Guerlain has been substantially expanding and revamping much of its Meteorites range over the last year. Last spring, we saw the introduction of the new Meteorites Baby Glow foundation which was released with a revamp of Meteorites Compact. We also saw two limited edition releases from last spring and summer, respectively, the Meteorites Perles de Blush and the Meteorites Rainbow Pearls. Lastly, we saw the release of the first ever skincare product in this range – the Meteorites Oxygen Care – which unfortunately I didn’t love but I know others did. For spring 2016, Guerlain has repackaged their famed Meteorites Base Perfecting Pearls, as well as their most prestigious make-up product, the Meteorites Voyage Compact Powder.
The Meteorites Base Perfecting Pearls (C$81) is one of their most popular and iconic products, a classic of the Meteorites range. This is one of Guerlain’s two famed primers, the other one being the Guerlain L’Or Radiance Concentrate. The Meteorites Base contains shimmery pearls suspended in a clear gel base. This is a glycerin and silicone-based primer, with the second ingredient being glycerin and the fifth ingredient being silica. It also contains dimethicone about halfway down the list. Despite it containing silicone, it is incredibly lightweight and watery and just melts into the skin. When you pump out the primer, the pearls collapse and are blended with the rest of the gel base to create a lightly shimmery watery gel that spreads easily on the skin and absorbs/dries down quickly.
When compared to the L’Or Radiance Concentrate, the Meteorites Base doesn’t contain any skincare ingredients and is also has more of a mattifying effect. I wear this underneath my Meteorites Baby Glow and it helps my foundation look fresh all day with almost no blotting (normally I’d need to blot every few hours). When worn under foundations in general, it helps to create a smoother, more even finish, and products don’t sink into pores as much. It also has more of a visible shimmer when the pearls are blended into the skin, and dries down quickly to allow you to apply your foundation right away.
I would use these two primers for different occasions – the Meteorites Base for the daytime when I need a more long-lasting and mattifying primer to help extend the wear of my foundation, and the L’Or Concentrate for night time when my skin looks more tired and needs a bit more of a glow boost. Between the two primers though, I definitely still prefer the L’Or Concentrate because it is more hydrating, which is more appropriate for this time of year. I will wear the Meteorites Base more as summer rolls around.
The Meteorites Voyage Compact Powder (C$210, C$71 for powder refill) has been on my wishlist for years. I first fell in love with the Voyage compacts back in 2008 when the Midnight Butterfly range was released. However the price was (and continues to be) astronomical for a makeup product. The reason why the product is so expensive is because the compact is extremely luxurious, made with the highest grade materials such as mother-of-pearl, and feels very hefty. The powder itself is different from the other Meteorites powders I’ve seen in the past, and appears to be crushed up Meteorites pearls that were pressed into a compact. I love the original Meteorites Pearls but they are cumbersome to travel with, so this is the closest I’ll be able to get to actually travelling with the Meteorites Pearls (hence the name Meteorites Voyage – i.e., travel!).
The Meteorites Voyage Compact in the shade 01 Mythic contains crushed micro pearls in white, champagne, green, violet, and peach to brighten, cure sallowness, neutralize redness, and warm up the skin.
In terms of comparing the Voyage Compact Powder to the Meteorites Compact (C$71), the Voyage Compact is definitely a lot more refined, with very little visible shimmer and mostly just glow. Guerlain is amazing at creating makeup products that give you that Arwen-like glow from within, and despite the Meteorites Compact already being very glowy, this one is even subtler. Also it’s a good thing to note that the Meteorites Compacts are also refillable, so if you want that Voyage powder refill without the hefty case, you can always refill your Meteorites Compact with the Voyage powder.
Do you need the Voyage Compact Powder? No, it’s crazy to think that most people would be able to afford this, or even want to spend their money on it. BUT if you are like me and love Guerlain, and want to treat yo’ self, then absolutely this variation of the Meteorites Voyage Compact Powder is something you might want to collect.
What’s your favourite Meteorites product?
Guerlain Meteorites Base ingredients
Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Compact Powder ingredients