I was on a primer kick a couple of months ago, and out of the bunch I tried, my skin loves this stuff the most. With MAC and Smashbox in particular it feels strange rubbing the goop into your face; it feels so fake and bad for your skin. This settles right in, smells gorgeous and just feels good on your skin, like it's good for your skin. Makeup sits really well and lasts for ages (a good five hours of clubbing later, my makeup was still sitting pretty). Yay!
EDIT: Don't think I'll ever buy this again. WAYYY too expensive for something that does the same as Natio Ageless Illuminating Primer. Get your hands on this one ladies....$15.95, and it's got the same consistency, better smell, better staying power and it's just so much cheaper and more fantastic than Napoleon! If you haven't tried it, give it a go and see if you run back to NP.
I bought this a while ago because my friend had told me she couldn't live without it. I liked it at first, and it helped with putting my foundation on, but then I started to forget to use it, and realised that it didn't matter too much whether I had it on or not. I've recently discovered a much better alternative - (same consistency, nicer smell and way way way cheaper at $15.95) is Natio's Ageless Illuminating Primer. A little goes a long way, and honestly, I can't really tell too much of a difference between these two products. Natio's one is better under mineral makeup (Napoleon's one didn't sit too right with mine) so I guess I'll just stick to the Natio! Plus - I'll wear the Natio just over my moisturiser on days I don't want to wear makeup, and I evens out my complexion and gives it a nice little glow. Plus - vitamin C and roship oil is great for the skin!!
I actually got a free sample of this when I bought stuff from ULTA. I used it for the first time today along with using Bare Minerals for the first time. When I first put it on, it felt kinda heavy, like I was smearing a lot on my face. It did make my skin soft, though. I put it on over moisturizer, and then I applied my BM over it. The makeup glided on very nicely and made my skin look relatively nice. However, within a couple hours my face was majorly oily. I had to use an oil sheet, and now two more hours later my face is oily again.
I probably wouldn't purchase this for myself seeing as it costs like, $40. I like DHC's Velvet Skin Coat much better.
I LOVE this product. I didn;t realise how much of a difference a primer made until I started using a good one / this one. It makes me skin beautifully smooth, does not break me out or block poes (but somehow makes them less visible - I must admit mine aren't very visible to start with) & my make up stays on all day (note I wear tinted moisturiser not foundation.
I also found myself not powdering my face because the primer mattified underneath & there was no need for it.
1 lippie off for the cost (AU$55) but apart from that I love it.
Not the best primer I have used and probably will not buy it again..the tube is hygienic and the primer itself is a nice light moisturizer, but that's where the pros end.. as I don't think this is anything but a moisturizer and it's expensive when it doesn't help makeup last. There are better primers out there....
After trying a few primers(benefit.modelco) this is my absolute fave...smells gorgeous and is very hydrating for sry skin.and most importantly makes foundation go on silky smooth.My tube has lasted me a year as you barely need any to get great coverage...usually not a big fan of napoloeon's products but for the primer I make an exception:)
Not To Prime is a Crime! And I would have to agree!
I've been using this primer for the last three weeks and it's an extremely high quality product. I have moderately oily skin that is difficult to handle during the hot sweaty summer months. The primer has helped to keep my skin soft looking (and not oily!) while keeping the color of my foundation true, instead of slightly orangey when my face becomes like an oil slick. It was pricey at $38 at a local makeup story, but I do like the final product. Additionally, I like the stury squeeze-tube packaging that allows the product to flow to the opening, instead of a dispenser where not all the product can be removed from the bottle.
The texture is similar to a very lightweight moisturizer and is easily blendable on top of moisturizer or sunscreen (like I do pre-primer). It has a very light smell that is not offensive nor very noticeable.
This product made my skin break out within an hour of having it applied. Never has my skin reacted so badly to a product before...or so quickly! I find that for what you pay for napoleon products, the quality is poor and the results are anything but spectacular. I have recently starting using an Estee Lauder primer...which i find magnificent!!! My make up lasts all through the day, and i still look fabulous at the end of the day. As for napoleon, never again.
I'm suprised by all the negative reviews. I love this product. I have dry skin, and with other primers, by the end of the day, my face looks flaky and dry, but I NEVER have that problem with Napoleon Perdis. It is on the somewhat expensive side, but I find it to be worth it. My skin looks supple and my foundation goes on nice and smooth. I highly recomend this product, especially if like me you have dry skin.
I was surprised to see that this product isn't more highly rated here. My skin is pretty sensitive, and this is the only primer I've tried that doesn't make my skin break out. It works equally well with liquid or powder (mineral) foundations, it smells lovely, and it isn't sticky or oily-feeling like some other primers I've tried.