Every spring, Guerlain does a reinvention of their famed meteorites, and rightly so, as there is nothing that brings about a glow the way those precious pearls do. And this Spring 2015, Guerlain has given us 3 different brand new renditions of that youthful baby glow! Today I’d like to talk about 2 of them…
The star player in Guerlain Les Tendres Spring 2015 collection in my opinion, is the Meteorites Baby Glow.
Touted as the liquefied version of those infamous ballz, Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow contains the Stardust technology that corrects, smoothes and subtly illuminates the complexion. The aqueous texture glides over the skin and erases signs of fatigue and restores the natural youthful glow to the complexion. Until now, the only makeup bases that the brand carried are extremely lightweight, and do pretty much nothing in the way of color correction, oil control and pore control. The UV bases under the Blanc de Perle range have some color correcting properties, but they are Asia-exclusive and do not work well in terms of extending the wear of makeup. And the 2 earlier BB creams that were launched – Lingerie de Peau Beauty Booster (reviewed here) and the Super Aqua-Serum BB Cream (reviewed here) are much too thick to be used under foundation. Therefore, it is about time for Guerlain to bridge the great divide, and give us a multipurpose product that may be used either as an all-in-one sheer makeup, or a makeup base with all of the desired properties of color correction / pore minimizing / glow enhancing / wear extension, etc!
Even though technically Guerlain has classified the Meteorites Baby Glow as foundation instead of BB cream, I personally find the latter describes it better as it is much too sheer on its own to be a proper foundation. In fact, it is sheer even for a BB cream, it is borderline makeup base in my personal definition. As you can see from the swatch comparison above, Meteorites Baby Glow is the sheerest whilst Lingerie de Peau Beauty Booster has the thickest coverage. Also, the Meteorites Baby Glow that I have is in shade 02 which is the lightest, and compared against the lightest shade in both the Super Aqua-Serum BB and LDP BB, Baby Glow has a pink tinge, which again lends it particularly well as a color-correcting base.
Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow marries the best qualities of its 2 predecessors – the matte-finish of Lingerie de Peau Beauty Booster, and the hydrating yet lightweight feel of the Super Aqua-Serum BB. Upon application, it gives a veil of light and plumps up my skin. It is incredibly lightweight and stays perfectly comfortable on my skin throughout the day. The coverage is the lightest one yet, and I personally am too insecure to venture too far from home wearing such a skimpy layer, although Sunny has demonstrated perfectly beautiful looks wearing just the Baby Glow on its own.
Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow on its own is inadequate for counteracting all of my redness and it is insufficient for eliminating the darkness under my eyes and pimples. A good concealer is still needed to cover up those blemishes. The lightweight quality allowed it to be layered beautifully with powder foundation like the Lingerie de Peau Powder Foundation [reviewed here] which gives an added layer of coverage without any powderiness nor taking away the glow. On its own, Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow lasts me about 4 hours after which I get some shine peeking through on my nose. It stays on well all day without creasing, fading or oxidizing, all factors that make it an excellent BB.
Let me now turn to the other reincarnation of meteorites…
And if the Meteorites Baby Glow is not sufficient for you, Guerlain has re-introduced a way for you to bring your personal lighting crew along with you in your purse in the form of Meteorites Compact. Known to aficionados all over the world, the famed Guerlain Meteorites Pearls have the ability to diffuse light and impart an ethereal glow. It breathes life back into the complexion after numerous layers of makeup, and finishes a look. Previous rendition in the form of Mythic Meteorites Voyage Powder was well-loved by was heavy and cost USD170 for case and refill with the refill available separately at USD55. The new Meteorites Compact is more lightweight whilst still being of a sturdy build, and cost only USD62 for the compact and pan. Unfortunately, it is no longer refillable.
The new Guerlain Meteorites Compact is available in 3 shades – 02 Light, 03 Medium, 04 Golden – corresponding to the shade number of the ballz version. The one I have here is shade 03 Medium, and I have several tins of the Meteorites Pearls in shade 02 Light. When applied on my face, the difference is imperceptible, and I think anybody with an medium skin tone ranging from NC15-NW25 can go with either one. I found the loose pearls version slightly more powdery, in the sense that a quick swirl with a fluffy powder brush picks up more product from the loose pearls than from the compact. Also, the loose pearls is much more affordable in the long run at USD60 for 26gm versus USD62 for 10gm in the compact. Of course, one should not underestimate the value of convenience and portability of a compact.
Both the Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow and Meteorites Compact are available on a permanent basis, and are now released in most places where Guerlain is sold. This is part 1 of 2 posts that I have lined up for Guerlain’s Spring 2015. Please stay tuned for the next post featuring my picks from the color collection!
This post featured products that were provided to me for my consideration by Luxasia Singapore. All views expressed here are my own honest, unbiased opinion that are not influenced in any way.
Wow! It certainly does bring a lovely glow to your skin! I tried this and there was too much pink in there for my redness prone skin, so passed on it even though I did love how radiant it made my skin look.
Hi Noodles, yes i think those with a lot of redness will not do well with this baby glow… which is a pity because it’s really very lovely! But just a thought… have you tried the shade 03? I know it looks dark… but maybe when sheered out it’ll be ok. It’s definitely more yellow based than 02… so maybe that may work?
I haven’t tried Baby Glow because I know it wouldn’t be enough for me on its own.
I only read good things about it though. About the compact, mine got very stony after a few usage. Nothing like the other compacts. There is certainly a quality difference, not only a price difference 🙁
Hi Sara, you’re right, i found my meteorites compact rather “hard” as well. I use a soft squirrel kabuki brush to pick up the powder. I’m not sure if that’s a “quality” problem though, but perhaps more by design as you really don’t want to wear too much of it. I can see the difference on my skin with just the lightest dusting. The new Dior Snow Rainbow compact is the same way too… you definitely can’t get at it with a loose fluffy powder brush.
HI, so just to clearify, the baby glow can used as a foundation primer? Have you worn it under d LDP foundation or any other liquid foundation? What’s the effect like?
Hi Tracy, yes you can definitely use the baby glow under a liquid foundation! I don’t have the LDP fluid foundation, but i’ve tried it with something else that was equally lightweight and sheer. The baby glow provides additional coverage to the sheer foundation i have, and adds a luminosity without extra dewiness.
Hey Linda, thanks for the shout-out! I get what you mean by the low coverage. Baby Glow definitely is something for a better-skin day 🙂 I haven’t tried these pressed Meteorites yet. I still have Crazy 68 and I still love it a lot. I probably don’t powder enough because despite the fact that it’s my go-to finishing powder, I haven’t even been able to make a dent!
hey Sunny, you’re welcome! I know what you mean…. I don’t think we’ll be able to finish any of our powders in our lifetimes… these meteorites last forever!
I wanted to get Baby Glow but it’s too pink for my liking. Pink tones emphasize the redness on my skin, and I always go for yellow which brightens and minimizes redness. One thing about Guerlain is that they really need more shade variety >_<
Hi Lily, yes I remember your dislike of pink bases. I don’t like overly pink things either, as my base tone is cool with sporadic redness, but I can wear baby glow well. You may want to just give it a test run at the counter or something. But you’re right, lots of people complain about Guerlain’s shade range, and i really wish they’ll do that just to make their products more accessible!