Napoleon Perdis who? Crap stuff, imho. Seriously, go to Lancome, MAC, MUFE, DIOR, Stila..etc. never hang your entire career on one name. MOVE ON! and up.
It sucks to be told no for sure but IMO, I think you dodged a bullet. The stuff I have tried is swill. I don't mean to sound so judgy about it but surely you can do better than NP. Don't give up, just move on. Hugs~