Jul 042011

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 Highlightersdiscussed 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:


One final:

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.


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  20 Responses to “Byzance de Chanel- Topkapi Eyeshadow Palette”

  1. Please, please, please do an eye look using this quad. I’ve never paid attention to this quad before seeing your remarkable pictures. I totally “get” why someone would covet this quad. You weren’t joking when you said that the taupe was to die for (you took the words right out of my mouth). Excellent review, as always, Amy!

  2. Beautiful swatches! The Fed-Ex man just delivered my Topkapi palette!

  3. haha i keep saying this, but even though I already own this palette your pictures make it look SO much better.

  4. What a beautiful palette & a wonderful addition to your collection! I would have a hard time using it since the packaging is so beautiful. I wish these collections were available in Canada.

    • Hi Tasha–If you tried out the eyeshadow texture, you would not be able to resist using it to be honest. The packaging is designed to please, but the shadows are some of the most usable that I’ve run across. If you do get one, please do dig in! By the way, I suspect that this is not a U.S.-only release, as the British Beauty Blogger is covering it as well.

    • Tasha- I just called the Holt Renfrew on Bloor St. in Toronto this morning to order the eye quad. They seemed to have the other items in the Byzance collection in stock, so please give them a call! They will ship to you for an additional $12 or you can request to have the item transferred to a HR store near you. I hope this helps you out. Good luck! 🙂

  5. I second the first comment!! I thought I could pass on this quad as the gold didn’t appeal to me, however on your skin all the colours look utterly gorgeous. Amazing pictures and review as always!

  6. I’m grumpy! Mine is missing the booklet, I guess I’ll have to be creative on my own. These are amazing colors.

  7. This is also available at the boutique at the Wynn on Las Vegas. My package of Byzance is on it’s way….can’t wait!

  8. Amy, this is my first time commenting here, but I have adored your blog for a long time now. I am really glad that you have decided to continuing on with the blog! Anyway, I just wanted to say that your post made me finally give in and purchase Topkapi for myself. I look forward to playing with the eyeshadows. Thank you for the always excellent posts and swatches.

  9. Can I just say that this has been such an amazing year for Chanel.. I think everyone would agree with me as well. I don’t think I’ve ever loved so many products per collection.. I already purchased the prelude quad, which I adore.. and now this is tempting me as well..

  10. Wow, it really looks stunning! Glad that Chanel finally improved their eye shadows (I had really poor and bad experiences with them in the past).

    Anyway, I’m sure I won’t get it though I love it, just because I already have so many similar colors and that gold really isn’t my cup. But it is a great choice for someone who collects their quads or for someone who doesn’t have a huge collection but loves such colors. 🙂

  11. I passed on this a few weeks ago because the SoHo boutique had such limited quantities they couldn’t make any testers available. But after seeing some more swatches and rave reviews about the texture, I’m really contemplating it.

    I wasn’t a huge fan of the gold shade, but I can definitely see a need for it in my collection! I bet you could create some pretty summery looks with this palette, even though it is very Fall/Winter.

  12. I was torn between this and Prelude…I got this in the mail yesterday and played with it this morning. I am SO happy I chose Topkapi!!!! The colors are so rich and beautiful!!!! It is just stunning! I honestly believe this will sell out soon. Worth every penny!

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  15. I used my Topkapi palette for the first time yesterday. The palette is not as finely milled as other chanel palettes and it took me 5 minutes to wipe all the eyeshadow fallout off of my face. The colors are beautiful, but if you want the colors in the pallette and not just a sheer wash of color you have to use a sponge applicator (not my favorite thing to do) The do not blend easily. This palette in my humble opinion is good only for a simple wash of color. The new Vendome collection by Guerlain is far supior in eae of application and blending. When you compare the two side by side this chanel palette belongs in the drug store, they are not in the same league!

    • Aw, I’m sorry that you aren’t enjoying it Lisa. Liz and I found it very easy to use with a standard brush. I’m looking forward to seeing Guerlain’s palettes as well! Take care, Amy

  16. Thanks for your thoughts on this beautiful collection. I absolutely love the Topkapi quad and the Byzantin rouge allure. I’m generally not into blush, but bought both because they are gorgeous and to complete the collection. I enjoy your write ups, reviews, and great swatches. The information is very helpful. Keep up the excellent work!

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