I am so incredibly honored to have been invited to be a part of Guerlain‘s celebration of their gorgeous Meteorites multi-colored pearls, which turns thirty this year! The innovative color-correcting and illuminating powder was first introduced in 1987 with delicate and perfectly round pearls that were (and still are) shaped by hand, a technique mastered by only four people in the world.
In celebration of this iconic and influential powder that still impacts the beauty world thirty years later, Guerlain launched a new and limited edition anniversary collection with the original pearls in a beautiful pink birthday packaging, along with two new luminizers and a powder brush.
The Meteorites Birthday Candle Pearls ($62.00 for 25 g) is an illuminating powder that’s formulated with a stardust technology to create a soft-focus ethereal effect. It combines “gold pearls to fight dullness, pink pearls to reveal glow, and champagne and white pearls to reflect the light.”
The powder is soft and delicate, and is infused with an intoxicating violet fragrance that’s undetectable once it’s applied onto the skin. The harmony of colors blend together to provide a translucent, satiny finish with very fine specks of shimmers that instantly illuminates the skin and minimizes dullness. The shimmers, although sparse, are noticeable up-close; they’re not chunky or glittery, but soft and fine, and adds a dewy glow to the complexion that I find absolutely stunning! I like to use this powder as the finishing step to my base makeup — once I set my face with my usual matte setting powder, I’ll dust this powder all over my skin afterwards and this gives my complexion a healthy radiance and smoother appearance. It doesn’t feel heavy and doesn’t look cakey with worn layered on top of other products; the lightweight formula, blurring effect, and delicate radiance makes this powder truly superb. This is a luxury powder with a hefty price tag, but I’m so impressed with how it performs and transforms the skin — it’s definitely worth the splurge.
I tried to swatch the powder on my arm, but the camera didn’t pick up the luminosity that well — you can see the effect in my makeup photos at the end of the post.
The Meteorites Baby Glow Touch Luminizers ($39.00 for 6 g each) come in two shades, Golden Glow and Rosy Glow, and are on-the-go highlighting sticks that combine a blend of three hues to create a soft, natural radiance. These limited edition highlighters have a creamy formula with a violet scent (like the pearls) that gives a seamless application for a swift glow in one swipe. The colors in each stick work really well together to provide a subtle “glow-from-within” finish, while also adding a gentle hint of color to the skin. These highlighters apply readily and blend effortlessly, and have a velvety finish that’s weightless, flattering, and long wearing.
The cream and powder rule certainly applies to these highlighters — the creamy formula doesn’t go well on top of a setting powder and will disintegrate the base makeup underneath, so they’re best used on bare skin or with minimal makeup. However, I did find Golden Glow to be more forgiving and workable when I included it in my regular makeup routine — it didn’t break up my foundation and powder like Rosy Glow did, which made it my favorite out of the two.
Golden Glow has a warm undertone with fine gold sparkles.
Rosy Glow is a cool pink with a silvery sheen.
The Meteorites Powder Brush ($40.00) has a round, dome shape with beautiful pink ombre goat hair bristles and a white and silver brush handle. I love the scallop etched pattern on the ferrule and ultra feminine appeal of this brush, but I was highly unimpressed with the scratchy texture of the bristles. They were neither silky nor soft like the description boast. The handle is a lot shorter than a typical brush as well, but it was still easy to hold and use. I didn’t notice any shedding of the bristles during application or washing, and they picked up the Meteorites Birthday Candle Pearls nicely and deposited the product onto the skin with ease. I just wish that, for $40, the brush was longer and softer.
The Meteorites Anniversary Collection is available at Nordstorm.Com.
(I received these products complimentary of Guerlian. The opinions are 100% my own.)