Aug 31, 2015

Lancome Audacity in Paris Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches

Lancome Lisa Eldridge Audacity in Paris Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Photos
Lancome Auda-city in Paris Eyeshadow Palette ($68) at Nordstrom

Ever since Lisa Eldridge joined Lancome, I have been noticing some lovely new product launches, and the new Lancome Audacity in Paris eyeshadow palette is the latest from the brand.  I have been looking forward trying this mostly because it's the first product designed by Lisa Eldridge for Lancome.  Also, it's a neutral-smokey palette - what's not to like about that?!  The palette feels a bit heavy in the hand and is not very sleek to hold, but the weight does make it feel quite sturdy and safe to travel with.  Inside the palette are 16 eyeshadows in shades ranging from soft mattes to shimmery smokey dark colors.  There is a large/long mirror on one side (with some black embossing over it which does cover a bit of the mirror), and included with the palette is a useful dual-ended brush.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Lancome Lisa Eldridge Audacity in Paris Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Photos
Lancome Audacity in Paris Eyeshadow Palette
Lancome Lisa Eldridge Audacity in Paris Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Photos
Lancome Audacity in Paris Eyeshadow Palette
Lancome Lisa Eldridge Audacity in Paris Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Photos
Lancome Audacity in Paris Eyeshadow Palette

The Lancome Audacity palette has 16 eyeshadows, a couple of which are available as singles in the existing Lancome eyeshadow range.  In the press release I received, these eyeshadows have been grouped into quads (3 shadows on top row and 1 down) to create eye makeup looks that range from soft to super smokey, but there are a ton of makeup combinations that are possible with this palette.  The eyeshadows themselves didn't seem too bad on swatching.  The lighter colors don't show up too well on my darker skin tone - and the lighting was off that day - but for the most part, the shadows do seem pigmented and should work pretty well over a primer.  Here's a look at some swatches.

Lancome Lisa Eldridge Audacity in Paris Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Photos
Lancome Audacity in Paris Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches
Top row:  Filigree - light gold shimmer
Choquette - matte peach
Parfait - matte light pink
Joie - shimmery golden bronze
Voyage - soft rose brown 
Lancome Lisa Eldridge Audacity in Paris Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Photos
Lancome Audacity in Paris Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches (middle row)
Sante - matte warm brown
Exhibition - soft orchid shimmer
Zip Me Up - deep purple shimmer
Volcano - silver grey shimmer
Audacious - smokey brown shimmer
Couture - matte dark brown
It List - matte black
Lancome Lisa Eldridge Audacity in Paris Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Photos
Lancome Audacity in Paris Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches (middle row)
Sante - matte warm brown
Exhibition - soft orchid shimmer
Zip Me Up - deep purple shimmer
Volcano - silver grey shimmer
Audacious - smokey brown shimmer
Couture - matte dark brown
It List - matte black
Lancome Lisa Eldridge Audacity in Paris Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Photos
Lancome Audacity in Paris Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches
Kitten Heel - shimmery gold copper
Tenacity - shimmery taupe 

Clock Strikes 12 - metallic grey
Nuit - gunmetal

Apart from the lightest shades, most of the other colors would work easily even on my darker skin tone.  I loved the mix of shades - warm browns and soft mattes for blending along the crease and smokey rich colors for darker eye makeup looks.  The shimmery shades don't seem too glittery or chunky either.  While similar to the UD Naked Smoky palette, I think the Lancome Audacity palette has a bit more options in terms of warmer tones which I prefer.  I haven't tried any Lancome single eyeshadows to compare these with, and while I did read reviews online suggesting the singles have better formulation (no surprise really - seems to be the trend with most makeup brands), it is quite convenient to have these eyeshadows in one compact palette.  The few faults that I did find are more to do with the design of the palette rather than the shadows themselves - the palette seems a little bulky, and I had some difficulty getting the palette to open.  Not sure if that is an issue with the tester, though.

There are a lot of neutral eyeshadow palettes available now, so it is difficult to call any one particular palette a must-have, but I do think the Lancome Audacity Eyeshadow Palette makes for a good pick if you are looking for a palette that will give you a wider range of colors to work with while still staying in the neutral-smokey territory.

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