Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder Mattifying Veil & a Comprehensive Overview of Guerlain Powders

Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder Mattifying Veil

Guerlain does a lot of things right, and powder is one of them. Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder Mattifying Veil is the latest addition to their permanent line. Today I’m going to share my thoughts about it as well as a comprehensive overview of Guerlain finishing powders, including the regular Météorites Perles (also known as the “balls” or the “pearls), the pressed Météorites, and the discontinued Météorites Compact Pressed Powder Illuminating and Mattifying.

Guerlain Les Voilettes mattifying powder

Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder Mattifying Veil (hereafter known as Guerlain Les Voilettes pressed compact) comes in a golden compact. The compact is aesthetically-pleasing but clearly made of plastic. To be honest, I had hoped for something with a bit more heft. Then again, it’s the content that counts, and at least it is very purse-friendly!

Guerlain Les Voilettes pressed compact puff

The compact comes with a powder puff.

Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder Mattifying Veil 3 Medium

Guerlain Les Voilettes pressed compact comes in three shades, and I have the middle one, 3 Medium. I can’t detect much of a tint on my skin. Like other Guerlain powders, it has a violet scent.

Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder Mattifying Veil in 3 Medium swatch:

Guerlain Les Voilettes 3 Medium swatch

You can apply this powder with a powder puff or a powder brush. If you want more oil control, the puff is a better bet. If you just want a soft-focus finish, then a brush might be enough.

Guerlain Les Voilettes pressed powder size scale

I have been using this compact for a couple of weeks now, and frankly I’m in love! I have combination skin. While other Guerlain finishing powders excel at adding radiance to my skin, my T-zone would need to be blotted a couple of times a day. Prior to this compact, the other powder I have tried that controls my oil properly is the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder. I used to like it a lot for keeping my face matte, but at some point I realized it is so mattifying that it makes my skin look flat. Also, it dulls the color of my blush and almost shortens its wear in a way. What’s more, it is a loose powder, and therefore a pain to carry around for touch-ups.

Guerlain Les Voilettes pressed compact on the other hand, mattifies without taking the life out of my skin. As you will see in the photos at the end, there is still a silky sheen that real skin has. I prefer to use the puff on my T-zone. With my most-used foundations (including Guerlain Parure de Lumière and Bourjois Healthy Mix) and most-used finishing powders (Guerlain Perles du Dragon Météorites and Guerlain Crazy Météorites Radiance Powder), I would absolutely have to blot around the 4-hour mark. With this one, it can stretch to 6. The shine also develops much more slowly, and once I blot it out and reapply this powder, I will be set for another several hours. For a girl who has been battling with that shine in her T-zone all her life, having to touch up only once a day is major! It also extends the wear of foundation and blush as beautifully as the other Guerlain powders I have tried.

On my pretty much “normal” cheeks, I prefer other Guerlain finishing powders or applying a tiny little bit of the Les Voilettes compact with a brush. Here is the thing: depending on the finish you prefer, if your skin type is normal to dry, you might enjoy other Guerlain powders more. This compact could look powdery if you pile it on (though the same goes to every other powder in the world), and if your skin is drier, it might look less flattering.

Bottom line: I would highly recommend Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder Mattifying Veil to those with combination or oilier skin. It mattifies without taking the life out of the skin, gives a soft-focus finish as well as extending the wear of foundation and blush. If your skin is on the drier side but you prefer a more matte finish, try to dust this on with a brush, as patting it on with a puff might end up accentuating dryness.

Guerlain finishing powders round-up

Now, let’s move on to a short overview of other Guerlain finishing powders. I have to begin by saying that I don’t have a large collection of these, so with the one version I have, I might be biased. However, it should still give you an idea about which one might work better depending on your skin type/preferences!

Guerlain Perles du Dragon

First of all, we have the classic Météorites Perles. The jar I have is the limited edition Perles du Dragon from last year’s holiday season. It has been my go-to finishing powder for almost a year, but as you can see, I still have at least 2/3 left! The Météorites Perles are great for adding radiance. If you “swatch” them, you might be put off by the shimmer. However, I personally don’t see any of it on the face (provided you use a decent powder blush with it)! As much as I love it, I have never traveled with it, because I am too paranoid about them shattering in the container.

