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As part of my bumper Guerlain themed Christmas stocking, I got these lovely bronzing pearls (which what they basically are). They come in a round cardboard container that has a pretty bronzing pearl design around the outside. You can get various different colour combinations to suit your own particular skin. My set is for fairer skins with a hint of red (from my lovely rosy cheeks). So the bronzing pearls are a mixture of quite strange colours, there is green to counteract red, and series of light pinks, purples, browns and yellows...sounds weird doesn't it?
Well obviously if you painted green or purple all over your face you would look silly. However, a sweep of a big powder brush over the pearls and then over your cheek bones gives a lovely light blusher that adds a nice colour to your face. As with all bronzing pearls you can use this product all over your face for a general glow, just as a highlighter for your cheek bones, over your t-zone or even around your collar bone area.
I found this product gave a nice natural finish to my make-up. I wear it on it's own for a day when I want a natural face or over foundation for a full makeup day. My skin is also sensitive, so I am pleased to say that this bronzer doesn't react with my skin or cause my ezcema to flair up.
Now being Guerlain this bronzer is expensive, obviously I didn't buy this for myself, however I have had a look online and you're going to be looking at around £35 to buy this. Personally I don't think that this product is worth this and I wouldn't buy it for myself, although I won't be upset if Santa puts it in my stocking again!
I absolutely adore these powder pearls by Guerlain. I have them myself, and I've also bought them as gifts for friends as well.
I use them all the time, you can create many different looks with them just depending on what other make-up you happen to be wearing at the time.
I use these in many different scenarios; sometimes I just swirl the brush quickly over my face to give a hint of brightness when I'm not wearing any make-up but just need to nip out, I use them mainly just over pressed powder as a blusher as part of my everyday make-up for work, over a full face of make-up I use them two different ways - one is as a highlighter over foundation, the other is over blusher and foundation for a fuller made up look.
These are so easy to use and to experiment with. I've even started using a small eyeshadow brush on an individual pearl to create a highlighter for eyeshadow. These are so so versatile, everybody's make up bag should have a set!
I will definately continue to use and to purchase these, they are expensive but they are really good quality, they do last on your skin, I've had cheaper versions of these which have dissapeared from your skin in no time at all. All in all a very worthwhile purchase.
~An illuminating make up product from Guerlain~
Having tried a large number of powder based make up products that have promised to enhance my skin tone with the mere use of a light dusting of what is mostly talc with a few additives and some colouring, I must admit that I was mostly drawn to the Guerlain Meteorites Powder product as it looked really very attractive in store. The product is well presented and packed in to a usable and highly attractive container that stands out from the crowd, which when combined with the array of beautifully coloured pearls of colour you actually use, makes for a winning formula from the outset.
The feeling that you are buying in to owning and using a luxury product is something that softens the blow of the sale price of the product just a little, although in use what you get is quite comparable to some of much cheaper mid range branded powder based products, which do very often work rather well at a much lower sale price. Never the less this product is very nice to use and wear and comes in a number of varieties (pressed powder, pearls and travel sized loose powder) with the smartly presented travel product container and neat powder puff that comes with it making this something that is worth treating yourself to from time to time.
~A range of shades to suit your skin tone~
The range of shades available ranges from teint rose, teint beige and tein't d'ore with the latter shade having a greater variety of golden/ beige coloured powder pearls in the mix, that work well with tanned skin as well as when wearing a lightly tinted liquid make up base underneath. The idea of the product is that you simply swirl on as light or heavy a dose of the lovely tinted powders as you choose, in order to get a good blend on the skin that not only has a mattifying effect, as it also illuminates the skin at the same time. As a powder based make up made from neatly made pearls, it is long lasting which means you don't need to keep buying more of the product every few months.
~Using the product~
In use I have found that it can be hard at first to soften the outer layer of the coloured compressed pearls of make up so as to be able to get enough of the product on to a kabuki brush or powder puff for a light and even layer of powder that can be used as needed. I have found that a very light shake of the product container (with the lid on of course) prior to first use will help to soften the outer layer of a newly bought set of powder pearls just enough to allow you to run a soft make up brush across them and pick up a good amount of powder which can be directed as required.
