Sublime Perfection Foundation by Pat McGrath Labs | Med Dark 23 | Review

sublime perfection foundation

I recently received the Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation System by Pat McGrath Labs in the mail and I’m so excited! I purchased the set as soon as it launched. Last week I posted a foundation review. I don’t normally do similar content back to back but because I love foundations so much I wanted to review this. As you may know, this is a high-end foundation with lots of hype surrounding it.

Let’s discuss my thoughts on the products.


Here are some claims for the foundation. For more detailed information visit

  • Vita-Serum Complex designed to help fight the formation of wrinkles by preserving the hydrolipidic film barrier of the skin. 
  • This complex boosts hydration by activating the natural production of hyaluronic acid and ceramides. 
  • Diamond Core Powder Technology improves skin texture by optically smoothing and blurring the appearance of fine lines and imperfections. 
  • An illuminating soft-focus pigment blended into the formula converts and scatters light, emulating the effect of a healthy, youthful complexion. 
  • Self-setting, post-perfecting and long-wearing, its sublime satin finish lasts all day.

Foundation ingredients

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Alcohol, Glycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ipdi/Di-C12-13 Alkyl Tartrate/Bis-Hydroxyethoxypropyl Dimethicone Copolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Chloride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Benzimidazole Diamond Amidoethyl Urea Carbamoyl Propyl Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Di-C12-13 Alkyl Tartrate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hexyl Laurate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Rubus Idaeus Leaf Cell Culture, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate. May Contain / Peut Contenir / +/- : Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492, Ci 77491, Ci 77499).

Product info

I purchased the system directly from the site. The 1.18 fl oz foundation itself retails for $38. The system retails for $150. This launched with 36 shades. The foundation is for all skin types and is formulated without parabens, talc, oil, or fragrance.

Out of all the products in the system (primer, foundation, and setting powder) the packaging for the foundation is the most luxurious looking. The setting powder comes in pretty standard packaging but the primer comes in a lightweight container with a sticker label that doesn’t quite stick well. The boxes on all three products are very nice.

I ordered shade Medium Deep 23 with the system, which was a perfect shade match. The powder that was included was shade Medium Deep 4. This was a bit disappointing because the powder is too deep to use for setting under my eyes or all over my face. Instead, I used the powder to bronze my skin which worked out beautifully. I wish there was an option to choose your powder shade with the system.

sublime system
1. Fresh swatch (shade Med Deep 23) 2. Foundation rubbed in 3. Powder swatch (Med Deep 4)
primer package


Let me start by saying I love most of Pat McGrath’s products. I didn’t really have any expectations for this foundation though. I hoped it was really good but I wasn’t sure it would work for my skin. When I first tried it I applied it with my fingers and blended it out with a beauty sponge. The foundation has a very thin consistency, thinner than the ABH foundation I reviewed last week. I then tried the foundation with a brush then blended it out with a beauty sponge….that’s when the heavens opened up for me lol.

This foundation is not full coverage it is very lightweight. More like sheer to light-medium. It doesn’t mask the skin. It is very natural looking and feels really comfortable. This is the type of foundation that you can buildup in areas that need more coverage but a concealer works best to conceal problem areas.

The foundation lasted very well on my skin even with my oils peaking throughout the day. It surprisingly did not break up on my skin. This was without using setting powder or spray. I agree with the claim that the foundation is self-setting. However, even though the product sets on the skin it is not transfer resistant. Overall I think if you are in the market for a lightweight luxury foundation this is a nice one to try. My skin looked radiant while wearing it and it lasted well throughout the day on my oily skin.

Thanks for hanging out!
XO Terreana

2 thoughts on “Sublime Perfection Foundation by Pat McGrath Labs | Med Dark 23 | Review

  1. Thanks for this review! I just got my hands on a sample of this foundation and felt like I liked it too much after the first try? So after doing a general search for other reviews I came across your review and it’s much appreciated xx

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