A few weeks ago I picked up MAC Vegas Volt on a whim. I thought it would be fun to have a new bold coral lipstick for summer. However, when I tried it on at home I had a major “I’ve seen this tree before” moment that immediately sent me rifling through my collection in search of Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Coral Berry to compare.
A quick google search informed me that I was not alone in noticing the similarity. Several other bloggers have written posts claiming that Coral Berry is a dupe for Vegas Volt, annnnnd it’s even on Temptalia’s dupe list. So much for doing my research before buying. That said, I don’t totally regret buying VV. Though there is certainly a great deal of similarity between the two, there are enough differences for me to question whether to call them dupes. These are the key differences from where I’m sitting:
- Color: Coral Berry has slightly more pink in it, while Vegas Volt is more orange/red.
- Pigmentation: Vegas Volt is significantly more pigmented. No surprise, since it’s an amplified formula which is the most pigmented of all of MAC’s formulas.
- Finish: Both impart a slight sheen. Coral Berry has a somewhat frosty cast on the lips, and also has very fine shimmers in it. Vegas Volt has absolutely no frost or shimmer.
- Wear: Both are reasonably long wearing, but both also have a tendency to settle into the lines in my lips after awhile, even if I exfoliate and moisturize my lips before hand.
To me, Coral Berry and Vegas Volt are too different to say that one is clearly better than the other. If you’re trying to decide which one to get, I think it’s down to personal taste. I prefer the slightly more punchy color and frost-free finish of Vegas Volt, but if you enjoy lipsticks that are a bit more subtle and have a tiny bit of shimmer to them definitely go with Coral Berry.
If you’re not finicky, by all means pick up Coral Berry. You can find it at drugstores for around $7 – $8, which is half the price of a MAC lipstick ($14.50.)
Please let me know what YOUR favorite coral shade it, I’d love some new ones to try.