Once the powder pearls have softened ready for use they can break up over time which does leave powder residue in the container. This isn't a problem as it ends up being easy to use all of the product, as this powder residue can of course be dusted on to the skin in the same way as when brushing across the powder pearls themselves. For those not keen on overly scented make up products it may be wise to visit your local Guerlain counter to have a look at these prior to purchase, as they do have a light violet scent to them that won't appeal to everyone. In use this scented effect does wear off and isn't something that remains strongly on the skin although it is there when you open the product container in order to dust on some of the illuminating powder.
~Price and rating~
As far as the price of the product goes it isn't cheap to buy but it can be long lasting, giving a nice illuminating effect on the skin, so it certainly won't need replacing all that often. The cost of the pressed powder can be around £30 from online sellers, with the pretty powder pearls being a little more to buy, at closer to £35. The cute travel sized product is priced at mid way between the price of the other two variations. As this make up product works well on the skin giving a light and soft sheen of illuminating colour where needed that looks good and lasts well too, I feel that in spite of its high sale price this is still a 4 star product.
I am not a huge fan of Guerlain mainly because i stick to Mac and Clarins, although i have tried a few products. My sister likes Guerlain but she has super sensitive skin and if a product doesn't agree with her or she simply doesn't like it then its passed on to me always grateful. The Guerlain meteorites powder was one of the things i got to try after she complained it wasn't working for her, i was unsure of how i would get on as i have been buying the same Mac powder for three years however the The Guerlain meteorites powder is a wonderful product.
The Guerlain meteorites powder costs around £35.00. My sister purchased this product from Ebay uk.
The Guerlain meteorites powder comes in a cardboard tub that's a round in shape. Its gold on the outside of the tube decorated with coloured print of the powder beads. Inside it is white and has a layer of different coloured powder beads with a puffy round circle of dabbing the powder around the face its an applicator.
The Guerlain meteorites powder comes in different colours, you get beige chic and the beads are brown, creams, orange or mythic and the beads are really bright colours like lilac, white, cream , orange and red colours. The one i have is called pink fresh 02, the beads are a mix of pink, cream, orange, brown and green.
These look really nice inside the tub although strange colour mix.
Each bead brings something to the powder for instant the brown bead adds a touch of gold for radiance and highlighting, green helps dim down any redness, cream colour is for glow and pink just adds a touch of colour. To use the powder i recommend using a large powder brush as i find the push doesn't gather the different colours of the powder very well so a large brush, gently sweep around the tub so you get most of the beads and gently brush over the face. I sweep the brush from my forehead working my way down to the neck.
I use these over my foundation everyday, i love the pretty health glow these give. Although my colour is the pink fresh i find the beads give me more of a golden glow rather than pinky glow but i'm still happy with the result.
I love these so much i think i will replace my Mac powder and replace Guerlain meteorites powder in the future.
I highly recommend Guerlain meteorites powder.
Being quite strangely inbetween blusher, bronzer and highlighter, it really does depend on the season and on the state of my skin.
I use blusher in the winter when I am particularly pale, I use bronser in the summer for the summer glow, and I tend to use highlighter powders such as this for the inbetween stages when my skin is yearning to look like a movie star.
These multi colour meteorites cost around £32.00 and can be found in all good department stores such as Debenhams, House of Fraser, Selfridges or Fenwicks and the lady on the counter can put it on you so you can just see its effects.
The packaging feels quite french art noveau with its gold rimmed pot with all the different pigment colours all around the sides as decoration. It is just big enough to keep on your dresser table or to put in your bag, but I have always been scared of putting this in my bag incase all the pearls fall out and crush as in the rush hour commuting to work, I do get hounded and rustled about.
Inside the package, there are little powder balls of different colours. I used to play with these as a kid when my mother used this products and I liked rolling them in my fingers and crushing them. My mum would go mental when she caught me with smushed green and purple on my greasy palms!
The colours range from shades of browns and pinks and oranges- the more normal skin colours thrown in with greens for that highlighted tinge. The powder goes on perfectly when swirled around and buffed with a blusher brush and to give a good even coverage.
Being a luxury brand, I find Guerlain never fails the staying power test opposed to my bareminerals or urban decay blusher. It did not melt off my face or fly off being a powder. Also I find this is great to brush over my face to keep my foundation in place.
