MAC Full of Joy Blush Review and Thoughts on the MAC Tres Cheek Collection

Happy Good Friday everybody! I am so excited to share with you today my new blush and my thoughts from the MAC Tres Cheek collection. As you might well be aware, this is a collection of 6 spring-perfect blushes. 5 satin finishes and 1 frost. Of the 6, I only picked up one, but don't get me wrong; they are all very pretty. I just have so many blushes in my collection now and I only picked the one I thought was the most unique and most flattering for my skin-tone! 

Here are my thoughts on the individual blushes as I was swatching them all on my NC25 skin:

Immortal Flower
MAC describes this as a bright peach. I was excited about this the most, but it felt like a let-down. As I was swatching it in-store, it seemed to be quite sheer and blended so easily with my skintone, so much that I couldn't see it. It also felt a bit chalky. It might be gorgeous on those with lighter skins than I though. I'll try to check it out in different lighting, maybe it will show up!

Described as a bright mid-tone pink, Lovecloud is probably my second favourite of bunch. It's a bright pink with yellow tones. I felt it looked a lot like Pink Swoon but Lovecloud just had a pinky-silver sheen to it. If I didn't have Pink Swoon, I would have picked this up! 

Modern Mandarin
This is the blush everyone seems to be excited about. Modern Mandarin is a red-orange blush with shimmer. I thought it was too dark of an orange for my skintone, so I passed.

Pink Tea
This is a neutral beige pink. Not really my cup of tea (see what I did there? ;)). It looked quite plain on the swatch, nothing special, quite dupeable, but I suppose this is a pretty wearable colour for the colour shy and working ladies out there! 

Peony Pink
This is a bright blue pink. This and Immortal Flower had the least sheen, making them look like sheertone blushes. This is very bright and can get very pigmented if builded up. It would be so flattering on people with darker skins!

Full of Joy
This is described as a lavender in a frost finish. This is the only frost blush of the bunch. I was not looking forward to this at all as I tend to steer away from frosty blushes as they can accentuate pores, making them look larger. As I swatched the previous 5, I thought I might as well swatch this. And, OMG. I fell in love! It is a light pinky-lavender with a sheen. It's not like the typical frosts like Margin. The frost is more subtle, settling into a sheen.  I immediately asked one of the makeup artists to apply this on my cheeks. It has enough pink in it to prevent it from making you look too cyanosed (although my other half did think it made my cheeks look a bit cyanotic, but not too bad)I love it! Definitely surprised with this one.

MAC Full of Joy Blush swatches:
Strong swatch, Blended

I went to my MAC counter wearing a good base for a makeup look - all ready for a mini makeover! I wore foundation, black eyeliner, brow pencil, and mascara. And here's the look my MA did for me:
Full of Joy blush, Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish and Snob lipstick (all from MAC!)
When I got home, after lunch, the lippie had already worn off. I replaced it with MAC Melrose Mood lipstick instead (from the Heatherette Collection), and took better quality pictures!
See that dainty innocent-ish girly flush on the apples of my cheeks? It's MAC Full of Joy blush!
Here's comparing MAC Sakura blush (with the heart), MAC Full of Joy blush, and Illamasqua Katie blush.
Swatches from L to R: MAC Sakura, Illamasqua Katie, MAC Full of Joy
I do wish MAC launched this collection in January or February to prepare for the Spring season. Now that Spring has long started and we are transitioning to summer, these light pastel blushes might not be our first-line picks for Summer looks!
Available from your local MAC Store or the website: http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/
Any thoughts? ♥

Livia xx

PS: If ever you visit the MAC Counter in Harrods, look for the MA, Jo Chang. She's really friendly and has a lot of makeup experience, having worked for the industry for so long! If you're reading this, Thanks for the tips, Jo!


  1. Gorgeous blush! : D it looks super natural on you!

    1. Thank you Nani! I thought it would be too light for my skin, but it actually shows up. This was applied pretty lightly, and it would definitely show up more if applied more heavily! :)

  2. Oh my goodness, that is super pretty!



    1. Thank you Becky! I'm sure it would look prettier on your fairer skin too! :) x

  3. Oh great, now I want it! Damn it!

    1. Haha, sorry hun! But Full of Joy is definitely a beauty :)

  4. You looked so beautiful.I love your cheeks :)
    You are doing a great job :)

    1. Thank you for such a sweet and wonderful comment. Definitely makes me feel so much better! :)

  5. I've read this blog and found very nice and interested articles and messages. It's a very beautiful blog.
    Thanks for sharing

  6. I love purple blushes and this is a must have for me! XD
    It looks lovely on you :) x

  7. i love it on you! i'm NC20 and use this color as a highlight with other blushes, too. it's one of my favorite blushes in this collection. thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Betty! That's good to know. What blushes did you pick up from this collection? x

  8. great review livia - impressed by your will power and only picking up the must-have blush! full of joy is absolutely beautiful on you!~ must add this to my wish list =)

    1. Ohh I don't know about the will-power. It's quickly crumbling down! I've ordered a few different blushes before I managed to check them in store, so they will be arriving tomorrow for a second look. I suppose I could just re-sell them if I don't think they work well on me. I feel bad about returning them! x

      Definitely get Full of Joy though!

  9. well, what can I say, it's mac, and they're really good at making good products. It really looks great on you, seems like its natural. A great review on this I say,but you might still be interested for some makeup freebies.

  10. Such a lovely shade, looks great on you. x

  11. The collection does not come here in Manila until May :(

    But I will definitely get Full of Joy. And maybe Snob lipstick? :)

    I'm NC20-25 and cool toned.

  12. am so dying for mac immortal flower and love cloud fromm tress collection but unfortunately its nt available in my country:(


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