Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review: Guerlain | Meteorites Compact Powder


In 1987, Guerlain created its iconic powder pearls which has captivated the beauty world. It was named Meteorites for the soft and ethereal glow it gave to the skin and for decades it remained one of the world's best known powders. To update this keystone product for the modern era, Guerlain has pressed it into Meteorites Light Revealing Compact* powder for slipping into small purses and touching up on the go.


THE BASICS
Brand: Guerlain
Product: Meteorites Compact Light Revealing Powder* #02 Light
Colours: 3 shades (Light, Medium, Golden)
Size: 10grams
Price: $71CAD
Things to note: Talc based, heavily scented, appears refillable
Availability: Guerlain counters worldwide, The Bay, Sephora
Would I (re)purchase: Yes, probably.
Website: www.guerlain.com

I should probably start by admitting that I have an eternal soft spot for Guerlain powders. I recall saving my pennies for my first high end powder years ago and the lady at the beauty counter bringing out a small golden compact to put in my hands. (Bonus beauty veteran points if you know which product I'm referencing.)

The Meteorites Light Revealing Compact is presented in a weighted silvery toned plastic case, engraved with Guerlain's signature logo on the lid and is paired with a well sized mirror on the underside. As with all powder products from the brand, it is heavily scented with the fragrance of violets which is something to be aware of if you are sensitive to scents.


The colour I have on hand is #02 Light which is a pastel blend of green (matte), peach (matte), purple (matte), champagne (shimmer) and white (shimmer). I've use it with a big powder brush swirled all together or a smaller precision brush, just picking up some of the shimmer shades. Altogether this cocktail is meant to offer light colour correction, perk up your complexion and provide a translucent natural glow to the face.

Personally I don't find this formulation very oily controlling so I will use it paired with a more matte foundation or around the outer areas of my face and with a matte powder in the center. As with all Guerlain powders I've used in the past, the texture of the talc is some of the finest on the market but the finish of this is sheer so do not expect it to offer any coverage. Think of it more as a light finishing powder to buff and enhance your skin, something you can wear on full makeup days as well as bare skin days. And because it is so sheer, I don't notice any significant cracking or patchiness as Meteorites is practically invisible once applied.

Compared to the Meteorites Pearl Powder (in the box) which I've previously owned, I think the pressed format is just easier to pick up and use altogether and although this is slightly more expensive, I'd would recommend version over the other.


Now as iconic as the Meteorites powders are, there seems to be a very distinct split between those who swear by it and those who just don't get it. It's not a product that will immediately amaze you nor will it correct all your skin problems but I think those who do appreciate the subtleties in makeup will enjoy this. Note that the colour correcting shades will not replace a tinted primer if you are looking for more serious skin tone correction. It is also a slightly drier textured powder so it won't cause any dryness, it certainly does not add hydration for dry or easily dehydrated skin types.



THE FINAL VERDICT
The Guerlain's Meteorites Light Revealing Powder is a fresh modern take on an iconic status product. This multi-tonal powder with its combination of matte and shimmer shades imparts a subtle radiance to the skin and is very versatile for those who wear a little or a lot of makeup. Its fine textural quality is something to be admired as is the way it sits invisibly on the skin and I would recommend this as a finishing powder as the last step in your beauty routine. I wouldn't call this a must have product for everyone but if were to start building my luxury beauty collection from scratch, this is probably where I would begin.

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