Guerlain Powder

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Pressed Radiance Powder Review

December 4, 2013

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This year, the Guerlain Holiday Collection includes the Crazy Meteorites Pressed Radiance Compact ($69) (limited edition), a finely milled pressed finishing powder with a pattern evocative of the Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Compact/Mythic ($170) (originally reviewed here). Unlike the Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Pearls (reviewed here), the effect of the Crazy Meteorties pressed is subtle, less shimmery, and slightly more neutral in color.

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Let’s talk first about the differences between the Voyage and the Crazy compacts. The amount of powder in the Crazy pressed is slightly more (.35 oz. compared to .28 oz. in Voyage). As you can see, the Guerlain Voyage has a more complex and more pastel powder pattern. By comparison, the Guerlain Crazy Meteorites has a simpler, brighter color pattern. Those who love their clutches take note–the Guerlain Voyage has a heavy, luxurious, slimmer compact (roughly 5 5/8 ozs. including the powder and compact together), compared to the lighter, plastic/composite compact of the less expensive Guerlain Crazy Meteorites pressed (roughly 3 1/4 ounce all together).

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The powder color with the Guerlain Crazy pressed is slightly more vibrant healthy pink color. The Guerlain Voyage is slightly, subtly more illuminating. This is a difference which could give you a slight color glow with the Crazy, but most of you will not notice a a strong color when applying lightly with a soft powder brush. I did my best to do a color comparison, but am not super hopeful that you will actually see much here unless you click to enlarge and unless you have a very, very good computer screen. These comparison swatches are the Guerlain Crazy (pressed), the Guerlain Voyage, and the Guerlain Illuminating and Mattifying pressed powder (which matches my skin tone and therefore looks virtually invisible). Click to enlarge:

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One more, same order and different light:

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Like the Guerlain Crazy Terracotta, the Guerlain Crazy Meteorites compact looks like a dark brown-black in typical lighting. However, the compact has a neon pink effect in the “68” pattern (the Paris address of the main Guerlain boutique and spa at 68, Avenue de Champs-Élysées) in bright light:

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 Overall, the Guerlain Crazy pressed is an excellent and finely milled glowing finishing powder, at a lower price point compared with the ultra-luxurious Guerlain Voyage. Texture-wise, both are excellent. Guerlain knows its powders (as well as its fragrances, lip products, and nail polishes, oh my!). The packaging and powder construction is different(and therefore, so is the price point). The Crazy provides a slight pink glow (that is hard to detect with typical application), while the Voyage is slightly more brightening and ethereal.

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  • Andrew James December 4, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    The price difference is insane! why is the smaller one more expensive?

    • Amy December 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      I expect that the metalwork on the more expensive Voyages is a large factor–it’s very nicely made. Also, I believe that some of the Guerlain powders require hand-work, which can add to the price (the Voyages pattern is much more complex). I’m glad to see that they are offering different options–even though the less expensive is limited edition.

  • Kallie December 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    This looks like a lovely product. I bet it makes your skin look so nice! I might have to get me one of these!! Great review! Very helpful 🙂

  • Joyce December 5, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I hear that the Guerlain Meteorites are being reformulated for Spring 2014. People might want to hold off on buying it until then.

    • Amy December 5, 2013 at 5:35 am

      I hope so! In the meantime, the Holiday ones will be long gone of course.

  • TANYA December 5, 2013 at 10:28 am

    This powder looks absolutely stunning!
    Thanks for sharing.
    I just hope my local Geurlain counter isn’t sold out!

  • Dovey December 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Amy,

    What gorgeous packaging on Guerlain’s Crazy Meteorites pressed powder! The addition of green alongside pink reminds me of a more old-school pressed powder for some reason. All in all, it looks like a wonderful product to add to a beauty routine 🙂