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 Chanel.com 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.”
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: