Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder
Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder ($69.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pale, pearlescent pink-tinged translucent powder. It brightens and adds a subtle luminosity to the skin all-over. It also extended the wear of my foundation by an hour and a half, though that’s more of a bonus, as the brand’s description says nothing about improving wear.  The pan uses a combination of pink, beige, lavender, and mint green, but the effect of the color swirled is a pale, cool-toned pink. I think the effect is comparable to Hourglass Mood Light, perhaps a bit more luminous.

Technically, Guerlain labels this as a “Radiance Powder” for the face, whereas past iterations of the pressed Meteorites formula are “Exceptional Pressed Powder.” This even contains significantly more product at 0.35 oz., as compared to 0.26 oz. for the Meteorites Voyage / Exceptional Pressed Powders. I really couldn’t detect any difference in texture or effect between the two formulas. Except the most obvious: more bang for your buck, because the permanent Mythic will cost you $55 just for the pan ($170 for the compact and pan). It brightens, softens the look of skin, and adds back a natural luminosity that gives skin a natural look. It works all-over, and on my medium complexion, it didn’t look chalky despite its cooler pink tone. Like other Guerlain powders, it is violet-scented.

I bought this when it popped up late last week on Nordstrom, because ever since falling in love with Wulong (last year’s Meteorites compact) and finding Mythic (part of the permanent range) equally impressive, I knew that there would be no way I’d skip this year’s. I’m glad I didn’t, because here’s why Meteorites are addictive: when I walked by my husband after applying this all over my face, he said, “Hey, you look really beautiful right now.” This after having passed him a dozen or more times, and all I had on was foundation and then used the Crazy Meteorites all-over to set and finish (no eyeshadow, blush, or lip color). I kid you not, as I was working through other swatches, he came over so he could look upon my beauty. So yes, Crazy Meteorites might make people go crazy around you.

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder
Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder
Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder
Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder
Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder
Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder
Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder
Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder (HEAVILY swatched; it is translucent when used normally)

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder
Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder (Chanel Reflexion on lips)

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zainab Avatar

You do look lovely in that photo, kind of luminous. It’s weird how the subtlest makeup can sometimes be the most eye catching. I finally got some of the standard Meteorites and I am totally in love with them, I would never have believed how ‘photoshop’ like they could be if I hadn’t tried them.

Christine Avatar

So glad you gave ’em a chance! I always feel like I’m drinking the Meteorites Kool-Aid when it comes to reviewing these, because I SEE and feel the difference, but I know it’s sooo subtle! I really feel like I’m trying to sell you a bridge to nowhere sometimes, lol! But it’s so great to hear from readers who have tried & experienced the same great results!

Hannah Avatar

Thank you so much for reviewing this! Do you think this would make my face too pink if my skin is already in the pink/peach tone? Your hair looks so lush and gorgeous here πŸ™‚

Mariam Avatar

You do look prettier indeed. I don’t know why I see no difference on my face:( though I have both the Wulong and mythic with compacts. And I have purchased this too, knowing it doesn’t do anything for me, just because u say its good.

Mariam Avatar

Also, what brush do you use with these powder? And if I set with this and nothing else, my t-zone gets very very oily in an hour or two( I have very dry skin with oily t-zone). I have to use a setting/mattifying powder before I use this

Lydia Avatar

This looks great! I’m just wondering what sort of brush you use to apply this? I generally use a kabuki brush but I think that might be too soft?

Christine Avatar

I used MAC’s 134! I also have had good experience using OCC’s Powder Brush, Tom Ford Blush or Bronzer Brushes, Bobbi Brown’s Bronzer Brush (which is like a giant kabuki). Any powder brush that’s moderately dense should work!

I think a kabuki would be fine!

Jenn Avatar

Christine, would the meteorite balls and the pressed powder be like getting the same item or are the different enough to warrant getting both? The balls did seem like they had more color but I am curious if you think having both are worth it? I am more a pressed powder person but can’t resist the packaging and look of the pearls!

