NARS Free Lover Holiday 2019 Cheek Palette Review & Swatches


Free Lover

NARS Free Lover Cheek Palette is a new, limited edition palette that features one highlighter and five blushes, which is exclusive to Sephora. It’s a warmer mix of corals, so if you’re a big fan of coral blushes and aren’t already stocked up, it might be worth considering. I think that NARS’ satin and matte blush shades tends to be best suited to those who pair them with a drier base (like drier skin types for bare skin application or over lightly-powdered/set foundations)–I had a bit of sticking with Amour.

Disco Nights

Disco Nights is a light gold with warmer undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It had opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that picked up well with a brush and blended out without issue. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

Final Cut

Final Cut is a brighter, medium coral with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage with a soft, lightly dusty texture that had some excess product kicked up in the pan. I found that the color darkened and leaned slightly warmer when applied than it did in the pan. It lasted well for seven and a half hours before fading a touch.


Amour is a medium pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. The blush had excellent pigmentation paired with a soft, finely-milled texture that wasn’t too powdery nor too firmly pressed in the pan. I had a bit of trouble applying the color evenly and spreading it out for a gradual, more seamless blend, as it seemed to stick more heavily to certain areas; I’d recommend applying over a matte finish foundation or a set foundation/base. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before showing signs of fading.


Luster is a light-medium peach with warmer undertones and a fine, golden pearl woven throughout. The texture was soft, a little on the dusty side, but it applied well to bare skin and blended out without losing its intensity (where wanted). It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that wore nicely for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed any fading.


Crave is a bright, medium-dark pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage that was buildable to full coverage with less than half of a layer. The consistency was soft, lightly dusty in the pan, and blendable on my skin. It lasted well for eight and a half hours before starting to fade noticeably.

Loves Me

Loves Me is a bright, raspberry pink with subtle, cooler undertones and warmer, golden pearl throughout. The texture felt drier, a little grainy to the touch, but it applied nicely to bare skin and blended easily along the edges. The more I buffed the product onto my skin, the glower the finish became. It had nearly opaque color payoff in a single layer that wore well for nine hours before fading visibly.