CHANEL Looks To Byzantine Art For Their Jewel-Inspired LES 4 OMBRES BYZANCE Palettes

There’s a time for minimalism, and there’s a time for dazzling, extravagant maximalism, one that CHANEL Beauty is embracing with their LES 4 OMBRES BYZANCE collection. Ever the muse, it was Gabrielle Chanel’s trips to Venice that inspired her passion for Byzantine art, where its rich and opulent Baroque spirit was then carried over to the maison’s haute couture and jewellery designs, and now, their iconic eyeshadow palettes.

The LES 4 OMBRES palette has been reinvented to embody the bold Baroque spirit, via a hammered gold effect on the interior of the cases, which each house four gleaming shades that sparkle like precious stones.

As is typical of CHANEL’s approach towards beauty, these also bear what they’re calling a “barock attitude”, equally mesmerising as they are unexpected, in tones of ruby red, emerald green, yellow sapphire, red quartz, soft opal, and moonstone’s sea-green shimmer.

You’re able to go from the rich gold and red tones of Parure Impériale, to the soft romantic glow of Parure Cristal, with its soft opal and quartz topped off with pearlescent sky blue. 

See the eyeshadow quads and their corresponding looks here —

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  • PARURE IMPÉRIALE — A quartet of colours that includes shades of yellow sapphire, red quartz, and garnet, as well as a rose gold top coat.
  • PARURE VÉNITIENNE — A colour harmony featuring shades of carnelian, beige gold, and brown amber, complemented by a shimmering green moonstone top coat.
  • PARURE CRISTAL — Shades of pink opal, rose quartz, and smoky taupe quartz are complemented by an aqua quartz top coat—a pearlescent sky blue.
  • PARURE BAROQUE — An ensemble that features shades of ruby red, antique gold, and emerald, as well as a pearl white top coat.


Available at CHANEL Fragrance and Beauty boutiques and counters, and on the CHANEL official Fragrance and Beauty online store.