|Above: The full face (including all four Napoleon products reviewed in this post) in action at the Arches National Park in Moab, Utah last week!|
Upon interviewing the kind and magnanimous Napoleon Perdis (full details found HERE), I also had the chance to experience some of the latest releases from the Napoleon line, including his Auto Pilot BBB Cream and products from the runway-friendly Nude Bar Phase II Collection.
Scroll on for product reviews and images as well as additional pictures of all four products on the face and a VIDEO review…
Auto Pilot BBB (Beauty Boosting Balm) Cream: The explosion of BB creams in the beauty market has caused me to be quite jaded to the concept. This product, once-indigenous to only Asian countries, has been replicated so many times over by every major beauty brand in the last two years that it seems to have lost a bit of its novelty. That being said, I was beyond pleasantly surprised to experience the Napoleon Auto Pilot BBB Cream, which retails for $45. Infused with anti-aging ingredients (including green tea, marine minerals, blueberry seed oil and snail mucus!) and a respectable broad-spectrum SPF 30, this silky primer, moisturizer and light foundation offers light to medium coverage and imparts the most flattering glow! Upon first application, I must admit, I was skeptical that it would provide the coverage I prefer (medium to medium +). However, after stippling it on with a Beauty Blender, I was shocked to see that my uneven tone and freckles were replaced with a radiant and balanced canvas that looked like a perfect version of my skin! This unscented wonder comes in two shades (light-medium and medium-dark), lasts the entire day with minimal need for touch ups and is an excellent option for those seeking light to medium protective coverage with a splendidly luminous finish.
|Above: The Auto Pilot BBB Cream comes in a one ounce squeeze tube.|
|Above: The full ingredients list (note: no added fragrance!)…I love how friendly this has been to my ultra-sensitive skin.|
|Above: The squeeze tube is portable, secure and hygienic…perfect to throw into one’s handbag.|
Eye Bright Inner Rim Eyeliner: Retailing for $20, this retractable cream pencil is designed to deliver a youthful, refreshed look to the eye area. The extremely precise tip glides along the inner rim of the eye (including the waterline), leaving a bright and glowing effect in its wake. I also love using it in the corners of my eyes and along my brown bone for added luminosity!
|Above: The Napoleon Eye Bright features a creamy champagne-tinged white pigment that effortlessly brings life to the eye area.|
|Above: Eye Bright swatched in indoor lighting. The micro tip creates a very precise line, making it perfect for the waterline area.|
|Above: Eye Bright on my water line and corners of my eyes…the only other eye makeup worn in this image is mascara!|
Lip Liner in In the Buff: This lipliner is extremely opaque and pigmented for a pale shade! Tonally speaking, In the Buff reminds me most of the light peachy flesh effect present in MAC lipliner in Naked, but it is more hydrating and long lasting than the MAC formula. I love using this as a nude base, filling in my entire lip area with the pencil before adding additional lip color, or, as in the case of the images at the end of this post, simply a swath of gloss. It isn’t drying, doesn’t settle into lines and lasts for hours…this is a must for nude lip color lovers!
|Above: In the Buff is a light peachy beige toned pencil that requires traditional sharpening.|
|Above: A swatch of In the Buff (top line on my wrist). It is incredibly creamy and opaque and is excellently-suited for creating a pale lip in mere seconds!|
Luminous Lip Veil in Overcoat: Easily my favorite item from the Nude Bar II Collection, the Luminous Lip Veil in Overcoat is an ultra shiny, semi-opaque neutral beige with pink micro-shimmer that brings out the natural tone of one’s lips. Lightly scented with a sweet vanilla aroma, this gloss is intensely moisturizing with a delightfully non-sticky finish. Since receiving this, I have kept it in my purse for use nonstop; what I find most alluring about this gloss is that it looks lovely on its own (it is somehow simultaneously pale, yet deep enough to stand out) as well as being the perfect finishing touch for an existing lip liner or lip color. In light of its comfort and versatility, I know I will not be without this for months to come!
|Above: Luminous Lip Veil in Overcoat…the pink micro-shimmer|
|Above: The Luminous Lip Veil retails for a very reasonable $20.|
|Above: Overcoat is a neutral nude beige that looks lovely on its own or over other lip color.|
|Above: A swatch of Overcoat in direct sunlight.|
|Above: A close up of the Overcoat swatch…the pink micro-shimmer is apparent, indeed!|
|Above: In the Buff lipliner and Overcoat Luminous Lip Veil together on the lips (in indoor lighting).|
Below: The following images reflect all of the products in harmony on the face, as well as my VIDEO review with swatches…
Bottom Line: The latest releases from the Napoleon line are simply brilliant. The BBB Cream was a splendid surprise; in my experience, the glowiness, coverage and longevity differentiate it from the vast sea of conventional BB creams, making it a product I will continue to reach for in the future. The Nude Bar Phase II products exceeded this nude lover’s expectations…from the rich opacity of In the Buff to the ultra-flattering neutrality of Overcoat, the quality ingredients and gorgeous tones make these absolutely covet-worthy!