I guess it's not completely true that Lisa Eldridge can sell me anything, because I passed on her Lancome Audacity In Paris Eyeshadow Palette. Too many rosy and purple-leaning eye shadows for me, and I couldn't get excited about it, a Lisa-design or not. Nowadays I need to make sure I'm going to get a lot of use from a palette (or anything, really) before it's allowed to take up space in my dressing room. But somehow I found myself waiting impatiently for the release of Lancôme Mes Incontournables de Parisienne Multipalette after watching this video of Lisa Eldridge and Caroline de Maigret, with whom I was only vaguely familiar:
It's almost funny, since I don't actually buy the Parisian woman myth. I've been to Paris enough times to realize that Parisian women come in all shapes, colors, and taste levels. It's probably where I've seen the largest number of fashion victims per square foot (square meter?), as well as some true elegance. But that's neither here nor there. I might talk about this some more if I decide to review Caroline de Maigret's 2014 book, How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits. Today we're here to talk about the Lancôme palette.
It starts with the packaging that looks like an elegant black clutch with a decorative buckle. Then there's the design itself that includes a sturdy plastic cover that flips up over the cream blush, to keep it from getting contaminated by the powder products. Lancome is generally good with these things: their cream shadow pot have an inner cap that keeps the product from drying. It's something everyone should do (giving Chanel the stinkeye as I type).
The colors in the Mes Incontournables de Parisienne are trying to be as universal as possible. They're neutral, easy to wear, and are as classic and timeless as they come: muted taupe-leaning eye shadows, and a natural rosy blush create the basic look. The "highlighter" is not really a face highlighter and more of a pale base shadow that leans just a bit pink; then there are three brow shades. The thing is that nobody needs three eyebrow powders, though it's always nice to have the option to blend two and customize your color. But if you need the lightest (and warmest) shade you probably cannot use the other two (and vice versa).
There are two double-ended brushes included in the palette: a very good eyebrow one that offers a spoolie and a classic angled brow brush, and an acceptable eye shadow brush (synthetic; one side flat, the other one fluffier and on an angle. Watch how Lisa puts it to a good use). The latter is not ideal but it can work in a pinch. I think that for the price of the palette Lancôme could have made a better effort with the brush, and/or include an eye pencil (I loved the one in the tutorial).
Back to the colors in the palette. The blush was an instant love. Lancome kept releasing and discontinuing various versions and formulas. The one here reminds me of my beloved and long-gone Petticoat Pink, maybe a bit brighter (it's been a while). The texture is very (very!) emollient and will probably not suit oily skin, but as long as you have a good base underneath (and maybe powder if you really need it) the blush will blend perfectly (you're encouraged to use fingers) and stay in place for several hours. The eye shadows are beautiful, smooth and satiny- among the best ones Lancome has produced, and the colors are rich and complex. I wish the fifth, the highlighter, were beige, but I love the four core colors, They go from matte (the highlighter, which is too chalky and powder for me without a good creamy primer, and the lightest mocha shade) to satin and full-on shimmer (no glitter particles, and no fallout).
The set nearly all you need to carry with you, and it simplifies things when travelling. For many of us it's a "just add mascara and you're done" thing. And a lipstick. And eyeliner. And. But I've never claimed to be a minimalist.
Bottom Line; Oui!
Lancôme Mes Incontournables de Parisienne Multipalette ($95, made in France) is currently a Nordstom exclusive. Lancome website shows it as out of stock right now, which I suspect will change once Nordstrom's exclusivity runs out.