One of the more interesting things to come out of the Guerlain stables for Spring 2014 is this little cutie – the Guerlain Meteorites Bubble Blush. When I first heard about it, I thought it might be a liquid blush with bubbles in it, akin to a fizzy drink. Happily, I was mistaken. Could you imagine a blush like that? Actually, it might be fun won’t it
But no, this is what you get. a domed shaped cream blush which brings to mind that of a roll-on deodorant except this doesn’t roll. It’s static. There are 2 shades available in this limited edition item – 01 Pink and 02 Cherry. The one pictured here is 02 Cherry - in pot, a bright raspberry pink.
Right off, I’m going to tell you that I have mixed feelings about this product. In terms of product performance, I give it 5 stars. It’s a great cream blush and it lasts and it just looks beautiful on. In terms of packaging, it doesn’t deserve the luxury name nor price. I’ll tell you why I think so
First, the product.
The blush is a cream blush in a dome shape and contained within a squat tub. The idea isn’t new, as I learned after I put this up on Instagram a while ago. Apparently brands like Shu Uemura have already done this as well as a couple of other Asian brands I believe.
The idea is that you can use the product straight from the tub. Just dab the dome blush on your cheeks and blend it out for a very lovely, soft, diffused colour. Ideally, that is. I tried it this way and it works. But I didn’t like it. I found that it deposited too much colour and when you blend, away goes your foundation, unless you are blending directly on bare skin. It might work for the lighter 01 Pink, but not for 02 Cherry.
The best way to use this I eventually discovered, was using a brush and applying it as I have shown in an earlier cream blush tutorial. I use the Sigma F84 kabuki brush or the Real Techniques Stippling Brush, brush the top of the blush to pick up product and take it to my skin. This way, I get a lovely diffused blush, blending is very easy and my fingers stay clean.
Guerlain Meteorites Bubble Blush 02 Cherry Swatch
Here is a swatch of the product, swatched rather heavily by running the dome of the blush down my arm. Colour-wise, Cherry is a cool toned raspberry pink shade that is almost fuchsia. This is the type of colour I usually don’t go for because like the YSL Blush Radiance No. 6 the deep tones tend to accentuate pigmentation. It’s funny but it does.
So when I tried using it as recommended by swiping the blush down my cheek and blending, I didn’t like the effect. However, when I used it with a brush as I mentioned above, the colour went on more subtly and more diffused and it gave me that lovely blushing from within look that was very natural.
Here’s how it looks on me applied using a brush.
The cream isn’t too creamy nor is it too dry the way some are. To the touch, there is some slip but it is for the most part, dry touch. Blending is a breeze whether with fingers or a brush and it settles beautifully on the skin and lasts an incredibly long time. All day for me (but I do not have oily skin) on top of foundation. It is a very lovely product.
But Guerlain, what the heck were you thinking putting this incredible product into such horrible tacky packaging?!
This very lovely formula comes housed in a white plastic tub that feels pretty flimsy but the icing on the cake as it were, is the clear plastic screw on cover that feels and looks like it would crack under the slightest pressure. If not for the name on the side and the logo on the cap, place this product on any pharmacy/drugstore shelf and it would fit right in.
Place it among Guerlain’s luxurious offerings and it stands out like an angry red zit on an otherwise flawless face. This Bubble Blush is the pustule in the otherwise flawless Guerlain collections I’ve been seeing come out of Maison Guerlain.
Do I sound disappointed? You think?!
It is quite small as well coming in at 7g which isn’t something I’d mention usually, if this was better housed. I guess I’ve come to expect great things from Guerlain. They have rarely let me down in terms of product performance and packaging and I’m a huge fan of the brand but this Bubble Blush looks like an afterthought. Almost as if someone came across this and said “Oh, our Meteorites Blossom Sping collection is looking a bit bare, let’s just toss this in. Nevermind about the packaging. People will buy anyway”
And they will, because some people won’t mind. They’ll say it’s a great product (and it is!) and they’ll forgive the RM140/US$42 pricetag and the crappy plastic case. It’s ok. But it’s not.
So as much as I really liked the Meteorites Bubble Blush and as much as I thoroughly enjoyed using it, I’m going to put my neck out there and say that it isn’t worth the money. Save your money for something better because there are many other selections of good cream blushes in the market. If you really want a no-fail option, get a Canmake cream blush. Sure, it comes in flimsy plastic packaging as well, but it costs something like RM40 or thereabouts and goes on sale. You can’t beat it for value. Tsk! I expected better from Guerlain.
In a nutshell
The Meteorites Bubble Blush is an excellent product but let down by utterly unforgiveable flimsy plastic packaging. If you get over the packaging or are prepared to ignore it then the cream blush is absolutely lovely. It isn’t too creamy to be oily, it stays on skin well for most of the day, it blends very easily and looks lovely and natural and gives you a very natural glow from within. Despite the 5 star performance, I don’t think it value for money simply because it comes in crappy packaging that looks like an afterthought. I think this product not worthy of the Guerlain label and the asking price. But don’t let it stop you if you love this enough.
Pros: Not too creamy or oily, Easy to use even without a brush, Easy to blend, Longlasting, Looks natural and gives skin a lovely healthy glow
Cons: Horrible flimsy plastic packaging , Pricey
Who will like this: Anyone who wants a very easy to use cream blush, Anyone who doesn’t mind the cheap and tacky packaging
Have you checked out the Meteorites Bubble Blush? Have you seen something similar in other brands?
I haven’t been paying a lot of attention coz these sort of products don’t usually get my attention. I like blush, but less so cream blush and especially not gimmicky looking packaging. I don’t deny the formula is awesome so I do hope that Guerlain repackages this some time into a proper compact or something that looks better. It’d be a winner!
Guerlain Meteorites Bubble Blush comes in 01 Pink and 02 Cherry Price: RM140/US$42 Availability: Guerlain counters