Foundation Review: Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection

Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish, foundation, deep skin MD25

These days I’m reaching for foundation that is lightweight. Also I desire light to medium coverage with a skin-like finish. Pat McGrath Labs’ Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation fits the bill for me. It checks all of those boxes plus the shade range is pretty decent. For those of you who are looking for a foundation like this or wondering if this particular one is worth the hefty price tag, keep reading to check out my swatches, shade comparisons, and thoughts on this foundation.


Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish foundation
Image source: Sephora.com

Name: Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation

Cost: $68

Size: 1.18 fl oz/35 mL

Best Skin types to use it: Normal, dry, oily, combination

Finish: Satin

Number of shades: 36 (light, light medium, medium, medium deep, deep)

Undertones available: 12 spread across the shade categories (pink, peach, neutral, peach neutral, yellow neutral, yellow, pink neutral, red, neutral/olive, red neutral, golden, neutral golden)

Fragrance: No

Packaging: Outer packaging is a non-excessive cardboard box that folds open at the top (see pic). Foundation comes in a slightly frosted glass bottle with a black ribbed twist-off top with gold trim.

Claims (per the packaging): Buildable perfecting coverage, weightless texture, satin finish

First five ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Alcohol, Glycerin. Check full ingredients list on the packaging as well as the brand’s website to determine potential allergens.

Where to buy: PatMcgrath.com, Sephora.com


Shade comparisons

Here is what the PML Skin Fetish foundation looks like compared to others in my collection.

PML Skin fetish foundation comparison, deep skin swatches, dark skin swatches
From top to bottom: Cover FX Power Play in N90, Milk Makeup Flex Foundation stick in Maple, Nyx Born to Glow in Mahogany, Nars Radiant Longwear in Macao, Dior Backstage Face & Body in 5N, PML Skin Fetish in Medium Deep 25

First impressions

I love the luxe packaging and ease of use. The glass bottle has some weight to it and doesn’t feel cheap at all. I’m not really feeling the label on the front of the bottle because the edges have been lifting up every time I put it back in the box. It’s a small thing in the grand scheme of things but it’s not a good look (in my opinion) for a $68 bottle of foundation.

On to the foundation. The texture is very watery so I have to be careful when I pump it so that it doesn’t run off the back of my hand and onto my shirt like it did the other morning :-). Higher end brands are known for putting a fragrance in their products and I’m glad that this formula is fragrance free.

When Skin Fetish dries down, the color remains the same which means you won’t have a different foundation color by the time you’ve finished your makeup. Even though alcohol is listed as the 4th ingredient I didn’t feel like it dried down super fast nor did it dry out my skin. I’ve worn a few different silicone- and water-based primers this week underneath this foundation and they all performed like normal.

Wear Test

After watching a few folks on YT who appear to have a similar skin tone to me, I picked the shade MD25 because of the neutral undertone. I was a bit nervous because the undertone description is red neutral but I think it worked out well. My mom didn’t even know I was wearing any foundation at all!

In the pics shown, I applied the foundation before work around 7:30 am and washed it off when I got home around 6:30 pm. I used the Milk Hydro Grip primer, Sephora Micro Smooth pressed foundation powder, and Becca Skin Love Glow Shield Prime & Set Mist as my setting spray. The finish is truly satin and I feel as though it looks just like my skin but better.

The oils around my nose broke through as usual but I feel like the foundation held up pretty well. I don’t normally blot my face unless I’m looking super oily so this is what it looked like at the end of the day with no blotting. There was also minimal creasing and settling into my smile lines but that happens for me with most foundations.

Dior backstage first application
After 1 hour of wear


Dior backstage wear test
After 5 hours of wear

Overall thoughts

Skin Fetish is a beautiful formula, period. The claims of it being lightweight are true as I forgot that I was wearing foundation at all. The shade and finish were skin like as I expected. Granted, I did set my face with a lightweight powder like I normally do, but I still think it wore well. Other foundations that I have been testing have not worn this well for this long during the day.

The brand claims the foundation to be medium buildable coverage. The first layer wasn’t enough coverage for me so I went in with a 2nd one to get the desired look. As the day went on I could see my dark spots peeking through but that didn’t become noticeable until around the 4 hour mark. I knew that my dark spots would show so I don’t mind that.

All in all I loved how the Skin Fetish foundation wore throughout the day and I couldn’t stop checking myself out in the mirror lol. Seriously this foundation has officially made it to the top of my summer list. If you’ve been contemplating getting it and have the money to do so, I highly recommend it if you’re still wearing foundation these days.

Stay tuned to see more reviews and swatches of other foundations.

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