Monday, January 30, 2012

Guerlain Spring 2012: Meteorites Cruel Gardenia

Much deliberation went to my purchase of Guerlain Meteorites Cruel Gardenia. Much more than I thought was necessary for something that was a) so pretty, b) what is seemingly so universally lauded. But all I had in mind when I saw this at three different counters was "but I already have so many highlighters!" Ah, rationalization. I must be growing up.

As an aside, can I say how pleased I am that I was able to snag this (albeit the last one at the counter) almost a month after it came out? I'm glad Guerlain learned from the Blush G fiasco, where the blush sold out nationwide literally a week after it hit counters. 

So why succumb at the fourth visit? I suppose peer pressure is the answer (so much for growing up). Every blog I was reading was hurling praises at this aesthetic marvel, and I thought long and hard and figured I didn't own an opal pink highlighter with such a marvelous texture. 

Based on online swatches, I thought the highlighter would be too frosty for my taste. But makeup works in mysterious ways, or perhaps our skin is just different from arm to face. This subtle powder fits well into my "Asian makeup" routine, but I don't know if this is everyone's cup of tea. For example, if you're a fan of really pigmented shimmer powders such as Dior Shimmer Stars, or have an intense need for highlighters to "show up," this is not the product for you. Think veil of luminescence when it comes to this Guerlain powder.

Guerlain Meteorites Cruel Gardenia retails for $67. I think plenty of places would be sold out by now, but check your local counters and you might just be a lucky, lucky girl. While it is sold out at pretty much everywhere online, curiously still has it for pre-order.


  1. It's so, so pretty! But I spent my excessively expensive Guerlain highlighter budget for the year on Parure de Nuit so I had to refrain from this one.

    Also: what blush are you wearing in the photos? It suits you perfectly.

  2. It's a gorgeous highlighter, and I like how you call that an "Asian makeup" routine lol

    My only highlighter at the moment is Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze, which I haven't yet perfected the art of using. I also tend to skip the highlighting step because I'm lazy (also because my cheekbones are rather prominent):p

  3. *mutters*

    I don't need it... But it's so pretty!... But I don't need it... It's so pretty, though!


  4. This looks gorgeous on you! It is one of my favorite highlighters!

  5. I love mine too! It looks amazing on you.
    Veil of luminescence= Arwen glow. :)

  6. Gorgeous! I went with the similar Laura Mercier highlighter that I'm quite happy with

  7. You look beautiful! I'm curious about the blush, too!

  8. So glad you decided to get this! It's a beautiful powder.

  9. Oh I love it! You have great taste in makeup so I feel that you buying it has validated my purchase! Yay! And I love that it isn't so obvious on the face - I think that makes it work well for cooler and warmer complexions.....

  10. Project Swatch- Dior Rosy Glow from the last post!

    Christina- thank you!

    Sunny- I've never tried a Shimmer Brick! Swatches are always super frosty so it's an automatic skip for me. I only highlight when I have time, which is why I *really* have too many highlighters...

    dani- meep :)

    nikki- thank you! I can see why it's one of your favs :D

    Tracy- ugh I need to rewatch LOTR again. Wanna marathon it with me Tracy?

    Jamilla- I found the LM one a little too shiny for my taste :P but glad you love yours!

    Isla- Thank you :) It's Dior Rosy Glow from the last post.

    BGissm- yay!

    Gabby T- hahaha you're so nice (but I felt the same way about it reading other blogs :P). Yeah, I've never been a fan of obvious shimmer. I'm currently trying to replicate the "dewy look" from the runways and it's proving difficult to find the point where it's "dewy" and not "shiny"

  11. Holy moly that looks gorgeous! Esp. the whole flower/layers/different levels. How do they even...o___o The swatch looks so pretty!

  12. I never use highlighters, but of course your post makes me want this ;(

  13. Gorgeous! It looks amazing on you. I'm afraid I would never use it because I wouldn't want to mess with the detailing on the palette (still going to check to see if my local department store has any left...) Also, LOVE Tracy's LOTR reference!

  14. Wowww this is beautiful! You look gorgeous too! :D

  15. Thank you for your lovely post. I checked it out in person in Sydney on the weekend (only released here over the weekend) and it looked really nice but it is $102 in Australia. So I purchased one from Lane Crawford Hong Kong today. Thanks again for your recommendation.

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