NARS Hustle Holiday 2019 Cheek Palette Review & Swatches

Hustle

NARS Hustle Wet/Dry Cheek Trio ($42.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, limited edition trio that features a warm, gold highlighter and two coral blushes (more more mid-tone and the other deeper and richer). The formula is a denser, firmer type–like a gel-powder hybrid–that works best with moderately dense brushes (e.g. fan brushes aren’t ideal). The upside is that they’re not powdering, and the powders tend to “melt” when applied to skin, which gives them a smoother, more skin-like finish.

The only issue I had with the product was more to do with the marketing; they’re supposed to be “sheer-to-buildable” and can be used wet for a “high-impact effect” but that seemed to be more in the context of the glow/shine. In general, I haven’t found that this formula is all that sheer applied dry, and they certainly will intensify in color and finish when applied with a wet brush.

Ingredients

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Crique

Crique is a light-medium gold with strong, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The highlighter had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of powder that was easy to blend out. The consistency was smooth to the touch, dense but not stiff to work with, so it was never powdery but still blended out well. It stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours on me before I noticed fading.

Formula Overview

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They’re not listed as part of the Dual Intensity formula, though they felt a lot like it (firmer but not stiff, a little dry to the touch but very blendable and don’t appear dry or dusty on the skin), and the description of the formula was similar–use dry for “shimmering veil of second-skin color” or wet for a “high-impact glow.” All three shades were quite shimmery applied dry, and they were metallic when applied with a damp brush. I’d disagree with these being “sheer shimmer” or “second-skin color” in any way dry–all three were mostly opaque to opaque dry, which is where the palette fell “short.”

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Ingredients

CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE · GLYCERIN · HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER · SQUALANE · OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE · CHONDRUS CRISPUS EXTRACT · XANTHAN GUM · POLYSORBATE 20 · CAPRYLYL GLYCOL · ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN · 1,2-HEXANEDIOL · TIN OXIDE · PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE · SILICA · SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE · DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE · SODIUM HYDROXIDE · [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77499) · MICA · TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)]

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Born to Be Alive

Born to Be Alive is a light-medium coral with balanced pink and orange undertones paired with a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that applied evenly to bare skin and diffused beautifully along the edges for a moderate glow that never emphasized my skin’s natural texture. The consistency was dense without being stiff, so it picked up well with a moderately dense brush and spread out easily. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading a bit.

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.16 oz. - $187.50 Per Ounce

From NARS’ website, their blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented” and “soft [and] blendable.” NARS' blushes, since they've been released in such a massive range of shades over the years, can vary from shade to shade to some degree. Most shades are pigmented with firmer, slightly stiffer consistencies that can also run on the thinner side, which allows greater control when picking up product but some of the more matte shades could be a bit more blendable or easier to work with.

Some of the more newly-released shades have softer, more yielding textures that are a bit creamier and are easier to blend out, though most of NARS' blushes are fairly blendable. The wear typically ranges from eight to nine hours with a few shades falling above or below this range.

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Ingredients

CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE · DIMETHICONE · NYLON-12 · SQUALANE · GLYCERIN · OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE · ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN · CHONDRUS CRISPUS EXTRACT · PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE · POLYSORBATE 20 · 1,2-HEXANEDIOL · XANTHAN GUM · HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER · SILICA · CAPRYLYL GLYCOL · [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): MICA · TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) · CARMINE (CI 75470) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) · RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360) · ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007)]

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I Need a Man

I Need a Man is a rich, deeper pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous finish. It was richly pigmented with opaque coverage achieved in just one layer–definitely not sheer or buildable. While the denser consistency makes it easy not to pick up too much product, I feel like a gentle swirl still yielded quite a bit of color. Your best would be to gently swirl your brush on the back of your hand initially, and then applying for sheerer, more buildable coverage. The blush blended out well and had a nice sheen to it that didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It lasted well for nine hours before showing signs of fading.

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.16 oz. - $187.50 Per Ounce

From NARS’ website, their blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented” and “soft [and] blendable.” NARS' blushes, since they've been released in such a massive range of shades over the years, can vary from shade to shade to some degree. Most shades are pigmented with firmer, slightly stiffer consistencies that can also run on the thinner side, which allows greater control when picking up product but some of the more matte shades could be a bit more blendable or easier to work with.

Some of the more newly-released shades have softer, more yielding textures that are a bit creamier and are easier to blend out, though most of NARS' blushes are fairly blendable. The wear typically ranges from eight to nine hours with a few shades falling above or below this range.

Browse all of our NARS Powder Blush swatches.

Ingredients

CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE · GLYCERIN · DIMETHICONE · NYLON-12 · SQUALANE · ZINC STEARATE · OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE · CHONDRUS CRISPUS EXTRACT · POLYSORBATE 20 · CAPRYLYL GLYCOL · ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN · 1,2-HEXANEDIOL · XANTHAN GUM · PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE · HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER · SILICA · [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77499) · MICA · RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360) · RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850) · TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)]

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NARS Hustle Wet/Dry Cheek Trio

NARS Hustle Wet/Dry Cheek Trio

NARS Hustle Wet/Dry Cheek Trio

NARS Hustle Wet/Dry Cheek Trio

NARS Hustle Wet/Dry Cheek Trio

NARS Hustle Wet/Dry Cheek Trio

NARS Crique Highlighter

NARS Crique Highlighter

NARS Crique Highlighter

NARS Crique Highlighter

NARS Born to Be Alive Powder Blush

NARS Born to Be Alive Powder Blush

NARS Born to Be Alive Powder Blush

NARS Born to Be Alive Powder Blush

NARS I Need a Man Powder Blush

NARS I Need a Man Powder Blush

NARS I Need a Man Powder Blush

NARS I Need a Man Powder Blush

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

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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Very pretty but I think I am sticking with the Hourglass holiday release. I like the formula, the shades are in my preferential shades and they got good reviews. I only have a few Nars blushes and the ones that I do have a really love. Last years, or maybe the year before Wanted palette was great but not feeling this. The embossing is pretty though.

I usually go ape for the larger blush palettes, whereas the 3 pans leave me cold. Suspect it’s the color choices. They seem to be so same old/same old…a gold HL, a midrange pink or coral, and then a darker pink/coral or a bronzer. I understand that these are fave/virtually universal colors, and that holiday is aimed at reaching everyone, in a ‘safe’ range. (Though ‘safe’ is never Nars’ middle name…nor does he handle holiday offerings that way…but many brands do.) I wonder if anyone who got the Man Ray trio has dented it/panned It sufficiently to want/need this one. IDK, hate to say it feels redundant, but it does, from a distanced perspective, irrespective of my (non!) preferences.

As much as I love this cheek palette, I seriously don’t need it. I have at least one fantastic dupe per shade: Nars own Bowery and Fetishised, plus too many gold highlighters to name!

As with all cheek palettes, the shades have to work on you. Personally this does not – the last shade is far too dark/bright for me and as for the name – well that’s just NARS…

These are really pretty but that last one scares me with it’s pigmentation. I wonder what Crique means. It’s a strange word to me and I’m not sure how it fits the theme.

The highlighter is too warm for me, the blushes are pretty, but nothing I feel would add anything new to my stash.
And, I would never in my life use any product named I NEED A MAN, never! I know, it’s NARS, but I have more of a problem with this name than any the company’s come up with earlier.

I adore the packaging and color choices and am so bummed I can’t pick it up. Nars usually uses silicone in their highlights, but not their blushes, however two shades in this palette contain them. Bummer.

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