Guerlain Crazy Météorites Radiant Powder

This leads us to the pressed Météorites. Here you are seeing this season’s limited edition Crazy Météorites. Besides the limited edition version that pops up from time to time, there is the permanent Météorites Voyage (the compact is made of metal, so it is definitely a luxury). Besides being travel-friendly, there is much less light-reflecting particle in it. If you are skeptical about the “shimmer” in the regular “balls,” I think this might be a safer bet. From what I can see, both the Crazy version and the permanent Météorites Voyage contain some “pink.” I don’t see a pink cast on my skin, but it brightens like nobody’s business! If you scroll to the bottom and compare how my undereye area looks in the photos, you might see what I mean!

Both this and the Météorites Perles do not control oil. They don’t make my T-zone grease up faster, but they certainly don’t help delay that shine. If you are more concerned with shine than the lack of radiance, you might want to take a look at Les Voilettes instead!

Guerlain Meteorites Compact Teint Beige

Last but not least, we have the Météorites Compact Pressed Powder Illuminating and Mattifying in Teint Beige. From what I heard, this is going to be phase out and replaced by Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder Mattifying Veil. I got this at the end of last year because I wanted a compact that I can carry around to mattify my T-zone, but I have never been motivated enough to write about it. It doesn’t mattify my T-zone for long enough (I would have to blot every 3 hours or so, while Les Voilettes keeps my T-zone shine-free for almost twice as long), and I find the pearls do a much better job in terms of offering an illuminating effect. For me, this powder struggles to do both things.

Just in case you own Teint Beige and would like to see how the shade compares with Les Voilettes Medium, here is a swatch. Left: Les Voilettes. Right: Teint Beige.

Guerlain Les Voilettes 3 Medium, Meteorites Compact Teint Beige comparison swatch

I would say that Teint Beige is more yellow in real life, but the truth is you don’t see either on the skin, so there isn’t really a difference.

My fussiness has definitely gone to a whole new level now that I own Les Voilettes. Nowadays, I use two finishing powders with Crazy Météorites on the cheeks and Les Voilettes on my T-zone.

This is me with no finishing powder (foundation: Guerlain Tenue de Perfection. I only have a sample, but I might review it soon):

Guerlain Tenue de Perfection

Admittedly, Tenue de Perfection looks pretty good on its own. But anything can be better! Here you see me with Les Voilettes on my T-zone and Crazy Météorites on the cheeks:

Guerlain Les Voilettes +Crazy Meteorites

Guerlain Les Voilettes + Crazy Meteorites finishing powders

I think my skin looks more soft-focus and smoother with powder. If you pay attention to my undereye area, you should also be able to see how Crazy Météorites brightens it another notch!

Here you see Les Voilettes as an all-over finishing powder:

Dior Iridescent Leather (539) 5 Couleurs

It is matte(r) but not flat, and the best part is it stays this way for hours!

Here is the ingredient list of Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder Mattifying Veil:

Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder Mattifying Veil ingredient list

Phew, that’s quite a long post! I hope you find it helpful. Have you tried any of these powders? What is your go-to finishing powder?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx



  • http://makeupmorsels.wordpress.com Makeup Morsels

    Your skin looks insane! Love that soft-focus radiant effect, and the oil control is a bonus. And yes, Guerlain does do a lot of things well. Quite an expensive addiction, but it’s hard to resist when the products are good AND the packaging is this pretty.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Ahh thanks so much, MM! I agree. At least the powders last forever and a day though!

  • Bella

    I’ve really enjoyed this article, thank you :). I am not too impressed with Guerlain’s powders, but then I probably don’t own the good ones: I have the illuminating and mattifying in Teint Dore which, as you say, doesn’t do much of anything, and the regular Meteorites Perles, from which I struggle to see an effect as well.
    My favourite finishing powder is Laura Mercier’s Translucent loose powder at home, and to carry along, Nars pressed powder in Beach. However, I recently acquired the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette which takes blurring, mattifying, soft-focus radiance to a whole new level. I seem to keep this one for special occasions at this stage, though.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      You’re welcome, Bella! Which version of the Meteorites Perles do you have? I know differences exist in the variations. Maybe you just have a version that has less of that illuminating effect?

      I’ve heard great things about the LM one! I have Hourglass Radiant Light and it is also amazing! I’d love to eventually look into the other shades as well.

      • Bella

        I have the teint dore no 3, standard silver tin with “Illuminating powder–pure radiance” written on the bottom. Not!
        I love Radiant light :).

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          I’m glad you found something that you like! Too bad Teint Dore didn’t work for you.

  • beauties

    I have the last one :) it doesn’t work that good for me either

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Eva, yeah I’m glad they are discontinuing this one with a better version!

