Lancome Auda[city] in Paris Eyeshadow Palette (promo photos) is a limited edition release for fall 2014 which came into my life about two months ago. I was excited about this palette since I first heard about the launch back in early summer as I really like the smoky shades combination with warm and cool undertones, that allows for infinite combinations. I thought back then and I’m still thinking now, it’s one of the perfect eyeshadow palette choices when it comes to day, evening or glamorous makeup looks. I think I’m fortunate because I love the combination of nudes, pinks and purples and especially that I get a lots of finishes from matt to shimmer, but for those who are interested in different kind of colors it might not be such a great option.
U.S. Launch Date – Now at Nordstrom and @lancome-usa.com
Romania – Now at Sephora, Douglas
Lancome Auda[city] in Paris Eyeshadow Palette ($68.00/ 229.00 Lei for 0.72 oz.) is a set of 16 eye shadows ranging from light nudes and golds to more darker shades like smoky purple, brown and black. Some of the shades listed in this palette like Filigree, Exhibition, Zip Me Up, Volcano, IT List, Kitten Heel, and Clock Strikes 12 are also available a single eye shadows in the permanent range.
Most of the colors have a decent color payoff, being easily buildable but the are all more intense and pigmented when paired with an eyeshadow primer (I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer or Urban Decay Primer Potion).
I will start with the packaging and say that even though the palette is quite large and feels a bit heavy I would still consider it travel friendly as you get all the shades you need for a day to evening makeup look. I personally like the black luscious case with the gray motifs on top of the famous Parisian buildings, not to mention that on the back are listed all the names of the shades, which is truly a plus when it comes to remembering the shades you like and also reviewing them.
I was impressed that most of the eyeshadows had a long-lasting formula which lasted about 8-9 hours even when I didn’t use an eye shadow primer.
Filigree is officially described as a light gold shimmer. It’s a light-medium, gold yellow with a frosty finish. It had mostly opaque coverage with a soft, blendable texture that felt just a little bit dry. The formula wore well on me for eight hours without a primer.
Chouquette was described as a peach matte. In my opinion is a light, peachy-beige with warn undertones and soft matte finish. It has a thin but smooth texture, which actually tended to sheer out when blended. It lasted for almost eight hours on me.
Parfait is described as a light pink matte. It’s indeed a very light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was medium pigmented with a bit of a powder formula, but blended quite well. I just like a soft matte pink color like this one to wear during the day, not to mention it’s very appropriate in texture for those with oily lids. It lasted for about seven to eight hours on me.
Kitten Heel is described as a gold copper shimmer. It’s a bright coppery gold with warm undertones and golden frost, almost metallic finish. It had a medium-to opaque coverage, with an intense color, smooth and blendable texture that applied easily on the skin without fall-out. I had eight hours wear with this color.
Joie is described as a golden-bronze shimmer. It’s a light gold with slightly green tint and warm undertones but with a metallic finish. The texture felt a bit dry, but was still smooth and easily blendable. The color has mostly opaque coverage, applied well without any fall-out. I had eight hours wear with this formula.
Voyage is described as a muted purple matte. It’s a muted, medium chocolaty pinkish brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It has semi-opaque color coverage without a primer, but paired with one the color was more intense. It blended well, without any-fall out, although the texture felt a bit powdery. It wear well on me for about eight hours.
Sante is described as a brown matte. It’s a medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It delivers semi-sheer up to medium coverage and blended well on the skin, without any fall out. It’s a classy color, perfect for day or evening makeup. It lasted sever hours of me before I noticed signs of fading.
Tenacity is described as a purple metallic. It’s an intense, medium taupe brown with warm tones and a cool metallic sheen. It has a good pigmentation with a soft, easily blendable texture. It tended to sheer out quick fast the more I blended but the color still wore for eight hours on me.
Exhibition is described as a orchid shimmer. It’s a muted, medium rosy mauve with a pearl finish. It delivers a medium coverage which is easily buildable when using a primer. The texture was a bit powdery and didn’t adhere quite well onto the bare skin, so this color is definitely eyeshadow primer addicted. It had about six hour wear with this formula.
Zip Me Up is described as a deep purple shimmer. It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with slightly metallic finish and a touch of sparkle. It has a dense, quite a chunky texture but with a good pigmentation that deliver a mostly opaque coverage when layered. It tended to have some fall-out during the blending technique and wore about about 8 hours on me.
Volcano is described as a silvery gray shimmer. It’s a muted, medium warm-toned taupe brown with slightly noticeable shimmer and a pearl finish. It has a good pigmentation, with a smooth and soft texture. It started to fade after eight hours wear.
Clock Strikes 12 is described as a gray metallic. It’s a dark taupe brown with cool undertones and a satin finish. It can be buildable up to a medium coverage, but without an eyeshadow primer you’ll get mostly a semi-sheer pigmentation. I had sever hours wear before the color started to loose its intensity.
Audacious is described as a smokey brown shimmer. It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It’s fairly good pigmented, but not such a smooth texture, even though it’s easily blendable. It lasted well on me for eight hours.
Couture is described as a dark brown matte. It’s truly a dark chocolate brown with warn undertones and a matte finish. It has a very smooth and fine texture, but with a color that delivers a semi-sheer coverage. It doesn’t deliver quite an even color when applied on the lid and it’s quite hard to work with. I had about 7 hours wear with this formula.
IT List is described as a black matte. It’s the darkest color from the entire palette, a dark black with satin finish. It has mainly opaque color coverage with an easily blendable texture. I had eight hours wear with this color.
Nuit is described as a black metallic. It’s a medium-dark, bluish-gray with cool undertones and a frosted sheen with slightly noticeable shimmer. It has a good pigmentation, easily buildable up to an opaque coverage. The texture felt soft, without any fall-out during the application and blending. The color started to wore away after eight hours.
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