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Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

01/10

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Gold Pearl

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls ($65.00 for 0.88 oz.) is a translucent, light beige powder with warmer undertones and flecks of larger, light gold sparkle. The effect was slightly smoothing with stray, visible sparkles on my skin. The latter effect is not something evreyone is going to appreciate, so keep the sparkle factor in mind if noticeable shimmer or glitter on the skin is a deal-breaker!

Per Guerlain, the limited edition holiday version of Meteorites is supposed to “warm up the complexion and fight dullness” with “reflect[ing] light.” I actually felt like this year’s powder did a lot less to smooth and blur my skin’s natural texture and pores than past releases, and it did not seem to do much in the way of brightening or warming up my skin tone, though I am warmer in tone and light-medium in color, so the latter wasn’t a surprise (it’s lighter than my skin tone). Over the years, I’ve often found that the subtle effect is something I can tell in person but is less noticeable in photos, but this version definitely doesn’t do as much as past Meteorites Pearls (of which I am normally a fan). There was a slight effect, but we’re taking what was already subtle to a very subtle level. If Meteorites were on your radar, the permanent iteration does a better job.

This year’s version is also a bit smaller than past iterations at 0.70 oz.

Ingredients

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Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

01/05

Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017)

Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.29 oz.) contains two Ambient Lighting Powders, one Ambient Bronzing Powder, two Ambient Lighting Blushes, and one Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder. The palette should work well for someone who likes the Ambient formula, as I felt like the formulas were consistent with the standalone shades I’ve tried in the past.

I know in the past, the value of the Hourglass palettes has been an issue, so I did the math for these – each powder was listed as 0.049 oz. each, which is comparable in size to last year’s palette. The breakdown is: $12.88 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder, $6.28 worth of Ambient Bronzing Powder, $24.83 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush, and $11.64 worth of Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder for a total value of $55.63. It might still be worth it for someone who rarely finishes their products, would not buy these products individually, and/or travels often.

I’m not sure what the release date for this palette is at all retailers but imagine it will be in the next few weeks.

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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls

01/11

Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Birthday Candle Pearls

Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls ($62.00 for 0.80 oz.) is a translucent, satiny powder with flecks of small, but more noticeable, shimmer throughout. The amount of shimmer was still sparse, so it still worked well for all-over application but was a little more noticeable compared to other Meteorite variations if applied more heavily to the higher points of the face.

The 30th anniversary edition of the Meteorites Pearls is supposed to “warm your complexion and bring radiance to all skin tones” with “gold pearls to fight dullness, pink pearls to reveal glow and champagne and white pearls to reflect light.” The powder, like most of Guerlain’s products, has a violet scent, though it was subtle and I did not personally detect when applied to my face, only when I initially opened the jar.

According to Guerlain’s current copy for the product, the powder can be used to “fix make-up and improve hold,” which I find to be fairly minor in practice–maybe an extra half hour but a true setting powder would do more. In the past, it has been described more as a finishing powder than a setting powder, and I think that is a more accurate description of this powder. It has often brightened my overall look slightly, breathed a little life back into my skin if I’ve gone too matte, and the like. No matter how you describe it, though, Meteorites Pearls are subtle and are designed that way, and for some, it will be a product that calls to mind a story of the Emperor with No Clothes.

Ingredients

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MAC Coconut Fix+ Spray

01/03

MAC Coconut Fix+

MAC Coconut Fix+

MAC Coconut Fix+

Coconut

MAC Coconut Fix+ Spray ($23.00 for 3.40 fl. oz.) worked best for minimizing the look of powderiness on the skin after makeup has been applied or for adding a little slip and hydration to the skin prior to applying base makeup. The mist was very fine and even, which helped to ensure that it dispersed well across my face without saturating any area too heavily. There was a noticeable, sweetened coconut scent that was strongest as it was sprayed and then lingered subtly as it dried down but once absorbed, I couldn’t detect the scent any longer.

Fix+ is supposed to “gently sooth and refresh the skin” while giving it a “boost of hydration” and help to “finish makeup.” Though the name might suggest otherwise, it is a hydrating mist that helps to take down the powdery effect of makeup and to give the skin a more “skin-like” appearance (read: less powder, less cakey, less matte) and not a setting spray. Occasionally, MAC releases the formula in scented versions, and with their upcoming summer collection, Coconut is back.

I have, over the years, enjoyed using Fix+ as a mid-day refresher after running errands (with or without makeup) as well as the wetting agent for using eyeshadow damp. The latter is something that I feel like Fix+ excels at and does a bit better than just pure water. Looking at the ingredients, not so surprised, since I used to use a MAC’s Water-Based Mixing Medium for loose eyeshadows (before I was testing without primers and bases), and the first three ingredients in the Mixing Medium are the same as what’s in Fix+ (I’m sure the ratios are different).

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

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Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Happy Glow Pearls

Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls Meteorites ($74.00 for 1.0 oz.) is a soft, pink-tinted white base with fine pink, gold, and lavender sparkle over a semi-matte finish. The Meteorites Pearls formula is supposed to “delicately color-correct and illuminate the complexion” with the brand’s typical violet fragrance.

Though I don’t recall it being marketed as a setting powder (always more of a finishing powder), Guerlain’s website says to use it all-over the face to “fix make-up and improve hold” under directions and that it can be used to highlight the face as well. This particular combination of Meteorites did seem to have more substance–more powder in a way–so I could see how it might work as a setting powder. In fact, this season’s Happy Glow Pearls seemed to blur my skin just slightly without making it appear totally matte like some setting powders might, though I would not describe it as illuminating or luminous either. There was less noticeable sheen or luminosity to the powder and more in the way of visible sparkle. The problem I had was that if I really pressed it into the skin like I would a setting powder, it sometimes left a whitish cast against my skin tone. If I applied it more like a finishing powder (more lightly dusted), I didn’t get any cast. It only extended the wear of my foundation by a half hour, which is shorter than most setting powders for me.

I normally like a lot of the Guerlain Meteorite Pearls, but this one just had such minimal impact compared to past versions (including their permanent ones). I think as a setting powder, it falls even shorter.

Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Perles
Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Perles

Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Perles ($65.00 for 0.80 oz.) is a translucent, gold-sparkled finishing powder. Guerlain Gold Pearl (LE, $65.00) is lighter, lower quality (95% similar). Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls (LE, $65.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). Guerlain Perles du Dragon (LE, $60.00) is cooler (95% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Light (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Liu (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Perles de Nuit (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Perles des Neiges (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Happy Glow Pearls (LE, $65.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This year’s holiday Meteorites Perles are supposed to have three shades: “pink to refresh, gold to illuminate, and a touch of blue to softly correct the complexion.” It is dominated by a lot of smaller gold pearls with a few larger pink and minty green pearls, and when I swatched and used it, it was mostly a translucent, yellowish powder with gold micro-sparkle. This year’s Meteorites’ shimmer/sparkle is more noticeable on the skin as a result, but the overall effect is one of the subtlest I’ve seen out of all the Meteorites I’ve tried. I think those who enjoy using this product and aren’t as concerned about a noticeable effect will be happy with their purchase, but as a fan of the product, I still found the difference to be incredibly subtle. What I noticed, for the most part, was that it gave my skin a warmer, slightly brighter look overall with fine sparkle all over the skin. It had no impact on the wear of my base products, and the sparkles were still visible eight hours later (when I tested for wear on bare skin).