Jul 052011

Chanel’s Byzance Collection includes one lipstick, Rouge Allure Rouge Byzantin ($32 limited edition).  In the tube, this color is a striking, multidimensional fuchsia red embedded with the tiniest microsparkle.  Perhaps I was too influenced by the promotional picture, which strikes me as featuring a lipstick that matched the deep red of Chanel Rouge Laque in Dragon, or perhaps a “Chanel version” of Dior’s Ara Red.

I found that Chanel Rouge Byzantin has the same moisturizing, luxurious formula as the rest of the line.  As befitting a boutique release, Rouge Byzantin is highly pigmented.  One can truly get a full layer of color in a single coat with no liner.

Rouge Byzantine comes in the standard Rouge Allure packaging, elegant as always.  I found that my expectations were not realistic–the color applies as a deep strawberry-fuchsia.  Applied, Red Byzantin applies as a Rouge Allure version of the Rouge Coco in Taffetas Rose (on Liz, here).

I swatched Rouge Byzantin next to Chanel Rouge Laque in Dragon as well as Chanel Rouge Coco in Taffetas Rose (reviewed here).  I then did an iconic warm red, in this case Dior Ara Red (reviewed here).  For orientation, on the far right I added in Chanel Rouge Coco in Rivoli as a blue-based red so that you could see more of the red spectrum.

I tried Rouge Byzantin on lips, with and without liner, and due to its opacity got a color very similar to the swatch.  The lipstick is beautiful, well done and this may be the precise shade that you may enjoy.  I will say that it coordinates rather well with the strawberry-red of Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge.

Bottom line:  This is a rich color, deep and interesting.  Compared to the tube color, it was a bit surprising.  Please do look for swatches by other bloggers for comparison, or try the color on in a Chanel boutique, if you unsure whether this color will work for you.

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  11 Responses to “Chanel Rouge Allure – Rouge Byzantin”

  1. Thank you for your wonderful review. I was also very suprised by the color when I received it. It is definitely more fuschia than red, still a beautiful color. I just wish it was done in the Rouge Coco formula. The Rouge Allure formula in reds lose there pigment on me in the center of the lips rather quickly. The Rouge Coco formula wears longer.

  2. This looks gorgeous swatched. I’m still trying to get more comfortable with reds that lean fuschia, and reds that have any shimmer but I’ll get there!

    I love the Rouge Allure formulas. One of the best I’ve come across

  3. It’s surprising that it has a fuscia cast to it. I would have thought it would be a true red to match the blush.

  4. I was also expecting more of a dragon red, which would have seemed more in line with the rest of the collection. i was surprised when I tried it on and it was fuchsia. While this is a flattering color on me, I really wanted a red.

  5. Thank you for your review. I am curious if Rouge Coco in Orchidee is similar to the Rouge Allure?

    • I’m sorry, I do not have Orchidee. If Karlasugar’s swatch is accurate (they always are, in my experience), Orchidee is has a far, FAR warmer tone than Rouge Byzantin. By comparison, Orchidee has a touch of orange/peach, while Rouge Byzantin in more on the purple end of the scale. I invite readers to provide input too of course! 🙂

      • I was contuplating buying Rouge Allure Byzantine. It appeared to me that the Orchedee and JC Rouge were alike. I came home and swatched both. I think they will work together. Thank you! And yes Orchadee is so much warmer! 🙂

  6. This automatically makes me think of Holidays. That’s not a bad thing. I will have to see this in person to make sure it’s just as gorgeous in person as it is in your pictures.

  7. Hello I recently discovered your blog and I find it fantastic…
    Rouge Byzantin reminds me of an all time favourite lipstick of chanel disc now Rouge allure in sexy.
    I haven’t got the byzantin collection as we havent received it get but If I find it I will check it out.Excellent review!

  8. That is such a stunning colour. I love that top picture of the bullet. The microshimmer looks so pretty!

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