Guerlain Meteorites Rainbow Pearls for Summer 2015

June 2, 2015

Usually when we think about Guerlain’s summer collections, their famed terracottas invariably take centerstage. But even when bronzing it up, we can all do with a bit of glow, and Guerlain has reinvented its signature Meteorites and released a very special limited edition Guerlain Météorites Rainbow Pearls just for this season.

Guerlain Meteorites Rainbow Pearls for Summer 2015

I have lost track of how many tins of these candy-like Meteorites I own now, and quite frankly, when I first heard of these Rainbow Pearls my reaction was somewhat muted. Oh great, yet another Meteorites. But after using it for awhile now, it feels different somehow. And for the benefit of all those who are similarly inured, who are asking the same question of “why would I need more ballz?”, let me just put it out there. These Rainbow Pearls may look shimmery in the tin, but they really aren’t! In comparison to last summer’s Aquarella Meteorites [reviewed here], and last Holiday 2014’s Meteorites Perles d’Etoiles Illuminating Pearls [reviewed here], the Rainbow Pearls are much less frosty and are probably one of the more “wearable” meteorites that have been recently released. When I first received the Rainbow Pearls, there was quite a substantial layer of loose powder coating the pearls at the very top of the tin, and it seemed to me that the more shimmery pearls were more prone to disintegrating, causing the entire tin to appear more shimmery than it really is. But once you dust that off, the actual pearls are really more satin.

Guerlain Meteorites

What makes the Rainbow Pearls really enrapturing is the mix of bright poppy colors in contrast to the usual muted shades. The bright fuchsia pearls remind me of the Angelic Radiance Meteorites Perles de Blush from Spring 2015 [reviewed here] and are included to revive dull complexions. The rich coral pearls look almost chocolate or bronze to me, and give suntanned skin more radiance, perfect for the summer season. Sunny yellow pearls warm up the complexion and counters redness, and are like little balls of sunshine in a tin! Fresh green also minimizes redness and perks up the face. Champagne and pearlescent white pearls even out skin tone and illuminate.

Guerlain Meteorites Rainbow Pearls for Summer 2015

The packaging is lovely, of course, as we can always expect from Guerlain. It is a soft white scalloped tin with a lush golden lid, and the interior of the tin is a pretty baby pink. The decorative motive in the center of the lid is uncharacteristically colorful, with green, pink and white shades representative of the contents within.

Guerlain Meteorites Rainbow Pearls for Summer 2015

I have never attempted to swatch any of these Meteorites on my arm… well, to be completely honest, I have tried in the past and just gave it up as futile as there is simply no good way to swatch and be representative of how it really looks like on the face. Guerlain Meteorites are such fine powders, and they are designed to be idiot-proof in a way that it is impossible to overdo. Therefore, trying to build up a visible swatch is simply an oxymoron. I’m very sure if you picked up enough of the pearlescent white and champagne shades, you will end up with a fairly glittery swatch. On the other hand, these pearls are meant to be swirled together, and using a large fluffy brush, therefore ensuring an airy finish devoid of glitter. I love how lightly dusting a layer of Meteorites all over my face as a last step of my makeup helps to blur my pores, evens out everything, and brings light back to my face. Yes I am a devout fan. And if you found the permanent Meteorites offerings too pale / dark for you, enjoy the warmth of the Perles d’Etoiles but found it too shimmery, then you really should take these Guerlain Meteorites Rainbow Pearls out for a spin. Try them on your face, walk out in the sunshine, and admire your beauty!

xo Linda

This post featured a product that was kindly sent to me by Guerlain Singapore for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

36 responses to “Guerlain Meteorites Rainbow Pearls for Summer 2015”

  1. Lydia Koh says:

    hello! Do you have a review on the permanent Meteorites Perles de Poudre? You have it in your picture. How does this rainbow one compare to that one?r Thanks!

  2. Anne Sanderson says:

    Thank you for your review with beautiful photos. Do you think these Meteorites would be suitable for skin with strong pink / red undertones? I am worried if the red balls would make the redness worse. Thank you.

    • silverkis says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Anne! Tbh, the meteorites are so sheer, they don’t really lend any tint or color on the skin. I am actually cool-toned with some pink, and I didn’t notice getting any pinker. That said, if you are worried, there are a couple of other shades from the permanent line, that are more beige / yellow based that may better suit your needs.

  3. Tirurit says:

    Gorgeous!! I really need to check these out in person!

  4. OOOOOH! I can’t wait for it to arrive. Placed an order with escentual the other day. Looking at photos I acn’t help but think it’s a mxture of the one they did last Christmas, and the medium and dark permanent one. I just wish I could’ve gotten my hands on the one you’ve got in the top left of your photo. The tin looks so pretty!

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Siri, yes you’re right it does seem like a mix-up of a couple of tins! I guess there are only so many colors they can create huh? That color tin you mentioned was a LE release celebrating the 26th anniversary of the Meteorites. It was also one of the last LE release before they changed formula. But the contents are exactly the same as the permanent line-up just diff packaging.

      • Oh, but still, the packaging is so pretty. I only got into collecting them with the Crazy Paris look, because we very rarely get the big summer looks. This time, for instance, the focus is all on the Joli Teint, while the rest of the world is getting the stuff I wanted. But got an acquaintance picking up a bronzer for me in Paris and the pearls coming in the mail soon. Because it’s Guerlain and therefore I must have it!

        • silverkis says:

          LOL, yes i remember your love for these ballz! Can’t wait to see how you like these Rainbow Pearls!!!

