Guerlain Meteorites Base was one of the first makeup primers that I used diligently and actually finished up. At the very beginning of this blog, I had written about the challenges I faced in finding the perfect primer [read “Battle of the Primers” here], and I never got around to writing the part 2 of that series because I had settled down nicely with Guerlain Meteorites Base shortly after. In fact, there has been a post kicking around at the back of my head and on my pipeline for the past year or so, discussing the various wonderful bases that Guerlain has to offer. But time has gotten the better of me, and now that Guerlain has released a new formula, it seems appropriate to finally give this wonderful product a proper introduction. I also got to try out the new Blanc de Perle Compact Foundation, which is always a joy, because as you all know, I have an extreme fondness for Guerlain powders.
Guerlain Meteorites Base was released as part of the Spring 2016 makeup collection, and replaces the old Meteorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer. The new formula comes with the tag “mythical skin-perfecting base” promising “anti-dullness”. From the description to the pink pearls suspended in a clear transparent fluid in the bottle, the new Meteorites Base seemed at initial cursory view to be quite reminiscent of the old. Of course, the packaging has been improved, it now comes in a sleeker shape without the curved body, similar to the Meteorites Oxygene Care [see here] and Parure Gold Foundation [reviewed here].
The pink pearls contain microspheres with diamond dust encapsulated within, and are crushed when the dispenser is pressed to release a light watery fluid. These microspheres diffract UV rays and reflect light to create a halo of radiance around the face. Using the Stardust technology used in those famed Meteorites Perles, Guerlain Meteorites Base contains a high concentration of multicoloured, ultra-fine pearlescent particles in gold, pink, blue, green, etc to enhance light diffusion. The different light reflections and unique blend of colours create a luminous glow that corrects the complexion – without ever creating too much shine.
When I was digging around my old archives in preparation for this post, I found an old comparison swatch of the various Guerlain makeup bases. As I had already mentioned, the current Meteorites Base replaces the older Meteorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer, and you can see how the new formula is much more watery, and the light-reflecting pigments are much more visible. L’Or has also been reformulated and the swatch below is of the old version. Les Ors was a limited edition bronzier version of the Meteorites primer from Summer 2013 which I loved and hoarded like the makeup obsessed because it was better at controlling shine. And Shine Control was part of the Blanc de Perle range [reviewed here] that was specifically designed to mattify and reduce shine, and was an Asia-exclusive item which has sadly been discontinued.
I first fell in love with Guerlain’s Meteorites primer because it is the only primer in the market that does not contain any silicon. However, I found the old formula to be insufficient at controlling my oily t-zone, and so I needed to add some Shine Control to help further extend the wear time of my makeup. With the new Guerlain Meteorites Base, it seems as if Guerlain has miraculously combined my 2 HG faves from the past, and made them even better! The new base controls oil even better than before, and keeps my face shine-free throughout the day.
The clear fluid spreads easily, and 1 pump of Guerlain Meteorites Base was sufficient to cover my entire face. It is absorbed into the skin almost immediately, leaving no sticky or heavy sensation, in fact it is completely weightless. Instead, it lends a light hydrating, plumping effect to the skin, blurring away fine lines imperceptibly. What I noticed right away with the new formula is that it has visible micro shimmers, which you make out from the hand swatch above. Under low light, it is even shimmer-ier, and I was quite surprised to be honest. However, the good news is that the shimmers are really ultra-fine, does not leave any texture on the skin at all, and does not show up like a disco ball! Instead, it helps foundation go over smoother, and imparts that lit-from-within look so that skin is radiant with a healthy halo around it, and never falls flat and lifeless. And because it is so mattifying, I found Guerlain Meteorites Base to be perfect when used on the usual t-zone – i.e. forehead, nose and chin, as it helps control shine and still provides a nice highlighting effect!
I am always excited to check out new powders from Guerlain, and truth be told, they’re all so finely milled and silky smooth that just describing them that way has grown meaningless. Guerlain Blanc de Perle Light Booster Brightening Compact Foundation has been a special member of the family because of that “light ribbon” at the bottom of the pan that works as a highlighter and magically erases shadows and dark circles.
The beige powder foundation itself is softly luminous though gives a mattifying effect to the skin. Compared to other Guerlain compact foundations, this one feels a little bit less creamy to the touch, and is designed to resist heat and humidity. On the other hand, it is so smooth that it never cakes up, even when buffed into the skin and touched up throughout the day. Silica powders coat the colour pigments with a refractive index close to that of naturally-occurring sebum, so that the powder remains colour-true throughout the day, and does not oxidize.
Because I never wear my powders on their own, I have layered the Guerlain Blanc de Perle compact foundation over a light layer of Chanel CC cream in the comparison shot above. Guerlain BdP compact is incredibly sheer, perhaps even sheerer than the Parure Gold Radiance Powder [reviewed here], and adds no weight at all to my skin. It does not fall into my pores, nor emphasize the lines around my eyes. I have not used a concealer here, so you can see it does brighten up the dark under eye circles, and I dabbed on a bit more around the nose, but some redness especially on my cheeks is still visible. If you compare the 2 sides of my face, you will find that the Guerlain BdP compact does mattify and tone down the shine, but does not leave the skin looking dull. And if needed, there is always the white illuminator powder that you can dab on to eliminate any darkness and to bring out the high points of the face.
Guerlain Blanc de Perle Light Booster Brightening Compact Foundation contains Guerlain’s proprietary Advanced P.E.A.R.L. complex which helps to combat formation of dark spots. SPF20 / PA++ provides protection from the sun; and a new Weather-Fit technology shields the skin against UV, pollution and free radicals.
It is always a great pleasure to indulge in some Guerlain makeup. They get everything right, from the beautifully designed packaging, down to the individual textures and sensorial pleasures. I do think that with the latest Meteorites Base, the brand is moving more in the direction of younger clientele, and certainly with Asians in mind. I like that it is excellent at controlling oil, and yet gives a brightening boost to the complexion. The new Blanc de Perle Light Booster Brightening Compact Foundation is an excellent one to pack in even the slimmest purse for touch-ups, as it has a convenient highlighting strip and blots out excess shine without caking up.
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.