Guerlain | Météorites Perles d’Étoile, Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile opener

 

Today marks the 4th year since I began my blog, and to celebrate this milestone, I bring you something so very special: your first look at the Météorites Perles d’Étoile, Limited Edition from the Guerlain Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection (more details about the entire collection here). With luxurious golden touches and hints of rich ruby throughout, the collection is inspired by the opulence, glamour, and slightly wicked decadence of Imperial Russia.

The pièce de résistance of this collection (at least, for me), is without a doubt this year’s limited edition Météorites release – Perles d’Étoile (star pearls), individual spheres of illuminating face powder in tones of alabaster, pearl, petal, light gold, pale bronze and a few plum added for depth & slight colour. According to the the company, the 6 individual tones of the Perles d’Étoile (NOTE: I’m showing only 5 in my photo below) have ‘three targeted benefits; correcting, light-enhancing, and unifying colours for a healthy looking complexion‘. The pearls bear the signature violet Guerlain scent – quite redolent upon first opening the tin, but which fades from the senses rather quickly upon application. The container is a golden metal tin with hammered detail all around, calling  to mind the exquisite work seen on legendary Fabergé Eggs, while the lid bears a raised bow on top with touches of red in the loops/lining to match the satin bow of the red powder puff included within.

Trying to properly express the effect of any Météorites face powder on the skin, is a challenge; Guerlain calls these powders “illuminating” and they most definitely are that, but so much more as well. So finely milled that it applies like a gossamer veil to the skin, the Perles d’Étoile is generally a warmer leaning face powder, but again, by shifting the contents in the container and focusing more on the lighter hues found within, one can easily alter the composition so that it appears slightly cooler. In using more of the darker pearls, you can apply even turn this powder into a subtle, glowy type of flush along the cheeks – not quite a bronzer nor a blush, but something that almost appears to radiate from within. A bonus side-effect to wearing Perles d’Étoile on my oily/combination skin, is that it appears to fuse with my skin’s natural oils to create a gorgeous subtle glow, all while keeping excess shine away.

A light dusting all over the face (don’t leave out the neck and collarbone, for a unifyingly seamless finish), gives skin the perfect finishing touch but it’s something you really can’t put your finger on; it’s an effect that needs to be seen to be properly understood – you will literally say “wow, my makeup looks so amazing today”. As if I needed further proof, after application when even my husband remarks how lovely my face looks, that’s the icing on the cake – along with the only confirmation I need to hear.

 

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Odessa Opera House, Ukraine (source)

 

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile box 2

Guerlain | Météorites Perles D’Étoile (LE), Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

 

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile ingredients

Guerlain | Météorites Perles D’Étoile (LE), Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

 

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile tin

Guerlain | Météorites Perles D’Étoile (LE), Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

 

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile label

Guerlain | Météorites Perles D’Étoile (LE), Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

 

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile cap

Guerlain | Météorites Perles D’Étoile (LE), Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

 

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile logo

Guerlain | Météorites Perles D’Étoile (LE), Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

 

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile tin detail

Guerlain | Météorites Perles D’Étoile (LE), Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

 

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile tin 2

Guerlain | Météorites Perles D’Étoile (LE), Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

 

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile open tin

Guerlain | Météorites Perles D’Étoile (LE), Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

 

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile powder puff

Guerlain | Météorites Perles D’Étoile (LE), Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

 

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile open

Guerlain | Météorites Perles D’Étoile (LE), Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

 

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile macro

Guerlain | Météorites Perles D’Étoile (LE), Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

 

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile macro 2

Guerlain | Météorites Perles D’Étoile (LE), Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

 

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile macro 3

Guerlain | Météorites Perles D’Étoile (LE), Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

 

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile individual pearl balls

Guerlain | Météorites Perles D’Étoile (LE), Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

 

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile swatch arm

Guerlain | Météorites Perles D’Étoile (LE), Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

 

For years, I had been hearing fellow beauty enthusiasts rave about these miracle powders from Guerlain, but every time I tested one at the counter, I always walked away unimpressed. THAT, was my mistake. To see/understand how this face powder functions, a better test would be to visit a Guerlain counter, and have it applied to half your face and then look in the mirror. Better still, wear it that way for several hours and then look in the mirror again. Trust me, only then will you be convinced. For warmer complexions, the Météorites Perles d’Étoile is truly spectacular, although as I said earlier, cooler complexions can still make this work beautifully as well. All I know, is that every time I apply this powder (which I’ve been doing constantly since it arrived), I feel like a princess. A Russian princess.

The Météorites Perles d’Étoile (CAN $67.00) is part of the limited edition Guerlain Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection and will become available at counters as of November 1st. Follow Guerlain via:

 

Guerlain Perles D'Étoile closer

*Disclosure: Press sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

18 Responses to Guerlain | Météorites Perles d’Étoile, Un Soir À L’Opéra Christmas 2014 Collection

  1. Monica says:

    What brush do you use to apply your pearls?

    • Eugenia says:

      At the moment, I’m really loving the large powder brush from CHANEL – it’s wide enough to cover a large area and dense enough for more precision, if needed

  2. Ugh I think this may finally get me to cave in to these beautiful balls of joy. I’ve been so strong for so long!

  3. Christina says:

    Thanks for the review! I was really hoping the red/pink balls would give more of a flush of color. If it’s all bronze, I’m going to be one disappointed person. I’m loving the packaging, though…

    • Eugenia says:

      The beauty about these Météorites, is that you can actually have the deeper/reddish pearls more prominent by mixing the contents and thus take more of that shade on to your brush – that will definitely give a flush of colour

  4. I may finally buy Meteorites after all! I get the feeling that I’ll be due for a treat by the time this is released here, and while I’m not super fond of the bow on the lid of the jar, I just adore it on the red puff within for some reason. THE EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING.

    • Eugenia says:

      I had other expectations for the bow on the lid as well (looked so different to me in the promo shot), but at the end of the day, it’s all about the BALLZ, my friend! And yes….you absolutely must treat yourself!

  5. monica says:

    i so need them! hope hey wont sell too fast and there wil be one box fr me 🙂

  6. Want this !!! I have been wanting the pearls for a while now and this might be it !

  7. maya says:

    They’re gorgeous!! I love all meteorites because it gives that effortless glow :’) I’m definitely gonna buy this (or 2 for back up…) heheh Do you think you would get the eyeshadow/cheek palette too? thank you for your speedy review! 🙂

  8. Would love to see a combined swatch – looks quite bronze-y and rose-y… not sure if it will be good all over the face or just a blush!

    • Eugenia says:

      Unfortunately, a combined swatch is almost transparent and basically impossible to photograph. The individual spheres were swatted quite intensely so that I can try and make their differences apparently, but you would never wear them that way in reality. As to looking too rosy, it actually doesn’t – a fluffier powder brush yields the softest and most subtle effect, while a denser powder brush/face brush can add more depth and colour, if desired. I’m actually wearing a very light sweep of it across the planes of my face right now, and apart from giving the last perfect finishing touch, it also seems to brighten my skin. Hope this helps!

      • Thank you for your reply! Would you say it’s different enough from the regular meteorites to purchase (I own 2 Clair)? I’m new to meteorites but the variations I’ve tried always seem very similar

      • Eugenia says:

        I only own 1 version of the pearls & 1 pressed powder version, so I couldn’t say with any certainty – sorry! Your best bet will be to wait until this is released at counters & compare

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