MAC in Lillyland Collection: Cremeblend Blushes Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC in Lillyland Collection
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush

MAC in Lillyland Collection: Cremeblend Blushes Review, Photos, Swatches

Even though my personal favorites from this collection are the lipgelees (review is forthcoming, promise!), I really think the Cremeblend Blushes really stand out. All four are intensely pigmented, rich in color, and really will pop on your cheeks — if you so desire. What’s nice about these is you can use a stippling brush like the 188 (smaller brush-head than the 187, so it’s ideal for cheek color) for a softer, less color-rich look, or you can layer and build up the intensity for a bolder cheek look as well. These seemed thinner and more pigmented than MAC’s Blushcremes as well.

Note, I can’t comment on the wear of these, as I haven’t had them for more than a few hours! I will definitely do my best to use these in a look in the next week.

Cremeblend Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Optimistic Orange is a bright pop of orange. It’s not quite neon orange, but it is pretty bold and bright. Definitely a true orange, though; this is not coral on me whatsoever.
  • Joie-de-Vivre is a bright pink-coral; it leans more pink than orange, which is why it’s predominantly pink, but it’s obvious it’s not a bubblegum pink. MAC described it as a “peachy coral,” but I’d say it’s more like a pinky coral.
  • So Sweet, So Easy is a bubblegum pink. It’s a medium pink with barely-there yellow undertones. It’s the lightest and softest shade of the four.
  • Florida is a bright fuchsia-purple. It’s creamy, ultra pigmented, and WOW-za, you know? This is the kind of the color that can easily scare you away. Again, try a stippling brush, use a light hand, and you may even find using fingers to blend out the color (after the initial brush-based application) may give you the right level of intensity.

See photos and swatches!

MAC in Lillyland Collection
MAC Joie-de-Vivre Cremeblend Blush

MAC in Lillyland Collection
MAC So Sweet, So Easy Cremeblend Blush

MAC in Lillyland Collection
MAC Florida Cremeblend Blush

MAC in Lillyland Collection
MAC Cremeblend Blushes: Optimistic Orange, Joie-de-Vivre, So Sweet So Easy, Florida

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Thank you for these, you must be SO busy today! I picked up So Sweet, So Easy yesterday as I was scared away by Florida. But I may now have to try Joie-de-Vivre.

As a Florida resident, I have a strong need to get that blush but I don’t even use the creme blushes I have right now so why buy more?

wow! these look exciting…joie de vivre and so sweet so easy remind me of two discontinued creme blushes i use to have…can’t wait till they launch in the uk!

wow! these look exciting…joie de vivre and so sweet so easy remind me of two discontinued benefit creme blushes i use to have…can’t wait till they launch in the uk!

honestly…i’m getting them all. they remind me of my occ lip tars. hey…could i use lip tars as cheek tars? hmmm…something to think about. ☻

Gosh, very bright and vibrant aren’t they? I don’t wear cremeblushes, so not for me, but pretty colours (would make lovely lipsticks these colours!).

You know at first glance the Orange looks scary, (I tried all four colors on and bought 2 ), but actually it looks very pretty on me.
Im NC42 AND NC40/NC37 in winter and with my 109 brush I put it on and it looks peachy, not orange at all….. Use a light hand ladies, it doesnt take much. Especially in summer when Im darker, it will look even better πŸ˜€ So do not be afraid of this color.

I’m pouting. I wish these were lipstick colours instead!

I’m too fair for these, plus I wear powder and absolutely loathe wearing cream blushes over powder.

I think I want all of these, lol. Well, I doubt I could pull off Optimistic Orange, but I’m a sucker for a good cream blush! I live in Florida, like a commenter above, and I too feel the need to buy that blush!

I am getting all, but orange. I am into dark and bright colors, as I have dark features, but even I can not pull the orange blush off. My pocket is already crying. lol.

Thanks Christine I really thought i wanted the shadows and i almost ordered it but after the swatches they look very dupable but i’m suck a sucker for packaging and presentation, anyways i ordered the 3 creme blushes inJoie-de-Vivre, So Sweet So Easy,and Florida

Since these are lip safe would it be possible for you to do a swatch of them on your lips?
I might get so sweet so easy just for my lips… I’m sure it would last me forever lol

I picked up Florida today because I was drawn to the bright hot pink. When applied carefully, I can achieve a very light dolly flush. I really like the quality of these blushes and I think they are the winners in this collection allow with the Lipgelees which were surprisingly pigmented. I like the glitter in them too.

i would love so sweet, so easy for a lip color. i have snob lipstick, angel, fabby and a bunch of other bubblegum pink colors. besides the creany sheen do you think its similar to snob lipstick? otherwise i might have a new lip fave. except i dislike products in a tub. i know its originally for cheeks. thank you

I think it would – it is cool-toned, so it’s not a perfect match for NC25, but with the right eyes/lips, I think it can work.

So sweet so easy is mine…LOL. I loved it. I was waiting for soooo long so a swatch of this product, since it was the only one of the blushes that I truly liked it, and its soooo gorgeous, I’m buying that one tomorrow. =-)

I wonder if you could get the same effects from sheering out one of OCC’s lip tars on your cheeks. Florida = Anime, Joire-de-vivre = Grandma and Optimistic Orange = Safety Orange

You probably could – I think the texture and feel might be different, perhaps the wear time as well. I know Jude uses OCC Lip Tars on her cheeks all the time and seems to like them, though!

I haven’t seen Anime or Grandma, so I can’t comment on similarities, but IIRC, Safety Orange may be more neon/brighter.

