Napoleon Perdis • NP Set Pre-Foundation Primer • Primer/ Corrector

rated 3.4(18 reviews)

Average Rating.3.4
Would buy this product again.61%

rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* songy67 on 8/13/2014 12:13:00 PM more reviews by songy67

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm   Hair: Black, Straight, Medium   Eyes: Brown    

I typically never use primers. I despise the feeling of yet another layer of product on my skin; one that usually feels slick and greasy and turns me into an oily mess. But this one is a game-changer. I picked it up on clearance for $8.xx at Target. The 1.7 fl oz tube of product usually retails for $29, which is pricey for a drugstore item. I understand NP Set is the lower-end line of Napoleon Perdis' makeup collection so my first thought was, seriously, almost $30?

But now that I've been using this primer for over two weeks, I can sorta justify the full price. This is good stuff (and you get a lot of it). It has a consistency that isn't runny but isn't so thick that I feel like I'm smearing putty over my skin. It has a texture similar to Benefit's Porefessional, just slightly thinner. When I apply this to my face it goes from a liquid-gel to a powdery finish, but not your typical silicone-filled slippery powdery feel. It's a true satiny finish that softens the appearance of my pores and makes my skin look and feel smooth and even.

The "brightening" aspect of this comes from both the transparent purple tint and the tiny shimmer particles packed into it. Honestly, I don't find that the tint shows up at all, but I definitely notice the shimmer. Again, I don't usually like shimmer, but this is such finely milled sparkle that it doesn't bother me at all. Especially since it all but disappears when I apply my foundation over it.

Unlike countless other primers, this one actually makes my makeup last longer. It doesn't feel heavy, doesn't give me grease face, and doesn't separate weirdly after a while. As I've said, I usually don't like to add any more layers to my face after my serum, moisturizer, acne treatment, and sunscreen -- but I've made an exception for this primer. It has the most effective consistency and finish of any other primer I've tried so far.

The reasons I took off a lippie are because of the packaging and because I wish the "brightening" prospect was more apparent. If the tint were lavender instead of purple, lighter in color, and slightly more opaque I think this would really add a nice glow to my complexion as well. Also, the tube comes with a screw-off cap and a flat dispenser that is unexciting and not the most convenient. I wish it came with a flip-top.

In general, I adore this primer. If you happen to see it on sale at your local Target I would highly recommend picking it up and giving it a shot.

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rated 5 of 5 Gamze88 on 6/24/2014 5:56:00 AM more reviews by Gamze88

Age: 25-29   Skin: Other, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Hazel    

This is a pearly base which provides a glow to your skin worn under makeup. I have an oily T zone so I avoid that area but it works beautifully on the rest of my face. Shake before use for best results. It reminds me of BeneFit That Gal, only half the price.

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rated 4 of 5 sherriisnani on 10/25/2013 11:09:00 PM more reviews by sherriisnani

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Oily, Tan   Hair: Black   Eyes: Brown    

Very pricey but nonetheless, I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. I have naturally semi-oily skin already and most primers I've tried just leave my skin very oily and just makes my foundation slide around when applying. This primer however worked well on my skin and doesn't cause me to break out.

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rated 1 of 5 SkylaRayne on 9/15/2013 7:15:00 PM more reviews by SkylaRayne

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm   Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Hazel    

I recently purchased this in the brightening formula. Whilst it smooths out the skin really well, it stings when going on and sadly made me breakout on the 3rd day of wearing it. I have combo skin and also found even in the warm spring weather, it makes my skin far too dry. I won't be repurchasing. A waste of $28.

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rated 4 of 5 babyslut on 4/27/2013 9:43:00 PM more reviews by babyslut

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral   Hair: Black, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

I LOVE this primer. It takes a little long to set. It has a nice, light smell and liquid and powder foundation lay perfectly over it. It was expensive-- $26, but it's lasted me two years. I have no complaints.

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rated 1 of 5 chookana on 6/16/2012 4:48:00 AM more reviews by chookana

Age: 19-24   Skin: Normal, Tan   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Brown    

My sister in law gave me this product for free and after using it I realized why she didn't want it. Gross, gross, gross .. the formula of this stuff is so oily, sometimes I'd squeeze it out of the bottle and this clear oily residue would seep out of the bottle. Once I shook the bottle and applied it to my face it was no better, my face was really shiny and greasy and it didn't absorb into my skin, even after waiting a good 10 to 15 minutes before applying my foundation! It just made my foundation slide around my face and it just did not sit well. I hated it and ended up chucking it in the bin. I now use the MAC matte gel which is awesome. If you have oily skin, or if you want a matte complexion, stay away from the NP primer it won't do you any favors.

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rated 2 of 5 ems0985 on 2/29/2012 12:05:00 AM more reviews by ems0985

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool   Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium   Eyes: Green    

I like this bc it makes my skin soft, however, for the price ($29.00 at my Target) I don't think its worth it. You can find a cheaper primer that works just as well and does more (for me that would be Sonia Kashuk or Rimmel) or just buy a moisturizer for about $5.00, since all this seems to do for me is moisturize my skin. I use this since I have it, but I would not buy it again.

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rated 5 of 5 KiwiPi on 7/19/2011 11:41:00 PM more reviews by KiwiPi

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm   Hair: Black, Medium   Eyes: Green    

I have four or five primers that I switch between, and this one is definitely my favorite, especially under powder foundations: they let the luminescence of the primer show through. It starts my skin off with a nice, pink glow - not obnoxious at all, just healthy-looking - and it really does make my foundation stay in place for the day. At first, I thought this primer was too oily, but after a few uses I realized that it definitely helped the drier areas of my skin look more even. What I don't care much for is the packaging. The tube is fine, the I have to store it with the cap end up or the oil in the primer separates and leaks out around the cap. I always make sure to shake it well before using - I've had a few times where I haven't, and I've ended up with straight oil on my fingertips. Aside from this - love it!

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rated 5 of 5 Fayelyn on 4/6/2011 10:24:00 PM more reviews by Fayelyn

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Black    

I have oily skin and have tried the Monistat Chafing Gel which was great until it caused me to break out. I was hesitant to buy the NPSet primer because of the ok reviews but I tried both primers that they carried. One was the prefoundation primer (pinkish color) and the other is the pore perfecting primer (clearish color). The pore perfecting primer was pretty similar to the monistat one so I tried it and have been in love with it since then. It was smooth and kept my face from being oily all day. For those who have tried the pink primer I highly suggest the PorePerfecting Primer it's really much better.

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rated 3 of 5 WednesdayMay on 3/19/2011 7:43:00 AM more reviews by WednesdayMay

Age: 19-24   Skin: Dry, Fair   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

I added a picture, lol. Anyways this primer isn't my favorite. It's oily but you just need to rub it in and let it absorb, it doesn't stay oily. I don't have very acne prone skin but this will break me out if I use it for a couple days straight. Every primer usually does that to me though. It's also expensive.

Oh, and there's like, a creamy substance and then an oily one, and they sort of separate in the bottle, so I hold it upside down and squeeze, because if I just squeeze it normally, the oil will just fall out basically on my finger and it's a mess. If that makes sense.

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