I have always been curious about the meteorites for as long as I can remember. One time, I was at the Tokyo airport on a layover and wandered into the DFS Guerlain counter to inquire about the meteorites. The SAs raved about them while swirling a fluffy pink brush around the pearls in the carton box. They crowded around me like a strange alien who needed to be educated about the wonders of these magic pearls. One swipe on my hand and my immediate reaction was "whoa..no...glitter galore. PASS!". At the time, I quite honestly could not justify buying a small carton of glittery pearls for over $50USD.
Fast foward 5 years and here I am introducing you to the Perles D'or Meteorites from Guerlain's 2010 Holiday Collection. This is currently available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Nieman Marcus for $56USD. Do you think I've changed my mind on this product?
Guerlain has a permanent collection of 3 meteorites but Perles D'or follows the Holiday 2010 bee theme with special packaging.
The container is no longer made out of cheap flimsy cardboard, but a nice light aluminum in gunmetal color instead of the usual white. I'm definitely impressed with the elegance of the flower etched on top with a golden bee. When you lift open the top of the container, you'll see a black sponge sitting on top of the pearls. This is to help keep the pearls from falling out and breaking during transport.
Remove the sponge to find the multi-color pearls in Perles D'or and a very strong fragrance. Unless you really like intense fragrances, I don't recommend sniffing the pearls like I did. This reminds me of rose + mothballs combination in a way. Not quite what I was expecting.
Inside the container are 5 different color pearls which are all meant to accomplish a different task to create an ethereal glow effect.
The pearls include shimmery white, beige, apricot, pink, and violet. Some of the colors are meant to even skin tone and provide radiance. If you try out this product on your hand like I did 5 years ago, you will see shimmer galore and be completely turned off. The best way to test out this product is to use a stippling brush, swirl around to get all the pearls, and then gently swipe all over your face to set a foundation. This does not leave the face like a glittery disco ball at all. In fact, you end up with a very subtle natural glow that photographs incredibly well.
So did I change my mind about Guerlain's Meteorites based on my experience with Perles D'ore? Yes and no. For an all-over powder, it does a great job of creating a translucent radiant glow that cannot be captured by the camera or from a swatch alone. You simply have to apply this on the face to experience the effect. The packaging is a definite plus in terms of simplicity, elegance, and portability. I would have no issues packing this along on a trip since it's not overly heavy and the container is sturdy enough for transport.
The biggest turn off for me is the list of ingredients in this product. This is a personal preference because I do have very sensitive, acne-prone skin. The first ingredient listed for all of the meteorites is Talc, which causes instant acne for me. I've tested out this product for 2 weeks and each time, my face starts off itchy and then red pimples follow at the end of the day. It also has a large, unnecessary amount of fragrance.
Overall, I do like this product to set foundations for a nice soft glow. It's excellent to use especially on days that you know you'll be photographed. If you are not allergic to talc, I'd recommend checking out Perles D'ore because quite frankly, it's in its own league in terms of an all-over powder. Do keep in mind that Perles D'ore is not quite a highlighter and definitely too sheer for a blush. Is it a must-have? No. Nice-to-have product? Absolutely.
Have you tried Guerlain's Perles D'or Meteorites yet?