Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Guerlain Meteorites Powder Brush
Guerlain Meteorites Powder Brush

Guerlain Meteorites Powder Brush ($42.00) is described as having “long, soft bristles designed to take in only the exact quantity of Meteorites Pearls needed for each application and distribute them evenly.” It is a short-handled, large, long powder brush. The brush head is just shy of 2 inches (or 5 centimeters) in length, 1.5 inches (4 centimeters) in width. The brush has a total length of 4.5 inches or just over 11 centimeters with an open ferrule. Despite having a longer length, it doesn’t feel floppy. It is a dense brush–not as dense as a buffer or kabuki brush but denser than a some blush brushes. shu uemura’s 18R is similar but slightly narrower in width.

The brush fits well into the opening of the Meteorites Pearls, and it would easily reach the bottom of the container, should one ever get low on their Meteorites Pearls. I don’t have the previous version of the brush (which may be a surprise to some!), so I can’t remark on whether this is improved or not. According to Guerlain, the new brush is “longer and softer.” I tried using this brush to apply the Meteorites Pearls, but I just don’t like the texture of the bristles–they’re noticeably scratchy unless you use the lightest, most feathery touch, but it’s not nearly as soft as many other powder/blush brushes I own (Bobbi Brown, Hakuhodo, Make Up For Ever, Real Techniques, shu uemura, and so on). It applied the right amount of product, though I did not have any trouble using my preferred brush (Hakuhodo J104) and applying the right quantity either. There were a few bristles that shed the first time I used it (after washing it once), but I didn’t notice any additional shedding after that. I can’t comment on durability/longevity, as I haven’t had this brush for long.

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Meteorites Powder Brush

I tried using this brush to apply the Meteorites Pearls, but I just don't like the texture of the bristles--they're noticeably scratchy unless you use the lightest, most feathery touch, but it's not nearly as soft as many other powder/blush brushes I own (Bobbi Brown, Hakuhodo, Make Up For Ever, Real Techniques, shu uemura, and so on).
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Guerlain Meteorites Powder Brush
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31 thoughts on “Guerlain Meteorites Powder Brush Review & Photos

  1. If you can choose between Tom Ford brushes to this brush? What would you choose?

  2. zainab

    I got one of the retractible Bronzer brushes from Guerlain- man do they make scratchy brushes. I don’t mind it hugely, but it didn’t really feel ‘luxurious’ (especially when it broke and I had to glue it back together) and it seems odd to make a rough brush to use all over, especially at a high end price point.

    • If they’re only going to make a couple of brushes (and I believe this is the only permanent one), it should be better. Sorry to hear you had to GLUE BACK your brush.

  3. I just love the pink bristles :-) Almost as much as I love brushes that have black handles and gradient red bristles!

    One thing that’s always niggles at me with Guerlain’s brushes is that in everyone’s real-life photos of them (and the real ones that I’ve seen) there are always bristles sticking out from the bulk, making them look a bit raggedy. It’s a wierd, aesthetic quibble, perhaps, but I feel like for the price they should look more sleek! (wow, that was random…)
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  4. I don’t know if it’s just because it’s pink but it’s so cute lol! It does look a little cheap but I like the girly design. Not too excited about the scratchy bristles though. It’s a bit pricey for the size and quality.
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  5. I guessed that this would be scratchy from just looking at one picture on my phone! You can actually see the individual strand of hair and the way it’s cut right off. The bristles look so sharp and stubby! The size and shape seems nice, though.

    • It’s funny… like Hakuhodo’s J104 is, in some ways, my least favorite, because it’s not as soft as the other face brushes, but the shape works nicely for finishing powders for me… and that feels sooooo much softer. I always make my husband play blind tester for softness and density – this brush lost every time.

  6. I had to laugh at this part of the description: designed to take in only the exact quantity of Meteorites Pearls needed for each application and distribute them evenly. Good grief, it’s only a BRUSH – it doesn’t have a brain so it can’t really figure out the “exact quantity” or how to distribute them “evenly”, nor would it know if it’s being used with Meteorites Pearls or a completely other product. I’ll admit that I can be a real sucker for some of the advertising copy but this is just plain insulting to our intelligence.

    • I’m not even sure how that… works. Like will one swirl give me enough product for my whole face? I think, quite reasonably, one would apply in parts – maybe two or three sweeps – and not necessarily expect that a full face’s worth of application is already on the brush (because that seems like you’d get too much all at once).

    • Raeda Masri

      exactly what I was thinking!!!

  7. I have the older one and another from the Pucci collection. Yes, they are scratchy, too!
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  8. This also looks like a great brush to travel with because of the size!

  9. Aw, too bad it doesn’t feel soft :-( In the close-up shots I can actually almost ‘see’ the roughness of the bristles.

  10. It DOES look like those powder brushes that have no name on them that you can get from Walmart, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, etc. :x
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  11. Eileen

    Once someone has gotten used to what a good natural bristle brush is really all about (Shu, Tom Ford, Hakuhodo, Suqqu, etc.), then there is no question that offerings by the likes of Guerlain, MAC, Bobbi Brown, etc. are poor to mediocre. I did buy one Guerlain brush and that was the LE Pucci Météorites brush (summer 2012–brown with indigo blue bristles) because it came in a cute Pucci print travel case and looked adorable on my vanity with the Pucci Météorites container. Other than as a travel brush, though, I never used it because even though it did a good job of applying the pearls, it was scratchy. And, since retiring my Pucci Météorites, I’ve also retired the brush. Guerlain should probably either up their game and seek out a good Japanese brush manufacturer or just skip brushes entirely :-( My two favorite brushes for finishing powder are the TF bronzer brush and the Hakuhodo S104.

    • Raeda Masri

      I know that there are tiers in brushes, ex. Shu and Hakk being at the top and elf at the bottom but I didn’t realize that MAC brushes were cinsidered mediocre! I consider their makeup mid-end but I honestly thought that MAC brushes were just a step down from Shu. I really would love to talk more about this.

  12. It is longer than the older version that i own. I probably would not buy this again since the bristles are not soft and i have other brushes that work as well as or better!

  13. The brush looks a bit cheap and from the pictures the bristles do look scratchy or stiff. Guerlain can do way better than that!
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  14. Lorrie

    I bought this brush when I bought Cruel Gardenia and yes, it’s surprisingly scratchy. Pretty though :) I use it very lightly. I just ordered the Tom Ford bronzer brush. Looking forward to that arriving. I just received my first pearls, I’m fair but I got the Medium which is not dark at all ( are they only half-way filled in the container?) . Also got rouge automatique attrape-coeur ( gorgeous container and color) and gloss d’enfer stardust, fun for spring and summer.

  15. Apichaya

    Hi, Christine :)
    Can you recommend best brush to pick up Guerlain meteorites perles? or any good finishing brush.
    I have problem with how to pick up the product:(
    xoxo