Christmas is my favourite time of year because the makeup palette addict in me has the excuse to buy everything limited edition and pretty. You can never have enough makeup palette options in my opinion. Auda[City] in London* is the new palette by Lancôme which pays homage to the ever fabulous Lisa Eldridge, the brand's makeup creative director. London is a city like no other and Lisa captures this in the Auda[City] in London palette beautifully.
Available exclusively at Boots and Lancome.co.uk, the palette retails at £42. The packaging is practical yet chic and is inspired by the London Skyline which you can see on the front the of palette. Inside you'll find sixteen shades in either a matte or irridescent finish. From nudes to deep plum purples, the looks you can create with this palette are endless. The shades are velvety soft and creamy making them easy to blend plus you'll find four high pigment metallics to use as topcoats as well as a mirror and double ended brush which is amazing for blending.
The names, shades and entire feel of the palette perfectly represents London, I think the dark greens and smoky greys are my favourite as these are colours I'd associate with the big city myself. All the shade information is as follows:
Queen's Lace - matte cream
Trenchcoat - matte brown
Woody Bar - matte fawn
Midnight Haze - irridescent copper
Rich History - matte lavender
London is Callin' - matte mauve
Purple Queen - metallic violet
Garden Rose - irridescent purple
Fresh Garden - matte olive green
Misty Morning - matte dark green
Steel - shimmer grey
Soho Lights - irridescent green
Rainy Afternoon - metallic silver
Purple Pageantry - matte grey
Midnight Purple - matte black
Tower Bridge - irridescent silver
There is a beautiful varieation available and I find the metallic shades in Auda[City] in London to be the best as they deliver amazing pigmentation to the lid that lasts. The mattes are okay but you really need to build them to get any colour from the lighter shades. Also be careful with fallout as this is the one big flaw to this palette. I think where the shades are so soft, they just fall apart when you're applying your eye makeup and when swatching Garden Rose my finger practically split the shade in half.
Don't let that put you off too much though as I still think this palette will be a hit and it's one I've been reaching for a lot. Have you tried Lancôme eyeshadows before?