Monday, July 15th, 2013

Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer
Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer

Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer ($71.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “sheer, luxurious makeup base” that utilizes gold pearls to brighten, illuminate, and help set makeup (but it can also be worn alone, if so desired). It’s ever-so-slightly peach-tinted with white, pink, and gold micro-shimmer (or pearl, if you like).

Products like this are hard to review, and they are always difficult for me to convey their true effect, because it gets lost in photos–in the sense that with softened, diffused lighting, I’m already getting the benefit of having nice lighting to begin with. I find in the horrors of everyday lighting that varies from room to room, place to place, the improvement is much more marked. There’s absolutely a difference, as the skin has a softer, smoother appearance that’s slightly brighter–fresher in a way–and any foundation I’ve tried it over lasts an extra hour and a half to two hours (I’ve tried this with Guerlain’s own Parure Gold, Parure de Lumiere, and Lingerie de Peau; as well as Make Up For Ever HD and Giorgio Armani Maestro). As a bonus, this seems to slightly minimize bits of redness that I get around my nose and on my cheeks.

Unlike a lot of primers on the market, though this has silicone-based ingredients in it, it doesn’t have that velvety, silicone-like feel, but it still does a great job of holding makeup in place. It’s also nice on its own, because it doesn’t have a matte, flat finish. It’s not a liquid highlighter by any means, and it works all-over the face because the pearl is barely-there. The texture is thin, water-like (but a bit thicker than pure water), and easy to spread and blend out on the skin. It dries down in thirty seconds or so. I’ve worn it alone a few times, and I’ve mixed it with my moisturizer and applied it that way. The only thing I’d say is that if you’re already using a slew of excellent smoothing products (like foundation, setting and/or finishing powders), at some point you’re just not going to get skin that looks any more than it already does. For instance, using pressed Meteorites gives me a similar radiance, but the primer extends wear of my base makeup more so than the powder does alone.

See more photos & swatches!

Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer
Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer

Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer
Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer

Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer
Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer

Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer
Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer

Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer
Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer

Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer
Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer

Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer
Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer

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40 thoughts on “Guerlain Les Ors Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Primer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Nancy

    Does it suit oily , sensitive skin ?

    • I don’t have oily or sensitive skin, so I couldn’t say based on my experience!

    • Not recommended, due to the high alcohol content.

      • Maddie

        omg I somehow KNEW it was Veronica from youtube instead of just any Veronica. I love your videos!

      • Actually, the alcohol content is not high at all. Because it’s listed after the preservative phenoxyethanol, which is not used over 1.0% in cosmetics, the ethanol content is negligible.

        That being said however, this primer is little more than water, a silicone blend and glycerin. Still, the cosmetic effect is nonetheless quite pleasing and appropriate for the right person.

    • Gemma W

      I have Oily n Sensitive Skin.
      But I like this product very much and I don’t have any allergic reaction to it.
      But depends what allergic will happened to you.
      Someone is very sensitive to alcohol even in a low scale.

    • Marianthi

      I have combinaation (not oily), sensitive, acne-prone skin and it works great.
      It does not dry my skin.

  2. I didn’t have good enough results with the original Meteorites primer to justify the price, so I don’t think I’d be willing to shell out for this one though I might try it in-store to see how it looks.

  3. This sounds like something I would love. Thanks, Christine!

  4. Can’t rave enough about this product as well. I also wear it under a bit of NARS TM and this combined with the NARS makes my skin look radiant and healthy. NARS TM has pretty good coverage as far as TM’s go and this just adds that little extra bit. I simply wouldn’t wear foundation or TM without this product. Just an overall outstanding product.

  5. Will you also be reviewing the permanent meteorites base? I have this one and really like it, so I was curious to see if you’ve had any experiences with that one as well :-)

    • Sorry, I don’t think I have that!

    • Virginia

      I was wondering the same thing. I love the Perfecting Primer (the pink beads), and it really does make a difference. It gives a nice luminosity, and evens out skin. It doesn’t have color like this one. I only received a sample, and haven’t purchased the full size due to the price.

    • Gemma W

      I tried the gold one (24k l’or) and pearl white one(sample)
      The gold one is very moisturizing. It’s great for dry skin or winter. but no glowing effect.
      It makes your skin hydrated and not dull.
      The White one contains many shimmers It is quite similar to light diffusing but more shimmery. When you use it under foundation, it is not obvious as u thought and gives you a glowing look. But less moisturing than the gold and pink one.

      I havn’t tried the pink one. When I played at counter, I thought it is more “glowy” but not shimmery as pearl white.
      mositurizing level : Gold>Pink>White

  6. VickyM

    I have “swatched” this product on counter a few times, and I can say I always love how cute it looks in the packaging. I´m sure it´s high quality but I don´t feel like paying the price tag for a product that I can barely see…

  7. Malia

    It looks and sounds beautiful! It reminds me of a primer the body shop used to have but I forgot what it was…

  8. Amy Em

    “The horrors of everyday lighting” made me laugh! So funny, so true.

