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.
Iím a hairdresser and we stock Napoleon at our salon, i had never used Napoleon but after trying it i have to say they are definitely a really nice line, i decided to give primer a try i never thought that primer actually did anything especially being a teen and with my combination/oily and very prone to breakouts crazy skin i didnít believe it would help my makeup stay on longer so i just took some samples of the primer home, the smell was great and its very light and moisturising after using it for about 2 weeks i have to say i really like this product it didnít make me breakout at all like a lot of other people have claimed and i would definitely say it makes my makeup glide on much smoother and feels great it also helps it last longer to but not as much as its hyped up to i donít think, the only downside to this is the price $45 is pretty expensive but again you only need a pea size amount and it will last you ages id definitely go and check this out and even just get some samples, im definitely going to buy the full size of this plus we get 20% off bonus :D
Ewwww. EEEWWWWWW. I used this under my Lancome foundation before heading out for a night on the town. Normally my foundation (even when I've been out drinking the night before) doesn't give me pimples when I wake up in the morning. Whenever I have used this primer underneath it, I've woken up with nasty, painful, cystic lumps, or enormous whiteheads which have literally erupted while I slept. I will never buy this again and don't recommend it to anyone for the sheer havoc it has wreaked upon my skin every time I've used it.
I don't feel like it does anything. It comes in a tube, has a runny consistency, and looking at the product list there is nothing special to it that you can't find in moisturizers (isopropyl palmitate, glycerin, propylene glycol) or in foundations (dimethicone). The smell is ok, not unpleasant, but I usually prefer unfragranced products. I did half my face with this primer underneath and the other half without and didn't notice any difference at the end of the day. Not worth it for the $45 I paid.
Pros: Nice light moisturiser for under makeup, creates smooth base to work on.
Cons: Expensive, v strongly scented, doesn't seem to help MU last longer, potentially could cause breakouts in those prone.
Honestly, I think this clogged my pores really badly : ( I continued to use my revlon colorstay without this under, and the break outs vanished. I think this stuff was the culprit. I really liked what it did though : ( It calmed down the redness, but not exactly what I would call a primer.
To echo a lot of the previous reviews, this product is ok as a light moisturizer but worthless as a primer. It made no noticeable difference to my skin/makeup. On the plus side, it smells nice and didn't make me break out.