The Chanel Topkapi Quadra was released as part of the Byzance Collection in July this year. I much admired it at the time but had not anticipate getting hold of it. I wasn't sure it would be available in the UK but having done some research for this post, I now realise my error. I came by this particular treasure via a a swap with Cindy of Prime Beauty.
This is actually my very first Chanel palette. I've swatched our European releases before and given them a miss due to the poor pigmentation and texture. The pigmentation and quality of the Topkapi eyeshadows is a world away from my previous swatching experience.
Once I overcame the fear of touching the pans and spoiling the quilted design, I discovered how creamy and rich all of the shades were. The colours are richly pigmented though the gold is a little more sheer than the others. This is no bad thing as I find gold and particularly these sorts of yellow gold make me a little nervous!
As I mentioned, the gold is a slightly sheer with a shimmery finish. The taupe and chocolatey-bronze are opaque and metallic in finish. The dark brown is a satin, I hesitate from describing it as a matte as there is a hint of something in there. None of the colours are especially unique however, I think the quality does set them apart. I have fallen in love with the taupe (no surprise there) but I do wish there was a little more variety in finish. I'm wary of wearing a shimmery lid shade AND a shimmery crease colour at my age but of course it is possible to mix them with other eyeshadows in my collection in the same way that I do with my YSL Pure Chromatics palette.
Hopefully you will forgive me for sharing something an older release. It was too pretty to keep all to myself though. I have some application pictures to share with you in the coming days.