Beauty Test Drive: Napoleon Perdis Off Duty Tinted Moisturizer

Finding the right foundation never stops being annoying, does it? Some go on so creamy that it looks like glop. Others go on so sheer that you barely get any coverage. I’ve been happily wearing Maybelline’s FIT ME foundation for about six months, but as spring turns to summer, I’m keen for something that feels lighter on my skin. Enter Napoleon Perdis Off Duty Tinted Moisturizer — it is perfect. As a tinted moisturizer virgin, I wish I’d found this years ago.

Price/Availability: $48 $42,  

Packaging: Off Duty Tinted Moisturizer comes in a clear bottle so you can see the three hues inside. As you squirt them out, they blend together. As far as the quality of the packaging goes, it is one of the more solid bottles I’ve ever seen. It’s not breaking. Yeah, I break stuff.

How To Use It: Supposedly you can use this as your moisturizer, but I have been wearing my Nuance Salma Hayek Night and Day Cream underneath instead.  (My skin is really dry and I don’t think this would nourish my parched skin like Salma would!)  I just squirt the tinted moisturizer onto the pads of my fingers and rub them all over my face. It’s just gives a light, yet moisturizing, coverage on my skin.  Off Duty is heavy enough that it covers redness around my nose and blueness under my eyes, but not heavy enough to cover zits. (For that, I use Maybelline FIT ME concealer and powder.) I don’t have to use a lot, though. With this product, a little goes a long way coverage-wise. 

Overall: I’ve been loving Off Duty Tinted Moisturizer — in fact, I haven’t used traditional foundation since the Napoleon Perdis PR folks gave this to me last week.  It stays on for most of the workday and doesn’t rub off as easily as foundation does (I’m assuming because it is absorbed by the skin like a moisturizer?).  I know that “radiance” is the kind of buzzword that all makeup companies use, but I truly do feel like my skin looks radiant when I wear this. 

My one big complaint is the price. If I hadn’t gotten it for free to test-drive, I would not have spent $48 $42 just on one beauty product. (I try to stay below $25 always for product, but preferably less than $20.) There are less expensive tinted moisturizers out there. However, if you’re the kind of woman for whom money is no object when it comes to makeup, this is a good one! 

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