  • http://www.beautyaddiction1.blogspot.co.uk/ syrena85

    I have this powder in the darkest shade and I just love it!!! My skin is quite dry and it doesn’t dry it out more. It leaves some kind of a translucent veil on my skin and I really love the finish of this one :-D :-D

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Irena, I’m glad to hear you like it too! I wouldn’t say this is drying, but I can see it being a little too oil-absorbing on drier skin somehow? In any case, high five for a fellow fan!

      • http://www.beautyaddiction1.blogspot.co.uk/ syrena85

        Oh yeah, I love it!!! Don’t use it too much as I prefer bronzers but this one and the Dior Airflash Matte Touch are my favourite finishing powders!!! :-D

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Oh now I have to check out Dior Airflash Matte Touch LOL

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    Nothing seems to keep my skin matte lately :-( I wonder if the Les Violettes powder would. I don’t think your skin is anywhere near as oily or shiny as mine. P.S.: Fixed the Disqus issue! Turns out my anti-virus was blocking Disqus in Chrome. So yeah, the problem WAS me :-)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Melissa, aww I’m so sorry to hear that! It’s so annoying when you have to blot every couple of hours! My T-zone is definitely on the oily side, but my cheeks are resolutely normal almost all year round (they could get a little dry for some days in winter, but that’s all)! Glad to hear you fixed the Disqus problem!

  • Kate Driveller

    Hehe, I enjoyed reading this even though I wear no powder and certainly nothing mattifying! They are some of the hardest things to review and you did a fantastic job capturing those verrrry subtle differences in effect <3

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks, Kate! I am actually surprised how the differences show in photos myself! I love these powders because they pretty much make my camera love me LOL

  • Icaria

    Great info Sunny! I now think I might get Météorites Compact Pressed Powder because that one I like and would love to have in my small collection. I wasn’t too impressed with the compact of Les Voilettes but I’m not surprised that you like the powder itself. The one that really works for me is Givenchy Le Prisme Visage which I usually reaply only once a day but I do think my nose might be a little less oily. :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, I really haven’t tried many Givenchy face products, but now I’m intrigued! I think part of the problem is I don’t like full-coverage foundations, which tend to have a more matte finish. I have tried a couple of foundations that keep my face matte all day, but in the end I always prefer the other ones I own.

  • http://lipstickintheattic.blogspot.com/ Judith

    Great post! The meteorites pearls have been on my wishlist forever, I have dry skin so I think they will be perfect for me

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Judith, if you have dry skin, then definitely look at Guerlain’s other offerings before Les Voilettes. I think you’ll like the extra radiance more!

  • Chia-Yi Liu

    great comparison post! very informative. how do you feel these compare your hourglass radiant light? how do they differ, which do you prefer? i love the green sweater with the charcoal grey collar you’re wearing in the pictures! super stylish!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Chia-Yi! That is a dress from Lavand (a Spanish brand) that I got maybe last year! It’s all nice and warm!

      The thing with Hourglass Radiant Light is it definitely has a tint. I can use it as an all-over finishing powder, and I would categorize the effect as natural (because my face is naturally lighter than my neck. That tint balances it out). However, if you are fairer, Radiant Light might not work as an overall finishing powder at all. It also gives a very smooth and soft-focus finish though! It doesn’t delay shine, so in all honesty I prefer Les Voilettes for my T-zone.

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    I love the smell of Guerlain products :X But I only own a liquid blush, haha. I’ve never sprung for anything else. Maybe someday!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Larie, Guerlain is the brand that made me fall in love with lipsticks, and then it made me fall in love for a bunch of other stuff! For me it is a special brand :)

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    Oh god, these are so gorgeous it almost doesn’t matter if they don’t do a thing other than to sit there and look pretty on the vanity! I’m determined to get one of these Guerlain powders soon.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, haha I personally prefer products that look pretty AND do something! I hope you’ll try one soon, and I hope you’ll like it!

  • petra

    Waauw, so pretty! My loose powder from MAC is almost finished, so this will be my newest love ;)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Petra, you should definitely try this one! You can use it in two ways either for more oil control or a more natural finish :)

  • http://www.nailsandcupcakes.com/ Isabelle

    Good grief what a thorough post! Thanks! The Les Voilettes Mattifying Veil is on my serious WANTS list but I was put off by the small amount of product. :(

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha thanks, Isabelle! Hmm I’m sure a compact like this will still last me just about a lifetime. I haven’t really compared the weight with other pressed powders on the market though!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    I love Guerlain. Their powders are STELLAR! If I had oily skin I’d SO get this!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, I’d love to hear what you think about it! I think those with combo/oilier skin can definitely get more mileage our of this one!

