May 27 2014

Review: MAC Full of Joy Blush (Now Permanent)


MAC Cosmetics lovers would have all heard by now that MAC has made several previously limited edition products permanent. This included a decent number of lipsticks (Flamingo, Pink Pigeon and Sweet & Sour among them), as well as several cult favourite blushes. Of the re-released blushes, the one I was most anxious to get my hands on was MAC’s Full of Joy. Unfortunately, as of this post, the MAC store in The Bahamas isn’t carrying it. So, of course, I ordered online – paid the extra shipping and duty to get into my hands ASAP.

MAC Blush Full of Joy Pckg

Full of Joy is described on MAC’s website as a Lavender with a Frost finish. I think, and most reviews on this product seem to agree, that the “frost” aspect is minimal. However, this lavender-lilac blush is very cool-toned. Even though I am considered “fair” (usually light, can lean towards light/medium in the summer), I was worried that due to my yellow undertones this blush would not be flattering.

MAC Blush Full of Joy

After trying it will a full face, I wouldn’t say that its unflattering- I kept the rest of my face neutral and paired it with other cool-toned colours. To be quite honest, I think you have to be in a certain mood and frame of mind to wear this blush.


The pigmentation is decent, I swiped and tapped my brush twice to get good colour payoff. I think this would make a great “topper” blush to add a lilac essence to, perhaps, a more neutral-toned pink blush.  The effect that it gives reminds me of Illamasqua’s Katie (one of my favourite blushes of all  time), but with a sheen. I should note that because of the sheen, this blush can highlight pores and uneven skin texture. The wear time is also decent, I would say approximately 4 – 5 hours depending on your skin type and what you are doing (it lasted six hours on me the first time I wore it but I was home most of the day in the A/C).

The swatches below are two swipes of the blush taken in daylight. The first features a skin tone of about NC 25 and the second, about an NC 45. Hopefully, they will help those who are considering this blush or wondering what it might look like on them. This blush won’t be everyone’s cup of tea and may not flatter every skin tone. Personally, however, I think anyone can wear whatever they want. 🙂


MAC Blush Full of Joy Swatch light
MAC Full of Joy Swatch

  • Pigmentation: Good
  • Decent wear-time
  • Price: Mid-range (Retail $21.00 BSD/USD)
  • Available Locally (Nassau):  No (Check online at:



Have you tried MAC Full of Joy, what are your thoughts?




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    • Laura on May 28, 2014 at 9:53 pm
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    One of my all time favorite lavender blushes!!

    1. Yes! I am really enjoying it so far. Thank you for stopping by! I am trying to catch up with YouTube at the moment – slowly trying to make my way to your MAC Combos #3 tutorial 🙂

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