NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette
NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette ($59.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes four cheek colors plus lip pencil. There are three permanentshades–Devotee, Outlaw, and Mysterious Red–and two new shades–Myth and Unwritten. This palette is going to work best for someone of a fairer complexion, as two of the cheek colors are rather light and matte, so they harder to distinguish on my skin tone. NARS’ Powder Blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented, natural, healthy-looking color” with a “blendable application.” The palette had good pigmentation, average to normal wear, and were blendable. I didn’t have any issues applying the blushes or the lip color, so if they are the kind of colors that appeal and would work for your skin tone, it might be a palette to check out this holiday season.

Devotee is a pink-tinged white with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that sat well on the skin and was easy to work with. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $45.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Ballerina Pop (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Kosas Longitude Zero (High Intensity) (Highlighter) (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Luster (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Myth is a pale, light pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. If I pack it on, I can just barely see a tint of pink on my cheeks, but this will show up better on someone with a lighter skin tone, and it will be hard to overdo on even very fair skin. The texture was soft, silky, and just a touch dusty in the pan, but it didn’t look dry or chalky on the skin. It lasted for just over seven hours on me. Dior Intemporalle (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Poe (Light) (DC, ) is darker (90% similar). Sydney Grace Mauve Delight (P, $9.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Threesome (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Devil (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tweed Pink (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Glossier Puff (P, $18.00) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever B206 (P, $23.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Conquest (LE, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Fleur Real (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Unwritten is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft, a touch dusty, but it was smooth and blendable on the skin and did not appear dry or dusty once I started to blend it out. It had good pigmentation initially, but it did sheer out a bit more readily than most blushes. Like Myth, I can pack this on and get just a hint of color on my skin tone, so it’s going to be more ideal for someone of a lighter skin tone or someone who wants almost no visible blush color that is similar to my skin tone. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Angelic Radiance (LE, $53.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Naked Cherry #2 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Why, Hello (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (DC, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-, ) is warmer (95% similar). NYX Mauve (DC, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Rose (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $29.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Kash (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente (Blush) (LE, $60.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $29.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Rose (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Zoeva CR020 (P, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Melon Pink (Bottom) (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Outlaw is a deep berry with subtle, cool undertones and warmer, golden shimmer. The version in the palette was actually better than the last standalone I tested! The version included in the palette was very pigmented, softer and smoother to the touch, and more blendable. I didn’t have any issues blending and diffusing the edges. The color wore well for nine hours on me before fading. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Plum #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS New Fling (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Plumberry (P, $26.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Buxom Goa (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 104 Pastel Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Goulue (LE, $30.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Gentle (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kaja Spoils of Mars (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay TMI (DC, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Bordeaux Brat (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). Urban Decay Easy (DC, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Wrapped Candy (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics Fire Fury (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (DC, $26.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). NARS Seduction (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mysterious Red is a bright, medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a lightly creamy, velvety texture that glided on easily and didn’t sink into lip lines. It wore well for six and a half hours on me, left behind a stain, and was a touch drying overall. MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (P, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Beauty Queen (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Flamenco (LE, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop TGIF (LE, $6.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is glossier (95% similar). Maybelline Dynamite Red (DC, $7.49) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $34.00) is more muted, glossier (95% similar). MAC Wild Memories (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Russian Red (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Feels So Grand (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Steam Heat (LE, $20.00) is glossier (95% similar). Maybelline Cruel Ruby (P, $7.49) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Besame Red Velvet 1946 (PiP, $22.00) is glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Siempre Selena (LE, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Doubt (P, $18.00) is glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Thumbelina (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Lady Balls (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS Devotee Highlighting Blush

NARS Devotee Highlighting Blush

NARS Devotee Highlighting Blush

NARS Myth Powder Blush

NARS Myth Powder Blush

NARS Myth Powder Blush

NARS Unwritten Powder Blush

NARS Unwritten Powder Blush

NARS Unwritten Powder Blush

NARS Outlaw Powder Blush

NARS Outlaw Powder Blush

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette
  • Sephora Eccentric Diva Eyeliner
On lips:
  • Bite Beauty Cava Matte CrΓ¨me Lip Crayon
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Reviewer

Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Light is right, yikes. Only Outlaw and Devotee could work on me nicely for a nice rosy cheek. Plus, I don’t need Mysterious Red as I have Bad Blood. Easy skip.

I’m seriously tempted by this set. I’ve been thinking about getting a blush set and this would fill in most of the blanks in my collection quite nicely. Outlaw looks lovely.

Having said that, I already have Mysterious Red and I love it, though I wish it was more long lasting on my lips.

I love the packaging for this palette. I wish I wanted the blush shades. I think I’m light enough they’d work for me. I do love the lip pencil though. I guess this is going on the maybe list. Thanks for the swatches!

Love every colors in this palette! Love the blush and the lipstick…But iam really afraid by the packaging! Surely it will stay not on my desk! Really freacky like a special edition for Haloween lol

I really like this, I tend to go for very pale, pastel blushes. You did warn us about Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal, being very pale and barely showing up on the skin…I still got it, and u were right! (I still use it to diffuse other blushes). So I wonder if I will repeat my mistake and get this palette as well, hmm. But there are other lovely blushes, and the lippie is added bonus!

I feel really disappointed that this palette, the cooler of NARS’ two cheek-and-lip palettes this season, has so many warm-toned colors in it :-(. I feel like I’d be better off just getting Outlaw, although you said this version performed better than the last stand-alone version you tested. So maybe I’d be better off just getting Plumberry — in fact, I think that’s what I’ll do!

I’m extremely fair with cool undertones and this is my dream palette. I love every single shade. And, yes, this version of Outlaw is significantly better than the single blush, which is very surprising. The only minor complaint is that the Mysterious Red Velvet Pencil is not nearly as long-lasting as my other NARS Velvet Lip Pencils. But, the shade is gorgeous and it is not drying, so it’s all good. Thank you for the excellent review, Christine.

I wish unwritten was available separately! Perfect color for my fair skin. But I wouldn’t use any of the others. Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―

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