June 12, 2018

Guerlain Meteorites Le Parfum Isn’t Quite Like the Original Juice

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3 stars out of 5

Guerlain Meteorites Le Parfum ($79) is a new fragrance inspired by the brand’s most beloved face powder, those multi-colored delicately violet scented pearls that brighten and highlight our faces.

I think most makeup users would agree that when they close their eyes and think of what makeup smells like the first thing that pops into their head is the smell of powdery violets. Somehow, someway, Guerlain managed to create the iconic and universally known scent of makeup. In 2000, they decided they’d bring the scent of their powder to an actual real life perfume and thus Meteorites Perfume was born. Now, nearly twenty years later collector’s and new fans can enjoy this truly unique fragrance again.

Or will they?

There are so many makeup and beauty products in my life I wish I had a perfume of. The spicy scent of Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Blush, the aquatic, soothing scent of Etude House’s gel moisturizer, the tooth-achingly sweet scent of my favorite lipgloss, the list of makeup and skincare I’d love to make into a fragrance is endless.

Some brands have actually managed to recreate this experience for us. For example, just recently Physicians Formula created a Butter Paradise fragrance which is inspired by their Butter Blush and Highlighters and as for those of us who want to smell like lipstick Replica Lipstick On and Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose captured the essence perfectly. And let’s not forget that awesome time Kenzo Perfumed Beneficial Waters Relaxing Lotus Shh launched! Oh blessed be it smelled exactly like Kenzo Belle de Jour Moisturizer!

It might sound weird to some people but as a makeup addict I’m sure you can relate to wanting to smell just like your favorite lipstick, face powder, or moisturizer. Am I right?

As for Guerlain, well, they have made many, many fragrances over the years. Many of which are complex, unique, and beautiful scents but interestingly enough their “signature” scent has always been that of soft, delicate powdery violets. It’s not only a scent after all these years but more of an experience for the users of their makeup. And most importantly a tradition.

So, needless to say, the relaunch of Guerlain Meteorites Le Parfum is very, very exciting. I know it was for me. I heard about the relaunch many months ago but it was very slow hitting counters and still proves a little elusive. I got mine from a boutique in Vegas but even when I went to Paris a few weeks ago I was unable to find it in stores. I’m happy to report it’s starting to trickle down the line now so I imagine within the next week it’ll start popping up on counters. Neiman Marcus had stock but it sold out within 24 hours. I’d check with your local store by calling the Guerlain counter and seeing if they have it available.

The scent arrive in a circular bottle much like the Terracotta Fragrance. It has a vintage kaleidoscope label which is identical to the one found on the Meteorites powder. The box it arrives feels and looks like the Meteorites powder as well! All the nods to it being inspired by those beloved pearls are here. The juice inside the bottle is a beautiful pink shade. But that beloved inspiration does end with the packaging.

With great sadness, I must report that Guerlain Meteorites Le Parfum captures the essence of Meteorites pearls but not their spirit. Don’t go cracking open your fragrance vault and misting yourself madly with your beloved stash of 2000 Meteorites to celebrate the relaunch just yet. You might want to stash that bottle or bottles you own away again because this is a new fragrance and not a relaunch of the original juice.

Where as the original captured the true spirit of Meteorites and duplicated the exact powdery violet notes this new version is a bit lighter and fresher. I think upon dry down there’s some small inkling of powder and violet there but to me this smells like a lighter Marc Jacobs Daisy. This opens up with a healthy dose of apple combined with fresh green notes. I read a review prior to my own that said they smelled pear and I do get that a little bit on the opening but almost immediately after it becomes very much an apple note or even an apple blossom note as there’s something floral in that initial spray. It sets quickly and although apple remains the violet starts to come out to play and this is in fact where it might somewhat remind you of Meteorites. But apple prevents it from being anything else since that note is fresher, cleaner, and slightly fruity. According to Guerlain it also contains a white musk and wood note at the base but I fail to smell anything in that regard. My nose merely captures the apple and the violet. There’s some sweetness here but for the most part it remains fresh and floral with very light notes that wear close to the skin. You’ll want to be quite heavy handed with application since the silage is light and the wear quite weak at about two hours before fading.

If you need a visual I’d say this smells like a Spring day, laying in the grass under a blossoming apple tree. There’s a slight breeze in the air blowing the grass and you can smell the fresh green grass combined with the softness of the wildflowers growing nearby.

All in all, I don’t regret the purchase but I’m also quite ok with being vocal about how much this disappointed me. There are so many long gone fragrances that I have wished would return and Meteorites was definitely high on that list. But sadly, this isn’t anything like the original and presents a new, fresher take on that scent.

None the less, there is always a great chance when a fragrance is brought back that it won’t smell like the original so you always have to leave room for that disappointment factor.

Oh well!

I’m eagerly looking forward to your thoughts on this if you already own it.

Where to buy

Guerlain Meteorites Le Parfum launched on bergdorfgoodman.com and neimanmarcus.com this week and is now sold out but hopefully a restock is in the works.

