Loose to pressed powder DIY: Guerlain Meteorites, Blanc de Perles

While the Guerlain meteorites that most people know have 3 options for light, med and dark skintone, it also have a 4th option that’s Asian exclusive called Blanc. In the pre-2014 version it was all white, white matte/shimmer and silver, while the current version have some light colors in them, which seems much more user friendly. Since it’s an Asian exclusive, I have to order it from international websites. I got a set of mini pearls from Izzy’s Beauty, but Strawberrynet have some promo going on and is cheaper, so that’s where I ordered it from. Well, they packaged it very well with lot of sterofoam and peanuts, but it’s true that the new/current pearls are more fragile than the old ones so it didn’t look so good when it arrived…..

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When I emailed the customer service, they offered me a 50% off since half of the products survived. It’s not like I’ll ever run out of meteorites so I figured less pearls is ok, and it’s an opportunity for me to do the loose to pressed powder DIY I’ve been wanting to do for a while. But first, swatches… =)

GuerlainBlancNow then, teint rose/clair is the fairest of the worldwide Guerlain meteorites line and it’s pretty much a white powder, so how much whiter/lighter can Blanc be? I took out the pearls, where both have the purple, pink and yellow pearls. Teint rose/clair have green matte, beige shimmer and white shimmer while Blanc have white with gold/warm shimmer, white with cool shimmer, and white matte.

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In comparison the Clair/teint rose look a bit green or neutral while Blanc is a tad pinker, but really, I don’t think there’s much of a difference on the face since we are not applying it liberally. If the swatches are not side by side, both of them would just look white. Since it looks like 1/3 of the pearls in Blanc has been reduced to powder, I decided to try to use up that first before playing with the pearls, which leads to……

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The simplest one is where you just need alcohol and a container. I heard that alcohol with lower percentage (70% etc) is better since it doesn’t dry up as fast so you don’t accidentally make your powder too hard with little color pay off, but I’ve only got 97% so that’s what I used. Basically you finely crush the loose powder, spray/pour alcohol in until it’s a paste, mix evenly and press. Then wait 24 hours or so for it to dry completely before using.DIYpressed powder2

DIYpressed powder3It’s hard to crush the powder evenly and I didn’t try that hard, which is why the end result is a bit chunky when being used. However, it works fine with a brush, swatches the same and looks the same on the face. Of course it’s prettier to swirl the brush in the jar of scented pearls, but at least this way I don’t waste or overapply the loose powder. So that’s that. If you ever wished your teint rose/clair could be a tad pinker, then get Blanc, otherwise there’s not much of a difference.

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