Lancôme recently launched a 16-pan eyeshadow palette called Auda[city] in Paris ($68 for 16 shadows each x 1.3g/0.45 oz). This palette was designed by Lisa Eldridge and inspired by the streets of Paris. It's Lancôme's first multi-palette with light neutrals, taupes, purples, smokey greys and darker browns. It comes cased in a large mirrored compact and double-ended eyeshadow brush. The eyeshadows have different textures including matte, satin and metallic.
There are mixed reviews on this palette - I've been playing with this one for a few days now to put it to the test. Overall I would say it's a good neutral palette that has a wide range of colors to create a multitude of looks. I like that each color is distinct from each other so there aren't any repeats within the same palette. The look and feel of the shadows is very natural with a sheer to medium finish. Most of the colors are buildable in pigment - by using a denser brush or dampening it you will get more pigment. Texture is soft and sheer - the shimmers have a lot of powdery kickup and when applying on the eyes I experienced a lot of fall out onto the cheeks. It was easy to clean up though and I usually have some sort of fall out with powder shadows whenever I blend and swipe (creams excluded). Once on the lids - lasting power was pretty good. I tried with and without a base - a base definitely helps, my favorite is Edward Bess Illuminating Eye Base or a cream shadow stick like NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks or Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Sticks.
The finish of each color in this palette is either hit or miss. Some are sheerer than others. A couple of the darker shades are best applied with a detailed brush damp and then smoked out - if you use a fluffy brush for some of the deeper colors you will see uneven application. The nice thing about the darker shades being sheer though is that they are easy to build slowly. If you're a smokey eye novice and worried about overdoing it - this is a good starter palette.
- Filigree is a light ivory gold shimmer, pigment is medium
- Choquette is a matte cream peach, pigment is medium
- Parfait is a light matte cool pink, pigment is sheer to meidum
- Joie is a frosted champagne shimmer, pigment is medium-full
- Voyage a warm matte terracotta tan, pigment is sheer to medium but easy to blend
- Santé is a soft matte brown, sheer to medium pigment, this is a good blending shade to soften harsh edges and finish the eye look by adding warmth
- Kitten Heel a metallic duo chrome pink gold copper, pigment is medium with a lot of fallout, but on the lids it stays put
- Tenacity is a glorious metallic taupe, it's frosty but so so pretty on the lids
- Exhibition is an orchid shimmer, finish is very sheer, this is my least favorite in the palette
- Zip Me Up is a deeper orchid purple shimmer, also sheer in finish, my second least favorite
- Volcano is a shimmery grey, finish is sheer to medium
- Audacious is a satiny smokey brown shimmer, pigment is medium
- Couture is a soft semi-sheer dark matte brow, color is really soft unless you apply with a damp detail brush or small smudge brush
- It List is a satiny black with tiny bits of silver shimmer flecks, pigment is medium
- Clock Strikes 12 is a metallic grey that is very sheer, but buildable if you pack it on
- Nuit is a cool-toned metallic black gunmetal, pigment is medium
Quick eye swatch with a super natural look:
One last shot:
My overall take on the Lancôme Auda[city] in Paris Eyeshadow Palette is that it's a decent palette. If I were to rate this on a scale, I'd give this a B rating. I think it's a good wearable palette that will take you from day to night looks without any other shadows required. The variety makes it versatile and will allow for a number of different looks. If you're new to eyeshadow and want the convenience of a palette, this is a good starter palette. There are a number of women I know who don't wear much eyeshadow - if you want color but want a natural palette that's fun to experiment with this is a good option.
Compared to other palettes, I do think there are better options out there for richer more vibrant color/pigment. That being said the Lancome Palette does appear to be designed for a natural look versus bold rich color. I'm not a huge fan of the brush it comes with - one is a synthetic small brush that seems better suited for creams. The other side is a larger fluffy side which is good for pigmented shadows, since this palette is sheer to medium it doesn't pick up color well. It is a really good blending brush though.
In terms of larger palettes, the Urban Decay Naked series still rules them all as the best ones for the price of $54 each (at least in my opinion). Based on feedback I've received from previous reviews I've posted I know they aren't everyone's cup of tea. I like Urban Decay because of the soft textures, rich pigment, gorgeous shimmers, wearable metallics - for many the palettes are just too much in terms of frost/shimmer. For others, some can't get over the look of the packaging. The MAC x15 Naturals Palettes are also good if you're looking for variety but come at a much higher price tag of $85.
If you want a softer palette with shimmers but ones that have more subtle shimmers I'd recommend this Lancôme Auda[city] in Paris Eyeshadow Palette or the Dior Eye Reviver (reviewed here and here). Given how many eyeshadows I've tested and own, I can't call this one a must-have, although for the price it's nice to have - the quality is good and shadows blend/build nicely on the lids.
Overall a good wearable and versatile palette that's nice to have, or nice to start out with if you're building a makeup collection. The overall look and feel is extremely beautiful - it's a palette you can wear for a number of occasions. You can find the Lancôme Auda[city] in Paris Eyeshadow Palette available now at Lancôme counters. Online at Sephora, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and all other Lancôme retailers.
Have you tried this palette yet? What's your favorite large eyeshadow palette?
This palette was provided courtesy of Lancôme for review consideration.