GUERLAIN Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer Review

This is one of the prettiest things I own.

The primer is made of hundreds of tiny pearly pink pearls suspended in a clear liquid. When you press the pump, the mechanism crushes the pearl and what comes out is a pearly pink liquid. I have read many complaints about being impossible to squeeze out all the pearls, but I have yet to spend my, so I cannot comment on that.

The heavy glass bottle contains 30 ml and retails for $69.

I’ve decided to count the pearls, so that I can surely say how many pearls are inside. Currently, I have spent 53 pearls (a little less than one third of the bottle). I think that there are around 150 pearls inside.

The product is very light. Unlike many other primers, this doesn’t have that siliconey feel. When you apply it, it almost feel like a lotion.

There is a tiny micro-shimmer, but on the face it is invisible. If you wear only the primer, the shimmer will brighten up your skin.

Under the make-up it keeps me matte a bit longer (but don’ expect spectacular results) and my foundation lasts longer too.

It also works well as a mixing medium to dilute heavy coverage foundations.

The primer has a light scent, but I barely feel it.

I like it very much and if I ever finish with all the primers I have hoarded recently, I’ll definitely consider repurchasing.

 

Click for more pictures and INGREDIENTS

CLARINS Instant Light Complexion Perfector in #00 Rose Shimmer Review and Swatch

Clarins Instant Light comes in four shades. It claims that it will even out the skin tone and give radiance. It comes in a 30ml tube and retails for $33. I have the sample of the pink shade, but I think my skin would benefit more from the champagne shade.

The shade #00 Rose Shimmer is very light milky pink.

The effect is very similar to that of Guerlain Meteorites primer – they have a glowy appearance. It contains very tiny microshimmer which is visible only if you really look at your skin with magnifying mirror.

Texture-wise, Instant Light is not at all similar to Meteorites primer: Meteorites have more watery feel, while Instant Light seems much creamier. I’m happy that none of these has that siliconey primer feeling.

As my skin isn’t perfect – I have huge pores and occasional redness, I avoid wearing it on its own, because it doesn’t do much for my skin.

When I used Instant Light as a primer underneath the foundation, I haven’t noticed and difference in how the foundation wears or how matte my skin is.

The best use for this is to dilute the foundation – it works really nice in combination with Everlasting, giving the Everlasting a sheerer, glowier appearance.

It hasn’t caused any breakouts and I haven’t noticed any new clogged pores. The champagne shade will go on my wish list, since I think it could work nicely in evening out my complexion.

Click for ĆINGREDIENTS and SWATCH

YVES SAINT LAURENT Teint Parfait Complexion Enhancer in #4 Apricot Swatch and Review

This is my favourite primer so far and it is a shame that it will be discontinued. It comes in a 30ml tube, but I’m not sure what is its retail price, as the price I have paid is suspiciously low for YSL (I have paid it $19). The product has a light, non offensive scent

I narrowed my choice to mauve and apricot, but the mauve seemed to whiten me up too much, so the apricot was my choice.

The primer has a light peachy colour – however, it is not very pigmented so it is not supposed to cover much and as such, it will work on a wide range of skin-tones (I’m NC15-20). Think of the coverage as a very light tinted moisturizer. However, it manages to unify the skin appearance and to minimize the appearance of the pores. It feels slightly siliconey, but it smoothes my skin perfectly, creating a good base for the foundation. Over it, the makeup looks flawless.

On my good skin days, I usually go out wearing only this – it gives a healthy glow to the skin (not shine). I think that the product has some oil-controlling properties as I don’t get as oily wearing it as I would.

So far, it hasn’t caused me any skin troubles and I can safely say that it didn’t break me out.

I really like Teint Parfait and I regret that I haven’t found out about it earlier.

Click for SWATCHES

Project 10 Pans and Sample Challenge Update #4

It’s been ages from my last update. I can’t believe it took me so long to finally spend all of these products. However, I haven’t been as disciplined when it comes to the new purchases. I’ve got several nailpolishes and a primer. I’m also planning on a foundation purchase (even thought I have half a bottle of Clarins Everlasting and half a bottle of Dior Airflash) if the foundation I’m currently testing proves it is worth it.

