It has been a while since I bought a MAC lippie. A long while. I like MAC lippies but they are not my favourite to be blunt. That said, the colour range is phenomenal so I always make sure that I walk around the MAC counter just to see what they have.
On this particular occasion, I was going to meet a friend and only had a burgundy lippie in my bag. I was in the market for a cheap blue pencil so that I could make the tone more purple to go with my outfit and the rest of my makeup so I popped into my local Debenhams on the off chance that they had a sale on. In my local Debenhams, the MAC Counter is huge … and next to the entrance so I walked through, thinking I could get an exciting blue shade from MAC and there was Matte Royale… in a row of brown shades sticking out like a like a beacon to my inner purple-ness When I first picked up the colour, thought it was blue, like my Illamsqua disciple lipstick (see swatches below) but it is not.
Although the colour is cool toned, there is a touch of red in there, which makes it a very wearable ‘blue’ for most skin tones It is much lighter then Illamasqua Disciple and in my opinion is not a true royal blue – no shade j =ust an observation! The acid test for this colour however was my mum. I love my mum, but her lipstick choices are pretty conservative (although she wears orange lippie and looks amazing). She is always very vocal when she sees me wearing a colour that she does not like (mum’s eh). So I popped round, like you do, wearing Matte Royale, and she didn’t say anything. Which means she thought it was fine. I have worn blue lippie before and she told me I looked ridiculous (I wore it anyway) so that lack of comment from her was a good sign.
This lipstick has the strong vanilla scent that I associate with Tom Ford Black Dahlia. They smell exactly the same and have a very similar texture. Both MAC and Tom Ford are under the Estee Lauder umbrella so I wonder if the brands have been talking to each other. Although Royale is matte is does not dry out your lips.
Matte Royale is a beautiful colour. For me, one of the signs of a good lipstick from the purple spectrum is that it is difficult to photograph (something to do with blue and red being at opposite ends of the spectrum) and Matte Royale was not easy. Yes, I do mix it with pink, red and lipsticks to make custom purple shades and it works really well. It is also great with purple eyeshdow over the top but I also wear this on its own. Big thumbs up!