Jan 132011

Guerlain has just introduced Meteorites Illuminating and Mattifying Pressed Powder Compact ($56) in three tones– #01 in Teint Rose (light pink), #2 in Teint Beige (medium beige) and #3 in Teint Dore (deep beige).  After a telephone discussion with the Guerlain Boutique in Las Vegas, I opted for #2 in Teint Beige for my coloring.  (I am Chanel Intensity 1.0/Cameo – Ivoire/ MAC NC15).

When I heard about the Meteorites Compact at a $56 price point, I was immediately curious.  After all, the Meteorites Voyage Compact Exceptional Pressed Powder sells for $170–that is a dramatic price difference.

First off, the new Guerlain compact is a bit smaller in circumference, and a bit bulkier, than the more expensive Meteorites Voyage.  The outside of the Meteorites Illuminating and Mattifying Pressed Powder Compact is a darker, gunmetal with a touch of rose color, unlike the silver-toned Voyage.  The Illuminating and Mattifying is made from a lighter composite material;  the Voyage is metal and has a much heavier feel.  My highly unscientific kitchen scale experiment gave me a weight of 1.5 oz for the Illuminating and Mattifying Compact, and a weight of 6 oz for the Voyage Compact.  The Illuminating and Mattifying Compact is quite light–it weighed 1/2 oz less than Guerlain’s Blondes Halees Bronzer. Absolutely, Guerlain’s new compact is designed to be grab-and-go.

Here, you can see the difference between the slimmer Voyage and the slightly bulkier Illuminating and Mattifying Compact:

Many makeup lovers would love to own the Voyage, but the $170 price point can be daunting (I was able to pick mine up at the Parisian Duty Free for a bit less).  The idea of a refillable, metal compact may not appeal to everyone, and so the Illuminating and Mattifying Powder Compact at the comparatively lower $56 may draw more of a crowd.  Keep in mind, however, that it does not appear that refills are sold for the lower priced version.

Inside, you can see that the composition of the powders is quite different–the Voyage uses the pressed, multi-color brightening and refining pattern.  In contrast, the Illuminating and Mattifying Compact has a more traditional beige appearance of a finishing powder.  Nonetheless, Guerlain describes the Illuminating and Mattifying Powder has having “a constellation of minuscule multicolored radiant pearly particles with yellow, orange, green, red, violet or white reflections to recreate ideal radiance.”  (from Nordstrom.com)  Thus, it appears that the new compact powder has the multicolored reflectivity at the micro level.

How are these different?  My take is that the Voyage has a brightening quality, which is intended to change and normalize the skintone slightly.   It looks lighter, as a soft almost invisible, slight veil.  The Illuminating and Mattifying gives a very refined beige finish with a slight glow, the effect is very natural.  The Illuminating and Mattifying does not provide enough coverage to serve as a foundation;  rather, the powder adds slight color and evens the skin.

Neither comes with a brush.  The Illuminating and Mattifying Compact comes with a whisper-thin puff, crossed with an embossed ribbon.  I recommend applying this with a standard powder brush.

Between the Voyage and the new Guerlain Compact, I prefer the Illuminating and Mattifying as a “my skin but better effect.”  I did notice both a mattifying effect, and a slight illuminating glow as I turned my face from side to side in the mirror.  Most of all, I noticed that my skin looked wonderful.  I should note that I do not have very oily skin;  I get a little dewy during the day but not shiny.  If I were running out the door and had room for only one, I’d go with the Illuminating and Mattifying.  The formula is wonderful, it makes my skin look very refined and elegant, and a slightly more awake and alive. It’s definitely my current favorite pressed powder at the moment.

Guerlain’s Illuminating and Mattifying Powder does have a candy-violet scent, which fades soon after application.

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  40 Responses to “Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating and Mattifying Compact”

  1. I am really looking forward to this. So far I only have the pressed pearls (not in the Voyage compact) in 01 Mythic and I love them, cannot wait to try them out.
    Could you let me know why the Guerlain SA suggested the 02? It looks really dark in the pan.

