MAC Cinderella Collection “Royal Ball” Lipstick

The Mac Cinderella collection launched the morning of February 26 online and will be in stores starting March 5. First of all, can we just talk about how stressful these collections are? I have personally never ordered a limited edition product online without swatching it, but there is a first time for everything I guess. There was so much uncertainty associated with this collection because MAC never mentioned what time the collection would launch. I limited myself (pun intended) to only one lipstick from this collection, but I will probably swatch the remaining products when they release in stores. I chose “Royal Ball” because the last MAC lipstick I purchased was “Oxblood” (review found here) and that was a matte peachy nude, whereas this lipstick is more of a pinky nude (I am totally justifying myself aren’t I?). I do not own any luster finishes and saw this as an opportunity to expand my horizons (there I go justifying myself again!). Enough rambling, time for the review!


  • I would like to think that the name of this product is MAC’s idea of the lipstick Cinderella wore to the “Royal Ball,” but it is definitely not what I would have chosen to wear to such an important event.
  • Packaging:
    • The lipstick box is a slightly iridescent light blue with the collection’s name printed in gold.                                                                 RoyalBallBox
    • The bullet itself is also an iridescent, slightly shimmery, light blue with gold details. There is no design on the bullet which I know made a few people want to pass on this collection. Personally, I think that the color is beautiful, but I do have to agree and say that compared the beautiful packaging of the Toledo Collection, this packaging is a little disappointing. I am sure MAC had reasons to make the packaging the way it is, but I just wish there would have been more attention to detail (perhaps a subtle patter or print in addition to the color). RoyalBallBullet               RoyalBallLipstick
  • Color and application:
    • “Royal Ball” is a sheer pinky nude with a frosted finish. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed by this product’s color payoff. I think that maybe this color did not go well with my medium skin tone. I feel as though this sheer lipstick made my lips look paler instead of giving them color. This could be due to the fact that the color is a little too cool and light for my skin tone and the frosted finish does not suit my complexion.
      • “Royal Ball” looks good when applied to the center of my lips on top of an opaque pink lipstick. Although I did find a use for this lipstick, I did not buy it with the intention of using it on top of a different color, but honestly it is the only way I can wear it. The way I think about this lipstick is as a highlight for my lips. It makes the center a little more shimmery than the rest of my lips and this adds more dimension.
      •    The pictures below show how sheer this lipstick is and how cool tones it is compared to my NC25/30 skin. I had to swipe it five or six times to get it to show up on my arm.                                                                      Swatch1
    • This lipstick is relatively creamy and easy to apply. Unfortunately, on its own, it does accentuate the fine lines on my lips and it did not last more than two hours. RoyalBallSwatch2
  • Comparison to other lipsticks:
    • I do not own any lipstick like this one therefore I can’t make a direct comparison. I thought that it would be similar to my MAC “Creme Cup,” but it is too sheer to be comparable to anything I own.

      (L)"Royal Ball" swiped 6 times (R) "Creme Cup" swiped 1 time

      (L)”Royal Ball” swiped 6 times (R) “Creme Cup” swiped 1 time

  • Final thoughts:
    • I was so excited to try this lipstick, but I was truly disappointed by the color. I think that my skin color and undertones simply do not play well with this product. This lipstick could work well for those with lighter skin and cooler undertones.
    • Overall, the packaging is cute and the experience of acquiring a limited edition item before it sells out online was a new and exciting one for me, but the color and its payoff did not suit me.

I will probably take a look at the other items of this collection in stores, I am interested in the iridescent powder in “Coupe d’Chic.” I would recommend trying it in stores to determine whether this color will work for you. Did you buy or are planning to buy an item from this collection? Let me know in the comments section below. Thank you for reading!


MAC Toledo Collection “Oxblood” lipstick

The Isabelle and Ruben Toledo is a MAC spring 2015 Collection which launched January 29 online and in stores February 5. This collection (as most MAC collections) includes 6 lipsticks with matching lipglasses (I can never get used to that word), 3 eyeshadow palettes, 3 Ombre blushes, 4 mascaras, 3 nail lacquers, a brush, and a makeup bag.

