As far as beauty products go Guerlain’s Meteorites Pearls are a longstanding cult fave. But at the same time, they’re also a bit like the Emperor’s New Clothes. Everyone swears they’re fantastic, but nobody can really describe – or even accurately photograph – the miraculous results this product supposedly delivers.
If the reviews are to be believed, this brightens your complexion, diminishes pores, evens out your skin tone and gives you an ethereal glow to boot. In Sephora’s words, it “diffracts light upon contact to envelop the skin in a halo of light”. Mmmkay then…
I’ll be the first to admit my skepticism. I mean, those are some pretty bold claims! But when I saw the beautiful packaging of the limited edition Meteorites Perles d’Etoiles Illuminating Pearls from Guerlain’s 2014 Holiday Collection, I caved. I mean, just look at it. If there was ever a time to buy into the hype, it had to be now.
The Meteorites come in a beautiful gold tin. Like the permanent collection boxes, this has a scale pattern on the sides. However, instead of the classic flower motif, the lid for these holiday pearls is aptly decorated with an embossed bow. And I am such a sucker for bows.
Inside, the normally white powder puff has been replaced by a red one, which matches the inside of the box. I love-love-love red, and hate seeing white puffs discolour as they’re used, so this was a dual selling point for me.
Here’s what the Meteorites look like up close: pretty little powder spheres in pearly gold, pearly ivory, pearly bronze, matte beige, matte pink and matte red.
This is what the colours look like when swatched individually.
The red and bronze pearls were surprisingly pigmented, but the others are so light that they tone these down considerably when blended together. This is a heavy swatch of all the pearls, which I got by basically stirring the tin vigorously with an eyeshadow brush. It’s far more concentrated of a colour than you would get by using the puff or a regular powder brush, but it gives you a good idea of the overall – if far more subtle – colour it’ll lend your skin skin: a peachy, golden glow.
So does it do all it claims? Here’s a before and after so you can decide for yourself. In the photo on the left, I’m only wearing concealer on my skin. On the right, concealer plus a healthy dusting of Meteorites with a fluffy powder brush. (Click to view larger)
It’s subtle for sure, but if you look where the arrow is pointing you can see that the patch of acne scars and redness on my cheek has been evened out the second photo. The bright spots on my face (cheeks, bridge of nose, center of forehead) in the first photo also appear better blended with the rest of my skin tone in the second photo, and overall my complexion has a peachy-golden hue.
Just to be sure this wasn’t all in my head, I asked Adam for his opinion. Did he notice a difference in my skin? In his words, “it doesn’t look like you’re wearing a layer of something on your skin that’s luminous – it looks like your skin IS luminous.”
He also noted that the Meteorites looked better on me at night under artificial lighting as opposed to daylight, which made sense considering they were created as part of a collection themed “A Night at the Opera”. Needless to say, Adam’s endorsement sealed the deal for me.
Amazingly, Guerlain’s Meteorites really do work after all! As long as you have realistic expectations and understand that nothing but photoshop is going to make you look photoshopped, this is one of the few products out there that lives up to the hype. Of course, these are a limited edition version; the original pearls have entirely different colours and properties. I’ve identified my next conquest!
My Meteorites Perles d’Etoiles are limited edition, but Guerlain’s staple line of Meteorites is available year round, and I believe the closest colour to the ones here would be 04 Dore.