Cheek Duos & Palettes | 2019 Editor’s Favorites

2017 was the first time I put together a post featuring my favorite cheek palettes from the year, which was mostly a result of there being enough variety to merit picking favorites, and 2019 didn’t see a slowdown.  I reviewed 62 cheek palettes from duos to trios and larger.  Once you read through my list, it’ll be exceedingly obvious that I favor duos!  I find that duos offer better value–two for the price of one–but are easier to work with, store, and you can pick the duo that’ll work perfectly for you rather than a larger palette where a couple of shades might not work well at all.

CoverFX’s Monochromatic Cheek Duos were one of my favorite products that I reviewed this past year.  I was also happy to see Natasha Denona extend her cheek palettes with the Icy Nude/Pink-Champagne duo along with the Bloom and Tan quadsClinique continued to release new Cheek Pop trios this year and long-time readers will know I love me a good Cheek Pop!

If you’re unfamiliar with how I like to do my year-end favorites, here’s the low down: I pull from the products I reviewed in 2019, regardless of whether they were new, limited edition, or an established range I’ve only just gotten around to reviewing. These are personal favorites, so they may or may not be the highest rated products reviewed during the year (though they will tend to be better rated, naturally!). (You can check out best of 2018 if you missed it.)

Temptalia’s Favorite Cheek Duos & Palettes | 2019

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
13.

13. Tan Natasha Denona

Natasha Denona

PPermanent. $55.00/0.4 oz.

A
16.

16. Tarteist Tarte

Tarte

-Unknown. $45.00/1.18 oz.

A-

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow & Blush Palette ($45.00 for 1.18 oz.) is a cheek palette that features one highlighter, one bronzer, and four blushes. I quite...

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow & Blush Palette ($45.00 for 1.18 oz.) is a cheek palette that features one highlighter, one bronzer, and four blushes. I quite...

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Glossover Breakdown

95%

Average Score
A
16
B
0
C
0
D
0
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
9.5
pigmentation
9.5
texture
9.5
longevity
9
application
5
Total
95%
product
9.5
pigmentation
9.5
texture
9.5
longevity
9
application
5
Total
95%

Your Year in Review: Cheek Palettes

I thought it would be interesting to read through how readers used products throughout the year, what favorites emerged, what products fell by the wayside… so, if you want to join in, copy and paste the questions below and add your answers via a comment!

  • Is there a cheek palette that became a go-to?
  • Did you travel with any cheek palettes this year?
  • Do you think you’d purchase another cheek palette in 2020?
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Compare Any Two Swatches

Curious how two shades compare to each other? Type in the shades below to get instant side-by-side swatches!

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

11 Comments

Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Leave a Reply

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Is there a cheek palette that became a go-to? Yep! The Hourglass Ghost Quad! But I still have my Nars Holiday 2018 cheek palette as a go-to as well.

Did you travel with any cheek palettes this year? Frankly, I didn’t travel last year. Not even an overnighter!

Do you think you’d purchase another cheek palette in 2020? With 7 of your listed picks above on my own WL, you can bet that I will! I really want CoverFX Warm Honey and ND Bronze Tan & Glow for spring.

Ghost Quad is a huge win for me too! I really like mixing the two right-hand shades together lately, but it is all good no matter how I put it on if I am honest.

Is there a cheek palette that became a go-to? Clinique on the glow…. love!!

Did you travel with any cheek palettes this year? Not much travel this year…

Do you think you’d purchase another cheek palette in 2020? The Cover Fx duos are on my wish list. All of them 🙈

Charlotte Tilbury Lovegasm is a great new find for me! Also liked MAC’s holiday med-dark cheek palette. There were a lot of great cheek products released this year.

Is there a cheek palette that became a go-to?
No, because most of the cheek palettes contain shades that don’t work for me.

Did you travel with any cheek palettes this year?
No I didn’t.

Do you think you’d purchase another cheek palette in 2020?
The Cover FX Soft Peach duo would be the one I would choose.

Is there a cheek palette that became a go-to? The Soft Cheek Palette from Laura Mercier. 3 beautiful highlighters and 3 gorgeous blushes – can’t go wrong with it.

Did you travel with any cheek palettes this year? Nope, packed a neutral blush that went with the eyeshadow palette I packed.

Do you think you’d purchase another cheek palette in 2020? Possibly

Is there a cheek palette that became a go-to? I only use a single blush at home.

Did you travel with any cheek palettes this year? I have the Hourglass Unlocked Palette that I keep in my suitcase.

Do you think you’d purchase another cheek palette in 2020? There are a few that are calling my name: ND Tan Bronze and Glow Palette and the Cover FX’s Blush Duos are impressing me. I have to resist! I don’t need any more to pack and move.

Is there a cheek palette that became a go-to? NARS Exposed Spring 2019 Cheek Palette and Natasha Denona Mini Diamond & Glow in Icy Nude/Pink-Champagne. NARS Hot Tryst from Holiday 2018 remained a go-to through 2019.

I just got several really great cheek palettes for Christmas, and I’m sure a couple of those (at least) will become go-tos.

Did you travel with any cheek palettes this year? NARS Exposed Spring 2019 Cheek Palette, Tarte Blush Bazaar, and Tarte Pin-Up all went on shorter trips 2-4 day trips with me.

I was space constrained on our longest and farthest away trip, so I didn’t get to take a blush palette. Just theBalm’s Balm Desert, which worked brilliantly.

Do you think you’d purchase another cheek palette in 2020? Probably. I tried to buy less this year, but some great sales and birthday/Christmas gifts got the better of me. I did refrain from buying Tarte blush palettes. Even I have enough corals from them, and the last couple years Tarte has been really coral-heavy. I was tempted by the holiday blush trio sets, but I’ve stayed strong so far.

Is there a cheek palette that became a go-to? The ND Bloom Blush & Glow palette it one of my favorites along with the Beauty Bakerie Cotton Candy Champagne palette.

Did you travel with any cheek palettes this year? No, but I didn’t travel in the last year. I’m heading to Florida in a month and am debating between my Hourglass Ambient Light Ghost Unlocked palette or my CoverFX Monochromatic Blush Duo in Soft Peach.

Do you think you’d purchase another cheek palette in 2020? No, I don’t think so.

Is there a cheek palette that became a go-to?
No there isn’t a go to cheek palette at the moment, but I am quite interested the Cover FX Soft Peach duo but it is hard to get here in Aus.

Did you travel with any cheek palettes this year?
I just travelled with my EA Sweet Peach blush, which travelled well.

Do you think you’d purchase another cheek palette in 2020?
I would like to if the shades are right for me.

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!