  • http://www.belletristicbeauty.com/ Jenny

    Ok. I am convinced. I love Guerlain powders and was saddened when I heard that they were discontinuing the Mattifying and Illuminating version. I was wondering what I was going to use after I ran out. I’ve been loving the Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder, but I’m definitely going to have to pick up Les Voilettes, like today. Awesome review! Thanks, Sunny!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenny, you’re welcome! I hope you’ll like Les Voilettes as much as the mattifying and illuminating one! I know I do!

  • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

    I also have combination skin so mattifying powders are a must for me. I’ve been using the Chanel ones for a few years but you make this one sound great. Oh and that little puff looks so cute!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sofia, you mean the loose powder? I’ve heard great things about that one! That puff actually works well!

      • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

        Yes, the loose powder it the one, I adore it, its excellent! I have a compact Chanel one for touch ups but its not as good…

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Aww that’s a bummer!

  • http://beautyandtheeyeliner.wordpress.com/ Natalie

    The mattifying powder sounds lovely! I love a pretty compact, since I have oily skin I’m always on the lookout for a travel friendly powder!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Natalie, go check this out! It sounds like you’ll get along with it splendidly!

  • Lily

    You have all the best from Guerlain, Sunny. I’ve got too many powders to last me for a few years, so I’m not even going there, but it does look and sound great :-)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lily, if you have found your HG you probably don’t need to run out and grab this! I’m sure Les Voilettes will keep me happy for a long time :)

  • http://www.littlemissscb.com/ LittleMissSCB

    What a gorgeous collection of Guerlain products. The house does gorgeous packaging!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Oh I totally agree! One day I’m going to lay my hands on that luxurious metal compact!

  • JhoAnne Luna

    is this permanent or Limited edition? also is this refillable like the voyager?

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girl, Les Voilettes is permanent! I don’t think it’s refillable. The compact is plastic, not the hefty metal the way more expensive version has :)

  • http://www.project-swatch.com/ Emi at Project Swatch

    I am so bummed that they are discontinuing the other version – I’m on my third compact, and I really love it. I think this version won’t work for me (maybe in summer; definitely not in winter).

    Thank you for the thoughtful review, and I love your photos!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww I’m so sorry to hear that, Emi! I hope you’ll get to grab a couple more before it’s all gone, and hopefully by the time you’re done with those, you will have found a new HG!

  • expatmuaddict

    Hi Sunny, your review came at the right time as I have literally just started using this myself! Long story short I had the Teint Rose and last week was on work very early and in my haste pulling my desk keys out of my handbag dropped the brand new compact on the floor and it smashed!! I did manage to pick up another one but it was the last one in Bloomingdales-I guess that is the last of the stock. In the meantime I had ordered this powder from Nordstrom nd I have used it a couple of times so far-I have a very shiny t zone and lower cheek area so am hoping it will help control it. The most disappointing thing? The ridiculously cheap and tiny compact, there doesn’t seem to be much product and despite the design of the compact being lovely on both, the plastic-y feel to it doesn’t match up to the price or brand xx

    Ps I must get the Tarte powder as well, been eyeing up for ages xx

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Stacey, aww I’m so sorry to hear about your shattered compact! I agree. I wish the compact had more heft, but I am genuinely happy with how the powder performs on my T-zone, so I’ll let it slide ;)

      The Tarte one is great for mattifying if that’s what you need, but it does mattify a little too much if you know what I mean!

  • http://www.abeautifulzen.blogspot.ca/ jenn @Abeautifulzen

    i /really really really/ want to try that violettes mattifying powder lol. its on my list and i’m just waiting to use up some stuff and save up to get it! it just looks so perfect.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, yup if you need some mattifying, this is a pretty good bet! I love how it mattifies without taking the life out of my skin!

  • http://miaka-mylife.blogspot.com/ Ruby Chua

    This post is really informative! After reading your post on violettes mattifying powder, I had to just place my order for it. :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Ahh thanks, Ruby! Yup if you have oilier/combo skin, check out Les Voilettes!

  • peggy timmermans

    I do like their powders alot, I love the Météorites for a healthy glow but I also like their mineral powder very much.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Peggy, I haven’t tried that! I know there is a loose powder version of Les Voilettes, but since I need to carry something around for touch-ups, I went for the compact version.

  • marciaf

    You are quite the Guerlain lady. Everything is just beautiful.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Marcia! I find most Guerlain products easy to love :)