Monday, October 11, 2010

Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Compact

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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.

20 comments:

  1. With this product, I would feel so swanky and pretty. Someday when I am ultra fancy, I will have a bunch of glamorous Guerlain products in my purse and I'll scent myself with some Guerlain perfume.

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  2. oOo I may have to put my mommas discount to good use, it would still probably cost my soul BUT I WANTZ!

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  3. That compact is so pretty! I haven't tired any Guerlain products yet.

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  4. I ADORE this product & your post may convince me to drop the $ and just get one already. So gorgeous and elegant. The soft violet Guerlain scent is beautiful, in any of my Meteorites products. If I hug my daughter right after applying, she says mmmm mom you smell so good. But you are right, it is a fleeting scent. Love it.

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  5. The compact IS pretttyyyy. And what a great review! :) I'm happy you enfasized it's not a blush, translucent nor highlight because that's what I imagined it to be.

    It's definitly pricey though, but then again anyone regularly buying their products won't be too shocked. Their mascara's alone run around $40.

    It still seems tempting though and like you said, a once in a while treat.

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  6. I adore my Beige Chic ballz and I know just what you mean about looking and feeling airbrushed. I'm just afraid the pressed version wouldn't "highlight enough"
    HAHAHAHA just wanted to make you SCREAM!!!!

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  7. I can't attest to the meteorites compact but I can say that the balls are fantastic. I have beige chic and mythic and I love them both. The impart a nice glow, but not a highlightery like glow, as you mentioned. I don't understand all the hate for them. I think the only questionable aspect is the scent is pretty strong but it fades quickly. Thanks for the great idea about trying to score a compact on ebay. I had never though of that before.

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  8. *goes to stalk evilbay* why!?! why do you make me want things!?! *slinks away, mumbles under breath* jerk.

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  9. Do you have any experience with the old vs. new formulation? I'm not sure when it changed, but I don't think it was that long ago. Thanks!

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  10. I just saw this while cutting through Neiman-Marcus. That is such a cool compact! (I have a small collection) I could use some airbrushing...

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  11. So, I just swapped my Teint Rose 01 meteorites away for some Dior powder because (brace yourself), the meteorites didn't give me a glowy enough finish. Yes. I know. ANYWAY, my question is this: will this give me the same kind of finish as TR01, or will it give slightly more glow? If so, I may suck it up and buy it. I'm a big girl and can afford it. Guerlain is such a luxurious brand. I adore the holiday collection with all the little bees.

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  12. Hello and thank you for your honest, wonderful recommendations! Reading your blog, I have come to trust your expertise.
    Speaking of feeling pretty, what is an eye cream you would recommend? I am battling lines around my eyes for a while now. I am not expecting a miracle but nothing seems to make the least difference.

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  13. Looks lovely!!! Great blog sweetie!

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  14. I fully agree with you. I love Guerlain Meteorites (loose and pressed) and actually own all of them. (If you'd like, pls check out my blog for details.) I particularly adore the violet scent, one of my favourite scents ever. I love the compacts and the powder itself too, it works very well. Really looking forward to getting the new Mataorites from the holiday collection too! :)

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  15. love Guerlain's meteorites! LVOE LOVE LOVE it.

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  16. I was thinking of getting a Guerlain voyage compact from the 1980s. Do you think the refills then would be of the same size as our current ones?

    Thank you.

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    1. Yes. I believe they have not changed the size of the compact in decades.

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  17. Do you think it will be enough to touch up after a long day at work to go out in the evening? I use Guerlain's veil foundation and the meteorites Perles' dAzur illuminating powder in the morning. I love the look in the morning but towards the end of the day I get this shine on my face. So when I go to blot it, I find myself thinking about getting one of these compacts to touch up....do you think it will do the job? Thanks for your awesome review by the way.

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    1. I think it will do the job for sure. It's meant to be used as a touch up, I believe! :-)

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    2. Ah, haha right! Thanks!!

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