Ah, the illusive Royal Ball lipstick. I've never known so much drama and hassle as I encountered trying to get hold of this lipstick. MAC's email to announce the release of their Cinderella collection was too late as usual, and the department stores that were selling it online all managed to have some sort of technical issue. Whatever the case, I missed out, and so did a lot of other people. MAC had a sneaky restock on Tuesday and I ended up with two of the lusted-after Royal Ball lipsticks, so I thought I'd do a little review and let you know my thoughts!
First up, lets talk about that packaging. MAC got a lot of stick for the packaging of their Cinderella collection, but I actually love it. It's a pain to try to photograph, but in real life the blue is incredibly beautiful with a purple iridescence that matches Cinderella's lovely ballgown. The gold goes well with the blue, and it's a definite standout in my collection.
Royal Ball is a lustre finish, I don't own any other lustre lipsticks as I tend to go for matte formulas, but in this case I think the lustre finish suits the colour perfectly. There's a tiny hint of frost in there in my opinion as it's slightly shimmery on the lips, a very similar texture and look to Costa Chic. It's a light rosy pink colour, although it's not very pigmented so looks best over a similar colour lip liner, but for an everyday easy nude, I think Royal Ball will do perfectly.
The wear time isn't great, with it being a lustre lipstick I got around 2-3 hours out of it before I needed to reapply, but as usual I did chain-drink tea whilst testing it out. I would imagine over a good lip liner it would last a little longer, it's more the glossy finish that wears off first rather than the subtle colour. It doesn't cling to any dry or flakey patches either, great if your lips aren't in the best condition like mine!
I think on a day-to-day basis I'd only wear Royal Ball with a lip liner as it's just a little too pale and sheer for me without one, but it's a lovely colour, very comfortable and not at all drying and the packaging is so beautiful that I'm glad to have it in my collection. You may have noticed I have two Royal Ball lipsticks, there might be a little giveaway here on Hummingbird And The Rose soon so if you missed out on the Cinderella collection and really wanted it, keep your eyes peeled!
Did you manage to get anything from the MAC Cinderella collection, or were you not a fan?
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