Christine Avatar

Hey Jenn!

I think they’re different, but you don’t need ALL the variations of each. They are also not massively different. Some of the pearls have more color, but in general, I find they have more shimmer and may sometimes have actually shimmers that you can see (not just a sheen).

Gretchen Avatar

I was just about to ask the very same question. I was just looking at Nordstrom’s site and the compact is .35oz for $69 and the powder pearls are 1.05oz for $58, which I found to be a bit baffling in price contrast. I was all set to buy the compact but the bargain shopper has put the breaks on me. It makes me wonder how beauty companies determine their pricing. Well, I will probably get the compact, I have never bought a Guerlain product that I didn’t love. Thank you for the review!

Noga Avatar

But why, oh why, do they have to put so much perfume in it? I really wanted to get it, but I’m allergic to certain fragrances (and where I live I wouldn’t be able to return it if I get a reaction).

helen Avatar

This really is lovely on you, Christine.
I generally use the Guerlain pressed meteorite in beige and i’m wondering if this Crazy edition can be used the same way as my regular pressed? Do you find this pressed more shiny/luminous than the original? I love the finish of the pressed but can’t afford to be shiny.

helen Avatar

Yes, mattifying and illuminating pressed Guerlain. I remember reading on your blog that the pressed version was far less shiny (is that the wrong term?) than the balls. I adore my compact (on my second or third…) but love the idea of a little colour in a pressed powder (along with a hint of more luminosity). Perhaps i’ll just have to hit my local Guerlain store and check out the difference.

Sasha Avatar

I’d already told myself I had no qualms about passing on this because it swatches so pink but now your review has me wondering! I missed out on Wukong last year which makes me sad.

However, I’m still so lost when it comes to all the different powders, the pearles, the pressed, the illuminating and mattifying powder and now all the lovely hourglass powders…. I’ve tried the illuminating and mattifying as well as the pearles in person and I liked the more radiant look of the pearles personally but I’m also a bit oily. I usually just tend to blot but it probably would help to at least use more setting and finishing powder to keep my makeup in place. (I’ve only recently starting using my MUFE HD over my GA maestro — but I think that makes me look too dull and powdery without a finishing spray to take away the powderiness).

It might also be helpful to even out my foundation. I have trouble finding things because I’m pale neutral and yellow foundations are too yellow and pink toned foundations are too pink so perhaps I could go with something a little more yellow toned and top it with this.

Christine Avatar

Hey Sasha!

Hourglass is the cheapest of the bunch, I do believe, and they are all very, very lovely. And if you are very oily, I would tend to recommend Hourglass’ because they are more powdery in a way… not a bad way, but just in a way that I think would be better for oilier skin types.

I really like NARS’ Crystal Translucent Loose powder for setting – super blurring and smoothing.

Vanessa Avatar

It’s nice that you compared powders a bit here. I’m getting lost in the powders too — especially since I don’t regularly use powder or foundation. Hourglass versus Guerlain? But you look so radiant here… it’s making me tempted to start using powders!

Justine Avatar

Hi Christine, I love your blog and keep wanting to comment and so, finally, here goes…

Do you use both the Nars and then this? Or just one or the other? Also, how does this look in sunlight? I live in Ca and we have a lot of sun here….I find that I have to keep away from some products because I go outside and BOOM I’m way past glowy and right into blinding people with my sparkle.

I keep wanting to get one of these, but my skin tends towards pink and so that scares me off a bit. Then you say it doesn’t apply pink and so I am back to considering it.

Melissa Avatar

This looks awesome, definitely need to save up for it. Just wondering, tho, how do the compacts compare to the pearls? Do you prefer one over the other? I have the pearls & am wondering if it would be redundant to get the compact.

Christine Avatar

I think the Pearls are more luminous and some of the pearls have actual shimmer particles, and the Pressed are pure sheen. I tend to reach for the pressed for convenience!

