Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

MAC Plumful Lipstick
MAC Plumful Lipstick

Maybe Not Sultry, But Still Pretty

MAC Plumful Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted medium pink with a touch of plum, which gives it a slightly darker overall appearance. It has a lustre finish, but it delivers a surprising amount of color pay off (semi-opaque). I originally bought this to use in the Sultry Season, but it’s just not vampy and dark and sultry enough for that purpose! However, it is a gorgeous shade of pink without being milky, candy, or bright. I think it’s very wearable for both cooler and warmer skin tones, though it leans slightly cool. I don’t know how I went this long without Plumful in my stash!

Lustre finishes are supposed to be more moisturizing but can be somewhat drying (but Plumful wasn’t), but they’re often on the sheerer side; I’m happy that Plumful isn’t, just because some of the lustre shades barely show up at all. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste. I typically get four hours of wear out of MAC lipsticks, with some of the darker shades going as long as five.

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MAC Plumful Lipstick
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MAC Plumful Lipstick
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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Plumful? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $14.50.

Is it limited edition?


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106 thoughts on “MAC Plumful Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Hi Christine,

    I am a beauty blogger from India. In India beauty blogging has become a rage since 5- 6 months only and I must tell you that we here look up to you a lot..

  2. Michelle

    Love this color! It has been on my list forever to check out — but I’m so glad you did it for me! I will definitely be purchasing it :)

  3. Plumful is one of my favorites, but it seems so much darker on me. I love how it looks on you!!

    • Steph B

      That was my first thought, too. I pulled out my tube and it is definitely darker. It isn’t just a lip pigmentation thing — the bullet and hand swatch look very different.

      • The photos/swatch photos all match my tube/what it looks like in real life? I just double checked…

        • Milessa

          Plumful looks way darker on me as well…hmm…interesting don’t you think…lol

          • I checked three times now to ensure everything looks the way it does in real life, and this is how it looks on me :( I even remember checking after I took the photos and even when I applied, because I thought it’d be darker.

        • Steph B

          How interesting! I’m going to check out a fresh tube at MAC and see if they have changed the color because I really like both versions.

          • konconsc

            hi girls, do you guys have lighter skin tone than Christine? Coz I have some of the lipsticks that Christine has but those colors that look light on her actually look not as light or sometimes even dark on me.

          • Steph B

            I went to the MAC store today with my tube of Plumful and these pictures on my phone. The MUA thought these pictures looked like Lovelorn. The Plumful was definitely the same as my tube — darker in the tube and in swatches on several of the ladies behind the counter. Plumful fit colorwise between Sweetie and Capricious.

            The good news is that it made me try Lovelorn and I loved it.

      • harita

        hers looks just like mine. not very dark on me but more pink.

  4. Dawn

    Love this colour! Think I’ll be adding this to my ‘favourites’ on the MAC site for next time I place an order

  5. Kathy

    I bought this lipstick a handful of weeks ago. I love it! It’s a great color for Fall. :)

  6. Kat

    Ooooh this is a pretty colour! I’ll have to check it out at the Mac counters! Thanks Christine =)

  7. Altea

    I need to have this one! It’s definitely a staple to me!

  8. Mayra

    really pretty! i think i want this one!!

  9. Line S

    beautiful shade! I think I need this :-)

  10. Gina

    I’m surprised at how pink this looks on you! However, my lips are very pigmented and when I put this on, I get a lovely plum shade. This is a good lipstick.

  11. Dee

    wow that looks completely different on me. It looks way darker and brighter on me :s It looks pretty either way tho!

  12. How is it that you look good in basically every lipstick color??

  13. Ashley D.

    This lip colour is great for the natural look.

  14. Holly

    Ok, I so hafta get this color. What a great all around pink!

  15. Bella

    I love Plumful! It was one of my first lipsticks from MAC, after Sweetie. Such a pretty colour!

  16. Krishna

    Plumful is my everyday lipstick!! I love it because it’s an enchanced version of my natural lip color :)

    • Kat

      Me too! Definitely the closest I’ve yet to come to My Lips But Better… :) I’m super pale, and playing up, and evening out, my quite pigmented lips make it look way more intentional – Snow White pre-apple instead of post. A good thing indeed 😉

  17. daphne

    This is so funny. I’m wearing Plumful today – a new favorite of mine. On me, it’s *definitely* a Sultry Season color. It’s about three shades darker on me than it appears on you in these pictures – I’d definitely call it plum on me, not pink. In fact, even though we have the same hair and skin color, lip colors pretty much always look more intense on me than they do on you (which has its good and bad sides!). It’s really wild how lip colors vary so much from person to person, isn’t it?

    Anyway, different or not it’s definitely still one of my favorite lip colors. I never even paid attention to it until I had some empties and, as I usually do with B2M, asked the MUA for a recommendation last month and came home with this. Using it *very* frequently lately!

