Friday, May 21, 2010

Cybelesays Special Report - Meeting Napoleon Perdis

It’s not often that a beauty event takes place in LA that we beauty bloggers (still hate that word) are invited to. I mean, everything else entertainment happens here but all of the ones in the beauty category happen in NYC and I get solicitations almost daily for ones there. So when I got an invite to come to the NAPOLEON PERDIS Academy, which is located here in Hollywood, I jumped at the chance. Here was a rare opportunity to experience the products from the creator’s point of view and get a demonstration from the Aussie Mr. Perdis himself. Yes, the Bobbi Browns and other huge beauty personalities also do this but there is just something really special about being able to meet with a line and Founder that is still an indie. I guess that’s the punk rocker/DIY rebel inside me as I love seeing them go up against the biggies. To me, it’s a big sign when a brand doesn’t hire out for their PR, which this prestige line does not. Anyway, onto the event!!

 

The overall store is quite intimate and the black and white stripped walls and crystal chandeliers  succeed in making the space quite glamorous - kind of reminds me of the Tarina Tarantino store only a few miles down the road. I met with one of the artists and he touched up my makeup with a few new products  just coming out - the Boudoir Mist Spray Foundation (it gives an airbrush finish), the China Doll Gel Eyeliner in Copper on my lids and then the latest mascara called Mesmer-Eyes. Really liked all three of these.

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And a quick trick shown to me was about cleaning makeup brushes. Use this one as the cleanser to scrub them, especially if you are using a brush with white hair, either synthetic or real hair, as it will totally get all the product out of the hairs and make the bristles completely white again. The natural oils in this one will totally clean and nourish the hairs at the same time. Love it!

 

When Mr. Perdis met with all of us, he showed us some of his favorite products with the Auto Pilot being his overall favorite. It’s a makeup primer and one of the first ones on the market … ever. In other words, like tarte with the cheeks gel stains, he created the category and now every makeup line has a makeup primer. Napoleon-Perdis-In-the-Flesh-YSL-Golden-Gloss He then showed us an everyday look, a runway look and some more of his tips and tricks along the way and even some new products coming out later this year. I could have listened to him all night!

 

I even swatched a gloss he used on one of the models called In the Flesh (another favorite of his). Here it is shown (on the left) next to the one I was currently wearing, YSL’s Lip Gloss in Golden Gloss (on the right). Two great neutrals!

 

All in all, it was a wonderful way to spend a Wednesday evening and was worth the parking ticket tucked under my window wiper when I got back to my car.

Read more about him and the full line @ napoleonperdis.com.

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