Guerlain Meteorites Le Parfum is 3.3 oz in size and $79 with notes of top notes of bergamot, apple note, and green notes, heart notes of rose and violet, and base notes white muscs and woody notes. Heading into this purchase I felt this was a relaunch of the original fragrance that launched in 2000 but sadly, that wasn’t the case. This new juice has a lighter, fresher scent and doesn’t have the powdery violet notes of the original. It captures some of the essence of the beloved pearls but doesn’t quite nail them down exactly.

Pros

  • A nice, light fragrance for Summer

Cons

  • Nothing like the original Meteorites fragrance.
  • Disappointing and a bit misleading if you’re expecting a powdery violet scent

Who

Guerlain fragrance collector’s will be wild for this one. I personally collect their fragrance and I’m happy to add this to my stash for sure. However, as I expressed in my review I did experience some disappointment it wasn’t a relaunch of the original scent.

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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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    • Isabella Muse

      keep refreshing neiman marcus hopefully pops back up shortly!

  • Christina

    That’s unfortunate. I really like the fragrance of the Meteorites pearls. Do you have any alternative recommendations for those of us who were hoping for something closer to the original?

  • Sakura

    Nice description! Now I hope that I too can smell this elusive fragrance! Btw, I am loving the new look of your site!

  • Tippy6

    Well, I was quite interested to hear how this relaunch would fare and apparently it’s the same as all the other Guelain reformulations. I don’t know whether these failures are the result of IFRA regulations, the fact that everything has been cheapened down for greater profits or that Guerlain was purchased by LVHM and they are deliberately trying to destroy Guerlain’s good name but one has to wonder. I feel badly for all those that are spending their hard-earned money on this new rendition of Meteorites because it’s probably nothing like the original. I found this out a few years back when I finally used up my supply of Guerlain’s L’Heure Bleue. When I received that reformulated bottle that wasn’t even close to what I was accustomed to and led to extensive research into what was really going on in the fragrance and cosmetic industry. It was an eye-opener.

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t think it is related to IFRA at all! I do believe it is because everything, EVERYTHING, not only fragrance but makeup, clothing, accessories, has been downgraded for greater profit. LVHM owns Guerlain for the last 25 years or so and since that time many good items have come out without a quality control issue so I don’t really blame that (although Guerlain quality has gone down considerably the last 10 years or so but LVHM already owned them the prior 15 before that and was still producing very good quality items). Although, I do thing ingredients sometimes change as they become unavailable. Bpal just recently revived some long dead fragrance due to lack of components. So that could be an issue with your L’Heure Bleue or as you said they just downgraded and cheapened it up which is really sad. My boyfriend bottles are coming today and I am biting mail nails in worry that they reformulated. I suspect they have as it’s been several years and I imagine they might not be able to reproduce the same exact fragrance. We shall see ;-D

      • Tippy6

        I am eager to hear how those bottles of Boyfriend will turn out. All I know is that some of my reformulated/reissued fragrances have been a real disappointment and it’s not just Guerlain but Caron, Balmain and several others are just dropping the ball. I suppose they’ll be glad when some of us oldsters drop off the planet because then there will be no one left who knows what the original was like. I just think that it’s sad that these fragrances that were are no longer. I hope that when you receive your order of Boyfriend, that you are pleased. Keep us posted.

        • Isabella Muse

          I can’t wait for them to arrive. If nothing else maybe they’ll not be the same but at least lovely anyway! That’s really said especially about Caron! Can’t believe they closed the showroom/boutique here in NY. It was so beautiful! Sarah McCartney (founder of 4160 Tuesdays) has a rather large stash of old fragrance that she’s collected and also sells decants of. She has some really vintage blends. It’s always fun to see what fragrance lovers have lurking in their beauty closets. I surely will! I hope I’m happy to! But I am bracing myself for disappointment!

  • Julie Fielding

    Great review! Although I haven’t smelled it yet, I think you summed it up perfectly. Not the same, but still a must have for collectors. Too bad it is still so elusive, so hoping it will show up more in stores soon Well, secretly hoping it will show up at 1/2 price at the discount outlets soon, although I found a couple on Amazon for twice the price. :0) Thanks for always giving us readers the scoop!!

    • Isabella Muse

      Thanks 😀 I think it’s a must for collectors for sure. It’s one of those scents you’ll want to keep in your collection regardless of disappointment. Gosh I hope but I have my doubts on that. My pleasure, always my pleasure!

  • SusanL

    Saks in NYC had it last weekend. I tried it on my wrist but wasn’t crazy about it and did not purchase.

    • Isabella Muse

      Awesome!!!!! I was in Saks a Wednesday but I didn’t stop at Guerlain!

        • Isabella Muse

          maybe I’m crazy but it’s weird walking into saks and not seeing makeup/fragrance first. Heading up to the 2nd floor to view it makes me feel disorientated lol!

          • SusanL

            Yes, I felt the same. But my pet peeve about department store cosmetic counters is that the lighting is always the WORST and it’s hard to evaluate how something will actually look on you in natural light. I guess their goal was to move the cosmetics to an area with a lot of light and I certainly appreciate that.

          • Isabella Muse

            I find all lighting in most all stores really bad. It’s just to bright for me which translates as everything looks perfect but you get outside and it’s like holy cow what the hell was I thinking! ;-D