The One That Made Me Prime — Guerlain Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer

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I’ve written in an eye primer post before that I’m not at all fond of face primers, reserving it for special occasions or days I would need my makeup to last the whole day and night. I thought of it as an extra step that doesn’t really do anything except make you think your makeup is lasting longer than the usual. I mean, what are setting powders and all-nighter sprays for, right? Also, I really dislike the super silicone-y feel of most primers. I’ve tried the Smashbox ones (from my mom), Hourglass Mineral Veil (recently) and despite my strongest efforts to like it enough to use it when I need it, I couldn’t. The strong silicone texture that turns velvety slightly matte at the end of application (for both products) wasn’t for me (nor my skin). 2 I was officially inveigled into the world of primers when I tried this on the Guerlain counter last year, specifically this version which is called the Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer. There is another version of this – one without Perfecting in its name and is only called Light Diffusing Primer which comes in beige pearls. This one has pinky pearls. There’s another range of primers with a warmer, more golden finish called the L’Ors. First off, this Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer also has silicones but the texture and feel differ greatly from the Hourglass and Smashbox ones I’ve tried because this feels more watery and gel-like. The primer itself is a clear liquid with pearlescent pink pearls that dissipate when you pump out the product. 3 I get a lit-from-within glow from this primer that sometimes, especially on good skin days, I can get away with just this and a generous amount of the Meteorites Pearls in Teint Rose. Like other primers, foundation goes on a lot smoother, lasts longer (although I can’t really tell FOR SURE because of the primer because when I set my makeup properly, it generally tends to stay on the whole day). Edit: I remember my mom using this for their renewal of vows and it made her makeup stay as fresh as possible the whole afternoon till 10pm. As for oil controlling properties, I can’t vouch for that because I’m not one to oil up easily even when I’ve had my makeup on the whole day. I really wish this does that job though because for a $70 bottle of primer, it has to at least cover that aspect. If anyone who’s oily/combination who’s used this can share their experiences, I’d love to hear about it below. 4

But What Exactly Does This Do?

Okay, so for this thing (a $70 bottle of primer!!!), I have to really enumerate and point out some stuff because it’s not exactly a cheap product you can buy on a whim if you feel like trying it. You have to know if it’s for you or if it’ll work for you (and your expectations!). Below, I’ll list down some observations I’ve found after using up almost half of the bottle (yes, I’ve used up half already, it just looks ‘full’ because I’ve laid it down flat in the photos).

THE GOOD

+ It gives a beautiful base for foundation – smooth, satiny/semi-matte, with a hint of a glow + No overt shimmer, no heavy silicone feeling + Slightly minimizes huge pores and fills in fine lines and wrinkles – my mom vouches for this. She’s actually already on her 2nd bottle! She used this for their 25th wedding anniversary celebration and her makeup looked as if it were airbrushed (and she swears it’s cos of this primer!). + That leads me to my final stand that yes, it does help to keep makeup on longer. She applied her makeup at 12 in the afternoon and it stayed on until 10PM with just a blot here and there with some oil control films. + It hydrates slightly, removes flakies and all without being overly moisturizing so for those with oily/combi skin, this could also work for you. + I also love the smell, candy-like without being too overpowering. So, if you’re not into scented stuff, heads up.

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THE IFFY

— It’s a radiance primer that gives off a nice glow so if you’re into opaque and heavy coverage bases, all that radiance I’ve babbled on and on about will dissipate into oblivion after foundation application. Kinda disappointing if you bought this primer for that hint of radiance and then finding out it disappears after foundation application. So for those after that glow, heads up. — Thus, this is then better reserved for light to medium coverage foundations that let your skin still peek through underneath. Which is why when I’m having a not-so-good skin day, I use this with my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer to even out my skintone as well as get the radiance benefits of the primer, too. — Heard some foundations (mostly cream ones) react badly with this primer as it tends to ball up after foundation application. Maybe too much product? You only need very little of this primer (because 1 pump can cover the whole face as it’s very runny). Edit: Reader Rae below points out that water-silicone emulsions don’t mix well with wax.

