MAC How Royal is a moderately cool-toned, medium-dark blue with a pearl finish. It is a discontinued eyeshadow that retails for $17.00 and contains 0.05 oz.
MAC How Royal Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "pearly cerulean blue [with a Veluxe Pearl finish]." It's a bright, medium blue with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation paired with a softer consistency that wasn't too firm or too dense, but I did notice it had a tendency to fade when applied to bare skin. Over primer, it looked better and applied more evenly. On me, it wore well for eight hours (no primer). KVD Beauty Paranoid (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Shiseido Esmaralda (BL 620) (P, $25.00) is more muted (90% similar). Sephora Rio (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S214 Ultramarine Blue (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Glacier Gang (LE, )(90% similar). NARS Showgirl (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sugarpill Afterparty (P, $13.00) is darker (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Blue Lagoon (LE, ) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Blue Calm (DC, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Clash (DC, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
These saturated shadows in neutral and metallic shades and multiple finishes stay on all day long with non-creasing, eight-hour wear. The result: potent colour payoff that applies evenly, blends well and can be used wet or dry.