Save, Spend & Splurge – Shades of Plum


I think we can all agree that Fall/Winter introduces rich, intense plum shades back into your makeup bag.  In my opinion these moody, berry lipsticks are the epitome of sophistication with a bad-ass twist. If you’ve already mastered the art of wearing red lips then the next step is to try a slightly more twisted shade – Plum. This colour can be made to look Gothic by wearing little-to-no blush or even as a sultry, been eating berries all day stain. In this post I’m going to share four different plum pretties that fall into a save, spend or splurge bracket – prices ranging from R45 to R195.


Plummy hues are flattering on most skin-tones. The key is finding the vampy shade that works best for you. You’re looking for a shade that brightens up your face rather than something that drains you or makes you look tired. Also, before I jump into the lipsticks I’m going to share a few tips for pulling off this edgy colour. The best way to put on dark, wine-coloured lipsticks is with a lip brush. Dark shades can get messy quickly so you want to be precise when applying the colour. The most important thing to remember though is to wear this bold shade with confidence.  It’s the only way you call pull off this attention-grabbing hue.



Wet N Wild Megalast Lipcolor in ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ R44.95 at Clicks. I’ve heard many people say that this Wet n Wild berry hue is a dupe for MAC’s Rebel (see below) and at such an affordable price it’s worth testing out that theory. I’m kind of obsessed with Wet n Wild as a brand. Their eye shadows are all sorts of amazing and their lipsticks aren’t too shabby either. Sugar Plum Fairy, as the name suggests is a pretty berry-plum that applies smoothly and offers a vibrant, opaque finish. This is one of those shades that appear darker in the tube than on your actual lips. It’s very wearable and flattering and gives you about 3-4 hours of wear-time before it fades to an even, sultry stain. My friend, fellow blogger Hildegarde (Suzy-Q-Tip) is also a huge fan of this Wet n Wild lipstick. She says the formula is matte but non-drying, leaves you with nicely ‘stained’ lips and is the perfect colour for Winter. I have to agree with all of this. As always Wet n Wild’s quality surpasses their prices.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in ‘Cutting Edge’ R83.95 at Dis-Chem.  Rimmel’s Cutting Edge has the perfect name. This edgy deep plum with reddish undertones is a few shades darker than MAC’s Rebel (see below) and just as pigmented. The finish is also very similar to the MAC one – slightly matte with a pretty sheen. The colour is bold and rich and if you’re not scared of a bit of colour then this one is for you, you attention-loving lady. Cutting Edge lasts for about 3 hours before fading to a “I’ve been eating berries all day” stain. I would suggest wearing a lip balm under this one as it can be a bit drying after several hours of wear. However, it applies smoothly and evenly and as it fades it does so consistently.



Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in ‘Plum Velour’R129 at Red Square. If we compare Plum Velour to the other 3 shades then I would have to say that it has the sheerest formula. It requires several layers of lipsticks to create a rich, semi-opaque finish. This color forms part of their “Shine” range which offers your lips a luminous, glossy sheen. The shade can be described as a plum-berry but with more of a reddish undertone. The formula is very easy to wear and feels more like a heavily tinted lip balm than a creamy lipstick. If you’re afraid of the sultry shades that make a statement then Plum Velvour might be exactly what you’re looking for. Think of it as dipping your toe into the plum pool. Just remember to swatch this one in store as due to its somewhat translucent appearance your natural lip colour will shine through and result in either a berry shade or a redder hue. This one also doesn’t have a very long wear time due to it’s thin, lightweight consistency



MAC Lipstick in ‘Rebel’R195 from MAC.  This medium berry lipstick from MAC is the latest addition to my lipstick loving collection. I even posted a photo on Instagram right after I got it because that’s how excited I was. I can safely say that I’m now ready for Winter. Never-mind the slippers, socks, hot chocolate and blankets when all I actually need is MAC’s vivid Rebel. This bullet of plum is part of their permanent ‘satin’ line – a semi-matte finish with a gorgeous sheen to it. This shade is also the most flattering for my cool, NW20 Winter-toned skin. It makes my complexion come alive. This is one of those lipsticks that look very daunting, if not scary in the bullet but rest assured that while this wicked wine shade is intense in colour it’s actually very wearable. MAC’s Rebel wears beautifully on my lips, albeit a tad bit drying (keep in mind my lips are always dry).  It’s nicely opaque, applies smoothly with no bleed and lasts for a solid 3-4 hours before it fades to a pigmented stain. This is the one colour that I think will be the most flattering on most skin-types. It’s dark and sultry but at the same time still bright and cool. .


June 2, 2015 • By