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I have to say this is a controversial item among cosmetic junkies. Guerlain Meteorites have always evoked a LOVE IT or hate it reaction from people. I think the Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Compact can be even more polarizing; mostly because of the price. It currently runs $170, however the refills are about $55. That's a might big investment as far as makeup goes. But after reading my post perhaps you will want to get one for yourself.
Let's start with the compact. It is sturdy and well made. The beautiful enameled silver compact (It was once gold with a rainbow of tortoise shell colors) is refillable as well as extremely elegant. The ample mirror in side does not distort your features and the packaging itself is easy to keep clean and stores neatly in a velvet case. It is small and thin enough to fit into most bags for easy on the go touch-ups.
If you are fortunate enough to find an empty, used one on evilbay or any other auction site you can pick one up pretty cheap. I got mine for $45 USD. Mine is from a limited edition release so it has pink, red and white tortoise shell like enameling on the top. But it's not really all about the compact...it's about the product inside.
The multicolored powder is a blend of matte and pearly shades. It contains a mix of six correcting and light-enhancing colors. The result is a glowy airbrushed look to the skin. The three correcting colors are a Mauve that catches the light and brightens the complexion, a Pink that refreshes tired complexions and a Green that reduces redness. The three light enhancing colors are a White to infuse the complexion with light, with no chalky effect, a Champagne to make the skin sparkle and radiate and a Pink gold to unify olive complexions and warm up fair skin tones. This sounds nice and all but does it really do everything it says it will do?
No one product is going to correct extremes in any skin issue/concern, but I truly believe, and have found for myself, that Guerlain Meteorites Voyage helps in all of these aspects. The charming violet scent may not be for everyone but it is certainly a signature Guerlain scent and quite honestly it fades pretty quickly. The finely milled powder practically melts into your skin. Once applied, you are left with an almost airbrushed and ethereal finish. There is no color from application, however it does impart a soft and unfocused sheen to your skin. When applied correctly, using a fluffy brush, the result is sheer perfection. Flawless skin and diffused pores.
What Guerlain Meteorites Voyage is NOT. It is not a highlight powder. It is not a color correcting powder. It is not supposed to replace your regular pressed or loose translucent powder. It is not a blush. Don't buy this if you overreact to slight shimmer. If I hear the words "Disco Ball" in association with Guerlain Meteorites I'll scream. You do not get a disco ball effect at all. I'm not sure how these people that claim this, are applying the meteorites, but I'll bet you a million dollars they also think cottage cheese is spicy and the color beige is too racy for day wear. Conversely If I hear one more person complain that it "Didn't Highlight Enough" I'll also scream. This isn't a highlighter. It's a finishing powder.OK. I'll calm down now. It's just that I love this product so, it makes me sad when it is misunderstood.
What Guerlain Meteorites Voyage IS: It is a finishing powder. After you have applied all of your makeup...your loose powder, your mascara, your highlighter, then, and only then do you apply the Guerlain Meteorites powder with a fluffy brush, and using a light hand, across your cheeks, the bridge of your nose, your forehead and temples. Take a step back and revel in the pure flawless awesomeness that is you.
Is it worth the money. I think so, yes. It's an indulgence for sure, but after going though 4 refills in two and a half years, and I use this compact once or twice a day, I know it is worth it.
Feel free to balk at the price, feel free to leave comments about how you would never ever pay that much for makeup. I was even joking about the disco ball comment above. If you really really hate this product it's OK to say so. I'm OK with that. Guerlain Meteorites Voyage not only makes me look pretty it makes me FEEL pretty, and sometimes you just can't put a price on that.