Napoleon Perdis Make-Up Lesson – Review

Are you thinking of buying $95 worth of make-up?

Get a Napoleon Perdis Make-Up Lesson from RedBalloon for $95 and get $95 WORTH OF MAKE-UP WITH IT! Or buy it as a gift for someone and get major brownie points, because this is a gift with fantastic added value.

Seriously, Alex and I thought it was a great deal so we purchased the experience for ourselves as soon as it hit our virtual shelves.

Who would have thought that we’d end up looking like this?

Alex and Vash

Alex and Vash

Well, anyone who’d done the Napoleon Perdis make-up lesson probably. But we didn’t. In fact, we look so much better here than we did in the ‘before’ photos that I decided to show this instead. So of course it’s not how we started out…

We started out sitting next to each other in front of a long mirror that adorned the back wall of Napoleon Perdis in Paddington, sans facial adornment. We each had an absolutely lovely make-up artist who asked what we wanted to get out of the lesson.

I’ve never really worn make-up that much, so was pretty vague and just wanted to know how to put it on. DUH!

Alex was more specific and wanted to know how to get her eyeliner to stay in one place instead of travelling down her face.

The purpose of the Napoleon Perdis make-up lesson is to teach you how to apply your own make-up, so the drill goes – your make-up artist applies make-up to one side of your face, and then you play copycat and apply the other. As a result, someone like me runs the risk of ending up looking dismally lopsided, but fortunately, if you’re not quite clever enough to apply your side of your face like your make-up artist has, she will do a quick fix for you. So you needn’t worry, you’ll end up looking fine.

Me concentrating very hard at putting on my own make-up, and my artist looking a little concerned.

Me concentrating very hard at putting on my own make-up.

The make-up lesson can follow almost any format you like – and can include the full suite of primer, foundation, concealer, powder, eyeliner, mascara, blush, eyeshadow and lipstick. Your make-up artist writes for you on a piece of paper which products she uses, which is way more convenient than having to remember yourself.

Alex’s make-up artist provided her with the answer to her question regarding wayward eyeliner – gel eyeliner. And my make-up artist did her best to be patient with my clumsy application and taught me how to do day make-up, followed by a smokey-eye-look make-up for the evening.

Alex getting a little eyeshadow.

Alex getting a little eyeshadow.

After we’d oooh’d and ahhh’d at ourselves in the mirror, and taken a couple of happy snaps, Alex and I chose our complimentary $95 worth of make-up. Seriously, I’ll say it again, for a make-up lesson that costs $95 itself, THIS IS A REALLY GOOD DEAL! Alex bought a pretty sequined pack with a rainbow palette of eyeshadow and a few different colours of blush. I got some blush, eyeliner and a blush brush.

It was a hot day and after the make-up lesson I was off for a swim, and even if I wasn’t, my smokey eyes weren’t really suitable for day wear anyway, so I reluctantly washed my face off before heading out the door. Alex’s make-up was perfect for both day and night, and as she was going out in the evening, she left hers on, and emerged into the wide world looking simply stunning. As a result, I would definitely recommend booking the Napoleon Perdis Make-up Lesson for a time when you’re planning to go out after, at least for dinner, so you can make the most out of your make-up.

Because why wouldn’t you want to go out if you looked like this?



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  1. Posted January 17, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    I thought there would be pictures of eyes made up with beautifully with gold eye shadow

  2. vashti
    Posted January 18, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    we didn’t get any gold – but the option is there!

  3. Posted February 16, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Im loving it :D

  4. Posted May 3, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    great post as usual!

  5. Amberley
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    hey guys, does red balloon do this voucher anymore ????

  6. vashti
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Hi Amberley. We do still have this voucher. This is the Sydney one They are also in Melbourne and Brisbane.

  7. Posted April 2, 2012 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    do u do the Perth napolean makeup lesson voucher?

  8. Megan
    Posted March 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Hi I was just wondering where these courses are at? Ta

  9. RedBallooner
    Posted March 25, 2013 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Hi Megan, you can view the locations this course is offered at here –

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