Disclosure: This post features products that were both gifted to me and purchased by me.
All opinions are my own.
I know I haven't blogged in ages. But I wanted to show you guys something neat!
A few weeks ago, my good friend Wendi, over at Makeup Zombie, sent me a tube of Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick. I put it on and it looked so pretty. And then it occurred to me, it sure looks a heck of a lot like another color I own, like a non-matte version of MAC Heroine lipstick. So I pulled out my tube of Heroine, and in the process stumbled upon a long-forgotten tube of MAC Violetta lipstick, and it looked pretty darn similar, too.
The sun was out, and so I swatched the three lipsticks together. What I found is that Violet Volt is not a dead-on dupe of MAC Violetta, but it's really, really close. And yes, it really is like a non-matte version of MAC Heroine.
As you can see, in the flash photo, Violet Volt leans a touch pinker than Violetta and Heroine, but it's still definitely in the same shade range.
In indirect sunlight, the difference between Violet Volt and Violetta aren't nearly as distinct as in the flash photo, although you can see still Violet Volt leaning just a touch pinker than Violetta.
In direct sunlight, the Violet Volt and Violetta look even more similar to each other, and the similarity to Heroine's color is really evident here.
Below is a photo of me wearing Milani Violet Volt. Last year, I did a blog post on MAC Heroine, so you can see what the color looked like on me in that post.
If you were to ask me which of these three lipsticks I would recommend, I would say hands-down, Milani Violet Volt.
While I did not purchase Violet Volt, I have purchased other Milani Color Statement lipsticks, and they were $4.99 each, and at the time, they had a buy-one-get-one-50%-off deal. Violetta and Heroine retail at $15 each. You may not get exactly the same shade or finish -- and Milani doesn't smell nearly as delicious as MAC lipsticks -- but unless it's highly important that your impeccable taste be recognized when you whip out your phallus-shaped tube of MAC lipstick, I'd say the 66.6% savings is well worth getting an almost-dupe as opposed to an exact-dupe.
If you love a particular color, would you be willing to pay 2/3 less for a very, very similar color, or would you rather pay full price to get the very same exact color you love?