    • Do you have lighter or more pigmented lips? Or what’s your natural lip color?

      It is definitely amazing (and frustrating!) how lip colors can vary from person to person so much!

      • daphne

        The thing is, I really don’t think I do. I think that the “bare lips” shot you use maybe has a little foundation on the lips? Am I crazy? My natural lip color is…about a shade lighter than MAC’s Lightly Ripe lipstick, LOL! That’s the color that comes closest to disappearing on me 😉 So they are pretty pink! I don’t know how it works…

        • Nope, no foundation on the bare lips!

          My lips are kind of like this ghastly bruised corpse-liked purple naturally. LOL. No real pink to them, just yuck!

          • t_zwiggy

            Don’t say that! I think your natural lip color is gorgeous! I love naturally pale lips!

            But I agree with people over her saying that lipsticks look very different on you. I’ve not been able to figure out what it is, because I have about the same amount of pigmentation to my lips, and I’m about as dark as you (not as warm/yellow toned, though). But all the colors that looks amazing on you, look dark and crazy bright on my lips. So weird.

            I’m really jealous of you, though. Seems like you can pull off almost any lipcolor. I really want to wear lipstick, but I have such a hard time finding colors that look good on me.

  18. I know what my next lipstick will be :) lustre is my favorite finish!

  19. Amy EM

    I love Plumful- it’s one of my go-to lipsticks. It’s one thing that I do finish- I think I’m on my third (maybe 4th).

  20. s a b l e

    Hmmm how could I have missed this?! I love it and it looks beautiful on you! I have this obsession with pink lipsticks and lustre is my favorite finish. I’ll have to pick this up next time I’m at a counter. Thanks!

  21. nunuiviet

    beautiful color

  22. Ana

    Its a very nice color! I bought mine some months ago and I cant live without it anymore.
    Greetings from Belgium!!

  23. Angela

    I was going to get this lipstick at the MAC store last weekend but hesitated. I was wondering what you thought about it and here it shows up on your post today! Meant to be. I think this will be a perfect fall color for me that’s not too dark, since my lips are a lot darker than yours. :)

  24. Carrie Ann

    I got this color pretty recently and I love it. It is a very pretty lipstick and lustre finishes are great. They don’t make my lips feel dry like mattes and frosts tend to.

  25. this looks so pretty on you

  26. Lauren

    ahhhhh I need this! Why is this only available at Nordstrom?

  27. Neet

    Oh! i love it! I’m going to go buy this today.


  28. Christine, how similar is this to Way To Love lipstick from A Rose Romance collection? That is my HG of lipsticks. I never wear the same lipstick more than two days in a row and I can’t leave Way To Love alone. It’s the perfect MLBB color. I’m almost at tube’s end and need a dupe. Is this similar at all?

  29. Ashley

    It reminds me a bit of Laugh a Lot on you, which was way darker looking on me, so I guess that will be true of this one as well. :( It looks gorgeous on you though!

  30. bayli

    What a gorgeous shade! I have to get it! Thanks for the review christine!

  31. DarkxAbysmalxSoul

    Thats so weird, my Plumful doesnt look this pink at all in the tube or swatched on my hand.I cn understand on my lips it being different but woah,this is crazy!

    • Annette

      My plumful is darker and less pink in the tube as well. Weird. I got my tube like a year and a half ago, maybe they changed the color? I hope not because it is one of my favorites. Now I am curious, lol, I’m going to check next time I go to Mac.

  32. Eileen

    Another classy and versatile pink. Tres beau!

  33. abby

    plumful was my first MAC lipstick and i liked it at first but then i thought it was kind of blah on me but on you it looks so pretty. Well, thats cause everything looks good on you Christine 😀

  34. Ashley

    I’m so confused!

    I bought Plumful last month and it is definitely plum in the tube. My lipstick looks nothing like yours. Your plumful looks pink mine actually looks plummy.

    I have very pigmented lips and fair skin and when swatched on bare lips it still leans plum.

    Did they change the formula within the last 30 days? :S

    • I bought mine about 3 months ago. I’ve quadrupled checked, and this is what it looks like! I remember being really surprised when I initially swatched it, because I expected it to be darker.

  35. Pat

    I tried this once and it looked much darker too, and kind of a lustre version of MAC Captive.

  36. amy

    Oh this one is pretty and I have never seen it at MAC for some reason.

  37. dallasbrowneeyes

    I have to agree with those who say this color doesn’t look like Plumful! I have a brand new tube that I bought from MAC Pro about four weeks ago, and it is indeed darker, more plum/berry than pink. Did you apply very lightly?

  38. Jen

    I got this as a x-mas gift last year and still love it! I didn’t think this would look nice on me but luckily it did. I just bought the Chanel Stunt Allure Laque and it’s quite almost the same color.

