Late last year, Chanel previewed the pre-Fall Byzance collection, which gave us some hints about the makeup used at the show. Now that pre-Fall is here, Chanel has released the Byzance Makeup Collection. Part of that collection was the limited edition Lumieres Byzantines de Chanel Palette Highlighters, discussed here.
In addition, there is a boutique collection of four times–Joues Contraste Blush in Rouge, Joues Constraste Blush in Or (Gold), Rouge Allure Lipstick in Byzantin, and the Regard Signe de Chanel eyeshadow quad in Topkapi.
Let me start by saying that Chanel boutique releases are typically edgier than a full release. Some may recall the release of Noirs Obscurs three shades of black lipsticks some years back. I think of these as “Chanel Pro,” or “for the die-ard Chanel fan.” Some are special formulations, and some are high fashion colors that seem suited for those with a sophisticated taste.
Regard Signe de Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Topkapi ($65 #3901) fits into the first category. This formulation is new and unique–according to the insert, it is based on an ‘exceptional manufacturing process that gives the powder exceptional qualities’–extremely soft, even color, and incredibly gorgeous texture.
Chanel Topkapi is packed in the standard size luxury black compact, together with two sponge applicators. There texture has a complex luminosity, and a slightly metallic glow.
The shades include a light, extremely complicated taupe with cool reflects:
There is a very warm yellow gold, with a shimmery metal texture:
Next is a medium warm brown similar to milk chocolate. This one is lovely in the crease and outer corner:
Finally, there is a deep neutral brown that is a bit less metallic than the others. Although all shades are remarkably pigmented, this last shade is the most pigmented of all. This color–like the color of dark chocolate–is an excellent liner shade.
Although the cost of Chanel Topaki is a few dollars more than a typical Chanel eyeshadow palette ($65, compared to $57 for a standard palette), the quality of the Topaki is remarkable by comparison. The texture, pigmentation and complexity of these shades is incredible.
Chanel includes a little book with the palette to assist you with ideas for application:
Here are some swatches:
I’m confident that this will be one of my top five eyeshadow palettes of the year. Incredible quality. Beautiful. Although the warm yellow-gold is a bit edgy, used sparingly it adds some pretty depth and life to the eye–perhaps as an edge over the liner or as a pop in the center of the lid. The taupe (far left) is to die for. The other shades are gorgeous, and extremely wearable.
Get it while you can. It’s on Chanel.com for a short time. It is at several Chanel boutiques-including NY/Soho, NY/ 57th Street and San Francisco/ Maiden Lane. It is likely at several others. Also, Nordstrom Seattle is carrying this collection.