I’ve gone a little Guerlain crazy on Instagram lately, but it’s mostly because of a) cabin fever (I haven’t been out to a mall in ages!) and b) new pretty things from my favourite brand! 😀 There are a few items in Guerlain’s Les Tendres Spring 2015 collection but to be honest, I wasn’t taken by anything else in the collection except one – the Météorites Perles de Blush Eclat Angelique. There are some pretty looking eyeshadow palettes and some coral lipsticks but I wasn’t interested. I was there at the Guerlain counter for one thing and one thing only – my blush balls! 😀
There are some misconceptions I should clear up before I tell you what I think though. While these are part of the Guerlain Météorites franchise, it is a blush. It isn’t meant to be anything else except a blush so please do not try to use this as an all over powder the way I’ve actually seen some people mention. Of course it will make you look silly – try applying any blush all over your face and see how silly you look! 😛
Secondly, please do not be fooled by the enormous close up pictures you’re seeing everyday on Instagram and online. The product is tiny. Not merely tiny, it’s teeny tiny. I will show you some basis for comparison in the following pictures but be aware of what you’re getting and don’t pan the product just because you thought you were getting a larger product. Remember, images seen online always appear larger (and better) than in real life. It’s called photo editing and perspective.
So, you know I love love love my Guerlain Météorites and you know that I love love love blush. It’s something I’m sort of known for, so naturally, the minute I knew it was available at counters, I was off like a shot to pick one up for my very own 😀
Here’s another complaint about the Météorites Perles de Blush – it comes in cardboard packaging. I’m not going to defend that because I, like everyone plundering their savings for this little limited edition gem, would have preferred something better that would potentially last longer.
Yet, from my experience with the plastic tubs we get now as compared to the cardboard tubs we used to get before (I gave mine to my sister) I find that the plastic tubs end up with more powder residue than when I had the cardboard tubs. Is it because plastic is harder and therefore when the powder pearls move around in transit they break up more? Is it because cardboard is more forgiving to impact? I don’t know and I won’t speculate.
Guerlain picking cardboard, with the vintage design embossed on it seems to imply a throwback to a more classic, vintage period. Also, it is because they know they can get away with it LOL! 😀 See, suckers like me still buy it! 😀
I’ve also read comments by people saying that the box is flimsy or that it will crush easily to which my reply is – what on earth are people doing with their makeup?! This isn’t a product you will travel with (It’s too messy to) and unless you have Hulk-like strength, just be a little more careful with your belongings and you’ll be fine. Again, Guerlain isn’t going to care about what we think because this was a one off release and they knew full well they’d get away with it despite all the complaints 😛
There is a puff that keeps the balls in place in transit, but it does pick up product so don’t use it to apply the product because you will end up using too much. The colour is pretty pigmented despite its diminutive size and packs a punch. So, use a light hand and build up colour as you go along.
Oh and the pearls in this one are tiny. They reminded me of sherbet candy that I used to eat as a kid, that snaps, crackles and pops in the mouth. It is so tiny, I’m afraid to hold it and sneeze because it will end up all over the floor, or I might accidentally inhale it. It is miniscule! Keep it away from children and pets. Besides being a potential choking hazard, your wallet will weep an ocean of tears.
I’m showing you a comparison between the regular sized Météorites and the ones from the Perles de Blush. The 3 that are smaller are from the blush. It’s like those little pearls you get on cupcakes. Can I forgive them the size and reduced quantity? (the Perles de Blush are a mere 13g vs 25g in the regular sized Météorites powders)
Actually, no I can’t. I can understand the smaller sizes – it allows for your brush to pick up a more uniform shade which is useful because the product is so pigmented. Yet, I would have appreciated more product for the price we’re paying. Again however, Guerlain knew they’d get away with it – the proof is in the way it flies off the shelves with everyone cooing “It’s so cute!!” 😛
This is what happens when I dip a blush brush into the tub. You may notice how my brush picks up quite a lot of product, and the colour you see is about what you’d get on your skin – a warmed rose-red-pink flush, with some shimmer. I don’t find it very shimmery. In fact, I find that it has a very transparent colour that offers a glow as opposed to outright shimmer, and that is very flattering when worn by anyone of any skintone. Just layer it on for your preferred colour depth.
My advise is to just tap on the surface of the product. Don’t go jabbing your brush in and swirling it around. You’ll lose all the product and end up with too much colour. Be gentle. Tame that Hulk-like strength 😛
Here is an approximation of how it looks when I wear it. I had to use the phone camera so please excuse the lower quality pictures, but it gave me what I needed.
You may notice the pinkish glow I get on the cheeks. This is with just 1-2 layers of colour. It’s very natural, transparent and flattering. It also lasts all day for me.
I love the Perles de Blush. It looks lovely when worn and it fits prettily into my Météorites collection. It however, isn’t a rational purchase. Do bear in mind that I’m a Guerlain Météorites collector and a blush fiend – that makes me irrational in my choices. For everyone else who are on the fence and wondering if this is worth buying or if it’s mere hype, ask yourself these questions:-
- Do you love blush?
- Can you spare RM192/ US$53?
- Do you understand the siren song of the Météorites powders/pearls?
If you answered “Yes” to any or all of the above, then buy the Perles de Blush – you will not regret it. But if you didn’t, skip it. You won’t miss it.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Météorites Perles de Blush Angelic Radiance is part of the Les Tendres Spring 2015 collection from Guerlain. It is a loose powder blush in a very small cardboard tub. However, the product is lovely when worn on skin as it is well pigmented, and yet disperses a very transparent flush on skin. The colour can be easily built up for most skin tones, and while there is shimmer, it isn’t very shimmery. For me, it offers a glow to the skin as opposed to outright shimmer. I would advise using a light hand due to the intensity of colour. This isn’t a must have, nothing is. But if you love blush and Météorites and have money to spare, it is very nice to have.
PROS: Lovely flush of colour when applied on skin, Gives skin a natural transparent glow, Pigmented product, Suitable for most skin tones, Completes the Météorites collection for collectors
CONS: Pricey, Little product, Cardboard box
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who loves blush, Guerlain Météorites powders and have money to spare because it’s expensive
LIMITED EDITION: Yes, Guerlain Les Tendres Spring 2015
One more shot showing you the size of the tub and the blush balls held in the palm of my hand. I don’t have a very large hand, so you might have an idea of what I mean when I say it’s tiny. But I’d say this is a tiny product that packs quite a pretty punch!
So naturally no, I don’t regret my purchase one bit. Remember, I’m irrational 😀
Did you pick up the Météorites Perles de Blush? Are you tempted to and if you did, do you love it or are you disappointed?
This was the one item I’d waited for for Spring 2015 and it’s my first purchase to date of any makeup in 2015! I’m very happy about that, and the fact that it’s a) blush and b) Météorites. I couldn’t get any happier 😀
Guerlain Météorites Perles de Blush Eclat Angelique (Angelic Radiance) Price: RM192 / US$53 – 13g Availability: Guerlain counters Limited Edition: Guerlain Les Tendres Spring 2015