I realize I’ve been a little tardy coming up with this post, and I do apologise if its not available at any Guerlain counter anymore. But I just had to blather on about it because you know me and my Meteorites. I love them and its no secret that I do :D
The Meteorites Perles de Nuit are limited edition balls for Christmas 2011. Guerlain releases these special Meteorites once a year at Christmas although they may have one sprout up some time during the year. This year, in keeping with the whole teal theme, the tin is teal and the pearls offer a peachy shimmer that is very lovely. Well, if you are a fan like I am :)
I will warn however that for those averse to shimmer, the Perles de Nuit are a little more shimmery than the regular ones. The ratio of shimmer to matte pearls are 3:1 so that tells you something!
Here are the colours I picked out of the tin – shimmer peach, shimmer gold, shimmer white and matte pink. I must note here however that the shimmer isn’t bling-bling shimmer. Its a subtle highlight that doesn’t scream “Hello, Disco ball!” It just gently lifts your skin, infuses it with a soft glow and makes you go “Hello, is that me you gorgeous thing?”
I’ve swatched each of the powder pearls on my hand for an indication of colour.
I practically all but crushed the powder against my skin to get the colours to show up here. In reality, you will not see these colours. What you will get is a peachy shimmery powder that you just lightly dust all over your skin.
I did note that the powder pearls in the Perles de Nuit was a bit powdery unlike the regular Meteorites pearls. So its very easy to pick up colour by just touching your brush to the surface of the pearls.
Unlike the regular tin that comes with a puff to hold the powder in, this teal tin comes with a black sponge. Awful, if you ask me. It jars against the luxury of the brand and product. But because this is rather powdery, I find I can pick up colour straight from the underside of the sponge.
I can’t show you a blended swatch because it blends into nothing but you can probably tell from the shades that it will swirl up into a lovely pale warm peach. Oh and don’t worry about it matching cool or warm skin – it really doesn’t show up as anything on the skin. The latter is why some people wail about Meteorites being a useless powder but I do think one has to understand that the Meteorites doesn’t add highlight or shimmer per se. Its a finishing powder that infuses skin with an inner glow without all the shimmer and shine normally associated with highlighters and just leaves you looking polished and perfect. But as I said, I’m a huge fan so that’s just the fan-girl talking :)
I tried to show you what I mean by attempting to swatch the regular Teint Rose Meteorites and the Perles de Nuit. You can see that in the Teint Rose (swatch above), there are 3 matte shades and 1 shimmer. In Perles de Nuit, its the other way round. So you can expect more shimmer in the holiday tub. Nothing overboard as I’ve said, but definitely there.
In a nutshell
A lovely tin of highlighting/finishing powder that adds subtle golden warmth to the skin. Perles de Nuit is more shimmery than the regular Meteorites so shimmer will be more noticeable on the skin. The colours are warmer but it is all very subtle. I wear these in the day time as well without looking glittery or overdone. The shimmer lifts the skin and you can pile on more for a highlight on the cheeks. I just prefer to dust it all over my face. It pulls the look together and seals it.
Pros: Not overly shimmery, Adds a very subtle warm golden glow to the skin, Gorgeous packaging, Beautiful product to look at and use
Cons: Pricey but will last you forever, Black sponge in the tub looks cheap
Here is a comparison picture of the Perles de Nuit tin and the Rose Fraise regular Meteorites tin (since the reformulation. I had the old one that came in a rainbow coloured cardboard tub but it now resides with my sister. You can see a picture of how it looks here).
The tins are exactly the same, except that the Perles de Nuit come in a teal tin as opposed to the regular silver tin. I think I’m going to turn collector so I’ll be keeping an eye out for more Meteorites pearls to come! :D I just have the one Teint Rose from the permanent range – I can’t believe that! Probably have to remedy that the next time I’m feeling flush :)
Does the Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Nuit catch your eye? Do you own any Meteorites and do you love them as I do or do you just think them meh?
Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Nuit retail at RM185 at all Guerlain counters