Friday, December 9, 2011

Face Paint: Guerlain Meteorites Poudre De Perles

Guerlain Poudre De Perles in Beige Lumineux 03

Guerlain Poudre De Perles. What is it? It's an "illuminating perfecting pressed powder." This is one of the cult-favorite Guerlain Meteorites Balls spin-off in a travel-friendly pressed compact form. It was first introduced in 2008 as part of Guerlain's Summer 2008 Collection.

I have forever been eyeing this in Rustan's, but it is just too expensive. I got this new and unused Poudre De Perles from another Girltalker, who was selling it at 1000 pesos cheaper than its selling price in Rustan's Essences. I believe she bought this from Duty Free and this (and 2 other shades) were her back-ups. What a steal huh?

So, again... Meteorites. What is it exactly, and what does it do apart from look pretty in its packaging? It's a finishing powder that diffuses light and corrects skin color imperfections. Don't expect it to provide coverage. It is applied after all your make-up routine is done. It transforms one's complexion into a polished and natural look. I don't mean polished as in shiny-glossy-polished, just a more put together and luminous skin -- like it's lit with a candle from within. It does this by employing different colored powder particles to blur imperfections. In the case of Beige Lumineux, the three differently toned beige powders neutralizes the skin color and the big purple powder in the middle brightens sullen looking skin. 

I have tried searching for a Meteorites dupe from other brands, but I have never found anything that has the exact fine finish that it gives. A very near dupe to the original Meteorites Balls in Mythic is probably Nyx Mosaic Powder in 01 Highlight. 

When first opened, the Poudre De Perles compact has a fine micro shimmer on top of the powder. Don't think that it will create a disco-ball shimmery effect. The micro shimmer is just sprayed on top of the powder, which disappears after about two uses. When lightly applied with a soft face brush such as a skunk/stippling brush, you get a very soft, almost matte (but not quite) perfecting powder that creates a glowing soft-focused effect. It's an instant pick-me-upper.

The Poudre De Perles is also available in three other shades:
  • Mythic Parfait: It has pink and white powders and a big green powder ball in the middle. The green ball reduces skin redness while the pink and white illuminates for radiant looking skin.
  • Rose Frais: It has a white pearl and two pink powders. It evens the skin tone and make the skin appear fresh.
  • Nacre Des Mers: This was a limited edition. This is closest to the Beige Lumineux, but lighter. It has a blue ball in the center and ivory and light gold pearl and apricot powders. This is great for ladies who think Beige Lumineux is dark for their skin tone.
I almost forgot to mention, this smells heavenly too. 


  1. I've been reading a lot about this product, and I'm actually very interested to get one. But it's really expensive for someone who doesn't really use perfecting/finishing powders.. >.< Will try to get the NYX Mosaic Powder first and see if perfecting powders can be more substantial for my makeup routine.. ^^

  2. Hi Sumi! Try the NYX one, great bang for your buck ;) Its not an all-over finishing powder tho, its best for highlighting the top of the cheekbones and nose bridge. It keeps the base from looking too flat/matte. :)