One of the items I was keen to try from Guerlain’s Summer 2008 collection was the Meteorites Illuminating Pressed Powder. I already have and love the classic signature Guerlain Meteorites powder in the loose balls form. The pressed version of the Meteorites was intriguing besides sending goosebumps up and down the spine.
First off, the packaging. The one on the left is the new Guerlain Illuminating Pressed Powder in Mythic Parfait 01. The one on the right is the Guerlain Meteorites loose powder balls. I like the packaging of the new pressed Meteorites. I prefer plastic packaging over cardboard and it does look classier rather than gaudy.
That said, the plastic feel very light and brittle so I’m very careful with it. The cover closes with a noticable “click” feel so you know that the cover is closed properly. This actually makes it easier to travel with but I don’t know how the pressed powder will hold up to travel.
Here’s the comparison of the old and new Meteorites with the cover open.
You can see that the balls version of Mythic has quite a number of red and lilac powder balls. The pressed version has a turquoise colour right in the centre with light pink and beige radiating outwards in a mixture of matt and pearly tones. From Nordstrom:-
The latest member of the Meteorites family draws its inspiration from the classic pearl. This high-tech powder accentuates light, conceals blemishes and brings out radiance—without shine. Each compact contains an array of four complementary shades that create a luminous glow; the correcting color in the center can be used to conceal redness, cover blemishes or tone down dark undereye circles. Swirl on the corresponding matte and pearlescent hues to touch up your look with a subtle iridescence.
If there’s one thing I can say off hand about the Guerlain Meteorites Summer 2008 collection? Its gorgeous! You just can’t stop staring at it because it looks so beautiful! The bumpy effect doesn’t give me the goosebumps in person as they do in the pictures, which is a good thing!
The big question of course, is “How does it fare?”
I have to say, I love it.
If you read my previous review on the Guerlain Meteorites powder in the loose balls version, you’ll know I’m a fan of the Meteorites as a subtle highlighter. The pressed version is no different.
I use a large fluffy brush and swirl over the surface of the pressed powder. You’ll just see a hint of whitish powder on the brush, and then I brush it all over my face. When you look in the mirror, you won’t notice much difference. I’ve read many instances where people write this illuminating powder off, because it doesn’t show up.
Well, its not supposed to show up! What it does is give your skin a glow. I like dusting it lightly over my face after doing my makeup and it somehow masks any imperfections I might have, with its reflective qualities, and makes my skin glow and look perfect, even when it isn’t. It doesn’t conceal blemishes per se, as the promotional blurb says, but it makes it less noticeable. My sister calls it my “magic powder” because it has this way of instantly brightening up the complexion that is quite “magical”.
I’m happy to report that the pressed Meteorites Illuminating powder works just as well as the loose balls version and in fact, I prefer the pressed version because its easier to pick up the powder. With the loose version, I find that sometimes, my brush hardly picks up anything and I have to swirl over the balls a few times. With the pressed powder version, its one swirl and I’m good to go!
So, yes I love the Guerlain Meteorites loose powder balls and I’m loving the new Guerlain Meteorites pressed powder just as much if not more. (Edit: There is some fragrance to this product, but you know I love a product when there’s a fragrance and I don’t even notice it or remember to mention it 😉 )
The Guerlain Meteorites pressed powder comes in 3 shades – Mythic Parfait (illuminating – no colour), Pink Frais 02 (pink toned) and Beige Lumineux 03 (beige-tan toned). I like my Meteorites in the original Mythic version because there’s no colour to it.
A tub of the Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating Pressed Powder retails for RM200 or US$65 at all Guerlain counters. One tub should last you forever so I wouldn’t say its terribly expensive.
Pros: Lovely illuminating effect, Pretty to look at, “magical”
Cons: Quite expensive at first