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 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!
The compact comes with a powder puff.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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):
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:
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:
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:
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