Pat McGrath Celestial Divinity is a limited edition eye palette that retails for $78.00 and contains 0.684 oz.
($78.00 for 0.684 oz.) is a new, limited edition mega-sized palette with 18 shades that they're between a dime and quarter in size and are most comparable in size (weight) to last year's Eye Ecstasy palettes. A typical full-sized eyeshadow is around 0.05 oz., and each of the eyeshadows in the palette is 0.038 oz., so there's plenty of product. They are about half the size or less than the brand's regular MTHRSHPs and original Mothership palettes. The individual pans are large enough that there are no issues getting a variety of eye brushes into each shade.
12 of the eyeshadows--the two left-most columns and two right-most columns--are shades from the Star Wars MTHRSHP palettes released last year, which were very quick to sell out and one of the more frustrating Pat McGrath launches to-date. I'm exceedingly happy to see the brand bring them back in some form--I love that people who missed out will be able to get the shades if that was what appealed to them. I'd rather more people enjoy it than less; those who paid more or put in more time for the original release have already had the benefit of using those palettes for almost a year now.
The quality of the palette was fantastic--there were no duds and only a couple of shades with anything really "negative" to mention--but almost every shade was intensely pigmented, had good adhesion, blended out readily, and had good wear. Lunar Champagne was the "weakest" to me, as it was chunkier and more loosely-pressed, so it applied better with a fingertip or a dampened brush to minimize fallout.
The quality, texture, and colors were very consistent with the past releases of the shades, too, which is always nice to see. I know that my biggest concern with this palette and its price point (I had guessed closer to $125 to compete with Natasha Denona's 28-pan midi from last year) and whether there'd be a drop in quality, but I'm thrilled to report that it was extremely consistent (more so than a lot of brands, actually!).
I think the palette is one of the less cohesive color stories released by the brand, which is part of what makes pre-made palettes more compelling to purchase. It's more of a complementary palette than a standalone as it is dominated by shimmer--only three shades are matte--but would work well paired with your favorite matte eyeshadows.
Like a lot of holiday releases, this seems geared toward getting new customers or passerbys of the brand--someone who pays attention but doesn't usually end up purchasing. The packaging should feel "better" than the Eye Ecstasy packaging, and I didn't find it particularly cheap or different than a typical cardboard palette. The magnetic closure felt stronger than average, and I imagine this is why the eyeshadows are positioned closer to the lid as well.
Of course, the packaging is a massive departure from the original Mothership packaging, but it is significantly cheaper, too... everything I've heard and learned from the industry is that packaging is often the excessive cost of a product. If you're big on packaging, then you might be disappointed, but if you're all about the actual product inside, the palette is consistent with the brand's formula across various palettes and releases and well-worth consideration if you enjoy the formula (and don't have the shades yet) or have always wanted to try the brand.
Making PAT McGRATH LABS‘ history, this first-ever Mega Mothership Palette with 18 shadows is the most colossal, extravagant yet. It has a range of blendable, high-impact formulas and features six shades—granting complete access to infinite looks. It‘s also arranged in exclusive, special-decorated holiday packaging. It‘s your art galaxy, let color take you as far away as you want.