Friday, July 8, 2011

NP Set Pore Perfecting Primer

For those who don't know what NP Set is, which I admit I did not until late last year, it is a price-conscious brand of Napoleon Perdis.  His products are pricey depending on where you live, but I like the brand and the artist very much.  I used to watch that program "Get Your Face On" at least that's what I think it was called. 

Anyway... I always look for the NP Set line when I go to Target.  I have had a lot of success with the face and body products, but for some reason the Targets I have been to don't stock a lot of the makeup.  Plus what I have seen of it, it isn't exactly appealing to me since it seems to be convenience oriented- that is, multi-functional or multiple products in one package. 

I was able to get this face primer, Pore Perfecting Primer (man I can barely type that, let alone say it!!). 

The tube was sealed, and there was no tester.  Basically, I knew nothing about this besides that it was a primer.

Now, excuse me while I take a moment for a long sigh. 

It's a Smashbox primer.  Ugh.  Instant disappointment.  I wish they would have marked on the box "Compare to Smashbox" or something like that.  Now, I hope everyone knows what I mean when I say "Smashbox primer".  They are just the first ones I know of that made that clear silicone primer, so every primer that is similar I just place it into that category, even though I know very well that they make other primers and products. 

Anyway, here it is- it does have a slight pink tint.

It is also heavily perfume scented, but thankfully once it was on my face, that disappeared. 

I am surprised to say, I really like this product.  It did not feel greasy or filmy, and when I used it as a prep for foundation, it made it glide onto my face very smooth. 

As far as pore perfecting, I took a before and after, but as usual, I don't know if it's going to show up very well in the photo. 

I felt like it did work a little bit, and after the first couple times I used it, it seemed to work better.  Maybe I was just applying it a little more evenly, I don't really know. 

I do like this primer, but I don't see myself using it everyday because I like my primer to be a creamier, tackier texture if that makes any sense.  Like a lotiony type.  It's been my experience that with those, the face products really adhere better on my skin.  I also went to look at my receipt for the purpose of this review, and I was aghast that it costs $26.99!!!  I mean, shocking for an "affordable" alternative, but when you consider the full version, Auto Pilot, is $45, it is a step down from that. 

I don't really have a recommendation one way or the other, very sorry to be so verbose and indecisive.  I personally do not think I would buy it again, but I would like to try some other products like a toner, cake eyeliner, China Doll foundation, brushes.... 


  1. Great review! I seen a while ago people were using the Monistat Chafing Gel as a primer so I got some (only like $5) and I found that it works with my skin but I do feel a little weird sometimes when I admit that I use it as a primer LOL!!!

  2. to cover up my pores i use BB cream (i dont use it as foundation) covers them up instantly but..ive heard good thing about NP...but they are no longer available in canada...i think the market wasnt good here~~~but i think the after is still better than the b4~~~~good review~~~


  3. i wrote a review of BB cream along time ago...maybe i should do a updated version???
    but here is the link if you wanna see


  4. I have never heard of this brand, but such a great review. Have you ever tried the benefit one? I have had my eye on that. x

  5. thanks for the review! My favorite primer is Laura Mercier for mineral foundation... it's quite pricy but it lasts a while bc you only need a tiny bit of the product :))

  6. @FoxyAries I've heard a lot of people do, but I am too embarassed to even look for it
    @Jessy Thanks, I will check that out
    @Discovering Beauty I am not sure about face primer, I did get their eye one though
    @Maryam Yep, love it- that is one of only two that I use regularly- I've had my LM for 7 months or so and only used about a third!

  7. I have used the Monistat Anti-chafing gel haha but I don't think you'll like it because it's definitely a "Smashbox" primer. I'm surprised this was $27, that really does seem pricey for something from Target.

  8. @Starryskies I know right!! I have been on a total primer and foundation hunt lately and found a lot of 'Smashbox' ones but there was a one from them I really like called pore something, and I also found a great UD one ohhh if only the foundation trials get better!