Vincent Longo is a brand I am just getting to know, but it has been around for 20 years! Since its inception, Vincent Longo Cosmetics has sought to celebrate the individual woman. Having gained cult status, this brand is a beauty and fashion insider's make-up brand of choice, trusted among A-listers, Supermodels and Professional make-up artists. Regularly used on television, the red carpet and the runway, Vincent Longo Cosmetics is returning to the UK this month and with it comes six key products which I was lucky enough to see used in a live demonstration.
Water Canvas Base (£33.50) - Described as being a must-have for naturally beautiful skin, this product preps the skin for a silky smooth complexion. Surprisingly unlike other primers, it is silicone, oil and paraben free but does still have the gel like formula which is really lightweight on the skin. Formulated with 81% Microwater for continuous hydration, infused with Seaweed Extract to nourish the skin and local in moisture alongside Bistoria and Liquorice Root which work to minimise pores and fine lines. I love how this feels on my skin, it does hydrate and it is s lightweight you forget that it is there. Taking just 20 seconds to dry, I have found my foundation be it liquid or powder literally glides onto the skin.
Water Canvas Creme-To-Powder Foundation (£43.50) - Part of the best selling Water Canvas range, this creme-to-powder foundation provides featherlight, light-medium coverage which feels like a second skin. Again this is oil, fragrance and paraben free and is formulated with 75% Microwater which intuitively seeks out imperfections, helping to diminish the look of fine lines and to smooth the skin to create a flawless look. Seaweed extract is also used to nourish and lock-in moisture as well as to prolong hydration. Again, I love how this feels on my skin, it is a texture like nothing else I have ever tried, almost bouncy to the touch and using the Water Canvas sponge, it glides onto the skin. I am impressed that there is a choice of 15 shades and rather than being my usual lightest shade, I am Shade #5 which is Bisque.
Water Canvas Blush (£33.50) - Again a creme-to-powder product which glides onto the skin with minimum effort. Ultralight and again oil, fragrance and paraben free and is formulated with 75% Microwater and seaweed extract for nourishment and long-lasting hydration. Again for me, the formula, which is similar to the Foundation, is just a delight to work with and one I find myself feeling really comfortable using. Available in 4 shades, I have Swan Lake which looks quite pink in the pot, but on the skin, it is so blendable you can tone the colour down to your liking.
Lip and Cheek Gel Stain (£18.50) - This is a dual purpose water-based stain which delivers a sheer wash of colour which is not only long-lasting but one which doesn't budge easy. Described as being an innovative and water-based formula, it does blend really easily for the cheeks and is perfect if you want a pop of colour in an instant and you like that deep colour. On the lips, it isn't tacky or sticky and nor is it drying, the formula is simply lightweight but with great colour pay off. It is hypoallergenic as well as being oil, paraben and gluten free. Available in three shades, I have Baby Boo which is a deep pinky red shade.
Pearl X Eyeshadow (£19) - Now if you follow me on Instagram you will have seen these already and I have to say they are just absolutely stunning. Described as being a sophisticated multi-textured eyeshadow which pairs matte and shimmer which effortlessly blends for a seamless application. Enriched with Vitamin E for hydrating wear, the multi-tonal formula can be used for shading, highlighting and lining the eyes depending on whether you want the natural or smoky look. Available in 5 different shades, I have Gypsy Rose which is beautiful. Flecked with purple, golds and burgundy shades, it is the kind of product I want to look at not spoil.
The final product from the six is a Creme Gel Eyeliner (£19) which is incredibly pigmented and infused with subtle pearls for added depth and dimension. Available in 6 different shades, there is something for everyone whether you like blacks, blues, greens or something a little more colourful such as a shade called Flamenco.
I am enjoying using these products, they are far removed from the brands that I am used to using and working with. Available now from Cult Beauty.
*this post contains PR samples unless indicated otherwise