NARS Hustle Holiday 2019 Cheek Palette Review & Swatches


NARS Hustle Wet/Dry Cheek Trio 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.



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.

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.

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.