Do you have multiple versions of the Pearls and/or find them to be too alike to buy multiple shades? I do think all of the Meteorites are similar to each other; they are not drastically different.

Melissa Avatar

I do find the pearls to be a bit on the shimmery side but I just love that glow-ey look I get when I wear them. I only have one, the teint rose one from Sephora. I love it but definitely need to use a light hand. Sounds like the compact would suit me better for everyday wear πŸ™‚ This was very helpful, thanks!!

furandlace Avatar

This looks beautiful! Ok so here’s the million dollar question…if I wanted to choose between these or the pearls version from the holiday collection, which would you suggest? Or rather, how do they compare in your opinion??

Melissa C Avatar

So if I have Dim Light – would I need this – because I get a nice effect from that powder – and I will never use it all – but you skin looks beautiful with this one, seems so nice.

Melissa C Avatar

Thanks – plus seeing your comments about oil control in regards to the Hourglass powders is also helpful. I do find that with mine. Now – I just need to resist the LE 3 pan palette they put out!

Danielle Avatar

Christine, I love the anecdote about your husband! I usually think of makeup as a thing I do for me, because it’s fun and creative, but when my boyfriend actually comments to say he likes what I’ve done that day, it’s a bonus.

P.S. Minor typo alert: “now way” in that same paragraph.

Bonnie Avatar

I’m always intrigued by these. Which one is your favorite and/or the one you would recommend to someone? One of the ball versions, compact? I’m NC42, if that helps. Thank you!

Veronica Avatar

It does look very beautiful on you, Christine! Very glowing. I was very excited about this one, but seeing it swatched, I’m wondering if it’ll be blush-pink on my fair skintone. I’ll have to give it a swatch in stores. πŸ™‚

Karla Avatar

Hi Christine! I’m in serious need of a powder likethis since my skin looks dull and tired due to lack of sleep, I’m nc25 in Mac and have combination/normal skin, which one would you recomend of the entire guerlain line? Do you think the hourglass powders would work the same? And also what kind of brush do you use to apply it ? I know these kind of powders are expensive but I don’t mind spend as long it ll make my skin more radiant and well rested as yours πŸ™‚

Christine Avatar

Hey Karla!

Either Guerlain or Hourglass would work! I think you might get more bang for your buck with Hourglass, and with combination skin, you may find it has a good powderiness to it (I swear, I mean that in a good way!) that it helps control oiliness, too, without being cakey.

Any moderately dense powder brush should work – I used MAC’s 134 here!

Emily Avatar

This looks gorgeous! Is it possible to reuse this compact after the product runs out with a Voyage refill pan? πŸ™‚ That would just be awesome if possible.

Amber Avatar

Oh man… I’ve never had the urge to buy a cosmetic product this expensive (let alone a face powder!), but I think I’m going to need this. Bye, money!

P.S. Please review more Jouer products! πŸ™‚

Nicole Avatar

Ooh, I’m intrigued. You do look radiant and beautiful! I just purchased the regular Guerlain Meteorites in the middle shade, Teint Beige. How different is this product from the regular Meteorites? Is it worth having both? I love the idea of having a pressed version to carry with me.

Christine Avatar

Less sparkly – some of the loose Pearls have actual sparkle/shimmer particles and the Pressed are all sheen, if that makes sense!

If you want to carry one with you, definitely worth having both. I think they all do similar things once on the skin, so they aren’t drastically different applied!

Sara Avatar

Hey Christine, how long are the pearl meteorites supposed to last? I bought mine last year, and really love it still but the colors have faded a bit…does that change anything? Or am I still good to use them?

abigailod Avatar

Hi Sara! Just to share: I’ve had my Perles du Dragon for a year now and it’s good as new; no fading and scent is intact. I have been using it regularly but it really last for. a. long. time.

