NARS Star Scene Holiday 2019 Cheek Palette Review & Swatches

Star Scene

NARS Star Scene Wet/Dry Cheek Trio is a new, limited edition trio that features a warm, peachy-gold highlighter and two coral blushes. All three shades hare semi-opaque to opaque coverage, which was the “downside” to the product as they’re supposed to be “sheer-to-buildable” and can be used wet for a “high-impact effect” (though the latter seemed more with respect to the finish, e.g. the glow).

As I mentioned in my review of Hustle, 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. 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.

Instant Replay

Instant Replay is a brighter, light-medium gold with warm, peach undertones and a soft sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, denser texture that had no powderiness but still blended out easily on my skin. I’d recommend using a denser, more blush-like brush to pick up product as the texture is more firmly-pressed in the pan–in a way that is consistent with this type of formula. The highlighter lasted well for eight and a half hours before fading a bit.


Divine is a light-medium pink with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage with less than half of a layer. The texture was firmer, denser without any powderiness, but it wasn’t stiff to work with as the powder blended out easily on my skin. The caveat is that a denser brush works better with this type of formula, though. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading visibly.

Hard Party

Hard Party is a medium, pinky coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. The color payoff was nearlyopaque in a single layer, so it was quite a bit above the “sheer-to-buildable” it was described (for dry application). The powder was smooth to the touch, dense and firmer in the pan, but it picked up well with a moderately dense brush and blended out the product beautifully on my skin. It stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours before showing signs of fading.