PROS: brightens complexion, matte and glowy look, soft focus finish, emphasizes natural beauty
CONS: may be difficult to notice the effect, cost
APPLICATION: Meteorites is best used as a finishing powder. I apply it with EcoTools's powder brush. I simply swirl the brush over the perles and apply all over the face.
APPEARANCE: When I first used this my skin had a very shimmery look after application- turns out that the perles on top were the white shimmery ones. Thus, make sure you have a good mix of all the perle colors at the top of the tin when applying. When applied properly, your skin should have a matte, yet glowy appearance (due to the shimmery perles...but the shimmer should not be obvious!) Meteorites have a brightening effect as well. The color I own, Teint Rose, favors cooler tones but because it is translucent warm skin tones can pull it off without looking ashy. Overall, the powder seems to blur imperfections on the skin, even making my dark undereye circles appear less harsh. Essentially creates a 'soft-focus' look, radiant and natural.
DIFFICULTY NOTICING EFFECT: It took me awhile to fully notice and realize the Meteorites effect on my face. The product gives such a natural look that it is hard to tell. Thus, if you have trouble seeing the product on your skin, you will have to note how it appears when you have *only* tinted moisturizer or foundation on, or versus a true mattifying powder, to be able to compare and contrast.
PERFORMANCE: I have combination skin, so whether my skin leans oily or dry is dependent on the weather. But my T-zone is the area that usually gets oily. After an 8-hour school or work day my skin is slightly shiny in the T-zone, cheeks, and chin but certainly nowhere near as much as there would be if no powder was applied. To avoid breakthrough shine, apply Meteorites over a setting powder.
SCENT: Scented with Guerlain's signature violet fragrance. I personally adore it, but it may not appeal to everyone. Recommend that you get a whiff before purchasing. However, the fragrance is not detectable once applied to the face.
PACKAGING: I own the version of Meteorites that was discontinued at the end of 2013, which has a different package design than the current version. I couldn't decide whether I wanted the newest formulation or the older one, but I chose the older because I loved the appearance of the packaging so much more. It is made of metal, with a floral design on the lid. Reminded me of vintage cosmetics. There is a sponge that sits on top of the perles to keep them situated in the tin. The lid can dent however, so be careful not to drop anything on it!
LONGEVITY OF PRODUCT: I have used Meteorites on a regular basis for the past several months but it looks as if it was barely touched! After buying Meteorites Voyage in Mythic compact (the pressed powder version of this product) I let my mom have some of the perles, because there is so much product that it will expire before I would be able to finish it! The cost is high (the newest formulation is now $60, with a reduced quantity of 0.88 oz), but it is worth the investment because it will last you for ages!
TIP: There will probably be crushed powder at the bottom of the tin. Every now and then, carefully turn the tin upside down (hold the lid against the tin of course to prevent the perles from tumbling out) and tap the bottom of tin. The crushed powder will reach the top of the tin as a result, leading to less effort when using your powder brush to pick up product.
OTHER COMMENTS: I still prefer Guerlain's Les Voilettes (because a velvety matte finish is my favorite type of finish) but Meteorites (both the perle and the pressed powder versions) are excellent for an everyday, 'my-skin-but-better' look. Perfect way to add a little luxury to your daily routine!
Seems to me that this product is a marketing gimmick. It's beautiful to look at in the packaging, but it didn't make any noticeable difference to my face. This product gave a very slight sparkle to the face that could only be seen up very close. Packaging is such that if you accidentally drop the container you can lose quite a bit of expensive product.
You are paying for packiaging here - and that can be cool to display on your makeup table - but the actual product is just OK. Physician's formula offers multi-toned highlighter powders for a fraction of the price.
Meanwhile - every true makeup junkie has succumbed at least once in her life and forked over the cash. (Try ebay for last season's design).
So I drank the koolaide and gave in and tried meteorites. And I wasn't a fan. And I think that finishing powders just aren't my thing-probably because I have combo to oily skin. I find that I'm oily enough that I have to use a mattifying powder. So I apply my foundation and use a setting powder. To then put a finishing powder on top doesn't really do anything for me. I'm pretty sure the finishing powder works better just on top of the foundation but I'm too oily to do that.
I had the teint rose shade. So one, the scent is overpowering, but I could have gotten over that. Two, it is lightly reflective/glowy but that is diminished when applied over my mattifying powder and if I apply just this I get oily very quickly. Three, the first ingredient is talc which when used as an all over face powder makes me crazy itchy.
So to me, this is like an average luminous powder that irritates my skin (and my nose), and I'm really not sure if I can see a difference. No thanks.
