i will be comparing this primarily to the MAC Mineralise Skin Finish natural because i feel that that is a comparable product that everyone is familiar with. I have tried several other powders though.
Camera Finish is probably the better of the two products and is my favourite powder foundation/setting powder. After i finish my MAC MSFN i will not be purchasing it again because I feel that Camera Finish is a better product.
$69AUD for 13.5g of product. comes in a cold compact with a very big mirror attached, beautiful packaging. Sponge included but i don't use a sponge with it, i use various brushes to apply (MAC 189, Real techniques blush brush and RT powder brush).
the powder has a small smell to it, but can only be smelt in the pan; it does not smell when applied to the face. The powder is not cake in any way, and is medium in pigmentation. I would say it has the same amount of coverage as the MSFN should you apply it to a clean face.
I wear shade G4 and I am an NC37-NC40. I wear Med Dark in MSFN which is slightly too dark for my face and pulls to the pinker side. Camera Finish have a G range: for those who are golden toned (warm) and an N range, for those who are Neutral toned (cool).
I find that this powder sets my foundation without actually changing the colour too much, I find that it is a perfect match for my face too, so if i wear a found. too dark, this corrects it, and same to say when i wear a found. too light.
I find that there is little fall out when i run my brush through the pan. The powder is very finely milled and there is absolutely no shimmer in the pan (MSFN has teeny tine bits of microscopic shimmer).
I find this powder controls oil slightly better than MSFN. I find that if i wore MSFN alone onto of moisturiser, i would be so oily in 3 hours. with camera finish, it extends it to 5 (i would be so oily at this point). thats saying a lot for me.
I just absolutely love the packaging, it is pigmented enough to set a found. and change the colour if i need to, it does not look cakey at all, and also controls my oil better. I recommend this product.
the only gripe, its very very steep price (it hurt when the SA said '$69' i almost died)
My search for the perfect powder has been long and frustrating..
Trying to find a non-cakey powder with oil control, and that doesn't oxidize.
I tried almost every drugtstore product as well as Clinique.
Then my sister purchased this and sang its praises, so I was intrigued.
It's quite expensive, at $65 AUD.
First time I purchased this, I bought the lightest shade, as I usually wear the lightest in my other powders. I found it too light.
Second time round I got the NP makeup artist to color match me and she reccomended natural 2. Perfect match! Very happy with this.
My HG for sure.
Fantastic staying power, natural matte finish, oil control, and no oxidization. Does not break me out and looks great in photos.
Thanks Napoleon! You have one happy customer.
I had been eyeing this up for a while but i never had the intention of buying it because of the $76NZD price tag. One day however, i was in a different Napoleon counter to my usual and they had ONE left in my shade on sale for just over half price ($40NZD). It was on sale because it was the terrible old black compact, not the new gold one. My review for the compact might be very irrelevant because it's the old one but i will say that to open this one is almost mission impossible. It is not a "push" button where the lid pops open but some sort of other ridiculous contraption where u have the push a clip down and then it unlocks, the clip jams very often.... I think they have gotten rid of the old 'lock' on the compact though since i didn't have this problem with the newer compacts when i was previously eyeing them up. The powder itself gives a satiny sheen to you're skin that reflects light from a camera flash in photo's. Even without the flash, you still get a nice 'sheen' to you're skin that will reflect in any sort of lighting. So... the product works!!, i would buy it again, there is no detectable "shimmer" in this powder like in the revlon photo ready range. This powder does come with two downsides: oily skin girls will need to carry this large compact around with them, it doesn't last like a mattifying powder would and so oil will break through. The other downside is the price, $76nzd compared with about $37 for Revlon photo ready or a $56nzd Mac MSFN.
Gives a great matte finish. On a day when I only need light coverage, I use the sponge applicator and this is fine. Otherwise, it works very well applied with a brush over my Revlon Colorstay.
I use Look 2.
I have used this product for a few years out of habit but was never that happy with it. The coverage is light and the limited colours all made me look a bit orange. I have finally found my HG powder (Estee Lauder double wear) and will never purchase Naploeon Perdis again as it is very over priced and its quality is overated.
