April 17, 2019

NARS Exposed Cheek Palette

As you probably already know if you are a fan of the brand, NARS has launched a new cheek palette last month! Featuring a new breakthrough formula, the Exposed Cheek Palette contains six universally flattering shades in shimmery and satin finishes.

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NARS Exposed Cheek Palette Review Photos Swatches

The formula is really different than all the other blushes I've tried! They aren't buttery smooth, they feel silky and powdery to the touch but they don't look powdery on the skin. They almost feel like a dry oil-infused powder, but they aren't oily. I know, it's strange.

When using this palette for the first time, NARS recommends to swirl your brush multiple times on the powders to soften them. Don't skip this step, or you will be disappointed with the color payoff. I suggest to apply them with a dense brush too, your big fluffy blush brush won't do the trick with this formula.

The colors are buildable and translucent, and that's something I love when it comes to blushes. My skin is super fair when I don't self-tan, so I tend to prefer sheer blushes because they are easier to work with.

NARS Exposed Cheek Palette Review Spring 2019

The highlighter (Tell All) is too sparkly for my liking, sadly. The color is beautiful and it doesn't contain large glitters, but the finish is very sparkly depending on the lighting.

I love the other colors though, they have a satin finish so they are more luminous than a matte blush, but they aren't too shimmery either. They don't accentuate texture or pores, and the formula is so lightweight that I can't see any powder on my skin. It's like a cream blush, but better!

The staying power is great too, they last all day on me! (for more than 10 hours)

NARS Exposed Cheek Palette Review Swatches

Tell All is a light peachy golden beige with sparkly shimmery finish.

Now Or Never is a light peach with a satin finish.

Give It Away is a warm rosy brown with a satin finish.

Make You Mine is a coral orange with a satin finish.

Come Hither is a warm-toned hot pink with a satin finish.

New Fling is a berry magenta with a satin finish.

NARS Exposed Cheek Palette Review Photos

The NARS Exposed Cheek Palette retails for $74 CAD for 18g (6 x 3g) and is available at Sephora, narscosmetics.com and Nordstrom.

(I received this product in order to evaluate it and give my opinion, but rest assured that my comments are always honest and impartial. This post contains affiliate links.)


  1. Ok, all these blushes look gorgeous! And, I like a buildable blush - these sound great!

    1. Yesss sheer blushes are great for fair skin!

  2. these are SO PRETTY!! i love that they are a satin finish instead of totally matte!

    1. Me too! I love matte blushes but I prefer a satin finish!

  3. I need some new blushers for my kit. The formula sounds very interesting and satin finish is perfect for bridal makeup as I absolutely cannot stand outrageous shimmer blush on a bride. Biggest pet peeve. I am obsessed with these already. Have to add them to my list for sure.

    1. I can't stand super shimmery blushes either! haha I think you would love this palette for your kit!


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