When I was little, my favorite boardgame was called Pretty Pretty Princess (yes, this is a real thing!). The object of the game was incredibly simple- as your piece moved around the board, you collected (plastic) jewelry- rings, necklaces, clip-on earrings. The first one to make it to the end got to wear the crown and was dubbed the—you guessed it—Pretty Pretty Princess.
There was no side story about Prince Charming, no wicked witch or evil step-parent, no singing sidekick. It was just a simple game about a princess and her dress-up accessories.
I like pretty things.
I can’t help it.
So, when I heard that in addition to the usual dolls, toddler dresses, and other various “kid” stuff, Disney would be rolling out a whole bunch of “grown up” items to celebrate its release of a new live-action Cinderella movie, I got really excited.
Now, I was a little bit behind. I did not read the original press release months ago and have a countdown calendar. By the time I realized that MAC, that glorious multicolor wonderland of grown-up make-believe, would be selling a Cinderella line, it was already sold out (in 4 hours!) online. I hit up the Macy’s website, but didn’t click quickly enough, and while the item was in my shopping cart, by the time I hit the check out button, it said, “Sorry, this item is no longer available.”
In slight desperation (only slight, I try to keep perspective), I called my local Macy’s store and was delighted to learn that the full line would be available in store on Thursday, March 5. I totally fist-pumped the air when I got off the phone- I had 2 whole days to wait.
And then it snowed.
I am not talking like rainy-sleety-this-is-yucky-but-it’s-fine snow. We had a full-on blizzard that covered the roads in inches before Macy’s even opened at 10am.
I’m not going to lie, I totally still wanted to go.
My mom, ever the voice of reason (and the one who’d have to drive me there #NotLicensed #WorkingOnIt), promised we’d go as soon as the snow plow came through, since you know, it’s kind of hard to drive through 6 inches of packed, solid, frozen water.
Lipstick < Snow Emergency.
At least I thought so.
Apparently, the people (or for all I know 1 single person) who fought their way to the MAC counter and bought EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF CINDERELLA MAKEUP IN STOCK did not think so.
A visit to the MAC counter the following morning, a mere 24-hours post-release, revealed that in the entire country, only 8 Macy’s stores still had items in stock.
There are apparently quite a few Pretty Pretty Princesses out there.
Luckily, one of those remaining stores happened to be located a mere hour from me. I called, and convinced the MAC lady on the other end to let me buy a lipstick over the phone (even though they are Not Supposed To Do That), with the promise to pick it up before closing.
Even luckier, my sister was meeting a friend for dinner in the area and didn’t mind taking a 20-minute detour to pick up my purchase. (She’s the best sister ever!!)
The store had more than 1 lipstick still available, and had I realized the insanity- I mean, dedication- of Disney Princess Wannabes on the Internet and had a moment of foresight in my blind excitement, I would have bought another and sold it on eBay.
One lipstick is $17.50 from MAC.
They are selling for upwards of $40 on resell sites.
Is it worth it?
I think so.
The color I purchased is called Royal Ball, and I only wish that I had an actual Royal Ball to wear it to. I would describe the color as a shimmery, pale pinky-nude.
Warning: Wearing this product will make you want to take a ½ dozen pucker-lip selfies in order to capture how pretty pretty princess-like this lipstick is.
The Disney-Cinderella merchandise tie-in is so over the top that it has been the subject of numerous articles online and in print. MAC is just the tip of the Cinderella product iceberg.
There’s the Lauren Conrad line for Kohl’s:
Which is really lovely in person, and I wish so much that I could pull off a ballerina skirt with a castle on it in my Every Day Life. I settled for the sweater with the sequined shoe, though I got it in blue online! (Its arrival was delayed by snow at the fulfillment center otherwise I’d have a picture of it as well).
Then there is a line of (*cough* overpriced *cough*) jewelry from the Home Shopping Network and a fine-china tea set at the Disney store.
The true jewel (the Pretty Pretty Princess crown, if you will) of the whole thing is this:
A custom made Jimmy Choo “Glass” Slipper. Order now and it will be delivered to your doorstep in October.
Oh to have $4,595 of expendable income.
One article I read made a good point about how women in general want more from their Disney movies than the usual damsel-in-distress/Handsome-Prince script that we are used to. I want that too. I am absolutely a feminist, and I absolutely agree that the stories we tell little girls teach them what they can become (anything and everything!). As such, we need to be careful which stories we glamorize.
At the same time, I’m a grown-up and I can separate the fact that I’ve never really liked the narrative of Cinderella from the fact that she has the best potential for product placement EVER.
Sometimes, you don’t need the story. Sometimes you just want to collect the dress-up accessories. Sometimes, it’s ok to just be the Pretty Pretty Princess, knowing that you’ve also got a kick-ass superhero cape in your dress-up box too.
You can even wear it altogether if you want to:
I just realized I barely even mentioned the movie itself. I am excited to see it if only for the role reversal of Downton Abbey kitchen maid Daisy as a wicked step-sister and Cousin Rose as Cinderella, and you know, Cate Blanchett (#BestActressEver).