, I can clearly remember going to Bond St to the Chanel offices (they’ve now moved) to pick this palette up but I can’t exactly remember why I had to go…
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I can clearly remember going to Bond St to the Chanel offices (they’ve now moved) to pick this palette up but I can’t exactly remember why I had to go and fetch it. Or maybe I was passing and it was easier – I really don’t know – but I do know that I loved it on sight.

CHANEL Lumiere D’Artifice Palette 2007

It’s just the most immaculate and precise detail depicting sewn sequins – if you look closely, you’ll see thread between each one. It was designed to pay homage to the master embroiders who create such detailed couture pieces for the clothing. There’s a YouTube video HERE from Business of Fashion that’s well worth a watch to see the embroiderers at work.

CHANEL Lumiere D’Artifice Palette 2007

The only indication as to what lies inside is a golden glitter to one side of the box and silver glitter to the other – but otherwise, I don’t think you would even guess at the contents. You’d think it might be called something like Les Fabuleux de Sequins (literally, pardon my French!).

CHANEL Lumiere D’Artifice Palette 2007

There was subsequently a pink toned illuminator with the same sequin detail that came out in 2013 but actually, I never saw it in the UK so perhaps it was a regional release. It didn’t have quite the same impact because the colours were more muted. I’ve seen Lumiere D’Artifice on eBay for prices ranging between £49 and £189 although I don’t know how much it cost in 2007. I’m finding it interesting, researching on line, that looking back on these beauty items is also charting the history of blogging – it’s really much harder to find out about products before blogs – so anything pre-about-2002/3 – and then suddenly I can find stuff after that date on US blogs only – because there were virtually no beauty blogs in the UK at that time until we get to about 2008 and then UK ones start to emerge a bit.

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