I recently invested in MAC Plumful, and since that day I’ve been hooked. As I’ve previously mentioned I’m rather shy when it comes to bold, bright lips – I mean, they take a bit of getting used to, right?! – and Plumful is just the most beautiful, wearable autumnal berry colour.
It wasn’t until the other day when I was fiddling about with my lipsticks (i.e. shuffling them round to make room for more!) when I discovered that I owned a practically identical shade for half the price!
Not going to lie – I was kind of gutted to realise that I’d basically wasted a good £15, but I kept telling myself that it was okay because it meant that I could share this dupe with you guys!
So here’s Plumful, to start with. It’s a Lustre finish, meaning it’s pretty sheer and glossy but it still has a decent pigment to it! I also find Lustre finishes to be incredibly moisturising, and this one is no exception. The colour is a beautiful pinky-plum, making it far easier to pull of than a purple-plum in my opinion.
And as always, MAC packaging is just so chic and gorgeous – an issue for me because the freaky collector in me just wants hundreds of them all lined up! – as well as being sturdy and well made.
However, this is MAC we’re talking about! Great packaging, great formula, gorgeous colour… Not so great price point. £15.50 for a lipstick is kind of mad, but I’ve been known to spend £10 more than this (YSL I hate you!) so it’s not too bad I suppose, for a high-end (ish) lipstick.
The dupe I’ve found can save you almost £8 – and it’s oh-so-similar! Say hello to Midnight Mauve from Max Factor, another holy-grail lipstick for me.
Although their price tags and packaging are different, the colour and formula of these lipsticks are quite literally identical! Midnight Mauve is another stunning pinky-plum neutral, and actually has the same finish and texture – sheer yet buildable and it leaves a gloss behind.
I would say that Plumful has more of a red undertone and Midnight Mauve has a slight purple tint to it, but on the lips they appear literally identical. They both have a similar lasting power (which isn’t too long – you do need to top up every few hours or so).
They both smell pretty good – it’s important for a lipstick so have a nice scent, I’m sure you’ll agree! – and neither tastes of anything. No nasty chemicals here!
Overall I do love Plumful, and I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of it throughout the coming chilly months… But having said that, if I’d realised I already had a good dupe, I probably would have saved my pennies.
Whichever you choose… Here’s to a good berry lipstick! *chink*
Are you excited for the chilly months or is it just me?!
All the best!