Yesterday I reviewed Stila’s The Natural face palette. This is the Dare to Bare palette which is paired with it – they are both $20 Ulta exclusives in neutral shades. In a color comparison, Dare to Bare is a little more warm and deep than The Natural.
As with The Natural, you get matte and shimmer eyeshadows, a highlighter and a bronzer. My first impression when I looked at this one was that you don’t get a lot of shade variation in the eyeshadows – in the pan, they all look maybe two shades apart for the whole range. When I actually wore them, I found they were more varied than I thought (and of course you can always use the highlighter as an eyeshadow). This palette does have one persnickety color – Native – which really wanted to go on blotchy for some reason, even with a spongetip. That’s pretty unusual with Stila. I was able to build it up and make it work, but I do find myself avoiding that shade and using the others instead. The other colors are all buttery and easy to blend, and can be worn wet or dry.
One thing this palette has over The Natural is a range of choices for brow fill colors. Sepia worked well on my dark brows, and I can see both Native (with a little building) and Au Naturel working on lighter brows.
Despite not being thrilled with Native, I liked this palette overall better than The Natural, and not for any particularly sensible reason. I just liked the colors better, and I like having a brow fill in my palette. I just mention this because if you’re only going to buy one palette or the other, I would not eliminate this one because one color is a little fussy.
Au Naturel is a light caramel matte. Sepia is a deep brown matte with slightly warm undertones. Native is a medium chocolate not-quite-matte but not-quite-satin-either. Maybe it’s the unusual finish, but it tends to go on a little patchy. Dry swatches are on the left and wet on the right – as you can see, they don’t make much difference except with Native, which turns darker when wet.
Playful is a deep butterscotch shimmer that turns more golden when applied wet. Earthy is just a shade darker and warmer, and also turns more golden when wet. Double Dare is a deep chocolate satin finish that turns more metallic when wet and also takes on more plum overtones.
Birthday Suit is a light golden champagne shimmer. You can wear it full strength as an eyeshadow or diffused as a brow or cheek highlight. Diffused, it’s still a little shimmery, but not “disco ball.”
Wink is a warm medium brown with gold shimmer. You can play down the shimmer here, but it’s definitely more than a “natural sheen.”
I’ll get to the eye look with the next photo. I wore Wink as a very light bronzer and as a blush, and Birthday Suit above my cheekbones and on my brow and inner corner.
This is Playful on the lid, Birthday Suit in the inner corner and brow bone, Earthy in the crease, Sepia in the outer corner and as a brow fill. I lined under my lower lashes with Au Naturel, which is good for a light, daytime smoky look on my complexion.