          • Ooooh, it’s love I tell you! Pure love. But now I’m wondering if you gous are getting another exclusive. I’ve seen pictures on instagram suggesting that there’s another, more shimmery version of the pearls out there in another box. Do you know anything about that?

          • silverkis says:

            Siri, are you referring to the one with a white casing and looks very shiny? I think they’re soaps…. 😉 I saw a lot of people who attended the HK press event made it themselves…

          • silverkis says:

            Hi Siri, are you referring to the pictures posted by some people from HK? I believe (from reading their chinese comments) that those are not meteorites but soap pearls which they got to make at a press event! They sure look like meteorites though, and that pinkish/white container they come in look so sweeet!!

          • That must be it! It’s so frustrating only being able to read the atin alphabet sometimes! Thanks for clarifying that for me. My mind was reeling with thoughts of what, when, where and how 🙂

          • silverkis says:

            lol…. i sometimes wished I knew more languages, but I tried with French and gave up. My reading ability for Chinese is quite poor really, but I checked a few posts and I do believe they’re handmade soaps baubles. So relax!!!

          • French is so hard! Because of the pronounciations, I think. Spanish is a lot easier. Just don’t try to pick up Norwegian, because if you weigh the usefulness against the difficultylevel, you’ll find that it’s just too much trouble for a language spoken by a few million people.

          • silverkis says:

            I know!!! I can sort of read them… but once they start shortening things and reading it, I cant make out what it is anymore! Plus their numbers are hard…..lol

  5. Deslé says:

    they are so beautiful!! Love Guerlain. xoxo

  6. beauty bloss says:

    Oh my gosh look at your little pearls collection!!! I have one tin stashed away somewhere (how terrible I can’t even remember which one it is) but you’ve inspired me to go hunting and find it, I remember how much I loved the effect x

  7. 38noodles says:

    I’m sort of paranoid I’ll have a runaway ballz drop to the floor and gobbled up my one of my dogs before I can salvage it, so I’ve kept to the compacts for now (other than the blusher ballz), but I like the sound of this not being too shimmery and more wearable. Will be checking out soon!

    • silverkis says:

      Hahaha… i’ve lost a few pearls along the way… once I poured them out for a picture, and my son picked it up and crushed it between his fingers and went back for more!

  8. Eleni Papadaki says:

    Ballzies, more Guerlain ballzies… you’ve got to love them! I own like 4 by now and I barely use them… But I always seem to buy them, they look like pastel candies! Not sure if I’ll go for this one immediately; I will go back to the ones I own and check how shimmery they look on me and take it from there :).

    • silverkis says:

      My face eats shimmers for breakfast, so I can’t ever tell. I apply these every morning as my last step, and I’ve not made a dent in a single tin I own!! LOL!!!

  9. OMG! I have finally worked out how to comment on your posts. I have tried to do it for ages and never been able to.
    Anyway, totally agree with you about trying to swatch the meteorites, impossible! In fact, it is with most powders. Chanel Les Beiges are exactly the same, look heavenly on the skin but impossible to show that in a post.
    I love Guerlain meteorites, pretty much everything from Guerlain, in fact.
    Thanks for another great review, Mirifique Beauty.
    P.S. Have you tried the Bobbi Brown Brightening Bricks? I have Coral and it’s wonderful for lifting, brightening, highlighting, blushing and bronzing.

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Mandy!!! Thank you sooo much for trying again and again to leave me your love! :*** I’m sorry, i was under heavy persuasion to switch over to Disqus, and I realize it is slightly problematic to load on mobile devices and for non-Disqus users. I have not tried the BB brightening bricks, but i’ve definitely heard great things about it! I’ve swatched it at the counters, and almost made off with 1 (or 2) but for some reason I just couldn’t get over the mental hurdle of just-too-many-things already….

    • Alison says:

      Hi Mandy: Chiming in here. I got it in pink and it is wonderful for lifting my somewhat sallow pale complexion but more of a winter-fall look than summer.

  10. Lily says:

    Chocolate Ballz? That just reminded me of a South Park song… way back when I was at Uni. Hahaha! I have only one tin of ballz, and that’s the Teint Rose. I don’t reach for it too much lately, and while the ballz look really good, I don’t find myself wanting to own them. Teint Rose should last me for years 🙂

    • silverkis says:

      Oh Lily you made me laugh sooo loudly I choked on my coffee!! I know what you mean…. i was digging out the last 2 tins of ballz that I just remembered i owned that weren’t photographed in that group pict above, and I had them all splayed out on the bed last night and staring at my hubby going…. how to use?!?!? But the moment el hubs said, just give them to me i’ll give them away, i found myself hugging all the tins to my chest and warn in my most-Golam voice to stay away! LOL!!

  11. I love your ballz collection Linda! I find the latest ones a bit too shimmery so maybe that one is something for me. I believe though they won’t be released in Germany, have to check it out!

    • silverkis says:

      I know alot of ladies have been complaining about how these new “stardust” series of meteorites are too shimmery… my face has a way of eating up shimmers so it’s something I can’t really tell, but just from examining the tins upclose, I find this Rainbow Pearls to be less shimmery more satin then the rests.

  12. Ahhh the ballz! Ever so pretty! I have two for the moment, and I really don’t think I’ll ever finish a tub. All of them are so cute tho. It’s hard not to want to collect them 🙂

    • silverkis says:

      Oh no…. i doubt i’ll ever be able to finish any of these in my lifetime! Maybe when i’m old and completely forsaken, i’ll toss these balls up in a big tub and bathe myself in them! ROFLL!!

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