Lumieres Byzantines de Chanel Palette Highlighters

May 15, 2011

Lumieres Byzantines de Chanel Palette Highlighters ($250 – 0.35 oz.) was created by Peter Philips for the pre-Fall 2011 Byzantine clothing collection. Because this release is limited to 1500 palettes worldwide, it is expected to sell out very quickly. In the U.S., this is sold in five Chanel boutiques (mine came from the Chanel Bal Harbour boutique). Based on my calls around the U.S., I believe this is also sold at Chanel Soho and the Las Vegas Wynn Boutiques, although I suspect that they received only very few each. I do not know whether it will be offered online on at all. As far as I know, it will not be offered at Chanel Studios (such as Nordstrom Seattle or Bloomingdales at South Coast Plaza).

Do note that there will be some additional items for the Chanel Byzantine collection, featured here at Rouge Deluxe. I expect that those gorgeous items will be available over the next few months.

I’m posting pictures of the Lumieres Byzantines palette for your reference and to enjoy. I have not decided whether to swatch it. The palette comes packaged with this beautifully illustrated instruction card:


The other side of the instruction card explains that this palette was created by Peter Philips to celebrate Chanel’s Artistic Design House, and inspired by Baroque-style jewelry crafted for Gabrielle Chanel during the 1950’s. These are cream highlighters to capture “all of the light of the Orient.”

The palette:

Close up:

I’ve heard that only 130 are sold in the U.S. I do not believe I have ever seen anything like this before.

It’s interesting to see how these palettes were made by hand:

Shaping the product, prior to placing the product into the case.  I can make out the palette of creamy colors in the background and below the area where the artist is working:

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  • Sabrina May 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm


  • flyavsted May 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Lucky you!! 😉

  • Jen May 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Oh my goodness Amy….this is amazing! I have been searching for photos of this online, as it was used on Gwyneth Paltrow for the Met Ball. I would love to find it and I appreciate the info on where to buy. Just out of curiosity, is it as luxurious in person as it looks in this picture?

    • Amy May 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      Yes, it is absolutely like dipping into the stunningly clean pool at the Parisian Ritz, with a bottle of Veuve Cliquot chilling until you return to your suite. That’s the fairest comparison I can make. As in, breathtaking.

  • xiao May 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm


    this is so tempting… but i cannot on good conscience get it 🙁 the rest of the collection looks amazing. I’m glad those will be much more accessible to the masses.

  • Beth May 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I was lucky enough to be able to purchase one as well, your pics are incredible!!

  • Olga May 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    that’s an amazing palette! I hope I’ll be able to get my hands on one of those babes!

  • Ava May 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Chanel SoHo got some. I was number 10 on their list. They weren’t sure how many they were going to get; I never heard from them. I did luck out when I called Chanel Boutique on 57th St, NYC. I was the first one to call. I got my palette last week, and I’m afraid to touch it! do you think you’ll ever swatch yours?

    • Amy May 15, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Ava, I was #16 on the list at Chanel Soho and was never called. I assume they either haven’t started selling, or sold them out already.

    • Beth May 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      I’m not sure Soho has started calling people yet, I was there Friday PM and they hadn’t unpacked the boxes yet.

      • Amy May 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm

        Thanks Beth!!

      • Thanh Tran May 17, 2011 at 9:30 am

        Can you please give me the contact number to Chanel soho where you got the palette? I would love to get my hands on this beauty. Thanks

        • Amy May 17, 2011 at 9:33 am

          I got mine from Chanel Bal Harbour, not Soho. The phone numbers for all boutiques are listed on Chanel’s website.

    • Amy May 15, 2011 at 7:16 pm

      As far ad swatching, I’m not sure! If you do, I am happy to post your pictures here on the site! This offer is open to everyone!

  • luv2smilexo May 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    omg that is so gorgeous

  • Christa Perilously Pale May 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Wow! It’s gorgeous! Such a difficult decision with this. Such a beautiful palette and obviously a collectors item. It would be a pity not to use it but so hard to disturb it!

    • Amy May 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm

      Lucky there is no time pressure to decide! Unlike most items, there are no comparisons to be made. Were you able to get one?

  • Evelyn May 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    That is so incredibly gorgeous I would never touch it, I’d feel so bad to change its prettiness! lol I’d open and…oooo shiny!! ahhhhh Then put it away until I needed another bright pick me up.

  • the mintyness May 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    This is exquisite! I don’t think I will be purchasing it, because I know I wouldn’t be able to sully such a beautiful work of art…such…decadence. Thank you for providing such lovely pictures and I look forward to seeing other people’s swatches!

    I definitely will be checking out the other pieces in the collection; both the eye palette and the gold blush seem worthy.

  • cclarebear May 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    holy hell that looks amazing. i need it.

  • Musing on Beauty May 16, 2011 at 12:31 am

    This looks so beautiful. But I wouldn’t invest that much money on a product I’m never going to wear because I don’t want to ruin it since it’s worth so much 🙂

  • Eli May 16, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Wow! This is what I call exclusivity. I can understand why you don’t want to swatch it – it’s so beautiful!

  • Geek Faerie May 17, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Oh my! I desperately want to know what the colors swatch but it’s so beautiful and elegant I want to display it under glass. This is so beautiful!!

  • Eleen May 18, 2011 at 12:25 am

    The color and the design is so beautiful, its a pity that this Palette is not sold in my county. =(

  • Andrea May 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    So Very Beautiful.

  • Lauren May 19, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    The texture of the eyeshadow surfaces is such that you probably wouldn’t even be able to tell, looking at the eyeshadows, if you swatched them. Looking gorgeous!

  • Honor May 20, 2011 at 7:04 am

    This palette is beautiful , but I guess I rather prefer a goosens bracelet 😉 By any chance Amy, do you know, by any chance, when the us boutiques Will be receiving the rest of the byzantine collection like the topkapi quad and Red JC. Both look amazing

    • Amy May 20, 2011 at 8:28 am

      I understand that they will be released sometime over the next month, Honor. I can’t wait!

      • Honor May 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm

        So do I,the quad looks quite similar to the kashka beige one which I Love

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