Guerlain Christmas 2013 – Les Meteorites “Crazy Pearls”.

All this week, I’m featuring my picks of the Guerlain “Crazy Paris” Collection for Christmas 2013.  On Monday, I showed you the nail varnish in Sulfurous and the UV topcoat, and yesterday, it was the turn of the new Rouge G in Provocative

Today it’s the turn of what is the cornerstone of any Guerlain Christmas collection, Les Meteorites Perles:

Thankfully back in a tin pot this year (I hate the cardboard pots of perles that occasionally get released, if you’re spending £37 on a pot of face powder – and you are – then you want it to last), it’s black-laquered, and it is adorned with the words “Champs Elysees” embossed in neon letters around the sides.  Whilst I love the black and pink that is the signature of this collection, I have to admit that I’m not a massive fan of this particular tin this year, I much prefer the sleeker styling of the Meteorites Perles de Nuit from Christmas 2011.  This is … whilst I hesitate to actually say it’s tacky, I’m think I’m going to have to say that it’s a  … bit tacky.  So there.

Right, having got that off my chest, let’s take a look at the perles, eh?

New to the mix this year is a “tangy” pink, cool toned, it mixes with the gold, white, lavender and beige of the rest of the perles quite well:

It’s quite a bright pot this year!  They’re still delightfully scented with violets, and give the same “airbrush” finish that you get with the normal perles.  They’re not coloured enough to act as a blusher, and don’t appear pink on the skin.

I tried my best to swatch the perles, but this is a hiding to nothing, as you can see below:

I always have a pot of Les Meteorites on the go, they’re easy to dip into, I adore the smell, and love the airbrushed, non-cakey effect. But, whilst it might be a collectors item, I’m not a huge fan of the tin.  Still, you don’t wear the tin, eh?

What do you think of the packaging this year?

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6 Comments

  1. August 7, 2013 / 6:22 am

    Great review, however like you I don't like the packaging of this years collection either! I'm so relieved, for once the guerlain holiday collection won't make me want everything! I think knowing how beautiful the meteorites packaging they put out usually is a lot of people will skip this one and wait for the spring collection if neccessary? At least that's what I would do.. 🙂

  2. August 7, 2013 / 8:14 am

    Better a tacky tin than a cardboard box that I can dog ear and crush! Is the top pretty secure? I had a meteorites/floor interface problem in a hotel once, I'm sure they've managed to get the pink out of the floor tiles by now.

    BEAUTY HULK SMASH!!!

  3. August 7, 2013 / 8:20 am

    Honestly, that packaging would put me off. It looks like something that would be on a teenage girl's dresser in the 80s. Not that I'm not fond of a bit of 80s nostalgia, but definitely not £37 fond.

  4. August 7, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    I adore the packaging.. it's unique and stands out. I think that they don't want to fall in the same packaging routine every year, and since this collection is deemed "crazy" they want it to stand out a little.

    I quite like it! This and a few of the new lipsticks will be on my list 🙂

    • August 7, 2013 / 8:15 pm

      Love the colour scheme, it's just the writing I think I don't like. But, I'm really glad other people do like it!

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