Also, I specifically noted a comment on the same question you have now, that I posted sometime last year; one of the ladies here then has had hers for about 5 years – at least the earlier ones from her collection and perles were still ok. That was comforting for me. Hope this helps!

Aida Avatar

The more I read/hear about the meteorites, the more I want to invest in one. Christine, do you prefer the pressed or the pearls? If you had to recommend one, which one would you pick? What kind of brush do you like to use with them? Thanks so much!

Christine Avatar

I tend to reach for the pressed over the Pearls personally. I used MAC’s 134! I also have had good experience using OCC’s Powder Brush, Tom Ford Blush or Bronzer Brushes, Bobbi Brown’s Bronzer Brush (which is like a giant kabuki). Any powder brush that’s moderately dense should work!

Virginia Avatar

Aww, that’s so sweet of him! And a really good selling point for everyone else, lol. I’ve had this in my cart for a while now but I was waiting for your review and I’m glad I did!

Christina Avatar

Awww, how cute and sweet of him to say that. And yes, you do look quite radiant in these pictures.

I guess I need to go out and get this now–there’s nothing more flattering than having your husband tell you how beautiful you are numerous times. LOL!

rashmi Avatar

you are looking adorableeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee here πŸ™‚ i want mini christine with me now πŸ˜€ you know what i mean rightttt ? hahahahha
a mini version of you with me alwaysssss
Christine , I want ONEEE of these , either in powder or pressed form , permanent or limited ..
plssss suggest me dear and i will try to hunt it down
am seriously bugging you for this … pls suggest me which to pick for my NC 40 skin tone

Christine Avatar

Hey Rashmi!

I think I would go for this one, just because you can get it in a compact, and I didn’t notice a difference in effect from this to Mythic, so you’ll get more, get it in a compact (vs. just a pan or shelling out $170 for pan + compact).

rashmi Avatar

cool dear πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ thank you sooooo much for suggesting
as soon as i pick one i will share with you , I have read all your reviews in past and keep reading them .
I was little confused about this showing up on my skin but now as you said , I will defffff try and buy one πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Sheila Avatar

Christine, thanks for sharing this review, I’m really tempted to get this!

I was wondering, do you use this as your setting powder right after applying foundation, or do you set your foundation first with powder and then apply this on top to finish? I have mostly normal skin, and just my nose gets oily during the day. I’m wondering also if you think the pink tint will be too much if used as an all over setting powder.

Thanks!

Christine Avatar

Hey Sheila!

I have normal-to-dry skin and really don’t get very oily – like I get a lil’ oily on my forehead after 10-12 hours of wearing full makeup. I used this all over after applying my foundation, so for me, it was a setting/finishing, but if you have oilier skin, I would still use a setting powder and then this as a finishing powder.

Nope, the pink tint is really translucent πŸ™‚

Nancy Avatar

Hello Christine! I am always so stoked to see a post from you! I have the Hour Glass Mood Light already, is it worth picking this one up as well? You look amazing in it. πŸ™‚

Sabrina Avatar

Christine, does this need to be used on top of foundation always? i know its a stupid question, but i don’t always were foundations and sometimes just wear concealer and maybe some bb cream, but would love the lumineous, healthy look its given you!

Ceebee Avatar

I am a HUGE fan of the meteorites, but I’m a bit confused as to how I would use this product. Would it be in place of a pressed powder? I mean for touch ups during the day? Or is it a one time application like the meteorites and I would still use my pressed powder compact for de-shine touch ups?