    Great pictures as usual 🙂

    • Hi Mia-I told her that I had been matched to #3 in Lingerie de Peau, and she thought that this would be the best match for me. It does look dark in the pan, however, I am pleased with how it looks applied. SA’s recommend #1 Mythic for me in the loose Meteorites Perles. Perhaps call the Guerlain Las Vegas Boutique? They are very helpful on the phone.

      • Thanks a lot for your help, you are so sweet 🙂
        I think I need to try out the powders for myself, the violet scent is sometimes a bit irritating on my skin (I was they would go easier with it) and also want to check out the blush (amount of gold shimmer in it).

        Looking forward to it actually 🙂

  2. I just ordered this from Nordies. It should arrive on Wednesday next week. I can’t wait. It was great to read your review so I’m prepared for the bulkier packaging but an amazing product none the less. 🙂

  3. I was told there is a pink brush hidden in the base compact. Did they remove this feature?

    • Hi Blyss–I cannot detect any opening for a brush–but there is a pink and black brush in the bottom of the Series Noir Blush G compact! Perhaps the information got confused? Take care! 🙂

  4. Hi, Amy! I want to comment on my new spring CHANEL makeup, not on today’s feature. I wore my new CHANEL today for the first time: the blush, eye quad, flamboyante, gloss. It was absolutely, indescribably, beautiful. The CHANEL spring colors are so pretty, and such a pleasant change. Wearing them makes winter go away! The blush is like sunshine on your face, and the eye quad, especially the green shade, is so very sexy. The flamboyante rouge allure is lovely and easy, what i call a swipe on red. All, too beautiful for words. Please recall that I bought these items sight unseen simply on your reviews and the photos in them. In real life, these makeup items are as beautiful as you described and true to color as shown in your pics. I am so happy! Thank you. To all your readers, Amy’s pics are the real deal.

  5. I’m NC10-15 and I’m scared to order the medium shade in this, lol. I wonder just how pink the lightest shade is?

    • I believe that Guerlain sent the lightest shade to Temptalia & she did a review of it this week–maybe take a look at her swatch? I’ve linked it so it’s easy for you to find. I have to admit, it does look quite light in her pictures with a bit of a rose cast. I am on the darker side of NC15, and even more so during the Summer/Fall when I was matched to Shade 3 of Lingerie de Peau.

  6. This sounds beautiful! Going to place an order! Amy, I thought I had the same coloring as you as I was matched to chanel cameo in their matte foundation but I was matched to the lightest (.5) in teint innocence and Guerlain lingerie 03 was very dark on me. Are you the same shade in all chanel foundations?

  7. I am on the fence about purchasing this lovely product for my daughter who is NW-05, leaning pink but perhaps neutral. She needs a powder which mattifies, but does not emphasize her “dry flakies.” There is also a need for evening out skin tone because of redness (neutralizer?). This powder seems to offer the best of all words for her. Would the Teint Rose provide coverage or is it translucent?

    We’ve analyzed the swatches and the photos on Temptalia’s site (I think the shade is too light for her, which prompts me to think it’s good for my daughter). Personally, I’d love the Teint Beige but at NW20-25, I’ll have to pass this one by. I’m pleased to see something exquisite for the paler-toned gals.

    • Hi Gisele, I do not have Teint Rose, but this shade Teint Beige has only very slight coverage. It’s not entirely translucent, there is a slight veiling effect. If you get a good color match, I think that you will be pleased with it. Take care, Amy

      • Thanks for the info. I’ll let my daughter give the Teint Rose a try. Methinks she will love it.

  8. Hi Amy, is this your favorite finishing powder at the moment? I would like to purchase a finishing powder from high-end brand (currently using Guerlain Meteorites pearls and Shu Uemura Transluscent powder) and I was wondering what your recommendation is please 🙂

    • Hi Natalie–this Guerlain powder is my current favorite for a pressed powder. Before this, I used Chanel Poudre Universelle pressed powder which I liked very much. If you are looking for an illuminating effect, you could compare this Guerlain to Chanel’s Poudre Douce, which is a shimmery powder.

