After the sumptuous colours of winter comes some welcome freshness from Guerlain: the Meteorites Blossom Look for spring 2014.
The pastel perfect collection is centred around the re-launch of the iconic Meteorites Perles finishing powder, which has new packaging and an updated formula. There are also some never-before-seen products and brand new shades of some old favourites, including the Colour Lacquer for nails and the gorgeous Ecrin 4 Couleurs eyeshadow palette.
New for the season is the limited edition Meteorites Bubble Blush, a delectable cream blusher, plus the long-waited L’Ecrin Sourcils, a compact for creating a customised, structured brow look. It’s all happening at Guerlain this season!
Take a look at the scrumptious collection in all of it’s macaron-like glory below…
The iconic Guerlain Meteorites Perles Finishing Powder has been perfecting complexions with its magic touch for over 25 years. While the combination of the grand, vintage-inspired packaging with the playful pastel pearls is the stuff dressing table dreams are made of, it’s the unique formula that has cemented the Meteorites Perles’ place in the timeless beauty hall of fame. This spring the bestseller is undergoing a slight renovation, with revamped packaging dressed in festoons and rosettes, and an updated formula.
The reformulated Meteorites Perles are now softer to allow you to pick up the correct amount of product with your brush, and have added ‘Stardust Technology’ to help deflect light and correct the tone of the skin. Aside from those tweaks, they’re the same pearls of ultra fine finishing powder that you know and love – right down to the delicate signature scent of violet.
Each pearl performs a different function, from colour correction to illumination. 2 Clair above is for those with fairer skin who want to battle uneven tone and dullness, with green, mauve, pink and yellow pearls to balance tone, and delicately shimmering white and champagne pearls to create a luminous glow. There’s also 2 Medium to balance and perfect medium tones, and 3 Dore for darker skin that lacks radiance.
Here is each pearl of 2 Clair heavily swatched to give you an idea of where the colour correcting focus lies. The redness-reducing green and yellow pearls are the most pigmented, with reviving pink close behind. When swirled and buffed lightly all over the complexion, the medley of colour isn’t detectable at all. Rather, it leaves an invisible, luminous finish and a soft focus effect.
And the Meteorites Perles aren’t the only thing to receive a makeover. The Guerlain Meteorites Powder Brush now has longer and softer bristles to suit the softness of the Perles, making the application process even more pleasurable. The short, thick handle offers excellent grip to enable you to swirl and apply the powder, while the festooned silver trim now matches up beautifully with that of the new Perles tin.
The bristles themselves are made from natural goat hair, dyed to achieve their sweet pink hue. Full, fluffy and really soft, the brush head efficiently picks up and distributes the perfect amount of Meteorites Perles powder over the complexion. The plush makeup tool arrives in a soft velveteen pouch with a magnetic clasp, making it suitable for travel.
The other star product of the Meteorites Blossom collection is the brand new Guerlain Meteorites Bubble Blush, a satin-soft cream blusher. Designed to impart the perfect springtime glow, it has a lightweight yet highly pigmented finish that melts into the skin and is available in two shades: 01 Pink and 02 Cherry.
You can apply the domed blush straight onto the cheeks and blend, but I prefer to sweep my finger across the top of the blush, dot it onto the cheeks and then blend with a stippling brush. The satin finish reminds me somewhat of Dior’s Cheek Creme blushes from last year, and the shade 02 Cherry is a distant relative of Dior’s Pareo – but that’s where the similarities end. Guerlain’s blush is harder, with more of a traditional cream feel. It also has zero shimmer, making for a really youthful, natural-looking flush that looks perfect when worn high on the cheekbones.
To suit a radiant Meteorites complexion, there is a new colourway in the luxurious Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs eyeshadow palette. The eclectic combination of finishes lets you layer and harmonise your eye look, while the buttery formula blends beautifully.
503 Les Tendres is a delicate combination of beige, plum and nude set off with a glacial turquoise blue. Inside the smooth golden compact you’ll also find a double ended applicator – one side for eyeshadow, the other for lining and precision application – and a large mirror
Though the combination of hues looks quite stark in the pan, on the skin the colours are decidedly more harmonious. The champagne nude shimmers delicately, matching the finish of the pale aquatic blue, while the deep plum satin and pearlescent grey brown complement each other very nicely. Use the colours separately for a wash of gentle colour, or experiment with layering the shades for fun springtime smokiness.
There aren’t any nail colours in this collection, per se, but rather a very special top coat. The Guerlain Colour Lacquer in 862 Star Dust is a translucent milky white shot through with blue, silver and iridescent shimmer, which is designed to bring out the best in your existing nail colours and give them extra dimension.
The shimmer particles give nails an almost holographic glow, which lightens up your base colour by a fair few shades. On bare nails it looks equally as magical, providing a wash of iciness and a large helping of shimmer. Double up your coats for a semi-opaque finish.
I’m loving this new breed of top coats that help you to achieve new looks from the nail varnishes that you already have, or lets you enhance your bare nails (specifically Guerlain’s Ultraviolet Top Coat, Dior Gel Top Coat and Dior Nail Glow). After the explosion of nail art with all of its various tools, it’s refreshing to be able to create impactful nails more simply!
So, what do you think of this delectable range? Which treats are you craving the most?