January 8, 2014

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Guerlain Meteorites

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls ($60) are now available in three permanent shades for Spring 2014. Guerlain Clair Meteorites is one of those three shades and I can recall one of my VERY first purchases from Guerlain being exactly like this shade. Actually, if I look deep enough I’m sure I still have those pearls.

Of course, this was many, many, many years ago and many, many Guerlain Meteorites have become apart of my collection since but sometimes the traditional shades are the best aren’t they?

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Clair Meteorites Pearls had a very slight decrease in size this release and a little raise in price but like all good things in this economy we have to expect to see this from time to time. The size is now 0.88 oz and $60 versus the over 1 oz size in the past that was $58. It’s not a huge difference and actually I’m going to say I don’t mind because Guerlain has improved drastically on the packaging of Meteorites by including them in a new tin versus the old cardboard! So if I get less and pay a little more for better quality packaging I’m ok with that as too many times in the past has my old cardboard packaging copped out on me. After several dozen uses cardboard just doesn’t withstand daily use.

Clair is the lightest shade available in these new permanent colors and really kinda just reminds me of Teint Rose which I already own. Inside you’ll find a selection of several colors that act to correct redness and dullness while reflecting light and illuminating skin. Meteorites have always had the same mission to brighten duller skin and give it a softer appearance. It’s one of the main things that have always attracted me to them. I don’t set my foundation or BB Cream with powder but I can’t honestly say a day doesn’t go by that the final step of my makeup regime is dusting on Meteorites although in recent years the compact version has actually become more of a staple of mine than the actual pearls. This is simply because the pearls produce a sheerer finish where as the powder really has a good deal of brightening in my experience.

Guerlain Clair Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls swatches

This new formulation is just as lovely as the old and produces a very soft focused finish. It’s something that’s not terribly visible but it’s enough to give your skin a smoother more radiant finish. So if for some reason you come across a photo where my skin is looking nice, blame it on the pearls 🙂

According to Guerlain the pearls are softer now which eases application. This is actually true you can see that the less dense pearls produce more powder on your brush and allow for a single application versus going back and swirling your brush into the pot a few times to build.

Clair isn’t a shade I’d recommend for darker skin tones which is why I’m happy that Guerlain now offers the graduating colors that will suit many skin tones. Clair is sometime that might appear a bit ashy on medium or darker tones but now you can indulge in darker shades of the pearls to suit such a skin tone.

Of course, I can’t leave this review without mentioning the beautiful scent of Meteorites. These have a lovely sweet violet scent!

You might feel they are expensive but Guerlain Meteorites Pearls are a traditional and classic part of high end makeup that’s well loved by many. If you used, own, and already adore the product I’m positive you’re excited about the relaunch!

These are available now on counters or online at Sephora.com and Nordstrom.com.

Do you use Meteorites?

Do share!


This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Nicole

    I’m on a strict no buy until at least the end of March (I know, crazy and horrid), and a tin of Guerlain Meteorites will be my prize if I manage to withstand all other temptations. Every time I see something now, I’m all, “If you buy that, you can’t buy the Meteorites!” Because, you know, your reward for not buying makeup should be buying yourself some fancy makeup, right?

    It’s working quite well so far.

  • Coco

    I don’t own any high end cosmetics, much less Meteorites, but I have a $200 Neiman Marcus gift card that might just be the excuse I’ve needed to take the plunge. So tempted!

  • Tina

    Thank you so much for the review :). Do you own any Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder? If you do, can you please compare them because I am debating which one to buy. Thank you very much.

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure tina. I have the pressed nars light reflecting setting powder but there’s nothing really to compare between meteorites and that, it’s two very different products….I don’t have the loose reflecting powder so not sure if that is comparable but I’m kinda doubtful as I don’t think that powder adds any radiance, it’s merely transparent so kinda a different product as well. kinda like comparing apples and oranges!

  • Jen_m_sunshine

    Great review and much appreciated! I have been contemplating picking one up for over a year but haven’t done so…am a Guerlain virgin! Gasp! I know?,!!?!
    Which compact version do you have? I was actually thinking about Claire for now and then the medium toned (can’t remember the shade name) in a month or so to start adding some warmth and color to my ghastly pale complexion!

    Oh and did u see my email about mac 15 pan? Am forgoing for this instead!

    • Isabella Muse

      oh no stay strong once you go Guerlain you’ll never go back 😀 I have the voyage, basically just a pressed version of pearls really. Dunno if it’ll add much warmth but it will brighten up things 😀 YES yes! yes YES I’m waiting for Christine’s thoughts before I head in GULP!

  • Sacre

    I’ve been wanting meteorites pearls for ages, like for 5 years and next week wil purchase my very first ones. So excited(= Although I’m sure our stores don’t have the relaunched ones yet.

  • Ashley

    Read rave reviews on these, but these seem a little pricey for something that doesn’t even show up, what’s the point then?