  39. charlieee

    i didn’t know there is such pretty such shade! need to check this out next time at im at mac counter (:

  40. Sarona

    this is one of my fav lipsticks (if not my #1) it’s what I wear when I’m in a hurry and don’t know which color to choose. What I love about it is when I wear it it is more plumy while when my friend wears it it comes more as a pink, it’s one of those colors that you think is so blah but you’ll LOVE once you try it on and goes perfectly with every skintone. I’ve made all my friends try/get it and they love it.

    • Alison

      Maybe its one of those bizarre colors that looks really different on different people, like Chanel’s Rouge Coco Mademoiselle! It looks so orange on some people, even with similar skin tones to me.. or even leans coral, but on me it looks pure dusty beige.

  41. Scientific Housewife

    I bought this to wear in my friend’s wedding and it’s one of my favorite MAC lipsticks. I wish it was a little more moisturizing but I love the color on my pale skin :)

  42. Céline

    Hi! Christine I just bought the lipstick at the Mac store near my house and this shade is gorgeous on you and pretty on me too but look totally different. Even in the tube! weird on my lips it’s a medium plum (darker than yours) and with no blue undertones. Anyway thanks for the review. Bye

  43. Ann

    You make me want to run to the store now and pick it up! :)

  44. this is really cute! this def be my every day color! can’t wait to get paid!

  45. aradhana

    that is such a pretty colour! normally i would steer away from the light pink tones, but from the previous comments it seems to look different on everyone so i might just have to check it out…maybe the sheerness will help? the wishlist of lipsticks is just ever growing!

  46. Mia

    ive been reading some of these comments and i have a medium dark skintone and plumful looks not even close to pink on me. its a very true berry. how funny this is hahah :)

  47. Ari

    When I saw your swatch I just loved how Plumful looked on you so I went to MAC and bought one. However, the lipstick color is much darker in the tube and on my lips. It definitely looks much nicer on you! 😉

  48. len

    christine, I went to MAC to try on this beautiful color. Like everyone said, it definitely does not look like the color you have on in your pictures. It looks like a more berry color on me, as did the swatch. Even the color in the tube is quite darker.

    I tried on the lipstick from a MAC tester (after it was cleaned of course!) and it was much darker than this. I know this can be inconvenient for you, but is there a way you can swatch this from an actual tester and compare it to the one you have?

    • I’ll be buying another one next time I go to the MAC store, but mine says Plumful and I’ve tried it FIVE freaking times already and it looks exactly the same as in these photos. Nothing I can do at this point :(

  49. Minnie

    Are there any other lipstick shades like this but a little more on the plum side?

  50. pangko

    I think it very swwtie

  51. Marcela

    gorgeous shade! picked it up yesterday and it looks the same on me as it does on you, christine (and we have the same skin tone). I love how pigmented it is despite it being a lustre finish. very silky and moisturizing!

  52. J

    I bought this lipstick after reading this review and even though it was freakishly dark in person, it looks exactly as your pic when i put it on my lips and saw photos from events i attended. basically, im trying to THANK YOU because i love this color and it doesnt look too harsh after all =)

  53. Carolynn

    i have plumful and it is no where near this color your showing

  54. Dollymix8

    I bought this lipstick yesterday, I absolutely love it! Your reviews are always so helpful, they really help me decide what to buy

  55. I actually went to a MAC counter to try this based on your review, and although my natural lip color is fairly dark, I *loved* it and ended up buying a tube! It’s a really happy medium for those who may have had bad luck with pink lipsticks in the past (that would be me, lol), but want to try a lighter shade for early spring!

  56. Ingrid

    Hi, I just got Plumful today too, and oh my god I love it! I admit, the shade is darker, but I’m really fair, so it might just be that. But I love it nonetheless. I’m considering buying Sweetie now, since you’ve been recommending it. Thanks a lot for all your reviews and hard-work, and please keep at it! I don’t have a lot of makeup, so I spend a lot of time picking things from your blog so I can go buy stuff and finally have a makeup kit of my own, so I stop stealing from my mom. 😛 I haven’t been disappointed!

  57. Bree

    I know this is old but I must put my two cents in I’ve recently ordered & have received plumful from & my gosh how different my tube look from your lip swatches & the actual tube pic itself yours look so creamy pink….I must say that somewhere along the productional line @ mac….different variations of colors were spit out…thanx for all the great work that you do on this site!!!

  58. Kate

    Hello Temptalia! I’m NC20 in mac and I really want a pink-purple lipstick for fall. Would you recommend Plumful or Craving? Or something else? Thank you for your time. :)

  59. heather

    LOL i like whoever asked you to swatch a store tester(with government officials present to notarize that you did, in fact, swatch plumful)…different color-payoff for different lips is what it all comes down to–and it looks freaking amazing on you, cheers to that.

  60. shani

    christine pls help. i’m looking for a muted pink lipstick (neutral) for indian skin. any top recommendations? i’m tired of finding something too shocking pink or too pale pink. i just want to slowly venture into pinks since i do everyyyyything nudes w/lipstick.