It is the staying power of this product that makes it worth the rather hefty price tag as a 33g tub will cost over the £30 mark so it is not a cheap product however none of the Guerlain product range is cheap so you expect to pay a lot for their products.
Although the product name has it described as a powder it is in fact small pearls or balls of the powder (Guerlain use the phrase meteorites). The container is a pale pink / peach colour with a gold trim and pictures of the little pearls of powder on it. Inside the pearls are different colours, mostly browns and some lighter shades as well however there is a splash of colour with some green and orange ones as well. Each colour does something different and the instructions are worth reading before you use. For example the green ones help reduce redness of the skin.
I have found the brown pearls to be excellent at giving a bronzed finish to my skin and as a finishing powder this product is excellent, my skin looks smooth and toned after using this and the effects remain for a long time, that is probably the most impressive feature of this Guerlain product, the fact that it will last all day no matter how busy you are. Also it is odourless so will not clash with any fragrances you are using.
This product does justify the price tag however that would be a consideration for most people hence I have taken off one star as it is not cheap. However I would certainly still recommend it as it is very good at its intended purpose, making my skin look better.
Guerlian is a brand that started trading nearly 200 years ago. In 1928, Pierre Guerlain opened a little shop in Paris to sell perfume to his customers. It is a brand that combines tradition with innovation to produce products that set new trends and constantly meets the beauty needs of the consumer. They were one of the first brands to come up with the modern mascaras that we use today and the idea of a wash off false tan. It is a luxurious brand which sets the standard that it strives to meet as perfection.
Guerlain created the Meteorites Collection so that every women who used the product could achieve a perfect complexion. The Meteorite Pearls were created as part of this collection back in 1987 and have since changed packaging on numerous occasions, constantly bringing out special edition tins. The product is designed to be a finishing powder which will give you a radiant complexion that will be glowing with health.
The Meteorite Pearls are tiny balls of powder which vary in colour and look incredibly cute, like little sweets. Each different coloured ball serves a different purpose and they work together to create an illuminating complexion. The product itself comes in three different shades and each one serves a slightly different purpose.
The shade that I have is Teint Rose, whose purpose is to reduce redness and even out the complexion while illuminating the skin. If you simply want to add a healthy warmth to the skin, you can try Teint Beige and you want to have a brighter, more tanned appearance, you can try Teint D'ore.
The pearls have been designed to adapt to your own skin tone and give a luminous yet transparent coverage to your skin. In Teint Rose, there are five different pearls, each with a different pastel shade. The pink pearl gives a warm and healthy glow to the skin while the mauve pearl attracts light to the face. The green pearl helps to cancel out redness in the face and tones down natural blushing. The white pearl illuminates the skin and the golden pearl highlights the skin by giving off a subtle reflection.
How do you use the product? The product is essentially just pressed powder but in the form of little balls. In order to use the product you need to swirl a chunky make up brush across the balls to pick up a variety of the colours and then sweep the product over the face. It can be worn alone or over make up. Take care when using the product because many times I have swirled my brush on the product, only to find that some pearls have got caught in the bristles and then drop on my cream carpet, grrrr!
The look achieved by this product is subtle. It is not make up that is designed to look like make up on the face, if that makes sense. It is intended to give you a naturally radiant complexion. If you want a more intensive look, you can crush the balls and then use your brush to swirl the colours together.
I like to wear this product alone, without make up. As one of it main ingredients is talc, it has a mattifying effect and stops my skin looks shiny, and the product itself gives me a healthy radiance. I also love the floral fragrance that it mixed into the pearls.
If you like the look that this powder gives you then you could also try the pressed powder, primer and brush that are available in the Meteorite Collection. The Meteorites pearls are available from most large department stores such as Debenhams and you can also buy the product from many online websites.
It costs around £30 for 100 grams of the product and although this is pricey, the product should last you a year or longer if you don't keep dropping the beads over the carpet!
All in all, this is a lovely radiance booster which can be worn alone or as a finishing touch to make up. It stops my skin from looking greasy and gives it a healthy glow. If you're looking for a dramatic difference, you'll be disappointed. This product will give you a subtle look but it will noticeably enhance your complexion, without any scary glittery effect.
