When I saw this deep purple gloss show up in my local drugstore, I knew I had to try it out. I already have a few of the permanent Color Sensational High Shine Lip Gloss shades and I’ve been very happy with them (for a while there at the beginning of summer I was wearing One Shine Day practically every day). Purple Royale is a deep, cool purple gloss, which is something that I do not already have in my collection. I’m looking forward to the weather cooling down a bit so that this kind of shade feels a little more appropriate!
I think that the royal bluish purple color is so lovely. Here it is swatched next to Maybelline’s Fall 2013 Color Sensational Lipstick in Violet Intrigue for some color reference.
Just look at how rich the gloss’ color in the tube is against my hand!
As lovely as the color is, the truth is that this gloss doesn’t stand on its own so well and will work better atop a lipstick. In the photo below, I have the gloss over naked lips. My lips are pretty deeply pigmented on their own, with a reddish tone, and I feel like the gloss by itself makes me look like I’ve been eating grape jelly by the handful.
The pigmentation of the gloss is a little uneven, and without a lipstick underneath the color actually looks a little dull. My first thought for a lipstick to pair with it went to Maybelline’s Fall 2013 Color Sensational Lipstick in Violet Intrigue (the one I swatched alongside the gloss above). You can see more images of Violet Intrigue on its own in my review here. The image below shows Violet Intrigue topped with Purple Royale.
The actual color I end up with on my lips isn’t all that different than with the gloss alone, but it now it looks substantially more even, and a little more vibrant, too. On its own, the gloss makes me look a little tired (or asphyxiated?), but over the lipstick it loses that affect. It might be a little easier to see the comparison side by side.
So, it’s pretty easy to get Purple Royale to sing a stronger tune. You can see clearly in the swatches that the colors of Violet Intrigue and Purple Royale do not match, but simply reaching for some sort of purplish lipstick of any sort should help Purple Royale out a lot. Since Violet Intrigue isn’t all that dark, I wanted to also see how it would work over a deeper lipstick. I reached for Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry.
I enjoy Revlon’s Black Cherry (another great shade for fall, huh?), but I actually really like Purple Royale over top of it, as well. It cools it down a little, helping teeth look a bit whiter than they do with Black Cherry alone.
Overall, I’d say the pigmentation of this lip gloss leaves a little to be desired, but I’ll still get plenty of use out of it throughout the season as I pair it with other lipsticks. It has a nice bluish shine and feels as comfortable as the other Color Sensational High Shine Lip Glosses, if you have your eye on it, I’d say spring for it when you can get it on sale.
Have you picked up any of these limited edition purples from Maybelline?