I have a very expensive item in my handbag. One where I can not let my friends know the price, or they might want me committed, but it’s adorable and super useful. On more than one morning when I have been late it has saved me.

It’s my New York compact from the Bobbi Brown City Collection and I just love it. As part of bobbibrownnewyorkthe Bobbi Brown’s 25th Anniversary they came out with 3 limited edition small compacts named after 3 influential fashion capitals: New York, Paris and London.

Each compact has 4 eye-shadows, designed to be one all encompassing look and a matching blush. In the lid there is a mirror which is as large as is possible. Each compact has beautiful artwork on the lid. The compacts are sturdy and have cute little hinges reminiscent of an old style jewelry box.

I chose the New York compact, it is the perfect palette for my makeup bag. On days I have been running late I have been able to make myself look great using this literally on the go. The quality of the eye-shadows and the blush are great. They eye-shadows are well pigmented, buttery, blend wonderfully and all the products have all day staying power. Put it on and then don’t think about it for the rest of the day. I can’t think of anything that might replace it, except perhaps the London palette, I am trying to keep control of myself and not buy it, because they are all beautiful. My bank balance is saving my soul, they retail at 68 Euros, which is ridiculous.

But they are so beautiful! Check them out:

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