I've always had a bit of a thing for highlighters. I find them really useful because I normally wear medium to full coverage foundations and loose powder that can sometimes make my face appear too matt and flat. I've tried many different formulas from different brands, some of which have been very nice and others have been far too glittery and shimmery. I'm really not a fan of shimmer or glitter mainly because I prefer natural looking make up but also because I find glittery particles accentuate pores which in my opinion is not an attractive look.
One of the best highlighters I've purchased is a pressed powder from Dior called rose diamond. This is a pearly pale pink powder that gives a lovely pretty glow to skin but it was unfortunately a limited edition item. I was unable to find a replacement when the product ran out so I decided to try Guerlain meteorites instead; a product that I'd had my eye for quite some time but couldn't bring myself to buy because of the hefty price.
Guerlain is one of the oldest perfume houses in the world and was founded in 1828 by Pierre-François Pascal, a chemist, perfumer and business man. Pierre-François started out by creating custom fragrances (perfumed toilet waters) with his two sons, Aimé and Gabriel and in 1840 opened his first flagship store at 15, rue de la Paix. In 1853 he created Eau de Cologne Impériale for Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III and then went on to create perfumes for Queen Victoria of England and Queen Isabella II of Spain, among other royalty. Pierre-François died in 1864 and the house of Geurlain was left to his two sons, Aimé Guerlain and Gabriel Guerlain. Gabriel became manager and worked on expanding the house and Aimé become the new master perfumer. The tradition of the position of master perfumer being handed down carried on through five generations of the Guerlain family. Guerlain was taken over by LVMH in 1994 and since that time perfumers from outside the family have been taken on to create scents for the brand. Since the company was founded in 1828, Guerlain has created over 300 fragrances and now also offer a large range of luxury cosmetics and skin care products.
What is Guerlain Meteorites?
There are a number of different products in meteorites range. The products are available in compact, pressed powder forms, liquid form and also in tubs which the pearl version comes in. There are many different colours available including a large range of limited edition shades and each shade gives a slightly different effect although all the powders are designed to illuminate, add radiance to skin and give a healthy glow.
Price and availability
Meteorites are available to purchase from Guerlain counters and many different sites online and vary greatly in price depending on size, which form they come in and whether they are limited edition. Some of the rarer tubs and sets of minis or limited edition decorated compacts are available on ebay. The pearls seem to be particularly popular with collectors and sometimes sell for quite large amounts of money. The pearls or balls which is the version I purchased are available from Debenhams in a range of three different shades (mythic, pink fresh and beige chic) and are currently priced at £33.00 for 33g tub. Debenhams also have quite a few other products from the range available including a pressed powder form of the illuminating powder and a liquid version. A lot of other department stores also have the products in stock including Harrods, john Lewis and \house of fraser.
When shopping for my tub I have to say that I couldn't really find the product cheaper elsewhere apart from on ebay but I decided to purchase from Debenhams since the price difference was small and authenticity is guaranteed when buying from a department store.
The multi coloured pearls come packaged in a round tub that's made of cardboard. The outside of the tub is decorated in gold with a multi coloured pattern in various different colours. The same design is also repeated on the lid but here they've been arranged in the shape that's similar to a flower or flower stencil. The colours of the pattern vary depending on which shade of meteorites the box contains, in this case shade 01 Mythic is decorated in shades of pale green, red and pink.
There's something very appealing about the tub design of the packaging but when I received the product in the post I was a little bit disappointed with the fact that it's made from cardboard. The box is sturdy and hard wearing but for the price I paid for the item I expected the tub to be made from another material and find the cardboard a little bit cheap, but the overall design and pattern is very attractive and elegant and the box looks very pretty sat on my dressing table. After looking around online I have found that Guerlain have changed the packaging since I purchased the product and the container is now metal instead of cardboard.
The tub is not particularly travel friendly as the contents can be quite messy but I've found that transferring a few balls to a smaller tub if I really have to carry them with me works quite well or you could of course purchase the compact, pressed version instead.