Rae // theNotice Avatar

LOL! Christine, you and Shaun never fail to crack me up πŸ˜› I’ve been shying away from all Meteorites due to my silicone intolerance, but you make it so hard for me to stick by my guns — it’s only a *little* bit of dimethicone, after all… πŸ˜€

Agnes Avatar

Hi Christine, I’m from Paris, and follow your reviews for about a year now but never left you a message before (thanks a lot for all of your wonderful photos, swatches and comments !).
I read your former reviews about mΓ©tΓ©orites and Wu lang and now crazy meteorite and I must admit this kind of products from Guerlain make me puzzled and since there is a new one of this kind and you find it great, I am curious to try it. These products seem very interesting, as you describe them (some kind of radiance making women look more beautiful while there is no colour at firts glance ) but I don’t see very well the result on your face :(( – Maybe it is hard to see it on a photo ?I’m sure it is very nice, since I trust your comments, which are always true and helpful. I am really near to buy one in order to experience this “miracle”. The fact is I have a very very very pale skin (look sick without blush), and the product is not heavily coloured. Do you think this can give a good healthy look for very pale skin too ? Excuse me for my English. And continue your blog that is wonderful ! AgnΓ¨s

Christine Avatar

Hey Agnes!

It really just gives skin an overall nice look – your skin looks better, that’s about it. No real color, not obvious highlighting or anything like that πŸ™‚

I think it would work well on pale skin as well! If you can try them in store, I highly recommend giving them a shot.

Thank you so much, Agnes!

Irene Avatar

I’ll try to test this at some store, it looks so gorgeous on you!
Also, maybe I’m slow, but I don’t get the 68 on the packaging? Does anyone know if it’s a reference to something?

tzwiggy Avatar

I love that this has that perfect sheen without any shimmery particles like some of the other meteorites. It’s the pretties of the meteorites I’ve seen swatched so far, but I don’t think I can justify buying it when I already have Mythic and all of the Hourglass powders except the light yellow one.

Gina Avatar

You totally convince me on this one! I’ve been waiting to buy the Meteorites for a long time buy this is too hard to pass on!! my first Guerlain product! I cant wait to get it! Just ordered today πŸ™‚ Thank you sooo much Christine!

Carolina Avatar

You know how you can tell it works (and it’s not just you drinking the kool-aid lol)? Because back in the Chanel gloss post everybody is commenting on your skin, nevermind the lips. That, my friends, is how you see that it DOES work. ;D

AngieButterfly Avatar

So pretty. You really do look radiant. I’m bummed about the scent because it’s what I don’t like about the Voyage. I may make an exception, though. It’s gorgeous.

abigailod Avatar

This is by far, the most adorable post. β™₯

And Exactly my thoughts that I won’t miss this year’s too, because I did last year’s and I cringe each and every time I see it or hear about it -all out of regret. So… is it worth having this and the perles? ( I don’t even know what I wish your answer will be – it’s just so hard to decide! lol!) I do have both coming my way, just not sure if both is too much?

Ryou Avatar

Yeah, it’s from the Mattifying & Illuminating range. If the difference is minute then I might stick to the permanent one. Thank you! πŸ˜€

Do you have any idea if the Mythic Voyage Meteorites refill would fit into the Mattifying & Illuminating compact, BTW?

Beka Avatar

I have the mattifying & illuminating compact and bought the mythic refill pan to put in it. The m&i came out easily enough (it was glued so some force was needed). The mythic pan is slightly smaller though. It kind of shakes around a little bit and would definitely fall out if you opened it upside down. I do carry it around in my purse though and it hasn’t broken or anything. I guess I could glue it in, but I’m so clumsy with hot glue, I’d probably ruin it. For me, it works and I like it because I can decide if I want to carry mythic or the m&i with me. And it was way less than $170! But keep in mind, you will not be getting a perfect fit.

Linda Avatar

Well, if that doesn’t sell you on a product, I don’t know what will, lol!! How does this compare to the Meteorites Pearls? I’ve wanted to ask you how these compare. Is it the same thing, just in a pressed form & more portable? And then there’s the version that is Meteorites pressed powder but all one color…Agghh! They are all beautiful, anyway!

