You Have to Try it to Love it: Guerlain Perles du Dragon Météorites

Guerlain Météorites celebrated its 25th birthday this year (grand achievement in an industry where new formulas keep coming out). This cult favorite is designed to illuminate the skin with perfect purity, and it has many different versions in the permanent line-up as well as limited edition ones. Today we’re taking a peek at Perles du Dragon of the Guerlain Liu holiday collection.

Guerlain Perles du Dragon Météorites comes in a black tin with a ring of dots in the middle. The golden rosette on the lid is very luxurious, and you can find Guerlain engraved below the rosette. I like how easy it is to pop the lid open instead of having to pry with my nails.

Once the lid is off, you see a piece of black sponge. I personally wouldn’t throw it away, because the balls have a better chance of staying intact with some protection.

After the sponge is lifted up, you get Perles du Dragon in all its glory!

Guerlain Perles du Dragon Météorites is composed of six different shades (though you will see in the next picture that I only found four… fail!): pale pink and beige even out the complexion, white and gold illuminate, and plum and rosewood brighten areas of shadow and erase fatigue as the night goes on.

I didn’t “swatch” Perles du Dragon, as the effect you really get on your face is very different from the stripes of color I get from rubbing the balls on my arm. The tricky thing about Guerlain Perles du Dragon Météorites, or any Guerlain Météorites, is that you have to apply it to your face with a proper brush to really appreciate the effect. I purchased the Guerlain Teint Beige Météorites Pressed Powder a while ago, but it took me a while to make up my mind and take the plunge. The reason is simple: when “swatched,” most variations of Météorites most definitely seem too “shimmery.” On the face however, it is a different story.

(These are the… four colors that I found out of six)

I apply Guerlain Perles du Dragon Météorites with my Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush. It might pick up a little too much, but it works fine. Perles du Dragon does a great job diffusing light and giving me this airbrushed radiance. You can use it as a highlighter, but I’ve been using it as an overall setting powder and I’m happy with what it does. Compared with my go-to setting powder (Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder), it has less tendency to sink into pores. In fact, I’ve been using it for two weeks and it hasn’t done that at all. Another added benefit is that my blush and contouring powder stay on better with Perles du Dragon. While many blushes would look faded by the end of the day, with Perles du Dragon the vibrancy and lasting power would visibly improve. The same goes to contouring powder. Don’t worry about the “shimmer” either. It is very fine, doesn’t stress pores, and unless you stare from two centimeters away, you are not going to see it.

(You get 30 grams/1.05oz in the tin, which is a lot of product)

When mixed together and used as a setting powder, Guerlain Perles du Dragon Météorites does seem a bit cooler than my skin tone. It doesn’t look ashy on me, but it does somehow change my undertone. For this reason, I would say it probably works better for those who are fair-to-medium or fairer, and those whose skin tone is cooler than mine (mine is really warm). Also, since it doesn’t aim at controling oil, I have to choose what I pair with it. If I want to wear Guerlain Parure de Lumière, I need an oil-free primer underneath. If I pair with Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup however (it is not hydrating enough on its own for the season), I need a light moisturizer underneath. Both combinations don’t make me look oily by the end of the day. I would say there is a way for those with combination or even oily skin to work around it (by adding an oil-free primer or using a foundation that is mattifying), but this would work particularly well for those with normal and drier skin types.

I’ve been wearing Guerlain Perles du Dragon Météorites in all of my face shots for the Liu holiday collection:

(Click here to see Guerlain Liu Eye and Lip Calligraphy Palette)

(Click here to see Guerlain Altoum Shine Automatique and Nail Lacquer)

(Click here to see Guerlain Lou-Ling Shine Automatique and Nail Lacquer)

Bottom line: I personally enjoy the airbrushed radiance Guerlain Perles du Dragon Météorites offers, as well as the better lasting power it gives to blush/contouring powder. This is a product that you have to try on your face (with the right kind of brush) to tell if you really like it or not, and I think Guerlain Perles du Dragon Météorites would work particularly well for those who are fair to fair-to-medium, whose undertone is not extremely warm, and whose skin type is dry to normal.

Have you tried any of the Guerlain Météorites? Do you like it? What is your go-to setting powder?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

  • lyn

    Hey beautiful, Did you get every item from this collection? I completely agree with your review. I really like this Meteorites and have been using it quite regularly as well. But I still prefer Teint Rose for a more natural, everyday finish.

    • Sunny

      Haha not really, but almost :) I use Teint Beige most of the time, but when the light is bleak and I need some photos taken, this is my big gun!

  • beauties

    i have teint beige. I love the météorites and their beautiful packaging. If i were rich, i’d collect them all 😀

    • Sunny

      Haha I agree! Teint Beige is great for Meteorites beginners :)

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    The packaging *kills* me, but I decided to pass this one over in favor of Teint Dore of Teint Beige instead–I just think it would be much more flattering. But I’m still tempted every time I see pictures of it…:/

    • Sunny

      I really like my pressed Teint Beige, but this one is so great when the light is bleak (we’re talking about 9 months a year here LOL)!