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The Verdict

First, I don’t know if the photo above contributes in any way to the review but if you can see the difference, then snaps for you! The very subtle radiance and glow this primer gives off does not translate (at all!!) to the exorbitant amount it costs so I will not go out on a limb and say you should have this. I would say that this would suit more mature, dry skin (like my mom’s! which is why this worked wonderfully for her) so I wouldn’t exactly recommend it to just anyone, although I am confident it would generally meld well with any skin type. I’ve listed down the pros and cons I’ve encountered with this primer above and while I’m currently loving it, I would love to find something cheaper and as effective in giving that beautiful light-diffusing glow (I swear, Guerlain, your Meteorites products are seriously addicting. UGH). I’m eyeing the Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base next, I’m just kinda scared of its intense shimmer (compared to this one which does NOT have visible specks or bits of shimmer at all). Ultimately, I love this, and if I can’t find any replacement, I’ll be broke but at least I’ll be glowing and radiant while I’m at it.

Have you tried this Guerlain primer? Do you even use primer? What’s your go-to primer, if any?

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29 Comments

  1. January 24, 2014 / 12:39 am

    Too bad it balls up with cream foundations. 2 of the 3 foundations I have are cream/stick type ones. I’m betting it’s because silicone+water emulsions doesn’t mix well with wax.

    • January 28, 2014 / 10:28 pm

      Thanks for the tip, Rae! 🙂

  2. January 24, 2014 / 1:48 am

    This has been on my wish list for over a year and I finally got it this New Year! LOVE to death. The fragrance. The lightness. The *glow*. Love at first swatch, for real! I tried not to like it ‘cos of the price, but it never left my mind for one whole year so…

    • January 28, 2014 / 10:28 pm

      Oh yaaah Tellz, I remember you wanted this rin!! So glad you LOVE it!! 🙂 🙂

  3. January 24, 2014 / 2:37 am

    Whenever you use a primer with a water-based foundation, you have to set with powder because they’ll separate. 🙂

    My favorite primer is the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, but I also like the BECCA Resurfacing Primer and Ellana Minerals’. I’m currently testing out the Rouge Bunny Rouge Prelude in the Clouds Aqua Primer, and so far I like it a lot!

    • January 28, 2014 / 10:28 pm

      Thank you for the tip, Carina! I didn’t know that 🙂

      The Hourglass is too silicone-y for my liking. The Ellana one I actually like better but I find it dispenses too much product with one pump 🙁 But the finish, not too velvety / silicone-like which is to my liking! How’s the RBR Prelude in the Clouds Aqua Primer naman? Is it water-based or silicone-based? CURIOUSSSS.

  4. January 24, 2014 / 2:57 am

    I’ve been eyeing the Guerlain primers for a while, and I found their packaging so beautiful and luxurious. I’ve been quite indecisive about this one in particular because it’s light diffusing and stuff, and I tend to stay away from these sort of face products because they usually enhance your flaws. But I’m glad to hear that the shininess does go away. My favorite primer and the only one I’ve ever used is the Murad blemish primer. I love this primer so much, I’m nearly over with my 2nd bottle and I’m thinking of getting a new brand.

    • January 28, 2014 / 10:26 pm

      Hi Meeline! I dont think this enhances flaws at all, more like conceals it beautifully! My mom has wrinkles and deep fine lines but with this primer on, she looks 10 years younger, no kidding 🙂 I also like the light diffusing properties as they’re not frosty or oily-looking but just a healthy skin-like glow 🙂

  5. January 24, 2014 / 5:43 am

    Now that I have four tubs of Météorites (one mini, three big ones – luckily all different editions), I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I need no more tubs of Météorites for a while. But of course since realising that, i’ve for some unknown reason created the need for this primer in my head. I’m totally Météo-brainwashed! Eek! Luckily there’s you talking some sense into my brainwashed self – I definitely need to try this out first. I have too many primers as it is anyway, and if this is not worth the bucks.. I’ll only beat myself up about buying it afterwards!

    (greetings from a fellow addict)

    • January 28, 2014 / 10:25 pm

      HI FELLOW ADDICT!!! *waves* I think you definitely need to try this first if it does anything for you or not, babe. For me, it does wonders especially on days I dont really have a lot to cover. This primer + the Meteorites balls = poreless perfection! 🙂 I dont think it’s just our brains… or maybe it is but we’re happy so OH WELL! Haha

  6. January 24, 2014 / 7:24 am

    Hey Shari, I am a big fan of the balls, but I haven’t tried any Guerlain primer yet! I usually don’t go for radiance-boosting primers, since my oily T-zone is more like the problem. I go as far as to using Meteorites (for the moment I’m still hooked on Crazy Meteorites) on my cheeks and Les Voilettes on my T-zone just to get everything right. I suppose if I ever lay my hands on a bottle of this, it’ll be used exclusively for my cheeks as well!

