I finally got to try the magical Guerlain Météorites that everyone has been raving about! Thanks to this deluxe sample I received with my recent Sephora order. ^_^
OK, I probably can't comment too much on the packaging since this is a sample. There are only 6 pearls in it, one of each shade. The one I received is in shade Clair 02 which is the lightest option available (and possibly not the correct shade for my skin tone). The other two shades are Medium 03 and Dore 04. Each pearl is supposed to work in harmony to reduce redness and dullness, illuminate complexion, and add subtle luminosity for a healthy and glowy skin.
Each shade of pearls…
- Pink – reveals glow
- Yellow – anti-dullness
- Champagne – illuminates
- White – reflects light (has micro-shimmer in it)
- Green – anti-redness
- Purple – catches the light
The powder has this really strong violet scent, signature of Guerlain, that lingers for a while. I find it divine but I can also see it bordering on the overpowering side for some people.
From my research, this is the “reformulated” version of the original, cult-favorite Météorites. Since I don't have the original powders, I cannot comment on the differences between the two. My review will solely be based on the new formula, of 6 pearls. (LOL!) Take it with a grain of salt! :)
First thing I noticed about these pearls is that, they are fragile and crumbly! I remember vaguely the one time I played with the original formula at the counter that they were not this fragile. The new pearls seem to crumble into powder dust very easily so do be gentle with them during use. Due to the softer texture, I would suggest using a soft, fluffy brush since the product seems to get picked up by the brush very well. You don't really need to swirl your brush in the container like you do with the original formula.
At first, I was a little skeptical as to how dusting a thin layer of this all over my face would make a difference (magical or not) to my skin. But after a few uses, I am now a true believer! The change you see is not going to be obvious, but it is enough that you would spot a difference between with and without it.
The key here is the amount applied with the right tool.
On my first use, I over-applied it and with that, I noticed my face looking very “white” and “heavy“. The next day I used less and also switched to a softer and less dense brush. And that did it! It is true when they say that these pearls will transform your skin to a better and smoother version of itself.
Complexion appears brighter and illuminated, imperfections are visibly blurred out — I'm sold.
My other suggestion would be to use this as a finishing powder only. It's supposed to be used in the final step of your makeup to breathe life back to your complexion, especially if you use mattifying products underneath. :)
Do you use any type of illuminating powder? Are you a fan of the Météorite Pearls?