Already have a few of these and meant to buy the Purple Monarchs, but I'm far from unhappy with that mistake. Although they say 'Blue', they are very dark and appear black unless in light. The dark color makes the embossing and back design REALLY pop, which is why I love these. Monarchs are silky and break-in really quickly. I'm excited to use the s*** out of my other decks so I can get more down the line :).