REVIEW: Napoleon Perdis Personal Trainer Serum Foundation

Power up your complexion with a fresh foundation

What do you get if you cross a tinted moisturiser, a light to medium coverage foundation and a serum?

Okay I’ll tell you: Napoleon Perdis’ Personal Trainer Serum Foundation.

Yep, this little baby can really cut down your morning beauty routine, as it has been made with your complexion and cosmetics in mind.

Quick science lesson…

The serum foundation contains ions including magnesium, copper, zinc and iron, which help create plumpness and moisture. This also helps keep your skin hydrated throughout the day, making it ideal if you’re a dry-skinned gal like me.

“The serum formula is able to penetrate to the deeper layers of your skin, transporting moisture to keep your skin hydrated all day and your foundation flawlessly fresh… without the added risk of clogged pours or a cakey finish,” say Napoleon Perdis.

Napoleon Perdis Personal Trainer Foundation
Napoleon Perdis Personal Trainer Foundation review


The formula is thinner than a lot of foundations I’ve used in the past, which I’m guessing is from its serum side of the family. But despite it being a serum – which is designed to sink into the skin – I found it was quite hard to blend in.

Napoleon Perdis say you should apply it with a buffer brush. I don’t own a buffer brush, but my Zoeva Vol.2 125 Stippling Brush usually blends in foundation really well.

Unfortunately, this time my brush made the formula streak and I had to pat the lines in with my fingertips, which took waaay too long. So if you give this a go, I’d recommend getting the right tools for the job.

Once I’d finally finished dabbing it on, I was happy with the result considering the effort I’d just put in.

I was left with a light, sheer coverage and a dewy (but not shiny) glow.

napoleon perdis foundation review
Napoleon Perdis Personal Trainer Foundation. Shade: Look 2


I normally sweep powder over my foundation as I prefer a matte finish, but the light reflecting pigments created a pretty pearlescent look worth keeping, so I only dusted on a little to set it and conceal the final few streaks.

Napoleon Perdis Personal Trainer Foundation looked good for about 7 hours and hid my dry patches of skin really well, which is something a lot of foundations struggle to do. I guess all those ions do the trick!

Napoleon Perdis personal trainer foundation look 2

Overall, I think it’s ideal as a lightweight everyday foundation for skin that needs waking up – from this day fourth, this shall become my Monday foundation.

I wouldn’t choose to wear it in the evening as I prefer a heavier coverage, so if you wear a full coverage foundation every day, I wouldn’t recommend this foundation for you.

This was the first product I’ve tried from Napoleon Perdis, have you used their products before? Got any favourites?

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