  • Fruity Lashes

    They had to make a special edition looking super crazy packaged Meteorites…

    • Sunny

      Haha guess what? I saw the promotional image for the spring collection. It’s supposed to be much bigger because there is a giant powder puff in there! My dream for owning one is coming true!!!

  • annebeth

    I SO want it, I love how luminous and perfect yet natural it looks and DAYUM girl that first picture of yours is stunning!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Annebeth! That powder really makes a lot of difference in photos!

  • Marla

    That looks so pretty on you. I don’t know why but I have never been attracted to the whole météorites thingy. I always use products in pressed powder form. This does look nice though.

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much, Marla! There are pressed Meteorites too in case you’re interested! I think the original version is great on the vanity, but not very travel-friendly.

  • ValleyDoll

    I tried them last weekend but they were a bit too glittery for me. I like the original version better. Unless they are the same and then I’m just really confused about it :d !

    • Sunny

      Haha I don’t think they’re the same, Eva. I’m actually really curious about the original version now that I’ve tried this :)

  • deijsprinses

    One day this will make my stash. I love these kind of products! For starters they are so pretty and well I just want it :p

    • Sunny

      Haha I know what you mean! They’re so cool to look at!

  • lippylash

    I’ve always been fascinated with those little “beads”

    • Sunny

      Haha I know. They look so old-school, and they certainly haven’t existed for 25 years for no good reason!

  • BeautyLoves

    So pretty! Love the packaging of the Météorites, even the regular ones. I can’t decide which one to buy!

    • Sunny

      Yeah I know that’s really tough! I got the more “boring” version (Teint Beige in pressed form) because I wanted to be able to take it with me for touch-ups.

  • Perilously Pale

    Only four shades? Bummer! I have parted with all but one LE set of ballz I have had. I find them too shimmery. Maybe I need to play more with different brushes. I did have the Meteorites brush and one point and I think I barely tried it before swapping it away. I found it too coarse or stiff I think. UGH I can’t even remember. I’m wishing I had have given everything more time before giving up. 😉 I used to be pretty impatient! 😉

    • Sunny

      Sorry Christa, there are actually 5 or 6 shades but I only counted 4 when I was photographing it. I get what you mean by it being shimmery, but it could be both the brush and the light. In this season I really appreciate a bit perking-up, but in summer I’m not so sure.

  • Marijke

    So gorgeous! I have the white ones. :-)

    • Sunny

      OOO I really need to check out the different versions!

  • Dorien (Inmyprettyshoes)

    It’s a beautiful product and it smells SO GOOD!

    • Sunny

      All Guerlain powders have this violet smell :)

  • Isabelle

    I’ll love this product forever and ever and ever and eeeeveeeer.. =)

    • Sunny

      Haha someone is declaring everlasting love for the Meteorites!

  • Teri

    I am a huuge make-up fan but I have yet to venture into the world of ballz! I love the pretty shimmer in these and the packaging is so stunning!

    • Sunny

      You should give the balls a try! I really think there is a good reason why they have been on the market for 25 years!

  • Rainy Days & Lattes

    Oh dear… it looks so pretty! I’ve always wanted to try the Meteorites. Maybe this year! =)

    • Sunny

      Yaay let me know if you give it a try! You are fairer and cooler-toned than I am, so it should work even better for you!

  • Linda

    Meteorites are beautiful but it is very drying for my skin :(

    • Sunny

      Aww I’m sorry to hear that, Linda! On my skin it’s not very oil-controlling, and that’s why I thought it’d work better for people with drier skin. Maybe your skin doesn’t like something in the ingredients?

  • Bhumika

    Oh..I just reviewed the Body Shop Lily Cole Puff On Radiance…they look d same..but those are a lil more shimmery..this looks fab !

    • Sunny

      Yeah I saw that one a couple of days ago and they really resemble the Meteorites! I’ll need to see them in person to compare though.

  • Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    I’m still waiting for the right ballz… this one caught my attention but I might wait for the bigger ballz in Spring!

    • Sunny

      Haha I saw the packaging of the spring edition. My dream of owning an old-school big powder puff is coming true!!!

  • Peggy Timmermans Visagie

    That’s the word: airbrushes! It’s just very subtile, but also very nice! And the smell..ahhhhh…

    • Sunny

      Haha I’m just fine with the smell, but the airbrushed effect is so totally amazing!

  • saravdv

    Love them, but never tried them… Putting them on my X-Mas wishlist as we speak :-)

    • Sunny

      Haha yeah they’d make a great present!

  • Taylor

    I have never taken to the Metiorites personally, but your skin always looks just lovely. I love the idea of them however, so pretty!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Taylor! I find these great when the light is bleak, and bleak light is all I’ll get here till next spring!

  • Meryl @ Memoiselle

    Your skin looks glowy, very pretty! I only have the travel sized meteorites, they are pretty good too :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks girly! These are godsend for the season!

  • petra

    Waaauw, I really love them!! I haven’t tried them out yet, but I’m planning too :)

    • Sunny

      Yay keep me posted about what you think, Petra!