Finally Pat McGrath Gave Me The Luxury Skincare I Was Asking For


When Naomi Campbell tells you to do something, you do it right away. We talk on Zoom, specifically about Pat McGrath Labs’ (the makeup line created by the eponymous and legendary makeup artist) first foray into skincare, DIVINE SKIN: Rose 001™ The Essence, and Campbell wouldn’t let me go with anything. I had the product, but in my rush to prepare our call, I misplaced it in my room, and she was insistent I found it. Immediately I went into search mode, looking for the light pink box I had really just opened. It’s the minute you need something you can’t find it. Readers, I couldn’t find it, but given Campbell’s enthusiasm for this new essence, as soon as our call was over, I knew I had to try it.

I kind of buried the lede in the opening, so let’s rewind: Pat McGrath Labs is finally bringing the McGrath Glow to market with the new complexion-perfecting DIVINE SKIN: Rose 001™ The Essence. Starting today, McGrath’s secret to poreless, glowing complexions is officially out. Campbell has become the global face of the brand, and it was exciting to have the time to speak with her about this huge beauty deal.

Campbell asked me to try the product immediately after our call ended, and I’m a girl who always does what she’s told.

Using breakthrough bi-phase technology and formulated with Rose Biotic and HydraSphere 18, the new essence promises to instantly brighten, soften and smooth, and is clinically proven to boost skin hydration. Oh, it’s also made with 97% naturally-derived ingredients, so it’s suitable for all skin types – Pat McGrath Labs claims results are achieved within four weeks of use.

As a liquid essence, it can be layered into your skincare routine where you would put on a toner (after cleansing, before a thicker serum or moisturizer). Or, it can even be applied over makeup to add an extra layer of hydration. Because it is a bi-phase solution, you shake the luxurious clear pink glass bottle to combine the white emulsion with the pink rose water solution, to unlock the “divine moisture memory” of the product, then apply to the skin, either directly with your hands or on a cotton ball. (I’m very pro-hands with this product, tbh, it feels like you get it more absorbed into your skin.)

“Pat knows I love all things hydrating, and she knows what I love about it – it’s not about trying to paint a shiny coat on my skin, it really brings out my glow,” Campbell shares, “and anyone [who] put it on, the skin feels revitalized, it feels regenerated, it feels plumped, it feels smooth and you can put on makeup more easily. She says that after testing the product for nearly a year, she actually uses less makeup — no foundation, just concealer. And as a concealer-only girl myself, that endorsement resonated.

I have been using the product fairly regularly for just over a week. I’ll add it to my skincare routine or, for moisturizing purposes, when I’m already wearing makeup – my basic routine is rigorous and extensive. I wish it came as a mist, but that’s a personal preference as I love misting my face with liquids. But this essence is packed with ingredients that I already use in my skincare routine: vitamin E, squalane, sweet almond, sea buckthorn and macadamia nut oils, so I just feel like it boosts what I already have in progress. But with the rise of the skincare-as-makeup trend, this essence fits right into that little bucket of glow-boosting products. Trends are fun, but Campbell and I agree that with products, efficiency matters.

“For me, it all depends on what works. I’m not just into trends of things that don’t work, look good, and don’t do what they say,” Campbell tells me. “As a consumer, I want to buy something that says it’s going to do what it’s going to do.” Elixirs aren’t new to the beauty industry, but they aren’t widely known outside of those familiar with K-Beauty — and maybe, just maybe, Pat McGrath is the one making it ubiquitous ( at least, among those who can afford $86 skin care).

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