Sunday, November 15, 2015

Guerlain Holiday Météorites 2015: Flocons Enchantés



The single holiday collection I look forward to most each year is Guerlain's. Their packaging is consistently lovely and their holiday palettes rarely disappoint, and they usually contain just the sort of colors I enjoy using. 

This year's collection, released back in mid-October, is entitled Neiges et Merveilles and has a winter fairy tale theme. The limited-edition Météorites, Flocons Enchantés (also referred to as Perles de Neiges) are a bit different than those we've seen lately. Rather than being enclosed in the traditional metal tin, these are contained in a pearly sphere made of plastic, reminiscent of a snow globe. An intricate golden snowflake design along with the iconic Guerlain logo can be seen through the transparent top.

As a makeup lover from a very young age, I had been curious about Météorites for as long as I can remember, but it would be many years before I actually purchased any. I had always thought of them as the sort of product that is a luxurious indulgence rather than a practical "necessity." But after acquiring a small number of them in recent years I can say that few items in my collection are as beautiful to look at, or as fun to use! 

Even the interior of the box is beautifully designed.

There is a handy mirror provided inside the top half of the container and a cute white powder puff with a golden bow. I prefer to use a brush rather than the puff that Guerlain includes, but it is convenient for a quick dusting of powder and it also helps to keep the pearls from moving around freely in the container and becoming damaged.  

I think what has excited everyone most about these, aside from the unique packaging, is that this year we have not only the usual pretty shimmering pearls, but we get stars too! (Well, actually they're meant to be snowflakes but I'm going to call them stars.) How can a Guerlain fan resist?
  
According to Guerlain the shades included are beige, to even out the skin tone; champagne for illumination; and golden, for a sun-kissed effect. Below is a closeup taken in sunlight to better capture the shimmery glow. Aren't they gorgeous?


To apply Météorites I swirl a powder brush around in the pearls making a point to get the bristles as far as possible toward the bottom of the jar to catch some of the loose powder residue. I use Guerlain's Météorites brush, which is made of goat hair. It has received mixed reviews and is not as soft to the touch as some of my other powder brushes, but its firm bristles do a better job of picking up the powder than a softer, fluffier brush would. I have read that the Hakuhodo J104 brush is a nice option to use with Météorites

Flocons Enchantés provides a refined pearly sheen to the skin that seems to slightly diffuse imperfections. When you look closely you can make out the shimmer but it is not overly apparent. If you are after a dramatic highlighting effect you'll probably want to look elsewhere, as this product functions primarily as a finishing powder and the results are quite subtle, at least on my light (MAC NC20) skin tone. 


Below is a look at my entire Météorites collection. It all started with the limited-edition Perles du Dragon (2012) followed by Perles d'Etoiles (2014). Then during last year's Sephora VIB sale I splurged on the Météorites brush as well as  #4 Dore, the darkest shade offered in the permanent range, which I use as a blush. 

Flocons Enchantés

  


Flocons Enchantés looks a bit out of place next to the others above, but wouldn't it look magical all on its own as a centerpiece on one of those fancy mirrored vanities? (Unfortunately, I don't have a fancy mirrored vanity!)

Clockwise: Perles d'Etoile, Doré, Flocons Enchantés, and Perles du Dragon 
Left to right: Doré (#4), Perles d'Etoile, Perles du Dragon, and Flocons Enchantés
Left to right: Doré (#4), Perles d'Etoile, Perles du Dragon, and Flocons Enchantés

Above, you can see the differences in tone and it is apparent just how light Flocons Enchantés is in comparison to the other Météorites in my collection. Despite being so pale, I think its sheerness will allow it to be suitable across a wide range of skin tones.

Flocons Enchantés is a lovely addition to my small but growing Météorites collection--but is it a must-have? Probably not. However, if you are in the market for an elegant, violet-scented finishing powder, then this could be a nice (albeit pricey) gift to yourself this holiday! As of this writing it is mostly sold out online, but you may still be able to find one at your local counter.

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Shannon! I have always thought about purchasing some, but I have never been as tempted as this year, with those beautiful stars (snowflakes, whatever, haha!). So beautiful!

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    1. Hi Larie, I know what you mean - that packaging and those stars! :) It's definitely a splurge though...I'm going to have to be good for a long while to make up for my holiday spending!

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  2. You know, I'm totally with you. I am always WAY into Guerlain's holiday collections but rarely end up splurging because I spent too much on other stuff throughout the year. Their products are so exquisitely packaged and dreamy though - maybe next year for me! :) Also love the shot of four meteorites together with the brush - thanks for sharing!

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  3. Hi Liz, Thanks! :) I usually like to wait for the Sephora VIB sale but then worry that the in-demand items will be sold out. I think the Meteorites went fast this year! I think I might get next year's, but may stop collecting after that because they do take up a lot of space. :)

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  4. I was tempted to get this because of the stars ;) I just find the fragrance a bit too much for my skin which is a shame.

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    1. Hi Clare, I agree and wouldn't recommend them to anyone with a sensitivity to fragrances. I like the scent and wouldn't mind it as an actual perfume (Guerlain did have a perfume called Meteorites that was discontinued), but I think it's not the best idea to have heavy fragrance in something that goes on the face.

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  5. This is just too gorgeous for words, they look like little marshmallow stars!
    The Beauty Bloss

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    1. I thought the same thing! :) They remind me of the marshmallows in Lucky Charms cereal lol.

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