May 3, 2010

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer Review

Well…I’ve always been very up front about my deep dislike of silicone based primers. Yak! Some are ok (that’s a kind compliment from me) but most are just terribly uncomfortable to me.

Which is why I seek out a more moisturizing primer when I can. I have dry skin with extremely small, non existent pores so really for me a makeup prep that’s moisturizing is one of the key things I look for as my dry skin can use all the help it can get.

Jump for my review of Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer.

What is it?

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer is a pre-makeup base formulated with chamomile, vitamin E, and yarrow extract to deliver instant hydration to skin while prepping and priming it for makeup.

The Good….

First things, first. You will not like this if you’re wanting a primer to conceal fine lines and larger pores. That’s simply not what this primer was developed for.

Ok, now that that’s out of the way on to the good….

The formula is a lightweight creamy gel-like formula with fresh scent. It smells quite like Jergens moisturizer to me or perhaps hand cream on some level, quite nice really and fresh. If you’re anything like me you may need some extra moisturizer even after applying your normal facial cream in the AM this is where this falls right in. The formula absorbs easily and leaves skin dewy to the touch erasing signs of dryness as it preps your face for makeup. Even after using my normal lotions and potions, my face always feels like it needs proper prepping with a moisturizing primer and this does the trick perfect. It sets the scene for my foundation or in my case BB Cream while easing signs of dryness and dull skin. I like how light weight it is and how easily it absorbs without leaving behind a greasy, oily feel. It gives my foundation and powder more of a natural, barely there look which is exactly what I look for in a primer as my dry skin can easily make makeup look overly done if it settles on my face in a cakey way.

The Bad….

Sadly, it doesn’t make my foundation last any longer than the normal time and I do need to touch up as the day progresses but I honestly have run into many products that do keep my base from oxidizing so this isn’t really isn’t any fault of the product, simply how my skin works I guess. I enjoy the scent however those sensitive to smell beware as it does give off quite a heavy smell.

Who might like it?

  • Women with dry skin.
  • Women with smaller pores and no fine lines and/or wrinkles
  • Anyone seeking a primer that hydrates as well as allowing makeup to apply easier.
  • Anyone who hates silicone primers!

Who might not like it?

  • Anyone looking to fill large pores, fine lines, or wrinkles.
  • Anyone sensitive to fragrance.

Final Thoughts….

Overall, Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer pretty much covered all the things I look for in a primer. It worked quite well although the price of $39 did make me wince slightly and I’d have loved if it prevented my foundation from oxidizing so quickly. Aside from this it’s a great pick for dry skin chicklets with smaller pores or anyone who isn’t really in lust with silicone primers.

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What are some of your fav moisturizing primers?

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • jojoba (My Makeup Reviews)

    i was going to try the eye primer you talked about before but it is still not here yet for some stupid reason and the orange one (NP himself) is from australia. hmmm.

    i have tried this product at his counters but it didn’t impress me much. i guess i like to have pores and lines covered. lol

    passed and thank you!

    • the Muse

      lol jojoba the orange one 😀 you crack me up ;-D I don’t have either so I’m kinda cool with a hydrating primer most times it’s what I look for in a primer 😀

      my pleasure dear!

  • Lillian

    Ooh this sounds really good! I think i have similar skin to you, small pores and dry skin. I love the packaging too!

    • the Muse

      hey lillian if you have smaller pores/dry skin def try. good hydrating base 😀

  • Aquahartz

    Hi Muse,

    I think I left a comment way back on one of ur post about new NP primers. I have the one for large pores which contains soy in it.

    I actually get the same result like yours pretty much. I do need to touch up after a few hours & my skin does become slightly oilier after 4-5hours or so. Its moisturising though & makes my foundation easier to apply. It does smell good & feel good on the initial application onto my face.

    I’ve stopped using it for a while & now its autumn, I think I can start using it again in a few weeks time come winter.

    (I’ve become used to ur new blog layout.. love it!)

    • the Muse

      sorry aqua 🙁 I have alot of comments to get to, forgive me dear 😀 I think it’s ideal for fall/winter 😀 good hydrating base when we need it most and our skin is at its driest but def need something that’s mattifying in the warmer weather 😀

      Nice to see we had the same results!

      • aquahartz

        heheheh.. no probs Muse. I totally understand, so many ppl out there just love ur webbie! Just thought might leave some of my experience with some of the products u review here.
        Cheers 🙂

        • the Muse

          please do aqua I love when people leave their comments/views 😀 totally love hearing what someone thinks 😀 Sorry I didn’t get to moderating that comment yet *head desk* 🙂

  • wifluvelle

    aiks im oily skin >.< so no no for me
    thanks for the review!

    xoxo elle

  • Miss Kitty

    aaaaack, i was given a little sample of this at the NP counter and didn’t like it! it doesn’t do everything i want it to do [fill in pores, fine lines, make my foundation last longer AND i have oily skin.]

    but then again, i’m a silicone primer junkie and you’re not. different sides of the fence! ^o^

    • the Muse

      hey miss kitty this is def for dry skin 😀 I wouldn’t rec for oily/pore ridden so yup total different sides of fence!

  • Angela

    I received a tube of this in one of my beauty sample boxes. I totally HATED it!! After I tried it, I went online to read reviews of the product, and women were posting such great feedback that I decided to give it a second chance, then a third. I STILL hated it! It was like putting Jergens lotion on my face and calling it a primer. Not for me. I tossed it.