    • January 28, 2014 / 10:20 pm

      Ack, still debating if I should get the Crazy Meteorites or not! We still have them here in Guerlain counters. This is the compact, right? Or the balls?

      • January 28, 2014 / 10:22 pm

        Hey Shari, I have the compact. I like it because the balls are less travel-friendly 😉

        • January 28, 2014 / 10:24 pm

          I see!! I remember reading Crazy Meteo-balls are pinkier and not recommended for all-over powder, more for a light blush 🙂 Do you have Teint Rose? I’m thinking if I would need the Crazy Meteorites compact if I have Teint Rose … but then for travel purposes, I would think I’d go for YES. Ahhh! Decisions, decisions.

          • January 28, 2014 / 10:26 pm

            Nope I don’t have Teint Rose! The only balls I have are the limited edition Perles du Dragon. They’re great but I think Crazy Meteorites is even better!

  7. Coco
    January 24, 2014 / 11:26 am

    I didn’t like the Smashbox primer either and this has been on my wish list for ages! I will purchase it someday 🙂

    • January 28, 2014 / 10:19 pm

      If you do, I will wait for your thoughts on it Coco!

  8. Raven Ang
    January 24, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    Will never ever buy this. No matter how much I love the Meteorites. I would buy this if I maybe stumbled upon a million pesos. I mean, $70 could go into a lot of other things. I do love the Hourglass Veil Mineral primer and the Benefit POREfessional. I don’t really prime everyday but I do use it to get rid of my horrid huge-ass pores. 😐

    • January 28, 2014 / 10:15 pm

      That’s true Raven.. I agree. $70 can be put into a loot of other things and items and it’s unwise to spend it on a primer that’s pretty much just like other primers. 🙂 I didnt really like Benefit Porefessional either, but I have friends who swear by it!

      • Raven Ang
        January 28, 2014 / 11:16 pm

        But I can imagone it now. You’d be walking around with a freaking halo around your face like Galadriel. Now I want this. But the peso markup will be outstanding. Why oh why? I think in some hidden dead language, Guerlain must translate to ‘wallet deathtrap’.

  9. January 24, 2014 / 3:47 pm

    Dangggg, 70 bucks? I think I’ll pass especially now that I’e discovered my one true love… BECCA Ever-Matte Primer. <3 And I'm not really into that glow stuff, because of you know, oily skin problems. Hihi. I've also tried a sample of the Hourglass Veil Mineral primer before, but not sure how I liked it. :/

    • January 28, 2014 / 10:13 pm

      Oooh, thanks for the heads up Emae! I’ll swatch the BECCA primer in Adora one of these days! 🙂
      And dont fret about glow products, not all of them make oily skin oilier 😉 You just have to find the right products that make your skin matte, but not flat!

      • January 29, 2014 / 5:56 pm

        Wait, is that a new primer? The BECCA, that is. Haha! What products do you recommend for that matte-but-not-flat look? *beating myself up for not getting the Hourglass Palette*

  10. January 24, 2014 / 9:28 pm

    I’m a big fan of the Meteorites but I don’t think I will buy this. So expensive! I’m happy with my Clinique Superprimer. I also hate the silicone feeling that some primers can give but the Clinique Superprimer works great for me! 🙂

    • January 28, 2014 / 10:12 pm

      The Clinique primers are actually pretty good!! No need for this expensive one if you’ve found the primer that works for you! It’s by no means magical 😉

  11. January 25, 2014 / 3:23 am

    Okay, never will I get a primer that costs $70. It’s too expensive, huhu 🙁 But oh well. I’m really loving my Too Faced Primed and Poreless Primer. And I actually do love the Smashbox one. I’m kind of into the silicone-y feel but then sets with a semi-matte finish. Hehe :p

    • January 28, 2014 / 10:10 pm

      Will look into the Too Faced Primer! 🙂 And yes, nobody needs a $70 primer so I dont recommend you to get it unless instant photoshop sa fez na di na kailangan ng foundation, diba!

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