Jan 252014

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Guerlain has repackaged and reformulated its iconic permanent line of Meteorites. I tried the new Guerlain Meteorites in Clair #2 ($60) (available here from Nordstrom, here from Sephora).  If you are new to the product, Guerlain Meteorties are a vanity-display-worthy container of color correcting finishing powders. Guerlain explains this concept in a more elevated tone:

A subtle blend of matte, rosy and radiant blue-toned white pearls, combined with corrective coloured pearls – yellow to counter redness, pink for freshness and mauve to catch the light – they light up the face in an illuminating and corrective halo to give endless radiance.

I have loved all of the previous powders beyond reason. I have long thought that there are not true “dupes” of the colors. I actually liked the subtle violet scent (which this updated version retains). Perhaps some of their more beautiful meteorites are in their limited edition range, and so it was with some trepidation that I approached this new reformulation.

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The new packaging is beautiful, the design is updated, delicate and simplified. This lightweight metal product is pretty, although still not extending into the “travel friendly” category (Guerlain makes meteorites compacts for those purposes).

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The container comes with a soft flocked padded sponge, which keeps the little meteorites in their place. The color-correcting, illuminating powders are inside:

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The new reformulation is said to be “softer” in texture, meaning that it is easier to pick up on a brush. I found that these new reformulations are in fact much softer. Indeed, I found that a few meteorites had slight breakage, and there was a pool of loose powder on the bottom of the container that had collected (perhaps during the shipment process). Some of the perles had chipped at bit. The entire contents:

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You can see some of the powder in the open jar as it sits on its side:

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Certainly this loose residue is still usable as a powder, although it seems to defeat the purpose of the meteorites concept.  I found that I could not use the same powder brush as I have with the prior version on the unbroken perles.  The application was too “white” and heavy. I’ve had to switch to a duo-fibre brush (Chanel’s version of the MAC 187).

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I am thinking of trying the bronzier-toned Guerlain Meteorites in Dore, as a soft bronzer along the lines of the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow #30 powders. Then again, the Chanel Les Beiges is working out so beautifully, comes in a travel-friendly compact, and gives me a beautiful finish. So I’m reluctant to mess with success. After I swept the little meteorites back into their container, the below image shows the residue that was left. Some powder was knocked off during shipment and came from the container during the spill, and some from handling during the spilling and sweeping.  Although I tried to handle these gently, this should indicate my experience with how soft these new meteorites are.

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I trust Guerlian’s powder products so much–they truly understand the concept of finely milled on an entirely different level. These are beautifully formulated, but it will take me some adjustment to learn how to apply this new reformulation properly so that it compliments my skin. I’ve heard different criticisms of the prior version, such as that the effect was too subtle, or that the price point was too high to be justified by the effect. But I had not heard that the prior version wasn’t soft enough. Guerlain thought differently, and they are certainly in a better position than I am to understand and respond to customer feedback.

By reader request, here is an image of the ingredient list. I’ve amped up the contrast because the original box has subtle printing which is hard for me to read/photograph for a blog.  Click to enlarge:

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My sense is that, if were not a beauty blogger trying to understand the newest and latest, I would have continued using my existing Meteorites. In the meantime, I am wondering whether the new version of the Guerlain limited edition lines will use this new format as well. If you’ve heard anything, please feel free to share in the comments.

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  24 Responses to “My Thoughts: Guerlain Reformulated Meteorites in Clair”

  1. Thanks for writing this. I was contemplating getting the reformulated version just because I am such a fan of Guerlain Meteorites but your post has made me think twice. I’m still a sucker for the pretty packaging though.

    • I can see why. They are an amazing company in so many ways. If you can try these at a counter, I’d encourage you to do so. This is just my view, you might love them. I think if I were in your position, I might consider getting a different color from the ones that I already have to really increase the versatility of your collection. That’s why I was wondering if I had gotten the bronzier shade I might have really added something to my Guerlain stash, rather than replicating.

  2. I love the beautiful finishes so many Guerlain products provide. But I just cannot abide by the fragrance. It’s smelly and it irritates my rosacea to no end. I wish they would eliminate the fragrance in their facial products. Sigh. As it stands I can only look on wistfully and envy those who are able to wear these otherwise beautiful products.

  3. I actually wasn’t a fan of meteorites because I didn’t like the flecks of glitter that can off the sort of white/silvery balls. I don’t like larger chunks of glitter on my face. Does the new version still contain this type of pearl? Sorry it’s a terrible description but I hope you know which balls I’m talking about. They had a kind of coating on them. Thanks!

    • Yes, I know what you mean. The whites have a multicolor micro sparkle. It’s not the embedded silver, but its not a true pearl-without-glitter either.

  4. I’ve been so curious to see what (if any) changes there are to the ingredients. From their description, I have a feeling they added synthetic fluorphlogopite (like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder uses). If it isn’t too much trouble, could you please post a photo of, or list the ingredients?
    Thanks so much.

    • It’s the first ingredient (wow, you are good!). I’ll have something posted in a minute (I’m going to amp the contrast beyond normal because it’s very hard to read). There seems to be an error on the Sephora website–I don’t see it listed there.

      • Oh I’m so glad that’s the FIRST ingredient! I love my Meteorites, but can only use them for special occasions due to the talc. I was hoping their reformulation eliminated (not likely), or at least decreased the talc which it sounds like they’ve done. I’ve not been able to find the ingredient listing for it anywhere, so I truly appreciate your help!

