FOTD: Chanel Byzance Collection

I used all of the pieces from Chanel’s Autumn 2011 Byzance collection. This is not meant to be a ‘day at the office’ look… it’s quite dramatic. I don’t know about you, but despite the drama, I still find it wearable. I’d totally wear this look out.

Armani Designer Shaping Foundation (9.5)
Bobbi Brown Concealer (Honey)
Kevyn Aucoin Diaphonous Radiance Powder
Chanel Blush in Rouge (contour)
Chanel Blush in Or (highlight)
Chanel Topkapi Quad:
Dark brown on the lids
Medium brown through the crease
Gold on the browbone
YSL Eye Pencil on waterline
Eyelure Double Lash Falsies
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Byzantin

Chanel Autumn 2011: Byzance

I finally got the rest of the pieces to the Chanel Autumn 2011 Byzance Collection:
     Joues Contraste Blush in Or    Topkapi Quad   Joues Contraste Blush in Rouge

The last part of the collection is the Rouge Allure Lipstick in Byzantin. 

You can find my review on it here:

My first impression of this collection is that it’s a COLLECTOR’s collection. The quad is lovely, but it’s much better to look at than to play with. Neither of the blushes are completely practical. I love this collection because of the concept. I think that what you do with the collection is only as limited as your imagination. But with the exception of the quad, I don’t see this collection being very consumer friendly.

The eyeshadow quad in Topkapi is quite beautiful. It was almost a shame to swatch it! These are high shimmer colors, perfect for holiday. The gold is especially noteworthy… if Sugarpill Goldilux were a pressed shadow, it would be that gold color. There is so much dimension to the shade, that photos simply don’t do it justice.

With Flash
Without Flash

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rouge is one of the most interesting parts of the collection. A RED blush… like who can wear that? And this is just as pigmented as it looks. What Chanel did to make it wearable, was to warm the red so that it blends out into the skin. I don’t know about this blush for fair skin tones, but it’s a serious contender for warm and darker skin tones. It looks positively lovely on me. This might end up being my favorite piece.

Scary, right? And I blended it down, and it STILL came out pretty pigmented. But I know that with a  light touch, it’ll make the skin really come to life.

This blush will likely be everyone’s favorite because.. well… it’s gold and shimmery. And like any gold blush, this is much more suited to highlight than to blush with. I think this blush works best when used WITH the Rouge, not alone. Otherwise, it’s just like any other gold highlight.

Overall, I like this collection, despite its impracticality. If you’re looking for something unique and collectible, then Byzance does not disappoint. But if you’re looking for Chanel items that you can use often without giving too much thought to concept, you might want to opt for the standard Autumn 2011 instead. You can find that collection at most major department stores in the US, including Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

Chanel’s Byzance collection is only available at Chanel Boutiques, and online at

Chanel Byzance: Impatiently Waiting….

I’ve been impatiently waiting for the items from the new Chanel Byzance Collection! Shipping says it’ll be here by Friday… seems like forever!
I ended up buying the blushes (both) and the eyeshadow quad, but decided to pass on the lipstick. I felt like I have SO many red lipsticks that I hardly use anyway. But as time has ticked on, I’ve felt the growing ‘need’ (lol) to have it! I may end up getting it anyway… we’ll see.
I have a LOT of looks in mind with this collection… particularly with that red blush. I’m scheduled to to an art shoot in the coming weeks, and one of the things that the photographer has been specific about, is random pops of color.
As always, I’ll share pictures/swatches/information as soon as it gets here.
Hurry up already!