How to use
As I mentioned above, each tub or shade of pearls has a slightly different use. Mythic has six different colours of balls, white, pink, mauve, green, yellow and beige and is designed to be used as either an all over face powder or to highlight or illuminate different or specific areas of the face. The pink balls are designed to add a warm glow to your face, the green brings down redness in skin, mauve attracts light, white lightens and the yellow and beige create a subtle shimmer and add highlights. They are all designed to do a specific job and when you dip and swirl your brush in to them a small amount of each is picked up ready to be blended together on skin.
There are specific brushes available from Guerlain to use with the pearls but they're pricy and pink which I don't find particularly attractive so I use a very soft and fluffy Space NK face brush to apply mine. Loading the brush with product is easy as the balls are soft enough to easily dispense product but hard enough to dispense only a small amount at a time which makes it difficult to overdo it. When your brush is loaded up it's pretty much a case of either brushing gently over your entire face for a an all over glow or simply placing product where you want highlights such as cheekbones, nose or even on brow bones. The product blends easily and evenly on to skin and creates a beautiful, non powdery glow that does contain a small amount of shimmer but absolutely no glitter.
The product can also be used on the shoulders and collar bones to illuminate and I've even brushed it onto legs and arms in the summer to leave bronzed skin with a pretty glow. I've also found the balls useful for adding a slight shimmer to matte eye shadows when applied with a smaller brush and have even applied a small amount of product to fingers to apply over lipstick or gloss to lighten colours and again add a little bit of shimmer.
The product wears extremely well. I apply in the morning and the product is still there when I take my make up off in the evening. I have found that I get slightly less wear when I use on bare skin or I don't apply a setting powder on top of foundation but this is something I rarely do so it hasn't been an issue for me. I've had my tub for well over a year now and even though I don't use them everyday they're still going strong and I still have a lot of product left so despite the original high cost, they are incredibly long lasting.
Would I recommend?
Yes I would. I was put off by the price for a long time but I have been so pleased with the results I get from the product and the length of time the tub lasts that I wish I'd bought them sooner. If you're looking for a product to add a finishing touch to your make up or skin and leave you with a healthy, glowy complexion then Guerlain meteorites are definitely worth testing. I'm still not sure if I love them quite as much as my Dior rose diamond powder but they certainly come close because they do a pretty good job at highlighting.
I have quite pale skin so mythic works well as both an all over powder or very subtle highlighter but if you have darker skin beige chic might be a better option for you. I recently tested this one and have to say that it that it works very well as a bronzer on lighter skins.
I'm so glad I have, I've wanted them for ages!! Finally got them for xmas - and here's what I think of them...
These are very finely milled powder pearls in a green, pink and beige colour that blend together to create a very subtle shimmer, its definitely not a blusher as it's too light - more of a finishing touch to brighten the complexion and give it a soft glow.
For me it leaves my skin with a glow without looking overly shiny or sparkly and just looks fantastic over foundation, and I can easily build it up for evening wear.
Disappointingly the effects don't last all day, it needs to be re-applied after a few hours, a big shame as this product isn't ideal for on the go application as it spills easily - I think it would ruin my day if these ended up all over the tube train!!! However I overcome this by using a retracting blusher brush with a lid - I just load the powder on and pop it in my handbag.
I apply this with a large blusher brush just rolling it over the balls in a circular motion to get an even blend - first just a bit all over my face then build up the colour on the cheek area.
Colour 01 Mythic would suit light to mid tone complexions, those with darker skin would probably prefer 02 Pink Fresh or 03 Beige Chic - also this product has the strong signature Guerlain scent - if you're not familiar with this it's a kind of sickly violet smell - personally I don't like it - it's a bit old lady for me but doesn't really bother me as the smell doesn't last long when its on the skin.
I have sensitive skin but this doesn't irritate it, or look caked up as many powders seem to.
A big surprise for me was that it's a cardboard container - I always thought they came in a metal one so was a bit disappointed but it's still one of the nicest things to ever adorn my dressing table. (According to Guerlain it was inspired by Marie Antoinette). Also comes with a powder puff but I threw it out as I prefer my brushes.
Priced at around £31.00 it can be purchased at most large department stores or online.
Also posted on ciao under my user name guerlain_girl.
Finishing powder which aims to give a perfect-looking complexion