      For loose powders, I’ve enjoyed Chanel’s Poudre Universelle Libre or Caron’s loose powder. Honestly, the two loose powders are about equal (both excellent in my opinion) although Chanel’s powder is much more widely available in the U.S. I hope this helps! 🙂

      • Thanks so much for your help Amy! My dad is going overseas and I am giving him a list. Hope he gets the right one! 😀

  9. You always get me wanting expensive powders!! I think I’ll end up getting the Chanel loose powder next time I go to the counter… along with Vitalumiere Aqua! Can’t wait for that one. Do you think you or Liz will be trying it?

    • Dear My Lips But Better-I hope to try it out! Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua has not yet released in the U.S. So we have a bit of a wait for that one! 🙂

  10. Hi Amy!
    Thank you for your review! I think that’s a great concept to mattify and add glow at the same time. But I have a question: does it accentuate pores?

    • No Victoria–I do not have large pores but I thought that my skin looked very refined. It does not have the glittery look of some of the shimmery powders, it’s a very slight glow that’s very subtle and natural.

  11. Great review. I’m a little confused though. Is Meteorites Illuminating Pressed Powder the same thing as this product? I was told it was. I was going to purchase the Illuminating Pressed Powder in Mythic Parfait but an SA from Guerlain told me to purchase this instead. She said both mattify and illuminate. I thought the Illuminating Pressed Powder does that – illuminate but doesn’t mattify.

    • Hi Nicole–there is an Illuminating Powder that has a surface that looks like little pearls, formally called “Illuminating Perfecting Pressed Powder.” It is a different product, here’s a link; it does not come in a compact, but a little jar. It will give more of a glow than Illuminating and Mattifying Compact. Hope this helps! 🙂

      • Thanks Amy! That was the answer I was looking for since my gut feeling was telling me they are two different products. I’m glad I didn’t listen to the SA 🙂

  12. I love that these are refillable. The compact is so pretty that I wouldn’t want to throw it away when the powder is finished. Tempting…but expensive. 🙂

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  14. Amy, are you preferring this to the Dior Crystal compact? Or do you use them together? I really appreciate your knowledge and great reviews – thank you so much!

  15. I love this! Wanted to try it out last week when I dropped by the beauty counter but the testers hasn’t arrived 🙁 will try this weekend. I wonder if any of the colors will be dark enough for lingerie de peau 12

  16. Do you know when these will be available in store?

  17. Hi Amy,

    I am happy to find your review. I recently discovered Guerlain and asked the SA what compact they would recommend. Of course they recommended the Voyage and I bought it…ouch. NOW in doing my research I have discovered the new compacts you reviewed which were not brought to my attention by the SA. I know this compact is refillable…is it only for the Mythic 01 refill or will the new colors fit. My intentions with a compact is to touch up and rid my afternoon skin of shine and oil. Will the voyage be ok for this or is it overkill…I love the smell and feel however I guess I am trying to rationalize my purchase. 🙂

    • Hi Anna, the compacts are different sizes, so my guess is that the new powders do not fit into the Voyage. Like you, I bought a Voyage well before these new compacts came out (they were just released this month!). Still, I’m happy that I have the Voyage–it’s a legend, the powders are different enough to own both, and I love the metal, luxurious Voyage compact. But if I were looking for an afternoon touch up, I would take this Illuminating and Mattifying every time–it’s lighter and it’s made for quick grab-and-go touch-ups. So, bottom line, I’d use your Voyage and enjoy it, but keep this one in the back of your mind if you ever want to switch it up! 🙂

  18. Hello Amy! I love this review! Thanks so much for your time 🙂
    I am also considering getting the Meteorites Compact Powder, but i am completed not sure about which shade to go for. I noticed that you got #2 Teint Beige; I am MAC NC20 / Make Up For Ever 120 / Hourglass Veil Foundation #1.
    I would love to hear your suggestion, thanks so much once again!!

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