This product is the best! i have tried revlon to clinique to estee lauder but they are all outstanded by napoleon perdis camera finish pressed powder.
i have this compact in gold, which is the newer range for this powder. It gives a very matte finish which I love! and it is a medium to full coverage powder but if you just want a sheer cover it can be done. I use this with a brush for everyday use and it just looks very natural flawless glow to my skin. Many have asked what I do to my face because they actually think I just have naturally perfect skin. My skin type btw is combination to oily skin and very acne prone and also very sensitive. i have scars and a few imperfections to cover up and this does just the thing. .For occassions I use the sponge that comes with it and it gives a more fuller coverage
To try out the "camera finish" effect I did take photos of myself with this on with the flash on. And I say this is a camera finish powder! my skin looks very flawless like I have been photoshopped. Very "doll" like. I love this product! it stays on the whole day! have put this to the test and Ive jumped around and walked around for 10 hours and this product has not left my face. after the 10 hours my face looked fresh as the first time ive put it on and not a spot of oil was on my face at all. usually with the other powders iv used my face will be oily within 3 hours of use.
Before I forget the packaging is very nice,, it looks expensive not cheap its gold and I just love it. It is a rectangle compact which i dont mind because I always carry a giant handbag, its easier to find for me.
This retails for $76 in New Zealand which is $4 less than the estee lauder one. I would definitely choose this and buy this again :)
I have this is in the new formula (gold packaging). I have skin that depending on the day can be dry, oily or normal. I also am acne prone. Depending on my skin type on a particular day this powder can be classed as good or awful.
Firstly, when my skin is dry or normal, this powder is great... I use this over my Diorskin sculpt foundation (in 020) or Napoleon Perdis stick foundation (in number 3). It mattifies and removes "moisturizer shine" (i.e shine that peeps through foundation from your moisturizer).
I find it does not have much coverage, but that does not bother me as my liquid/stick foundation provides that...However, if you were using this purely for a foundation powder I don't think I would recommend it even for medium coverage powder foundation.
I only needed to touch up with this powder to reduce "moisturizer shine" once, when my skin was dry/normal.
However, if your skin even tends to oily, I would not recommend this. When my skin was in its oily stage, this powder didn't mattify and no matter how many layers I put on with my kabuki brush, shine still peeped through...1 hour later and I was like a grease ball...Skin so shiny and blotchy! Therefore, I do recommend this as a finishing powder for normal/dry skin, and highly recommend against for oily skin.
For reference, I am NC20-25 and use G1, in the new formula.
I won't repurchase, as I agree with another reviewer who said below that you can get a drugstore product that does the same thing for a fraction of the cost. (Personally I found the Maybelline Dream Matte mousse powder to be similar to this in terms of coverage and staying power).
I paid about $74 NZD for this
Nice product but in hindsight you can get the same thing from a drugstore compact and save yourself AU$59. I found it had no staying power to wear on it's own, so it's just something I keep in my bag now for touch ups on my t-zone when I go out. I will not purchase this again, $59 for about 12g of product, forget it.
I have never worn any types of foundations and decided that I wanted to give them a try. I went into Ulta and had the lady try me on a few different kinds and shades. The Napoleon Camera Finish Look 6 looked AMAZING on my skin! It is light and does not make me look cakey or dead :-)...........I have a carmel complexion and this powder gives it a nice tone. I have fairly good skin, so I just use this powder alone with nothing else. I am shocked though that it costs $40.00. But you get what you pay for and I must say I LOVE this product so the money is definitely not an issue when it comes to this powder. I will definitely buy it again.
This is my HG foundation powder and I have used it for over a year. For reference, I am NC 30 and I can use Look 1.
It has several uses for me. I use it to set my foundation and I use this in summer on its own. What I love most about it and what keeps me purchasing it is the fact that it always looks natural and never cakey. It is so finely milled and goes on so smoothly. It has light coverage which is what I want in a powder - it doesn't hide your imperfections (such as acne) so you will have to wear concealer but it does even skintone nicely. I find that this lasts me about 6 months.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this product :) I can't be without it.