I saw photos of Cruel Gardenia in October last year and I knew I had to have it - it screamed collector's item. I have much too many highlighters but I think Cruel Gardenia is just beautiful to look at.
The design is intricate but perfectly executed.
Cruel Gardenia feels like a cream product to touch but has a powder finish. It is very easy to blend into your skin for seamless highlighting.
However I am not so enthusiastic about the packaging. I think Guerlain was very lazy to house this in a plastic screw top container with a cheap mock mother of pearl print. Worst of all is that when removing the lid, it is very easy to bump into the actual product - the catch on the screw top lid doesn't work quite as well as it should.
The size of the product took me by surprise - for some reason I was expecting something a lot smaller.
And here it is next to Rose Rendezvous by Laura Mercier. The texture and finish of the two products are identical, the only difference being the colour. I think it is pretty safe to say both products come from the same factory in Italy.
As you can see, Cruel Gardenia is a cool tone pink whilst Rose Rendezvous is a peach tone. As similar as they are in design, I feel it is worth having both due to differences in colour. But having said that, if you are not fussed about the design itself, there are plenty of cheaper alternatives on the market (one that impressed me was the Boots No.7 Spring Vital Enlightening Highlighter by Lisa Eldridge).
Guerlain Météorites Cruel Gardenia retails for £41 in the UK.