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Guerlain Météorites Illuminating & Mattifying Compact Powder Review

I’ll be the first to admit that a large part of why I purchased Guerlain Météorites Compact Powder was the packaging. However, I was also in the market for a luxury compact powder. I’ve loved other Guerlain products I’ve tried, such as Guerlain Parure de Lumiére Foundation, and my thought was that I’d get the same, radiant results from a Guerlain compact.

I ordered mine online from Sephora, and chose Teint Beige 02 for my NC25 skin tone. When it arrived, I first marveled at how gorgeous this compact is in person. Then I furrowed my brow at how small it is – it’s about the same diameter as a round cotton pad. The upside, I suppose, is that it would fit nicely inside a makeup case. However, this cargo is far too precious to actually be cargo. I’d never risk this compact inside my makeup bag, and instead it lives a safe, sheltered life in my acrylic Muji Drawers.

Guerlain Météorites Illuminating & Mattifying Compact Powder Teint Beige 02

 

Guerlain Météorites Illuminating & Mattifying Compact Powder Teint Beige 02

It came with an elegant velvet pouch!

Guerlain Météorites Illuminating & Mattifying Compact Powder Teint Beige 02

In terms of ingredients, this powder isn’t the gentlest compact you can get. When I ran the list through COSDNA, I was surprised to see it contains a fatty alcohol called Isopropyl Isostearate that rates a big, fat 5 as an acne trigger. This makeup is also heavily fragranced, but I expected that, and I enjoy it. It smells like violets and luxury.

Guerlain Météorites Illuminating & Mattifying Compact Powder Teint Beige 02

The puff works okay, but I prefer to use a brush to apply this powder.

Guerlain Météorites Illuminating & Mattifying Compact Powder Teint Beige 02

I’m always conflicted about having such beautiful designs etched into my powder. I get a little pang of guilt as soon as I scuff it!

As a powder, Guerlain Meteorites Compact offers light coverage, a subtle, illuminating glow, and medium mattifying properties. It’s very finely milled, as one might expect from a Guerlain product, and the finish looks perfect and smooth – never cakey. I like to apply it with my fluffy Sigma F30 powder brush.

My big, fluffy, Sigma F30 Powder brush.

My big, fluffy, Sigma F30 Powder brush.

I was a little worried that it would oxidize on my skin, since I’d read a handful of reviews saying that this powder darkened over time. However, this powder has always stayed true to its original color for me, and I can usually go for about 4 hours before I need to touch it up. I was also worried it would break me out because of the Isopropyl Isostearate ingredient, but I haven’t had any breakouts as a result of this makeup.

Before: Here I am wearing the Cho Bo Yang BB Cream from yesterday's post. No powder yet!

Before: Here I am wearing the Cho Bo Yang BB Cream from yesterday’s post. No powder yet!

Guerlain Météorites Illuminating & Mattifying Compact Powder Teint Beige 02

After: This is minutes after applying Guerlain Météorites Illuminating & Mattifying Compact Powder in Teint Beige 02.

Guerlain Météorites Illuminating & Mattifying Compact Powder Teint Beige 02

This is my finished look! The lighting for this shot is slightly different because it was taken a few hours after the other photos.

This powder is close to being the perfect compact powder for me – the one thing holding me back from definitively saying that I would buy it again is the cost. I would be cool with paying $56 for a luxury powder if it was a normal sized compact, but I hit pan on this tiny thing in less than a month, and I only use this powder two or three times a week! Still, it’s a stellar performer, so there’s a good chance I will suck it up and purchase the Guerlain Mététorites Compact again.

Pros:
+ Beautiful, semi-matte, glowy finish
+ Non-drying on dry skin (but would still be suitable for oily skin)
+ Gorgeous packaging
+ Finely milled
+ Smells like luxury

Cons:
– Expensive for the small amount of product contained in the compact
– Heavily fragranced, so may not be suitable for the fragrance averse
– Limited color range
– Contains Isopropyl Isostearate, a potential acne trigger

Skin & Tonics Rating:
Performance: 5/5 – Beautiful finish, looks naturally glowy, non-drying

Quality: 4/5 – Mostly solid ingredient list and beautiful, sturdy packaging

Value: 3/5 – Very little product for the price.

Overall: 4/5

Where to Buy

I purchased mine from Sephora, where it retails for $56. It’s also available from the following sellers:

Neiman Marcus ($56)
Nordstrom ($56)

It’s also available on eBay, but there is very little price difference, with some sellers charging even more than retail!

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