Perhaps the song, "It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Right," inspired this product's name, but, unfortunately, it takes more than this to get your makeup on right. In the long run, there's a lot wrong about It Takes Two Concealer and Foundation Pot! This two-in-one product from NP Set is supposed to be all about convenience, but it misses the mark by a lot.
Pop back the top portion of the lid of this container (the top is designed like a compact, complete with a mirror) and you'll find a cream concealer. Screw the lid off and you'll discover a spatula-like applicator that you can dip down into the liquid foundation that's housed in the main glass container beneath the concealer.
It seems like this would make things easier—having both products in one package—but the spatula applicator for the foundation is inconvenient and messy, resulting in foundation getting all over the opening of the screw-top lid. The spatula's not usable for actually applying the foundation, so you'll have to get a brush or sponge, or use your fingers to get the product off the spatula once you've taken it out, which adds another unnecessary step to your makeup routine.
As for performance, both the foundation and concealer in It Takes Two are average. The concealer is actually quite creamy (bordering on greasy), making it a less-than-ideal choice for those with oily skin or for use on breakouts, and it can easily slip into lines around the eyes. Coverage is medium at best, but it lasts only for a few hours before it starts to fade.
As for the foundation, it's a fairly standard medium-coverage liquid that applies easily, but it isn't exceptional in any way. There are only three shades—Light, Medium, and Dark—and all are really too orange to look natural on most skin types; if you don't fall in the limited color range, you're out of luck. NP Set had the right idea with It Takes Two, but, unfortunately, its execution is way off key!
- Spatula-like foundation applicator is messy and inconvenient to use.
- Concealer is too creamy, almost greasy, for use on oily skin.
- Concealer fades after only a couple of hours.
- Foundation comes in only three colors, all too orange to appear natural.
Foundation Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Propanediol, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Decyl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Methicone, Silica, Ribose, Soy Isoflavones, Lecithin, Polysorbate 80, Alcohol, Angelica Archangelica Root Extract, Caffeine, Sodium Salicylate, Lysolecithin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Aspartame, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Germ Extract, Coleus Forskohlii Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide Red, Iron Oxide Yellow, Iron Oxide Black.
NP Set brings us another mass-marketed cosmetic line created by a well-known makeup artist whose celebrity following is touted as an enticement for you to buy his products. This line is the creation of Australian-born makeup artist Napoleon Perdis, a man whose views on makeup and whose alleged skills have basically made him the Kevyn Aucoin of Australia (although so far without the countless celebrity accolades Aucoin earned). We say "alleged" because we haven't yet seen evidence that Perdis's makeup artistry skills compare with those of the late, great Aucoin (who styled his work based on the teachings of famous and brilliant 1970s makeup artist Way Bandy), although Perdis is certainly well-known in his native country.
Perdis created his first namesake line, a prestige-priced group of products, in the mid-90s. That line is still distributed in Australia, but a few years back NP Set was launched for mainstream distribution. You're supposed to make the association that buying Perdis's less expensive line of products will still help you achieve the celebrity style that his prestige line does. Well, that is no more possible with NP Set than buying a designer dress will help you look like a runway model.
Target is the exclusive brick-and-mortar retailer for the NP Set line, and given the pricing it appears that Target wants to change the image of its cosmetics aisles to compete with department store counters. It will be interesting to see if consumers buy into this pricing increase because truly there is nothing about cost that necessarily reflects quality, not at the drugstore and not at the cosmetic counter, and definitely not with NP Set products. Rimmel, Sonia Kashuk, L'Oreal, Revlon, Cover Girl, and Maybelline all have brilliant options that put NP Set's selections to shame.
Along with NP Set, Target launched two other small makeup lines from other international makeup artists—Jemma Kidd from England and Pixi, which is from Swedish makeup artist Petra Strand (although her line began in London)—and from any perspective, that's three new lines too many. None offers anything worthy of your special attention, but all three are priced to make you think they must be a head above the rest (but, as you might suspect, they aren't).
Perdis peddles his line as being 98% paraben-free (which obviously means it's not 100% free, which is an odd way to state that indeed some of his products do contain parabens so don't buy those if you're concerned about these preservatives). He also highlights the organic ingredients in his products with beguiling descriptions, but his products are neither natural nor organic in the least, and they are neither superior nor specially formulated when compared with any competing products on the shelves nearby.
The best feature of the NP Set collection is the tester units in the Target stores. Considering the ups and downs of the products in this line, you definitely need to test the products before purchasing! When all is said and done, we wouldn't suggest you be too quick to open your pocketbook for Perdis—at least not before you explore similarly priced items at Target or at the drugstore, many of which have more favorable qualities than NP Set.
For more information about NP Set call (888) 732-9111.