I went for a workshop a while back to educate me on the Estee Lauder Cyberwhite Brilliant Cells skincare series, which was where I was introduced to the Cyberwhite Brilliant Perfection Extra Brightening Loose Powder Transparent with SPF15/PA++ Whew! I’ll just call it the Cyberwhite Loose Powder from now.
I was allowed to try it, and I liked it so much, I went down to Isetan immediately to pick it up. (I also had a shopping voucher burning up in my wallet which I had to use anyway…) Its been a few months now and I’ve had a few queries about this one. The biggest question I’ve received is, how does this compare to Guerlain Meteorites? I’ll tell you ;)
It does not compare to Meteorites at all. Sorry to disappoint everyone!
Here’s a close up shot to show you what the powder looks like.
It comes in a large tub with a sifter and a sponge puff. I’ll come to the puff in a bit. The powder itself is very fine with pink tones and bits of shimmer in it. This powder is a loose powder, and so I use it mostly to set my makeup or foundation. The pink tones of the powder are supposed to help brighten the complexion and the bits of shimmer are, I supposed to impart a luminous look.
As a loose powder, I have no complaints. I don’t get very oily throughout the day, but this one does help my makeup and foundation stay on and look good for longer. It does add a bit of a glow to the skin. Enough to keep things interesting without making you look like a shimmer ball. I however, don’t get the illuminating from within effect that I get with Meteorites. With both powders, I can’t see any marked difference on, but when I have Meteorites on, everything just looks flawless. With this one, it does but it doesn’t have that je ne se quoi.
This is quite ridiculous, but here’s a swatch of this powder. (Aside: A swatch of powder! What will I think of next *rolls eyes*)
Swatched heavily (and I mean super heavily) you can see that it does have brightening properties and bits of shimmer. Blended, you see nothing, as a good translucent loose powder should be. I was a little worried the shimmer might show up. It didn’t, thank goodness!
As a loose powder, I think its a good buy. It does its job of setting my foundation and makeup, helps my makeup stay oil free longer, keeps me looking just a little more polished than if I didn’t have it on but it is not a substitute for Guerlain Meteorites.
And about the puff? I hate it. It is a firm sponge puff that I have absolutely no idea what to do with it. I use a large fluffy powder brush to apply the powder. The sponge picks up too much and deposits the product too heavily. However, because the powder is under the sifter, I have to shake it up to get the powder on top of the sifter because I can use the brush which is of course a pain. I don’t know how else they could package this actually. Perhaps Estee Lauder could look into a flocked sponge puff or a soft sponge. Anything but this firm sponge that does nothing. Bah!
What I do is remove the sponge, shake the tub 1 time with the cover on, unscrew the cover and use a brush to apply the powder that’s on top of the sifter.
Pros: Translucent colour, Pink tones can help brighten sallow skin, Helps set makeup and foundation well, Helps keep makeup looking fresh for longer, No scent
Cons: Sponge puff does not work well
I hope this has helped those who have been wondering about how this performs. Its a pretty good product, and I use it nearly everyday that I don’t use Meteorites. But if you are asking me how it compares to the Guerlain Meteorites, I’d say you shouldn’t because I don’t think they work the same way at all. If you have no expectations, then you might like this one, like I do. Yes I like it :)
Have you tried this one? If you have thoughts on it, do share – it might work differently on you :)
The Estee Lauder Cyberwhite Brilliant Perfection Extra Brightening Loose Powder SPF15/PA++ in Transparent retails at RM150/15g at Estee Lauder counters.