I think the biggest selling point of this product is the luxe packaging and the fact that every year the company comes out with a newer, fancier design. Other than that, I cannot put stock into this product because I really do not think that it is as spectacular as everyone says. The first point of contention that I have is that the powder (from my generous sample which I received from Sephora) comes off as primarily green, making it look more like a redness camouflage powder. I should note that I have the shade Clair 2, which has a lot of green and purple balls. Secondly, the highlighting effect is okay, but I do not feel illuminated from within, as this product would have me believe. I also think the perfume scent is too pungent for a makeup product. Overall, this was just an okay highlighter, but I happen to think that ELF gives this product a run for its money with its highlighting compact, which for only three measly dollars really detracts from the allure of these meteorites.
I have been wanting to try Meteorites for awhile and after I really really fell in love with Hourglass powders I decided to give it a try.
The packaging is gorgeous, but neither the package nor the product are travel friendly. I have newer packaging, a silver tin with white and pale pink flower petals on the lid. There IS a little sponge inside to help the balls not bounce around, but it's also a little bit annoying to remove as there's not much to grab onto with my nails.
The price is more expensive than Hourglass finishing powders, and those are so amazing that I bought 6 in less than a month, so Guerlain would really have to be on their game for me to love this enough to repurchase it over Hourglass.
I use a Sephora bronzer brush, but I'm debating dropping another $42 (!!!) on the Meteorites brush, just to see if it makes a difference.
So far, it's ok, but I'm not wow'd. It's a nice finishing powder. Slight smell that I don't notice once it's on my face. Makes my face look better, and not powdery. I was hoping for a little bit more correcting due to the lavender and the green balls, but didn't see anything. On the other hand, some balls are shimmery, but I don't see shimmer on my face, so that's good. It feels luxe, looks pretty on the vanity, and makes my face look nicer, but it does not extend the wear of my makeup (Hourglass does).
I won't repurchase unless Hourglass Ambient Lights get discontinued, but I use it because I have it. I have Hourglass powders stashed all over (kitchen, purse, diaper bag, emergency makeup kit, etc) while the Guerlain (has to) stay on the vanity, so it's at hand and it's not terrible.
I like these beads. They impart a wonderful shine. I am not sure they could be used for contouring though. They happen to be a little bit pricey, which might make me hesitant about purchasing them again. But this is one beauty product everyone should buy at least once, just because it's so classic.
I wouldn't even call this a highlighter but instead a very nice finishing powder to bring light to skin...especially those who use matte foundation. I have #4 Dore and its the 2014 reformulation.
Packaging: Its not cardboard but in a metal tin while the interior portion that actually holds product is plastic. Definitely looks great sitting on my vanity.
Product: Very powdery and when swirling my brush it kicks up a lot of product....resembles a small dust storm. They are very soft so handling them requires serious tlc....do not drop the container. Its also very fragrant so if you're fragrance sensitive you might want to take a pass on this.
Overall Result: I want to say that on my skin it gives me a nice glowy look but I don't think that is even the right word. It doesnt make my skin look dewy but it gives my skin a softer look. Applied as the very last step in makeup application it definitely blurs any harsh lined in regards to my blush and it further diffuses my enlarged pored in my t-zone. I will say that if you have a multitude of skin sins do not expect this powder to reverse that. Its good but not that good. If you have clear skin then this is a game changer for you because it will further enhance it in a positive way.
A light application is all one needs....too much of a good thing defeats the purpose of what this powder is all about.
Will I repurchase this? Most definitely though I don't think that will be happening anytime soon despite using it everyday because a little product goes a long way.
After wanting this for many years and not buying it because I had 3 T. LaClerc loose powders, I really am thrilled that I finally made the plunge. This powder form is so effortless to use and apply. It smells wonderful - which is very important to me when it comes to powders and makeups. I love the luminous look my skin really does have and keep after using it!
Unfortunately this product was very disappointing. I agree with the comment below me and if you want to go for the flawless natural beautiful looking skin, I always lean towards Japanese and Korean brands.
I really wanted to like this product, I didn't buy it, but tested it out. I let the make up artist at Guerlain do it for me. I did see a bit of the blurring effect on my skin and I KNOW that this product is supposed to be sublte...but it was just too meh for me to spend that much money on it. I already get that flawless blurring effect with better finishing powders out there.
I went home and asked my boyfriend if he saw a difference in my face and he flat out said no even after I said I put some Guerlain product on my face (he uses Guerlain men's).
The next day I brought my friend to try out half of her face so I could see from a different perspective and I was even more shocked...shocked at the fact that I didn't realize how glittery it was. It did not give a natural glow but instead I could see specks of glitter. If you're into that stuff you might like this product.
But if you're aiming for a natural glow, you won't get it with this. Anyone would be able to notice the specks of glitter on your face.
Packaging and product looks very pretty though! Hope I helped anyone out there who's concerned with whether this product is worth the price or not decide for the best! x