MAC Cremeblend Blushes -- Lip Swatches

MAC So Sweet, So Easy Cremeblend Blush

MAC Cremeblend Blushes — Lip Swatches

Here are quick & dirty lip swatches of the four Cremeblend blushes. When applied to lips, they can have a decent amount of slip. They almost seem to sit on lips and take quite awhile to sink in. The more pigmented ones (e.g. Florida) will stain lips if left on for long enough. I put about two or three layers of product on with a lip brush to get these, then I blended with my finger.

So Sweet, So Easy looked the worst, because it came off frosty and showed off lip lines, while Joie-de-Vivre and Florida seemed to look the best. My apologies in advance for the ultra close-up of Optimistic Orange — it was the only photo that was remotely in focus, and I didn’t want to keep delaying this post so hopefully it still gives you an idea of it on lips, even if it is uber close.

The taste is borderline tasteless to slightly plastic-y. It’s not delicious by any means, and there’s no real scent, but I probably wouldn’t recommend licking your lips with it. It’s not as bad as some of MAC’s Tinted Lip Conditioners, which definitely have a sunscreen taste to them.

See more swatches…

MAC So Sweet, So Easy Cremeblend Blush

MAC Joie-de-Vivre Cremeblend Blush

MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush

MAC Florida Cremeblend Blush

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Wow. I just got my Florida blush in the mail Thursday, but I have yet to use it. I think I’ll wear it Wednesday for my my b-day. I LOVE pink lips. 😀

Thanks (as always!) for doing these, Christine. When I was at my f/s store last week I was going to get Joie-de-Vivre but wavered for some reason, and didn’t (probably because I had a couple things I “needed” and decided it could wait till payday). This makes me think again again 🙂 because it really is a very ME lipcolor. Do you see yourself using these as lipcolors in looks? What gloss might you pair them with, esp Joie de Vivre? I think it would be pretty with Nymphette…or maybe a Dazzleglass…

To be honest, not really. There’s a lot of slip, so I think the only way I’d use these would be as a stain, TBH! Since I have lipsticks that do the same job, I’d probably just turn to them 🙂

Hi Christine!

First I wanted to say that congratulations on having such a wonderful blog! I read it daily and this is the first time I’m posting.

I just wanted to say that I don’t like the finishes that much, maybe Florida is the best one but the colors is too much for me.

Maybe with a gloss over them the finish would have been better.

Keep up the good work, your tutorials and reviews are super helpful!

Best wishes,


Thank you so much, Marta!

I think a gloss would be nice over these, or if they were worn as a stain (so just lightly patted on)!

I definitely love Joie-de-vivre. I bought it yesterday and was so eager to use it that I wore it to the gym today. and do u take the pictures yourself? haha i know how hard it is to get it right in focus, but good job.

I wore Florida on my lips yesterday and the colour is very pretty, but the colour blends out quite a bit. By mid-afternoon the colour was blend out side my lip line. When I put a gloss over it it made the colour stick to my lip line better. The staying power of the blush is great. I already own Florida and So Sweet So Easy, but now I want Optimistic Orange and Joie de Vivre too!

Yesterday I wore the Florida blush with Hollywood Nights l/s at work. I checked both Florida and Hollywood Nights and the color is identical1 So, I ended up using Florida on my lips (less to carry around) for touch ups. It’s a gorgeous color!

Because Optimistic Orange looks nice but a bit coral-ly rather than true orange, I think I’ll eventually buy the MAC Cream Color Base in Orange Alarm.

florida looks amazing on your lips! i wonder what it would look like on my pigmented lips? i guess i will have to find out! i just bought florida and joie-de-vivre yesterday. i also got suckered into getting resort life. the MA put it on top of the l/s i was already wearing (vegas volt) and it looked awesome!

When I got them last week they went on my lips before my cheeks! I’m NC42 and got Optimistic Orange and Florida. They were so fun on my cheeks and lips with just clean neutral makeup and a black cateye. Luh-huve! ♥

Hey! Joie-de-vivre on the lips is slightly reminiscent of Guerlain Rouge G Giuliette lipstick without the gold I think!

Also, my favorite MAC lipstick is Impassioned (coral-hot pink) and Joie-de-vivre is sort of the blush equivalent.

I have that and Florida and I love them both. I think I will get a backup of Joie-de-vivreeeeeee!!!!!!!!

Christine, now that you’ve worn them on the lips, could you tell me what are the closest dupes in lipstick form for So Sweet, So Easy and Joie-De-Vivre?
This is to check and see if I will like these on myself and choose the right one. Thank you! Also, I still think Prive might be a dupe for So Sweet, So Easy? Please let me know 🙂 Thank you 🙂

So Sweet, So Easy would be Snob, maybe. Saint Germain is probably closer, though it’s LE, so yeah. Prive is similar, but I’d say it’s a little darker/less pasty pink, you know?

Joie-de-Vivre would maybe be Speed Dial!

Thank you so much, Christine! You are so helpful! 🙂
Maybe it’s not the dupe I was looking for after all 🙂 As I’m not sure if I like Snob for myself, I haven’t tried it though! Still though, I’d love to get one of these blushes! They sound like a dream 🙂

The texture might be rough now, but I agree a gloss on top would help that out. So sweet, so easy reminds me of Saint Germain in color. I need them all now.

Yeah – since the MAC site actually says can be used on cheeks or lips… they definitely seem to want you to give it a try 🙂

Hi Kate,

According to

“A poured cream blush uniquely formulated to bring a natural, softly dewy look to the cheek. Creamy and soft to apply, yet colour, depth and dimension stay throughout the day. Provides a luxuriously smooth, medium-buildable coverage. May be used on cheeks or lips.”

was wondering that myself, thanks Christine! I thought I had got rid of my lemming for the cremeblends but now I want Joie de Vivre again…based on the fact that its dual purpose 🙂

I bought Florida (along with Bright sunshine e/s – thanks for the recommendation btw; and a lucky find gasp* Clarity e/s!)

Florida is awesome as a lip stain and it really shows up well as a more wearable colour if you don’t want it that bright! You can tone the stain more if you layer a peach/coral gloss over it. 🙂

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