Wake Me Up Day Cream

by NP Set  
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$29 - 1.69 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
11/15/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Unknown

We disagree with the name of this product because any "day cream" should contain sunscreen because that is the only thing that differentiates a daytime product from a nighttime product. Regrettably, this one doesn't have sunscreen, and, because of the issues jar packaging presents, not much of anything else either.

This could have been a good moisturizer for normal to dry skin, but the jar packaging won't keep the small amount of antioxidant vitamins and plant extracts it contains stable once opened. See More Info to learn why jar packaging is the wrong way to go for any skin-care product that contains antioxidants.

Note: This moisturizer contains a potentially irritating amount of fragrance, one more reason to think twice before purchasing it.

Pros:
  • Contains some good emollients to smooth and soften dry skin.
Cons:
  • The "Day Cream" in the name is misleading because this lacks sun protection, which is the critical element that differentiates a day cream from a night cream.
  • Jar packaging reduces the effectiveness of the antioxidant vitamins and plant extracts.
  • Contains a potentially irritating amount of fragrance.
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The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

Treat your skin with this nutrient-rich paraben-free day cream infused with a blend of floral, fruit and plant extracts.

Water (Aqua), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Squalane, Stearic Acid, Decyl Oleate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Behenoyl Hydroxyproline, Dimethicone, Panthenol, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Behenic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance (Parfum), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Disodium EDTA, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Punica Granatum Bark Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Glyceryl Oleate, BHT, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Maltodextrin, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Leaf Cell Culture Extract.

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.

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