Review: Pat McGrath Divine Skin: Rose 001 The Essence

Disclaimer: I received the Pat McGrath Divine Skin: Rose 001 The Essence free and complimentary from Influenster and Pat McGrath Labs in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All of the thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.

If you’re looking for fresh luminous skin, look no further than the Pat McGrath Divine Skin: Rose 001 The Essence. There’s a fine line between luminous and greasy skin, and this essence knows where that line is. Even with my oily skin, it left me looking fresh without looking greasy.


4 out of 5 stars



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Pat McGrath Divine Skin: Rose 001 The Essence Review

According to Pat McGrath Lab’s website, this essence is “a transformative bi-phase essence that does double-duty to address dull, dehydrated skin and bring out the glow in an instant.” A Rose-Biotic complex and other botanical oils help calm and rebalance the skin while also plumping and hydrating it. It claims to enhance your skin’s barrier over time.

I have to say that the packaging is beautiful. The bottle is a durable thick glass, and even the plastic cap feels luxurious. The label feels like parchment, not a cheap film.

The essence has to be shaken before use since it separates. When shaken, it’s a milky consistency that’s slightly pink. It has a fairly strong rose scent for a skincare product.

When used alone, it acts as a very lightweight moisturizer. I used it under my makeup instead of my regular daytime moisturizer since I have oily skin. It left my skin feeling hydrated and glowing, without looking oily. At night, I used the essence after my toner and before my regular moisturizer. My skin felt hydrated, even into the morning.

One thing I didn’t like was that this product isn’t vegan. I’m guessing it’s the squalane (which is usually harvested from sharks). It is a little weird to me that a product that’s so focused on botanicals doesn’t use a plant-based squalane. If you’re looking for a product that’ll make your skin glow and is also vegan, check out my review of the Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask.


I gave the Pat McGrath Divine Skin: Rose 001 The Essence 4/5 stars. I really liked how it felt on my skin in the daytime and under my makeup, despite having oily skin. The packaging is glass and feels really luxurious. It does have a pretty strong rose scent and added fragrance. While that doesn’t bother me, I could definitely see how it would be a turn off to others. Sadly, this product isn’t vegan. If the squalane was plant-derived, I probably would have given this product 5 stars.

Red Medusa ft. Thistle & Spire

Another piece that Thistle & Spire sent me was their Medusa Bodysuit in crimson. It’s the perfect piece to wear as lingerie or on a night out.

My sunglasses are the New Wave sunglasses from Saint Laurent. The bodysuit is the Medusa Bodysuit in Crimson from Thistle & Spire. My pants are the Skinny Vinyl Trousers from Raey. My bag the Crescent Clutch from Understated Leather. And my shoes are the Teddy heels from Saint Laurent.

Photography: Matt Hamilton

*This post contains items gifted to me (bodysuit).

My Favorite Spring 2022 Trends

Spring is usually a season I don’t really care about. I’ve never been into tons of florals or lace or the stereotypical “spring” trends. However, since it already started hitting 85 degrees in March here, I’ve caved and started looking for more spring pieces. I’ve listed a few Spring 2022 trends that I love and will be wearing this season.

White Suiting

A white linen suit is a classic spring piece. It’s such a blank canvas that it’s easy to fit into your personal style. I have the Marlowe blazer from Rat & Boa and to make it a little more edgy, I usually style it with black leather sandals, metal-framed sunglasses, and lots of jewelry.

If you’re looking for a white suit of your own, opt for warm weather-friendly fabrics like linen, cotton, and satin.


I’ve always been a massive fan of fringe. I love the movement it gives and makes a plain piece so much more interesting. I’m also a big fan of the nod to 70s fashion. Besides fringe on jackets, I’ve been really into fringe detailing on pants.

For something more glam, look for rhinestone fringe. For something more edgy and vintage, look for fringed leather.

Bralette Tops

Bralette tops have been popular ever since the 90s became on-trend again. Underwear as outwear became huge in the 90s thanks to girls like Courtney Love. A play on the traditional crop top, it’s not a shocker that bralettes are one of my favorite Spring 2022 trends.

There are plenty of bralette-style tops out there, but I personally just like to wear an actual bralette. The lacey lingerie style of real bralettes gives my edgy outfits a touch of femininity. I would also definitely pair a bralette with something super high waisted so it doesn’t feel like you’re walking around in your underwear.