  9. Katie

    How does this compare to the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer? Love your blog btw! :)

  10. Mariam

    Christine, I am confused now after the high rating for this one whether to go for the hourglass primer or this. I have very dry skin with oily T zone. Please recommend.

    • Hi Mariam!

      I like both, but the two have a different feel/texture, so it’s hard to really pick one over the other. I think this might be nicer over dry skin because it has a more watery base, so it spreads easily and won’t catch on dry skin. Mineral Veil is lightweight and thin and spreadable, but it is more silicone-like in feel, which can sometimes not work well with drier skin.

      The good news is that Hourglass does have a smaller size available for $17ish I think, so you could try before committing to a full bottle.

  11. abigailod

    Too tempting, and so beautiful all around!

  12. Eileen

    This is definitely in the luxury category, but if you’re in the mood for a bit of indulgence, then this LE primer is a real treat. I find that on my NC15 complexion, the primer gives a soft honey glow that looks smooth and radiant, perfect for when I want summer’s warmth, but I’m not in the mood to wear a bronzer. I’ve worn Guerlain’s BB cream, La Mer’s fluid foundation, and Laura Mercier’s cream foundation over the primer. All of them applied effortlessly and evenly over the primer which helped them withstand the waves of hot weather we’ve been having. All considered, it is an excellent product.

  13. Barbie

    i really really like this!

  14. Anne-Sophie Savard

    Oh you’re tempting me… the effect on the skin is soooo beautiful and luxurious. Next time I head to my Sephora, I’ll check that one out. :)

  15. Korbin81

    After reading your review, I had to try this product out. I’ve almost run out of my Smash Box go to primer and have been hunting for a better replacement. I was ready to purchase the full sized bottle of the Meteorites Perles primer despite the steep price tag (considering my puny smash box squeeze tube lasted me a year and a half). Unfortunately, the Dillard’s I went to had sold out of this kind, but fortunately they still had a tester left, and the lady gave me a sample to take home. I’m so glad I was able to try this out before spending 71 bucks on it. The product itself preforms just how you described, and I would agree that it’s the best primer I’ve tried out so far. That being said, it is absolutely the wrong primer for me because of the insane amount of iridescent micro glitter in it. Even after you apply foundation the micro glitter comes through. It’s not noticeable indoors, but as soon as you step outside your face will look like a disco ball. I really hate glittery face products (I love glittery eyeshadow, though), can anyone recommend a primer that is similar in quality minus the glitter?

    • Hey!

      I am glad you were able to give it a try first, and though the pearl was too much for you, at least it was great in other respects :) I know Guerlain has another primer, which might be less shimmery, though it still has pearl. I haven’t tried it, but it’s part of the permanent range so it might be worth checking out.

      I also really like Hourglass’ Mineral Veil Primer, which has a different feel altogether, but that is often my next go-to. For something more hydrating, then I opt for Eve Pearl’s Moisturizing Primer.

      • Korbin81

        Thank you so much for the recommendations. I will be sure to try them out in my hunt for a new primer.

    • Gemma W

      if your like the texture of this, u may try the Guerlain’s L’or 24k primer (gold) or the pink one (both are permanent)!! they are so similar in texture but not the particles inside.

  16. I usually like a matte finish, so something like this would give a nice luminous finish. Sounds great!

  17. Katie

    Hire might this fare under loose mineral foundation?

  18. Sarah021

    my god!! Looks amazing!! and I don’t yet have a good primer… but the price!! WTH!?

  19. nina

    Hi Christine! Do you know of any other primers that give off a similar effect to this?

    • I can’t think of any at the moment, but you could try looking for an “illuminating primer,” since that’s a lot of what this is. Something like MAC Strobe Liquid diluted with foundation (or maybe primer) can also impart a similar effect (in terms of the illumination/radiance part).

    • Sandra JT

      Have you tried Laura Mercier’s Radiance primer? It’s also got more of a light, gel-like texture that gives the skin a very subtle healthy look. Works great under foundations of all types, as well as mixed into more opaque foundations to make them appear with a more ‘natural’ type of finish on the skin. The product comes in several different shades, more like tints, and feels great on the skin. Well worth checking out. Sephora sells half sized tubes of it, which are much more reasonably priced. Even the full sized LM product is significantly cheaper than this one, but it’s still an amazing product.

  20. Gemma W

    I really Love this product.I don’t want it to be limited edition. :'(
    I bought it to pair with my Lingerie foundation.And they are Good-Match.
    The pictures can’t show its beauty in bottle!! It moistures but not oily.(I’m combo-oily skin)
    I think it suite all skin types. It gave the radiant on your face.
    The SA @guarlian said this product will contour your face shape a little bit!
    I hope this to be permanent product later..If not, I would like to buy the white one when I finished it.

  21. bana

    I’ve already tried the original meteorites perles and didn’t like it at all.
    I liked their L’or primer waaay better

  22. D

    I want to lobby Guerlain to make this part of their permanent line instead of just an LE!!!

    This stuff is literally GOLD! It not only LOOKS great (on its own as well as under Lingerie de Peau), it keeps my skin FEELING great too :) *love*