I’ll be honest. When Guerlain came up with the very popular Meteorites many years ago, I thought they were a waste of money. I didn’t understand the concept of glowing skin back then because to me, glowing skin was equivalent to a shiny, disco-ball of skin and having combination skin (with an exceptionally oily nose), the concept of shiny skin freaks me out.
I’ve swatched these balls individually before and found the colours so sheer; there was barely anything on the skin. Each time I read reviews of this on blogs, it surprised me as to what it was that people liked about the Meteorites. Oh yes, I had my skeptical hat on all right, and it was jammed on pretty tight.
Paris B has raved about the colourful balls many times on her blog. LeGeeque has delighted in how gorgeous it makes her skin look. I finally bit the bullet, sucuumbed to curiosity and bought a tin of the Meteorites last year. I just had to see what the fuss was all about. I needed to try it out properly for myself and see if it really was worth the money. After some discussion with LeGeeque, I decided on the Teint Rose.
I’m not going to bother swatching each ball individually because 1) the Teint Rose is not a new product by Guerlain, which means it’s been swatched to death and 2) individual swatches don’t mean jack since you’re not meant to use each ball on its own.
For months I used this as a finishing powder over my loose powder, which I used to set my makeup. You know what? I actually liked the result on my skin. It has a very subtle amount of shimmer and doesn’t highlight my oily nose. When the light hits the high point of my face, my skin looked good.
A few months ago, I noticed that the loose powder I’ve been using had started to sink into my fine lines, emphasising them further. My fine lines became even more noticeable as the hours progressed. It’s like the oil and powder worked up some kind of evil on my skin and decided to scream “hey look, this one has plenty of lines for you to see!“. Ugh the nasty lil’ things.
As an experiment, I decided to skip loose powder after my foundation altogether and swept a light dusting of the Meteorites on my skin to set my makeup instead. That was when I started to really love the balls.
The Meteorites looked good over loose powder, but looked so much better when used on its own. My skin glowed, not in a shiny greasy way, but radiant. It does not sink into my fine lines, but boosts my skin’s radiance instead. Damn, those ladies were right. This really is good shizz.
My scepticism is finally put right and I’ve eaten a large slice of humble pie. There’s a reason why this is highly raved. Does this make me want to buy more of the different shades of the Meteorites? Funny enough, no. A tin of Meteorites is going to take me ages to complete, and I don’t really need more. I’m happy with the Teint Rose .
I save my treasured Hakuhodo face brush just for the Meteorites
Is this something worth investing in? I believe it is. However, I don’t think it’s necessary to get more than one tin (of course, if you’re lured into the gorgeous limited edition packaging like the Emilio Pucci one, be my guest! Damn thing’s been tempting me for months!). I’ve seen a lot of cheaper options to the Meteorites, I’ve tried them too, but they just don’t measure up to the Meteorites. I’d say, get the real thing .
Guerlain Meteorites Perles Illuminating Powder retails at about AU$115 and is available at selected MYER and David Jones stores nationwide.
Are you a fan of the Meteorites too? Overhyped or worth the positive reviews? Is it a yay or nay for you?