On to the point of this post…

The only item that truly caught my attention was the “Oxblood” lipstick. I must be honest and mention the fact that I bought this item out of fear…Yes, that is right…Fear of missing out on a Limited Edition nude. This past year I missed out on the nude lipstick “Enchanted One” that launched with the Alluring Aquatics collection. I almost gave in and was a bid away from paying over $30 for said lipstick, but I soon came to my senses and decided to keep tabs on any new Limited Edition MAC collection. Oxblood was sold out by the time I found out about the new collection (there went keeping tabs on MAC LE Collections), but since it launched in stores a few days ago I was able to buy it the day it hit stores.


  • First of all, Oxblood may seem like an ill-fitting name for this peachy brown nude matte lipstick, but since Isabelle and Ruben are artists perhaps the color has a creatively unexpected connection to its name.
  • Packaging:
    • The lipstick comes in a printed box inside a cardboard sleeve (already looks fancy from the moment you discover the double packaging).  The box sleeve (as I will refer to it) has the collections “logo” and name printed on all sides and an intricate pattern on the inside. The actual lipstick box is a plain white yet chic with the collection’s name written in red.

      Left: Packaging sleeve with the name of the collection and the sketch design.  Right: White lipstick box with the collection name

      Left: Packaging sleeve with the name of the collection and the sketch design.
      Right: White lipstick box with the collection name

    • The texture of the lipstick bullet is similar to the smooth rubber-like texture of NARS packaging. The design used is that of a sketch that Ruben made of Isabelle’s face (cute!). 

      MAC Toledo bullet

      MAC Toledo bullet

    • Overall, for $1.50 more than a regular MAC lipstick (“Oxblood” costs $17.5) I think you definitely get your money’s worth of packaging considering the attention to detail. The packaging is truly beautiful and luxurious.
  • Texture, scent and application:
    • Soft, creamy, smooth consistency identical to that of all MAC matte lipsticks.
    • Has a hint of vanilla scent typical of MAC lipsticks. I personally love the scent because it is not too strong or sweet.                     ToledoLipstick
    • Glides on smoothly, but can be a bit drying for those of us who lack naturally moist lips. I have a bit of texture on my lips and the lipstick only clung to the driest parts (typical of matte lipsticks). I added some lip balm and the problem was solved! It is not more or less drying than any MAC matte lipstick therefore a bit of Chapstick/lip balm beforehand solved the problem with dryness I experienced.
      MAC "Oxblood" with flash. For reference, my skin tone in MAC is NC25/30

      MAC “Oxblood” with flash. For reference, my skin tone in MAC is NC25/30

      "Oxblood" with no flash and natural lighting.

      “Oxblood” with no flash and natural lighting.

  • Comparison to MAC “Kinda Sexy”:
    • “Oxblood” is a tiny bit darker (maybe less than half a shade) and has a bit more coral/orange undertone to it. Honestly though, I can’t personally tell much of a difference between them when I apply them to my lips.

      Left: “Oxblood” Right: Kinda Sexy


    • Picture on the left natural lighting: “Oxblood” (L) “Kinda Sexy” (R)
    • Picture on the right flash: “Oxblood” (L) “Kinda Sexy” (R)
  • Final verdict:
    • I love this lipstick! It is a brighter nude that will be perfect for spring time. For now, my “Velvet teddy” nude is a bit more on trend with the season. I do have to say though that if you do not get your hands on oxblood, “Kinda sexy” is in my opinion an exact dupe. Given that both lipsticks are from the same brand and have the same finish, they are practically interchangeable. I do love the packaging though so I probably would have skipped on buying “Kinda sexy” if I hadn’t already owned it by the time “Oxblood” came out.

I hope this review helped you decide whether “Oxblood” is worth buying. Let me know your thoughts on these lipsticks and on the new Toledo collection. Thank you for reading!