Last week in Paris, Chanel showed its Byzantine-inspired pre-fall 2011 collection in its Rue Cambon salon. Naturally, Chanel’s global creative director of makeup Peter Philips created an awe-inspiring beauty look for the event—taking inspiration from a Byzantine-era mosaic of Empress Theodora, Philips recreated the red eye shadow/liner that she wore on the arch of her eyebrows by drawing the shape with a Chanel lip liner and then dusting lids with luminous gold and bronze shadows.
It turns out, there was more to Chanel’s beauty look than meets the eye: Philips created a limited edition makeup palette specifically for the event! Called “Lumières Byzantine,” the palette is an ode to Istanbul and the rich Byzantine architecture of ancient Turkey. Inside the palette, you’ll find five cream products—in various shades of gold and bronze—that can be used a either a highlighter or an eye shadow. Pay particular attention to the layout: the colors are contained in a setting that echoes the intricate Byzantine architecture of ancient Turkey.
Unfortunately, you may have a hard time finding this product—only 1,500 have been produced.