  • Alanna

    I have the compact, and I was holding out for a few other things before I got the pearls and now I’m so glad I did! I love this new packaging so much better!!!

  • Julie Ann

    I first bought Meteorites for the first time about 20+ years ago at all places Disneyworld, at Epcot in the little French area. It came in a stunning compact, and I used it down to nothing. I keep forgetting to see if they still have refills for this compact. do you know? It is such a beautiful compact. I haven’t used this product for many years, but it is time to go back!

    • Isabella Muse

      yes yes yes of course they absolutely do Julie 🙂 it’s $48 for a refill 🙂

      • Julie Ann

        Thank you! I suppose I should get off my bum and get one! My compact is made of gold metal not plastic. Now the question is which one? Thanks for all the work you do to help us make better choices!

        • Isabella Muse

          mmm you have one of the old vintage ones I assume! I would guess the voyage ones would fit in no problem! bring it to neimans, they can def help you out! Good sales team for Guerlain counters at all Neiman Marcus I’ve been too 🙂 and not too pushy either! awww my pleasure 🙂 thank YOU for visiting daily!

  • Josephine

    Which shade would u recommend for nc20 -25? I can’t decide and there are no counter in my area!

  • Cindy

    you won me over when you said tin. When they came out with the new cardboard design I always regretted not buying them when they were still in the tin. Do you perhaps know if the tin stays or will they go back to cardboard after the spring line?

    • Isabella Muse

      they’ve been carrying them in tins for about two years now, they aren’t going back to cardboard. Hope this helps!

  • Cindy

    This does help. Although I really love the spring line, I hope I can get my hands on a non limited design. I don’t really love love love this design but I do really love love love the pearls and hope they will last for a lifetime 😀

      • Catherine

        The colour is permanent but the packaging is LE? I’m confused, but it doesn’t take much 😉

        • Isabella Muse

          packaging or the product isn’t le Catherine, they are permanent, packaging and all!

  • Tammie

    Welp, it’s finally happened…I am actually seriously thinking about getting Meteorites. I dunno if it’s the fact that it comes in a tin, or the fact that I’m starting to discover my preferences for setting powder (as somebody who is combo, I need to set my BB cream or it will melt off my face no matter how amazing it is) but I finally am getting picky about my setting powder 😛

    $60 for a powder is a loooot for me, so I don’t really want to buy the matching brush…do you think the Real Techniques powder brush would work well with them? That’s usually what I use to set my foundation with.

    • Isabella Muse

      good for you go for it 😀 sure…! I typically use mac’s small kabuki brush, works a treat to apply! You don’t need the brush imho as it isn’t worth the $$ very dense and kinda rough on skin!

      • Tammie

        Thanks! Will do!! 🙂

        I’ll try it with my usual brush, otherwise I’ll run out and get a kabuki instead~. Good to know I shouldn’t waste $40+ on the matching brush, but somehow it’s a shame to know it’s not that good lol

  • Tammie

    I am actually trying to decide now between this or the Guerlain Les Voilettes compact after doing a little research… I want to wear it over my silica powder (which I find sets my BB cream the best) and I know even though Les Violettes is a setting powder it probably won’t work as well as the silica powder…do you think the Les Violettes is luminizing enough to be worn as a finishing powder?

    I am kind of having second thoughts about the new Meteorites since they might be a little more sparkly than I normally like all over my face…I like some highlighting sparkle but only on my cheekbones, bridge of my nose and cupids bow, the rest I would like to have luminizing with a natural looking sheen to counteract the matte look from the silica powder.

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t think it has that much luminosity to it I fear, you’d get more from the pearls but it can be used as a setting powder for sure!!!!!!!!! If you dislike the shimmer go for the Les Voilettes for sure!

      • Tammie

        I just want something with a slight sheen that will go nicely over my silica powder (I use the loose NYX one, it works great to set my makeup, but not so great to provide luminosity) and I am betting the added mattifying of the Les Voilettes would probably not hurt lol

        Basically all I need is a natural glow/sheen since I am not a fan of shimmer and to not be cakey worn on top of a silica powder.

        So it sounds like Les Voilettes is probably more up my alley, I’ll give it a shot 🙂 I suppose if I find it’s not enough I can always exchange it for the Meteorites~

        • Isabella Muse

          maybe you should go with a ambient powder from hourglass if you want something that provides a more luminous sheen I think you’re going to be disappointed with Les Voilettes for that and the pearls are more of a sparkly sheen. Hope this makes sense?!

          • Tammie

            I’ve tried an ambient powder before but I didn’t really like it and ended up returning it…maybe I tried the wrong shade? What is your favorite shade for very fair skin? I just want something very subtle.

          • Tammie

            It looks like I tried Ethereal Light last time, which I didn’t like…but I also used it as a setting powder which it failed miserably at, so I am going to try Diffused Light this time, as a proper finishing powder after my tried n true silica powder and hope that I have some better luck :3