Growing up, there were always certain beauty products I coveted from afar. You know, those ones. Chanel No.5. Dior Addict Gloss. YSL Touche Eclat. It’s funny how now I’m cringing even as I type, when I once ooh-ed over these luxurious babies and wished for my own. The iconic Guerlain Meteorites was one of those when-I-grow-up items I had my eyes on, and indeed, it was my first ever prestige makeup purchase – full price, retail – on my 20th birthday. And boyyyy, what a letdown it was.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m completely on board that Guerlain, like so many posh high-end brands, design subtle, elegant products for subtle, elegant grown up ladies. Sheer coverage. Delicate correcting. Natural, expensive glow-from-within radiance. Everything designed with a barely-there approach because contrary to popular opinion, #wokeuplikethis has always been the entire point of everyday makeup. Even if you consult a plastic surgeon in Boston or anywhere else, natural is always best. We’re not looking for drama here, people!
However, even with all the right expectations in mind, Guerlain Meteorites and I were not meant for each other.
Reviewing Guerlain Meteorites in Clair and Carousel
This review is for both the original Guerlain Meteorites in shade Clair (not pictured) and the limited edition Guerlain Carousel Meteorites released last year. The classic Clair (it was still Teint Rose when I got it) features pink for a healthy glow, pearl to illuminate, green to correct redness, and gold for slight iridescence. Carousel is a lot warmer and pinker, with large rose, lavender, and sunny yellow balls to add colour and correct dullness/sallowness, and smaller pearly whites to illuminate.
Guerlain Meteorites is a finishing powder. You read that right. Not a loose powder, nor a highlighter as I (like so many) have thought. A finishing powder is very sheer, sits on top of loose powder, and smooths/blurs/illuminates skin.
And I think that’s my problem with Guerlain Meteorites. I don’t have a place for it.
As a finishing powder, it’s not amazing enough to warrant an extra step after my loose powder. My Dior, Bobbi Brown, and Chanel powders not only leave a non-flat finish, but also sets my makeup for the day.
As a colour-corrector, I’m sorry, but I really don’t think it’s as effective as my Make Up For Ever primers. I have very warm undertones and on my worst days, my skin is prone to sallowness and dullness. When using the original Guerlain Meteorites, I saw little to no improvement. Plus this has visible sparkles, which I hate. The Carousel Meteorites is too pink to be used all over the face.
As a I-don’t-know-what-it-does-but-it-makes-my-skin-glow – meh. I’d rather use highlighters that add so much dimension and life to my skin instantly than have shiny speckles all over my face. My Chanel Vitalumiere compact, while being a super light pressed powder, gives my skin an unbelievable, pore-less finish with mild coverage. AND it stays put for hours.
As a blush, good lord. This is purely for Carousel but how do you even begin to justify a S$89 price tag for a blush, when there are so many better and cheaper options out there?
Yes, it’s next to impossible to resist the beautiful packaging and gorgeous baby balls that make you feel like you’re in Candyland – I fell for this TWICE, buying the Carousel edition even after the original purchase years ago left me going WTF?? in the mirror.
And now they just sit on my vanity.
I’m not saying that it’s a terrible product. In fact, it’s perfect if you’re just looking to feel fancy and have no need for products that actually function and/or have a purpose. I do open it sometimes because looking at these pretty spheres make me feel happy, but then I remember how much I paid for it and I get upset again.
So, moral of the story: Guerlain Meteorites doesn’t work that well but it makes you happy when you look at it but then again you can get a lot of pizza for that price so maybe just go for pizza instead.