Here are the original posts: Project 10 Pans, Sample Challenge

Click to see MORE

CATRICE Eyeshadow Base Review

My lids are extremely oily and absolutely every shadow will crease on me (some sooner, some later). This is the reason why an eyeshadow primer is a must for me. So far I have used Urban Decay Primer Potion (very good primer), Art Deco Eyeshadow Base (not very practical to apply and overall nothing special) and I have tested Too Faced Shadow Insurance (the best ever).

I was really excited when I heard that Catrice will be launching a new eyeshadow primer. Urban Decay is not available in my country (we only get some LE palette) and I also thought that Catrice will turn out to be cheaper than Too Faced (it is not).

Catrice Eyeshadow Base costs around $5 (6 euros) and you get 2.1 ml. Compared to the giant tube of Too Faced primer, Catrice is not as cheap as it seems.

The packaging is similar to, let’s say, lipgloss packaging. The primer has a sponge-tip wand which picks up too much of a product.

The consistency of the base is not runny, nevertheless, it appears thin.

The base is shimmery. The shimmer is not over the top and it isn’t visible once you put the eyeshadow.

Catrice Eyeshadow base definitely is not among the best ones out there. While it might work for those with normal skin on the eyelids, it does not work for oily lids. Granted, the eyeshadow lasts longer with the base, than without it, but I still experience creasing after 5-6 hours (Guerlain eyeshadow manage to last for 7-8 hours).

Also, the base doesn’t make the eyeshadow look more intense (on the other hand, Too Faced Shadow Insurance is great when it comes to intensifying the eyeshadow colour).

UPDATE:

After a month, the base got a bit thicker and it performed much better. I could get up to 12 hours of eyeshadow wear without creasing.

Click for SWATCH and more PICTURES

GUERLAIN L’Or Radiance Concentrate With Pure Gold Review

This is a pricey investment ($70), but totally worth the moner.

The packaging is very luxurious. A 30ml transparent glass bottle with a pump holds the transparent lotion with the gold flecks suspended in the liquid (yes, it contains real gold).

The L’Or is very watery – the texture of the product is a bit thicker than water. One pump holds enough of the product to use on the whole face. Unlike many other primers, this primer doesn’t leave that greasy silicon layer.

When you put this on the skin, it won’t do anything you’d normally expect it to. It won’t illuminate the face or minimize the appearance of pores and wrinkles. The gold flecks inside won’t brighten up your skin – they will simply melt into the skin and disappear. Your skin will look the same way it did prior to applying this (if you already have a good skin and you just want to add some brightness, try Meteorites primer).

However, you’ll see the difference once you put on the foundation. The foundation will go much smoothly and it will sit on the skin much better. During the day, the skin looks so much better.

With Guerlain L’Or on, I can wear almost any foundation and this primer will make it look good. My skin looks more rested, plumper and it is never dehydrated. I’ve realized that it must be the primer which moisturizes the skin during the day. I like it much better than those silicon primers, since it feels much lighter on the skin and not clogging.

Click for more PICTURES

CLARINS Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Review

I’ve purchased this when I thought that primer was necessary under foundation. Since then I’ve realized that I only need a good moisturier before and a good setting powder after.

Nevertheless, it is a very good make-up base. Although it seems very heavy and when applied at first it seems a bit greasy, but in fact it isn’t. It leaves my skin very smooth and controils oil a bit (I have very oily skin). Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much in minimizing pores (and that is a huge issue with me). The foundation sits nicely over it and it definitely prolongs the staying power of the foundation. It doesn’t clogs pores.

The only problem is with package, which doesn’t seems very hygienic, although you get small spatula with it.

I don’t use it very often as a foundation primer anymore, since I prefer using this as an eyeshadow base (usually during winter, since Urban Decay Prime Potion seems a bit drying at that time). It keeps the eyeshadow without creasing for at least eight hours. Of course, it is not as good as Primer Potion, but still, it is a great alternative.

Click for INGREDIENTS and more pictures