Lancome has launched Auda(city) in Paris multi-pan eyeshadow palette($68.00 for 0.72 oz.), a collection of beautiful and universally flattering eye shadow tones. Created by makeup artist and Lancome Global Makeup Creative Director Lisa Eldridge, this multi-pan palette comes in a luxurious mirrored case and includes 16 gorgeous shadows, from soft neutrals to deep, smoky shades in warm and cool tones. Each palette comes with a full size double-ended brush.
Inspired by vignettes of Parisian life, this palette veers from delicate, champagne end of the color spectrum to richer, more daring tones in a blend of matte and shimmery finishes. They are grouped into four shade harmonies: Good Morning Paris, Ride & Promenade, Unexpected Rende-Vous and Nuite Parisienne.
Before I give my opinions on this palette, I have to say I haven’t really played around with Lancome makeup in a long while so I felt I was being reintroduced to the brand. My first thought was “if Lisa Eldridge (who I am a huge fan of) has anything to do with influencing the brand, then it is worth taking a second look at. Secondly, I have really started appreciating palettes as I have gotten older. I have less time in general and more traveling and need options for convenience without comprising quality. The Auda(City) palette has great texture and pigment and the grouping of the colors is brilliant for amateurs and anyone else who prefers “safe colors.” Let us take a closer look at this beautiful palette:
If you follow me on instagram, then you know smoky eyes is my signature look. I usually prefer to use muted shadows that have depth and look glamorous without looking harsh and overdone. The Auda(city) palette from Lancome was up my alley and it has been really fun playing around with all the colors and textures. After playing around with all four looks, I can say the Nuit Parisienne was my favorite look that gave me a subtle yet sexy, smoky eye. The mix of plums and navy is flattering on brown eyes as is the Unexpected Rendez-Vous colors. The texture is silky and the quality is very good. The colors blend effortlessly together without much effort and without a messy or harsh look. It doesn’t have the pigment Dior shadows have but that can be a good thing for anyone that prefers a more “dummy proof” product. I did use the By Terry eye primer and the shadows lasted a good six hours before fading took place. In the evening, I just used a darker eye pencil which looked really good against my muted eye look. Below I have on Nuite Parisienne that is well blended and a brown eye liner smudged:
Verdict? Although the palette was a bit bulky and the colors are dupable for makeup junkies and professional, I still feel it is a good buy. You get 16 high quality shadows that can be used daytime to nighttime to create a natural to a smoky eye. The colors are classic and can be used all year round. This is a keeper for me and think Lisa Eldridge really got it right! I am looking forward to seeing the direction Lancome will be taking with her influence so stay tuned.
Available at: Lancome.com