Meteorites are so covetable that they sell out almost as quickly as they're stocked so I literally bought the last pot of shade 2 Clair available at the counter. Clair is the second lightest of the four shades in the current range and is a cooler toned mix of coloured powder pearls with a "...blend of matte, rosy and radiant blue-toned white pearls, combined with corrective coloured pearls – yellow to counter redness, pink for freshness and mauve to catch the light".
Knowing very little about these I was surprised by the heavy violet scent when I first opened the tin - it's quite powerful actually - but the scent very quickly disappears once on the skin. It's something which only adds to the sense of luxury I think, along with the delicate pastel floral embossed tin. Everything about this speaks to the chic lady I aspire to be (I'm laughing at myself here)...
A swirl of the Meteorites brush (separate purchase) in the pearls very easily picks up a mix of the powder. The brush I bought is the new version and apparently more 'scratchy' than the previous version - I can't compare but can only say that if it's coarser it would be to more effectively 'scratch' the powder off the pearls and it definitely still feels perfectly soft enough on my skin. No complaints from me there!
I'm also aware my Meteorites themselves are the newly released formulation and there's been a lot of chatter around about their more powdery texture (more crumbly etc.) but as I can't compare I'm not going to engage in any debates about new versus original here. I did notice a lot of loose powder at the bottom of the tin when I spilled them out for my shot above but all of the pearls are still intact and haven't disintegrated - I think I will be careful about storage though and not even think about travelling with them because I couldn't bear the tragedy of an expensive spill!
So, what do Meteorites do for me? As I said, I'd never really thought about colour correcting or finishing powders until recently - Hourglass Ambient Light was my first ever finishing powder purchase and that was only last year - but they do make that subtle difference. I'm sure that no one else would be able to put a finger on what exactly it is but I can see how Meteorites seem to blur the imperfections in my skin and add a subtle radiance to it. As long as I can see it, no one else needs to know but I can definitely tell the difference. I started off using Meteorites for special occasions - isn't that always the way when something's new? - but now it's become the last step of my daily makeup, because it adds just that little bit of light to my face. I don't regret buying these at all.
The heavy swatch on the inside of my poor parched arm is pretty hopeless although I think you can see the centre of my arm is slightly more illuminated than the rest.
Is there a beauty item you've been coveting for a long time?