        It’s a shame the new Meteorites are a bit crumbly, but that’s not a deal-breaker for me, however I’m so glad you noted that in your review.

        BTW, their new brush (which has gotten lousy reviews from what I’ve read) is to be used with this newly reformulated powder. I don’t think people realized that as they’re testing it with the original Meteorites.

        • So interesting, Pam! Really, thank you for posting. I’m not a huge fan of the Hourglass Ambient powders. I wonder if that is part of the reason that I’m having problems with the Guerlain reformulation. So much to think about… 🙂

          But thank you for pointing that out. I realize that the formulation, texture, and colors are completely different between the Hourglass and Guerlain. But I can’t help wondering.

  5. I was dying to try these for awhile and bought the new ones (in Clair) with a gift certificate I got for Christmas… Let’s just say I was glad I didn’t spend my own money because while the packaging is nice and it has a certain novel element to it, I don’t think it’s worth the price tag. I had the same brush problem too.

  6. I don’t have hardly any powder at the bottom of mine. Perhaps yours really got shaken around in shipment

  7. Dislike pointing this out to you, but someone misspelled the word “received” in your feature.

  8. Thank you so much for this in-depth review. I’ve been trying to find a review that covered the product without success until now. I was going to purchase this new formula because it seemed to provide a better product than the previous Metorites but I will now wait until I can try the new formula in person. Thank you so much for all of the information!

  9. Although I have enough Météorites to last me several lifetimes (I collect them), I bought 02 Clair for everyday wear (I’m NC15), 03 Medium for those times when I want more warmth, and 04 Doré just because I wanted the complete set for my collection. These new powders are not simply softer versions of the old ones. They create a lot more glow. In fact, I’d go as far as to say they create a smooth-as-glass like shine when the light hits the high points of my face. The look I get once the powder has melded with my foundation is a heightened glow that makes me look like I’m wearing a luminizer and is quite different from the more muted air-brushed look the old ones create. Because I have strong bone structure, I can carry this more luminous look off easily, but it definitely won’t be every woman’s cup of tea. The new Météorites also seem to be more transparent which is undoubtedly the result of swapping out a lot of talc in favor of synthetic fluorphlogopite. So, if a woman likes satin-matte to matte finishes or wants her finishing powder to have a bit of opacity, the new Météorites are not going to be for her.

    Because I prefer to press rather than sweep my finishing powder on, I’ve been using my Tom Ford bronzer brush with the Météorites. It is a large, dense, über soft brush that works perfectly to apply a thin veil of powder evenly over my face. After reading your review, Amy, I tried applying with my Chanel #7 blender brush and didn’t really like it nearly as much as with my TF. If you have a large, dense, soft brush in your collection, try applying the powder with that. Before opening the container, gently tip the container upside down to get the loose powder up to the surface. Use your brush to pick up the powder from the lid and top of the pearls and then press the brush head lightly over your face, neck, and chest. You still won’t get the beautiful air-brushed look that Voyage or many of the LEs produce, but you won’t look like an oil slick, either.

    In short, I have mixed feelings about the reformulation.

    • Thank you so much Eileen-I do have the TF brush. Your advice sounds spot-on! I’ve never thought to press the powder rather than sweeping. I’ll try it very soon! By the way, do you like using the Dore? I’m still sort of tempted to get that one as well.

      • I experimented with the Doré and think it will look lovely used as a light bronzer alternative come summer. I wouldn’t use it all over my face because I just don’t get that dark. Because of the glow, though, Doré will look lovely brushed on all the usual bronzer high points. It’s subtle, but definitely adds warmth and color. But, Guerlain always seems to knock it out of the park with their Terracotta collection, so who knows? There will probably be some other summer beauty to entice me by the time I’m ready to think about bronzers again 🙂

  10. I’ve been considering picking up the new, reformulated version as well. After reading your review, and I noticed some other reviews on Sephora said the exact same thing about how they thought it was too soft as well. (Quite a few people mentioned crushed or broken perles) It makes me wonder why Guerlain messed with the formula in the first place. I mean, it was, for the most part, an iconic product for a reason.

  11. From these comments, I’m sensing the introduction of “Meteorites Classic” at some point to backtrack to the original. I agree that they had an iconic product. Why mess with the formulation?

  12. Great review! I was contemplating purchasing this reformulated version because I am a fan of the original, but I’m not sure if I like how powdery the new pearls are. Btw, I recently purchased the Tom Ford Foundation Stick after reading your review (swatches were super helpful!), and I am absolutely smitten with it. Thank you so much for the recommendation!

  13. I’m so glad to read this – I am not going mad! I picked mine up, and actually stopped en route to home to try it out (with the new brush) – yes, I am that badly addicted to Meteorites! I didn’t like the glittery finish, nor the excess ‘whiteness’ – unheard of for me, who is NW10! I definitely prefer the old formulation – fortunately I have enough different editions to last for many years to come!

  14. Classy, as always. This Meteorites look really great, however I don’t have time for this step in my make up routine. I prefer Dior loose powder all over and some blush.

  15. I am having second thought on checking this out because of the reviews I have read about it. I think I prefer the Too faced one. I guess I have to pass on this one.

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