The only lip color in Chanel Byzance collection is Rouge Allure in a limited edition color, Rouge Byzantin. The shade is a ruby red with micro shimmer- really tiny particles that are more visible in the tube than on the arm and even less so when applied on lips; the effect is more luminous and slightly iridescent than full on shimmer. If you're familiar with the Rouge Allure formula you know that it's very moisturizing and comfortable, high on pigment but not really a full coverage lipstick. This new Rouge Allure is quite typical to the range.
This is not the first Chanel lipstick to be named Byzantin. There's a Byzantin lipstick in the Rouge Coco line. Rouge Coco 28 Byzantin looks significantly darker in the tube with a plummier undertone, but the difference is not quite as big when actually used, as you can see in the swatch. On the lips, because Rouge Coco is a creamier formula with more coverage, my natural lip color plays a smaller role. Still, Rouge Allure Byzantin has enough pigment to make a statement as a wearable but strong red.
Like all Chanel products, Rouge Allure is lightly fragranced. I love their scent and enjoy it for the few seconds it lasts on the lips. Your mileage may vary.
Bottom Line: Love.
Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Byzantin ($32) is a limited edition and only available from Chanel boutiques around the world and currently also online from chanel.com (at least in the US).
All photos by me.