Linda Avatar

Sorry Christine, I usually read the comments first. I was so excited I went right to posting!
From others’ questions, I believe;

1. The pearls usually have a little more shimmer than the pressed and in this case, a little more pink.
2. The Meteorites pressed (all-one-color) is Mattifying.

Thank you!!

Erica Avatar

Great anecdote about the Hubby. That’s enough to justify buying makeup. Lol. I am so intrigued by the Guerlain powders, particularly after the Wulong reviews last year. Unfortunately, these powders don’t seem suitable for NC 50/55 skin. If I’m wrong, please suggest options. I recently bought the Hourglass Ambient powder in Radiant Light. It’s so pretty.

Christine Avatar

Hey Erica!

Have you tried any of Guerlain’s powders over your skin? They’re all really, really translucent, so they should, generally, be good on all skin tones. There may be a couple that may have a whiter base so they may not work on deeper skin tones, but if the Ambient Powders work for you, I think these would, too.

Sarah Avatar

The lid looks more…curved? Like, it’s more domed on the top than other, more flat compacts? Or am I just imagining it?

These definitely look pretty though – they give you such a lovely, fresh glow! And anything that gains husband notice is certainly noteworthy. Though I’m wondering if I need these – I already have the pressed Mythic Voyage compact; would you say they’re different enough to warrant getting this as well?

Valerie Zhang Avatar

You look good in the photo, though I wish you have a before photo.
Do you prefer this over the Perles from this collection? What about compared to the permanent powders from Guerlain?

renu Avatar

I have normal to dry skin, and it only gets shiny in humid weather. I don’t use foundation or face powders at all but do like face creams with give a bit of lumosity or radiance. I’m wondering if I could use this over my cream and this not dry out my face. Another reader has asked a similar question and you answered but I wanted a bit more clarification, hope it’s okay.
What is sweet about your husband is that he probably noticed you every time you passed him, that’s why he noticed the difference when you passed with the powder on, how sweet is that!

Maja Avatar

The finish of that powder is stunning! Unfortunately, I don’t wear Guerlain face products due to the heavy fragrance they have, which is an irritant to my sensitive skin. Otherwise, I would totally purchase. I actually think it’s kind of ugly in the pan but it all comes together nicely, haha

Stacy Ann Avatar

So if I were a very pale cool/neutral skin tone ( urban decay naked .5) with the Hourglass ethereal light, is there a Guelrain product I should invest in? I’m intrigued, but I have no idea where to start.

Christine Avatar

I like their Pressed Meteorites best myself, but I like the convenience of it as a powder – a lot of people like the Pearls, and those are always quite pretty to have (and at least, visually, they are different than other products on the market).

Stacy Ann Avatar

I feel like I’m gravitating towards the powder, it looks more convenient and less messy. I bet if I got really motivated I could make the pearls into a compact, but I’m not sure if it would be worth it. I think a trip to Sephora is in order!

Stacy Avatar

So since Sephora doesn’t look like it’s getting this one in, I’m going to make the best of both worlds. I have a compact that’s pretty close to empty, and I think I’ll just order the crazy pearls, take enough to half fill the compact, press those bad boys, and have a pretty one for home use, and a more convenient pressed form. Plus it sounds like they last awhile, so this is less of an investment and closer to something I can afford. πŸ™‚

Jade Avatar

I just looked at an online retailer here in Australia and I can’t BELIEVE it – Guerlain have dropped their Australian prices!!!! We now only pay about 12-20 more per product than the US πŸ™‚ hahaha the things that excite me lol πŸ˜›

Jade Avatar

Meteorites Perles are $70 AUD! And Meteorites Voyage $190 AUD!! If these Crazy Meteorites are similarly priced they are coming HOME with me! My first Meteorites!! <3

Gladys L Avatar

I am NC 30, yellow toned and rather dull Asian skin.

Do you think wulong kind of color combination works better as it is warmer toned, or Crazy still works as it has so many green/ purple to handle the dullness?