is in the... read more »


Pat McGrath's Liquid Lip Kits for Holiday 2017: The LiquiLUST 007 Duo in Deceit

How We Got Here (Emily Had Another Beauty Blackout) It's only been two weeks since the official launch of Pat McGrath's (limited edition) lip collection for this year's holiday season. However, since hype has a way of dragging everything out - as does FedEx's shipping process - you'd be forgiven for thinking it's been quite a bit longer. Truthfully, I wasn't at all excited for the launch. I'd tuned in on Instagram for the live reveal at the end of October and - not gonna lie - it left me feeling...deflated. Liquid lipsticks? Really? And a return to the DIY kits?? Look, I'm not a... read more »


Pat McGrath’s LuxeTrance Lipsticks Part 3: Madame Greige and Lust Angeles

...aka: Emily is (Over) 20 LuxeTrance Lipsticks In and There's NOT A SINGLE DUD to report, folks! Before I dive into this review, a quick PSA to all readers: Part 1 of the Beauty Blackout's Multi-Part Review of the LuxeTrance lipsticks has been updated to include lip swatches of all shades discussed. You can find the updated post here. Readers, I would be lying if I didn’t tell you straight up that this post has not turned out the way I'd originally planned. What I'd intended it to be was a sort of snarky, sort of silly, ‘now look what happens when you blind buy... read more »