Hi Christine I have my ye on that Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush but I’m an NC45 so I hope that it looks more of a true orange on me, rather than a peach. But because I might be jumping the gun here, is this collection going to even come out in the MAC shops in the UK?

Thanks. I went into the MAC Pro shop in London and they said that the Lilly collection may only open just online on the MAC UK website, I hope not though πŸ™ . This is not a ‘card using’ time for me right now. LOL

If I can’t get Optimistic Orange then I’ll look at their Cream Color Base in Orange Alarm.

I went to MAC today with all intentions of getting Joie-de-Vivre, but when I swatched it I didnt like it on my skintone. But I loved the orange one…GORGE!!

These are the nicest blushes I have seen from MAC in a while! I got all but the orange, and 2 lip gelee’s πŸ™‚ I cant wait to use them!

Is it just me or do 2 of the blushes look like the tinted lip conditioners from hello kitty (Joie-de-Vivre = Popster and So Sweet So Easy = pink fish)? Anyway…i’ve never tried cream blushes,so i think i’m gonna pick 1 up first, but So Sweet So Easy or Joie-de-Vivre? Decisions, decisions,…

Lol, i always see on MUA reviews people saying “on my fair NW20 skin” o_o I hate to think what they class us NC15 is too dark ladies as.

I really hope the orange one will work out, as I plan to buy all 4. I love having fair skin, as I find with the right application anything can work (in my experience).

These are sooo pretty!

Sooo…. I have to ask – which would you recommend for MAC NW15 with light freckles and brown eyes???

I currently have MAC’s Ladyblush, NARS mini multiples in Orgasam, Copacabana and South Beach as well as Tarte’s Blissful cheek stain.

I got MAC So Sweet, So Easy and got home only to learn I had a ccb that was almost the same. But I don’t regret it, I love the texture of it. It is nothing like my creamblushes, more like the ccb but slicker. Love it!

I am leaning toward that optimistic orange. I am a nc42 and don’t have a creme blush! I also feel like this would be a great summer blush for my skin color. I use to want Taj mahal from Nars but this seems easier to attain and less expensive. What do you think Christine??

Joie-de-Vivre I know will look good but I alrdy have Nars Orgasm and MAC Dainty and they’re all pink/peach I’ve had enooough of that, lol.
So Sweet So Easy looks lovely but I fear it’s too light or a little too over the cool side for my warm skin tone (NW20)

Florida is amazingly pretty but it is a bright colour. I fear it’d be a blush I would wear rarely if it wasn’t wearable or sheer out. Seems like it could complement warm skin tones. Most likely will get this one!

I’m NC25 and I was surprised, but my MUA showed me So sweet, So Easy and Optimistic Orange and they both looked good on me! I got them both and they looked great on my lips too (I’m a blue eyed blonde for the other NC25 girls who weren’t sure what colors to get). I’m thinking about Joi de Vivre too, but it showed up much darker on my skin then the orange.

Hey Christine, I already got So Sweet So Easy and Joie de Vivre and I’m wanting the other two, although I’m not sure if Optimistic Orange would work on my NC15(winter)-25(summer) skin. But mostly I want Florida, but am deciding if I want it since I already have Dollymix and Tippy and they are pretty similar to Florida except in powder form. What do you think guys?

I think Florida is different enough from Dollymix and Tippy, TBH… it kind of has this magenta thing going on. I think Optimistic Orange can be used lightly enough that it’d work even in the winter for you, but definitely in the summer!

I only bought Joie de vivre. I own the Nyx cream blushes in orange and hot pink and they are close dupes for Florida and the orange one. Florida has more of a blue undertone which I don’t think favors my skin tone. My pocketsare happy…for now.

Ileana, you are just the person I was looking for! LOL another reason why I was holding out from Florida and Optimistic Orange is because I know NYX have similar dupes, which is the exact ones you mentioned. Since you actually own both mac and nyx, how would you comment on both cream blushes? What would you recommend for me? I only have the mac and am contemplating to get nyx since it is so much cheaper, thanks πŸ™‚

Hello! Well I think Nyx hot pink is prettier than Florida, which has a blue undertone. I have olive skin and the hot pink from Nyx gives me a beautiful flush and is super pigmented. Optimistic Orange looks more yellow than Nyx Orange. I swatched OO at Mac and they give you pretty much the same look and both look gorgeous. The only downside is that the blushes from Mac (although not for me) can used on the lips and Nyx’s are just for the cheeks. NOW Joie de vivre has no comparison. It is beautiful!!!! So my advice: buy the hot pink and the orange from NYX and save up for colors that are hard to dupe. Like Joie de vivre!

I forgot to add the cream blushes from nyx are a lot creamier than mac’s but they have great staying power, specially the hot pink one.

I purchased Joie-de-Vivre and Optimistic Orange and I love them. I wish I had bought So Sweet So Easy and Florida. The creme blushes go on as a creme and immediately dries like a powder and last all day. I use those 2 blushes most often. I wish I’d bought more.

i wish there was somewhere i could buy optimistic orange. The MUA gave me about half of wat was left from the last tester but i want one soooo bad

Seriously I know! I’ve literally been searching for a dupe for Joie De Vivre for the last year, and no luck. I’ve narrowed it down to MAC lipstick Chatterbox, Stila convertible cream color in Petunia, NYC blushable cream stick in Pink Flash, and Joe Fresh Style cream blush in Melon… though thats only from online swatches. I don’t own any so I don’t know for sure. Anyone else have suggestions?

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