The Not So Nude face palette by Stila ($20, Ulta Exclusive) is described as a collection of “barely there” shades that make effortless looks. It contains 6 eyeshadows, an all-over shimmer powder and a cream blush/lip product. To me, “barely there” sounds like they’re going to be sheer, but that wasn’t the case at all. It comes in a very thin little book with a mirror and a “get the look” instruction printed under it.
This is a versatile palette that lets you achieve anything from a very natural look to a smoky eye. The colors overall lean toward slightly cool browns, but there’s some purple, some gold. And there’s quite a shade range.
The formula is Stila’s usual: soft, very pigmented and velvety. They’re not so soft that they crumble, but sometimes they can kick up just a little bit of powder (nothing you can’t catch in your brush for the next stroke). The pigment is strong enough that you won’t need to build up color. The velvety texture lends itself very much to blending. I get excellent wear time with these, even without a primer – no creasing or fading. These shadows can be used wet.
- Sugar – silvery, mauve-pink frost.
- Fawn – satin finish medium taupe.
- Barefoot – deep plum shimmer that leans brown. This is a great color to use wet as liner.
- Buff – matte beige with pinkish undertones.
- Mink – medium chocolate brown matte. This one can be a bit dry and stiff, and needs building up. It’s the only one in the set that’s at all problematic. It works very well wet.
- Dolce – medium-deep gold metallic.
The Shimmer and Blush/Lipgloss
Kitten is described here as an all-over shimmer powder rather than Stila’s famous eyeshadow of the same name. It seems like the same exact product to me (and you can use eyeshadows as highlighters – you just need to apply them with fluffier brushes to avoid painting a frosty stripe onto your face!). It’s a slightly pinked champagne color with a high level of frost, and it’s more creamy than velvety.
Lily is a cream blush and lip product. It’s a pale, neutral pink that barely shows up on my light skin. The texture and opacity is really nice and blendable, and the wear time is very good, even on lips. Unfortunately it has a silver frost that made it look very corpsy both on my lips and cheeks. I really can’t imagine this color looking great on anyone. On deeper skin tones, I’d expect it to look even ashier than it did on me (I’m light, Mac NC25). The product is good, I just can’t understand the color.
The eyeshadows are a definite win – aside from Mink being a little dry and stiff, they’re packed with pigment and last all day. Kitten also performs terrifically as always. Lily is definitely quality and makes me want to check out Stila’s Convertible blush/lip products, but the color has an inexplicable silver frost to it that made me look dead. Maybe it would work on extremely pale cool skin tones?