My first go 'round with Australian makeup artist Napoleon Perdis made me a little nervous. I always look forward to trying a new line, but have to admit: I'm a bit skeptical of the "celebrity makeup artist" lines. Sometimes they're a bit more buck than bang.
I had the opportunity to try 3 brand new Napoleon Perdis products (they'll be available in March, '10). Let me tell you how it went...
The Napoleon Perdis philosophy is not dictated by fashion:
it’s about elevating your natural beauty with confidence-building products.
Neo Noir Liquid LinerA candidate for title of one of the Most-Feared Items in the World of Cosmetics (another being the lash curler), liquid liner is a product that goes in and out of fashion while consistently being a staple in the makeup artist kit. With the strong appearance of the cat eye in recent fashion, I'd imagine liquid liners are seeing an upsurge in sales. However, when I talk to real women about it, most of them say something akin to "Oh, I can't do liquid liner!"
The Napoleon Perdis Neo Noir Liquid Liner makes it easy although, as with everything, a bit of practice will help you perfect your look.
- Marker-like pen
- Won't smudge or run
- Mistake-proof lining
- Super-soft applicator tip
- Long-wearing (6 hours +)
- Waterproof formula
- Buildable black color
- Safe for contact lens wearers and opthalmologist-tested
- Easy-to-use long, flexible tip makes lining a snap
- Definitely buildable, but starts off pretty black anyway
- Long-wearing, but did smudge a bit when my ears teared up in the wind and I wiped at them
- "Mistake-proof" if your hand is steady, but technique still counts
BSB Tip for Lining with Liquid Liner:
Hold the pen nearly flat and drag it along the lashline lightly
(rather than holding it perpendicular to the eye and using just the tip).
Start slow, and build color and the line itself until you've gotten to the desired intensity and shape.
Sometimes it's easier to use a pencil first to sketch the shape you want then apply the liquid liner on top!
I have a real love-hate relationship with mascara. I'm quite picky, but can't live without it. What a pickle! The Mesmer-Eyes formula makes a lot of promises, but does it live up to them?
- "Like a miracle bra for your lashes!"
- Exceptional volume
- Superb length
- "You-go-curl bounce"
- Two-sided wand: wide side boosts lashes, fine side separates them
- Feels light on the lashes
- Conditions with Vitamin E, D-Panthenol, and bamboo
- Comes in regular and waterproof formulas
- Contact lens-safe and opthalmologist-tested
- Gives good length and moderate volume
- Darkest black
- Decent curl
- The wand takes a bit of getting used-to
- A touch clumpy - I found it hard to get the lashes truly separated and sometimes found little globs on the tips of the lashes
- It does feel light on the lashes
- The waterproof is nice and waterproof - no smudging or dripping
The bottom line...I'd probably purchase the liner, because I love the dark-dark-dark black shade and lovely tip. Because of the long, flexible point, this makes lining with a teensey line, a moderate line, and a big old fatty super easy, and flicking the outer corner is a breeze. I wish it weren't $20 though; I think $17 would be more appropriate.
As for the mascara, I love the color (super black!), but admit the wand isn't my style. I think I'd love this formula with a different wand. I just get so frustrated by the little globs of extra mascara on the tips... yuck. I'm going to keep fighting with it because the formula is great, but I confess: I may use disposable wands to apply it. I wouldn't repurchase this.
I am quite interested to try more of the Napoleon Perdis line, despite the bummer review of the mascara wand. The formulas on these two products really impressed me, and the applicator for the liner is stellar!