It should come as no surprise that my favourite pearls have very little to do with the kind you put around your neck, and everything to do with Guerlain. I’ve written about Guerlain’s Météorites Perles before, as I’ve makeupwise been pretty much obsessed with glowy skin ever since the launch of Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powders. Now, don’t get me wrong – I love the Ambient Lighting Powders, but over the last months I’ve actually found that I reach more often for my Météorites than the Hourglass offering.
First launched in 1987, these light-diffusing pretties in thir display-worthy pots is an icon that should decorate any womans dressing table at some pont in her life. I’ve been lucky enough to acquire three of these beauties, including the Crazy Paris LE version for Holidays ’13, and the reformulated version in shades 02 Clair – won this in a giveaway hosted by feelunique.com, and 03 Medium which I got at a brand course that I attended through work. The Medium and LE is shadewise very similar, only the brightening pink pearls of the Crazy Paris version is more of a fuchsia than the pastel shade of the permanent version.
Guerlains Météorites are a clever way of containing extremely fine-milled loose powder in a manner that allows for the perfect blend of colour-correcting, brightening pigments in each pot. I find 02 to be somewhat similar in effect to Ambient Ligthing Powder in Diffused Light, as it corrects redness and brightens the skin. I suppose 03 can be likened to Dim light, as it’s a warmer shade that works to promote and enhance a healthy glow.
It should also be mentioned that 02 is best suited for a fair skintone, whereas 03 is betteer for a medium skin tone. There’s also a third hue to benefit deeper skintones. Of course it’s a matter of preference as well involved in the shade matching, but I find that with a slightly more golden hue to my skin I seldom reach for 02, which was an immediate fave during the darker months, and with the arrival of 03 in my stash the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders don’t see as much use as before.
I’ve also got a compact in my stash, that I got when my Diffused Light compact smashed, just to tide me over until I could get another one. I much prefer the “pearlized” version, though.
I did a post some time ago on the differences between the Hourglass and the Guerlain powders, and it is very hard to pinpoint the visual differences after application, but I think I might have a better idea now, so I’ll have another go at it.
First there’s the obvious differences of appearance. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are compact powders in plastic casings. Pretty, but somewhat dissappointing, as I expect a bit more heft. I wasn’t originally planning on doing another post on the Hourglass powders, so sorry about the lack of comparison photos. That said, the Guerlain offering, while probably looking as pretty on the dresser as Marie Antoinette’s jewelry box that was the inspiration for the little pot, is far less handy on the go. Admittedly, my first Hourglass powder broke while on the go because it is indeed that finely milled.
Then there’s the scent of the Guerlain Météorites. Appealing to the pleasure-centre of the brain that could make this a winner – personally I’d love for a bottle of the perfume, but it’s no longer in production, I think – or be a deal-breaker. You prefer unscented cosmetics, this aren’t for you. Get yourself to Liberty or Space N.K..
Like I’ve said, applied there’s hardly a noticeable difference, depending on which shades you opt for. However, I do think I get somewhat more of a sheen with the Hourglass Powders, whereas the Guerlains produce a softer glow, but the difference is very subtle.
With my dry skin these function as brightening, light-diffusing setting powders, not as mattifying powders, and when it comes to longevity, there’s not much difference between the two brands in my experience, although I’m sure others have found this or that more suitable to their needs. This leaves the whole matter up to practicality and personal preference.
If one or the other is hard to come by where you’re at, I wouldn’t go out of my way in order to obtain it, because the difference is slight and can probably be amended by adding a nice highlighter or mattifying powder to the mix.