You will doubtless have seen numerous blog posts or photos on Instagram of the absolutely breathtaking piece of art that is the Guerlain Meteorites Flocons Enchantes or in English, the Guerlain Enchanted Snowflake Meteorites. Guerlain truly outdid themselves this year, with one of the prettiest powders I ever did see.
But despite the anticipation and social media-driven hype, I stayed away. For some reason, despite my Meteorites collecting habits, I couldn’t bring myself to drop almost RM300 on a tub. Prices sure have gone up since I started my collection. Instead, I picked up the Rouge G lipstick, which I happen to love.
But as providence will have it, I was gifted with a tub of what is confusingly known as the Meteorites Flocons Enchantes or Enchanted Snowflake Meteorites or by some people, called the Perles des Neiges Meteorites. The former is what’s printed on the box. I’m not sure where some sources got the latter name from.
Call it what you want, isn’t this a thing of beauty? :)
I do have a bit of an axe to grind with Guerlain though. They call this the Enchanted Snowflake Meteorites, and in the press release, it says that it has snowflakes amidst the regular pearls. Yet, what they put in there were…. stars.
Come on guys, aren’t those stars in there? No one in their right mind would say “Ooh, snowflakes!” Instead, everyone and their aunty are going “Ooh, such pretty stars!” Note to Guerlain – work on your presentation LOL!
Since this has been done to death, let me just show you some photos and some quick thoughts I have about this. As to whether you should buy it, I think you can answer that for yourself… though I’ll offer some pointers :)
First off, the US$80 and RM269 pricetag is a high one. If you managed to get this in Sephora during their 20% members sale, good on ya! It’s still pretty pricey though, so it’s not for everyone. I know we’re all feeling the pinch with the economic slowdown and rising prices, so this is 100% luxury, not a need. Balance your budgets accordingly :)
It does however, come in a nice 30g tub, which is what Meteorites used to be before they were reduced to the 25g versions that you get in the permanent range. It shows, in that the tub looks fuller, instead of just a few balls rattling around the tub.
Unlike previous years and in view of the limited edition packaging, Guerlain has made this a sturdy plastic tub, with a nice heft. The plastic isn’t a cheap plastic, but it is plastic. It also comes with a puff to hold the pearls in place so you don’t end up with a tub of powder, and the whole tub is fashioned after a snowglobe.
The screw-off cover has a gradational translucency, to allow you to view an intricate golden design embedded into the cover, if you view it from the top. Let me show you.
See how it looks like you’re viewing it through a snowglobe? I actually really liked it, and I appreciated the thought and design that went into it. Viewed from the side, you don’t really see the design. It’s only visible when viewed from the top. I loved that!
But you all know I’m a Meteorites collector right? I’ve championed Guerlain’s Meteorites for so many years, they really should be paying me a commission LOL! But the long and short of it, is that I love the Meteorites, and I think it does wonders for the complexion. It’s a finishing powder, not a setting powder, so I can’t really say just how it’s supposed to look on you. All I can say is that Meteorites are the one product that pulls my makeup together, giving my skin an imperceptible glow that is unmatched by any other powder I’ve ever used. I’m a huge huge fan and can talk all day about it :P
But today, it’s about the Enchanted Snowflake Meteorites, and I must say that these are a wee bit more shimmery than the regular permanent ones. The powders are a mix of champagne, white and gold pearls and stars, that is a little shimmery to the touch.
In fact, I was a little put off initially. However, when I apply it to the skin, it isn’t shimmery at all.
The combination of powders and pearly shimmer gives skin a bit of a boost and a glow that isn’t bang in your face. If you use a dense brush, and layer it on, you might actually be able to use it as a highlighter. But I just swirled it all over my face with a fluffy brush (you can use the Real Techniques Blush Brush, as I sometimes do) and what it does is make my makeup look just that touch more ethereal. I actually really like this!
Being a true blue fan of Meteorites, I must say that I enjoyed this. They are up there with my other favourite, the Meteorites Perles de Nuit which gives skin the most AMAZING glow like nothing I’ve ever used. I find that this is a touch brighter while Perles de Nuit has a more champagne tint but they’re both impressive in quality.
To buy or not to buy? It’s a question only you can answer. Get it, if the price doesn’t make you blanch, and you are a fan of the Meteorites, or want a more champagne toned Meteorites (the permanent range doesn’t have a champagne toned powder). Don’t, if you won’t use it. Makeup is best appreciated when it’s used :)
IN A NUTSHELL
The Guerlain Meteorites Flocons Enchantes or Enchanted Snowflake Meteorites are limited edition Meteorites powders from Guerlain that come in a limited edition packaging like that of a snow globe. The pearls are a mix of regular round pearls and stars (which are supposed to be snowflakes, but who are they kidding?) The powder swatches a little shimmery, but isn’t so when you brush it on the skin. It gives a bit of a bright, champagne glow to your skin that makes it look that much more impressive. Beautiful in the evenings under candlelight or evening lighting, but use a lighter hand for the day to avoid looking too shiny. There is the signature Guerlain scent but isn’t overpowering. One for the Meteorites collectors!
PROS: Prettily designed packaging, Unique design of the powders, Lovely glowy effect of powder on skin
CONS: Pricey, Limited Edition
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who missed out on Perles de Nuit, Anyone who wants a more champagne toned Meteorites powder for evening use in particular, Makeup collectors
I thought you might like to see this alongside some of the Meteorites from previous years.
I skipped the Crazy Paris Meteorites Perles (2013) although I picked up the rest of the collection, because I hated the packaging. And yes, I use them all :)
I’m not much of a makeup collector, but Meteorites are my weakness. It’s getting hard to continue though, because the prices are going up and up, and I’m starting to balk. So hopefully Guerlain slows down on the new releases of the “bebolas” or I’d just have to call a halt! :P
Did you get the Enchanted Snowflake Meteorites? Do you get what the hype of Meteorites is all about?
I’ve been preaching about these balls since I started blogging, so that’s a long time LOL! I never quite understood them until I picked up my first tub (in the lurid, gaudy colourful cardboard tub of the days of yore) and then, I was drawn in, hook line and sinker! These days, these balls are my precioussssss….. :D
Guerlain Meteorites Flocons Enchantes or Enchanted Snowflake Meteorites Price: RM269 | US$80 for 30g Availability: Guerlain counters and Sephora Limited Edition: Yes, Christmas 2015