October 29, 2019

NARS Star Scene Cheek Palette (2019) Review & Swatches

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4 stars out of 5

NARS Star Scene Cheek Palette (2019) ($42) is a new, limited edition blush and highlighter palette that launched with the NARS Holiday 2019 Collection exclusively on the brand’s website and at Ulta.com. If you love this palette there’s also the NARS Studio 54 Hustle Cheek Palette which is available at Nordstrom.

I was going to wait on a sale to purchase this but it was calling to me and I didn’t splurging on it because I ended up loving it. It’s has one of the easiest highlighter formulas I ever tried.

Let’s take a peek at my review and swatches.

NARS Star Scene Cheek Palette arrives in a slick black compact with a red face plate filled with floating red stars. It’s a great presentation and a refreshing change from the rubber packaging from days of old. Inside you’ll find two shimmering blushes and one highlighter. The palette is made in Italy and each of the powders is 0.12 oz in size.

The shades were created for wet or dry use but I prefer dry just because I feel like using them wet makes a mess out of things. The three shades are marketed as sheer-to-buildable but they are actually very subtle and sheer with some difficulties building. This wasn’t a bad thing for me because I apply my blush with a very heavy handed and no matter how heavy I was here I still came out of the application with a very natural, pretty flush of color. That’s the downside of the palette as you’re not going to get more pop out of this palette if you use it dry. I imagine using it wet will intensify the shades easily but again, I didn’t try for fear of making a mess.

NARS Star Scene Cheek Palette Swatches (Instant Replay, (Divine, Hard Party)

The powders have a firm gel-like consistency that works best with a more dense brush but I used a fiber one and I was able to get good color without a lot of effort. I think the thing I liked most about the formula is how seamless and flawlessly they apply on my skin. It really takes very little effort to blend these out for a flawless flush. Even the highlighter, which I typically suck at applying, is super easy to blend out for a perfect glow. The formula seems to melt on my skin and doesn’t adhere to drier areas. The highlighter in particular has a very smooth, even appearance. Highlighter is notorious for being too frosty or metallic on my skin but that wasn’t the case with this formula. I started out by dipping my brush in the highlighter followed by the blush shade and again the highlighter. After that I simply swept it on! Perfect glow! I actually use all three shades together first the lighter of the two blushes and the highlighter followed by the darker blush for a bit of pop. I think the fact the powders have such a smooth surface and absolutely no powdery kick up makes for easy, flawless application that looks so seamless and smooth on my skin like glass. I get about seven hours of wear from these before they fade.

The shades are all very me as well. Divine is such a pretty light peachy pink and Hard Party is a pretty raspberry shimmer. Instant Replay is lighter golden peach that lends the perfect luminosity to the blushes.

All in all, the NARS Star Scene Cheek Palette is a nice addition to my blush collection. I think I’ll get a lot of use out of this! It’s the perfect pick for someone as heavy handed as I am.

NARS Star Scene Cheek Palette is available now at Ulta.

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NARS Star Scene Cheek Palette is a new, limited edition palette that contains two blushes and one highlighter. Each powder is 0.12 oz and the palette is $42. If you’re expecting a lot of pop here you won’t get it. The blushes apply with a sheer, natural flush which isn’t a bad thing if you’re heavy handed however, those with a deeper skin tone will definitely feel let down they aren’t more pigmented. The powders have a smooth, firm, gel-powder consistency that is best used with a firmer brush. The colors all apply very flawlessly with a natural, seamless finish that didn’t adhere to drier areas. If you have acne scarring or a less than smooth skin on your face these powders are a great way to get very smooth, even color on your skin. It lacks pigment but makes up for it with a great formula!


  • Smooth, seamless color.
  • Pretty, luminous shades.
  • Applies easily.
  • Doesn’t adhere to drier areas or less than smooth skin surfaces.


  • Sheer, natural color lacks pigment.


NARS Star Scene Cheek Palette is a perfect pick for anyone that’s heavy handed or has less than smooth skin.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Susan T.

    I just got this in the other colour, Hustle with the more coral shades and I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet. It sure is pretty! I’m like you and am heavy handed with the blush so I’m glad to hear it will be easy to use! Love the packaging so much more than the rubberized black that always looks dirty.

    • Isabella Muse

      i got hustle too but didn’t try it out yet! eager to do so as I love coral! LMK what you think!

    • kjh

      The rubberized is the worst. Without total climate control, the cases go grimy, messy, sticky long before the l/s starts to go bad. And they foul up any product near them. Longstanding rant for Nars on that. Wish the reformulations had changed that, but noooooo.

  • Shannon

    Hey! I love NARS and was also very intrigued to know that their Blush performs the way it does for a very good reason. Francois Nars creates his pigments from a clear base instead of titanium dioxide so that his colors will give a beautiful wash of color allowing the skin to look as it does rather than clouded by an opaque base. A lot like the way a watercolor performs differently than an acrylic paint. Whether you’re layering the colors over naked skin or full coverage foundation, all of his pigments are meant to build gradually like the name of his most acclaimed flagship product, Orgasm Blush ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Retpunzel

    I just got mine last week since Ulta had a 10x points multiplier on it! I almost picked it up in store after swatching but I decided to wait a bit. I’m glad I did it’s gorgeous.

    • Isabella Muse

      It really is a stunning palette! Glad you got it ;-D and great deal too!

  • Corinna

    Dear Muse, what brush you recommended to use with this palette?? Any specific one? TY!

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Corinna! I always recommend Bobbi Brown’s Blush Brush for all blush application. Nice dome shape and you can gently pat and blend with the dome shape!