First Impressions // Vincent Longo Cosmetics

Last week I attended a really exciting press breakfast for Vincent Longo Cosmetics. Now, if you're like me and didn't know such a brand existed, then read on. Vincent Longo Cosmetics was founded over 20 years ago and was originally available in the UK in the early 90s. It has this month relaunched in the UK at Cult Beauty, and some of the products are a dream to work with and are worth checking out further. The Vincent Longo Cosmetics line has been designed to emphasise unique beauty through innovative technologies, high-performance formulas and art-inspired colour palettes. What I love about this brand is that it marries make-up artistry with everyday life, making it acceptable for the likes of you and I.

An image of Vincent Longo Cosmetics
The hero product in the collection is the Water Canvas Créme-to-Powder Foundation (£43.50),  which works to provide featherweight light-to-medium coverage that feels like a second skin. The foundation is formulated with 75% micro water and seaweed extract to offer prolonged hydration. The interesting thing with micro water is that if it isn't contained properly, it will evaporate. This can be cased in a travel compact with a sponge to ensure it is locked in and is air-tight. Microwater seeks out imperfections, helping to diminish the look of lines and smooth skin. I really quite like this product as it provides me with a really fresh glow and I have worked out that patting the product over tough areas helps provide more coverage. This does definitely need a concealer over it though as on its own, it's not enough coverage for my pesky skin. 

What made this product even better, to my belief, is the Water Canvas Base (£33.50), a primer that preps skin for a silky smooth complexion. This is incredibly cooling on the skin and is free from silicone, oil and parabens, which surprised me as it does feel a tiny bit siliconey, but more of a thick water gel which is super hydrating. The formula is also infused with seaweed extract to nourish skin and lock in moisture. 

One of my favourite base products in the range is the Water Canvas Blush (£33.50), which also contains a high amount of micro water and works in the same way as the foundation. There are four shades in the range, but the shade I have is Swan Lake, a gorgeous pink tone that works lovely for pale skin. This works best applied in a patting motion for a fresh, glowy flush of colour.

An image of Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow

The highlight of this collection for me though is the Pearl X Eyeshadow in Gypsy Rose (£19), a multi-textured eyeshadow that combines shades of matte and shimmer for a gorgeous eye look. I do kind of wish when swatched you could see the different shades of pink, but this comes out a lovely goldy shade that makes blue eyes pop. The pigment is fantastic and the formula blends so nicely with an infusion of vitamin E for hydrating wear.

The final product I have from the collection is the Lip and Cheek Gel Stain (£18.50), not a product I'd usually opt for, but lovely nonetheless. The dual-purpose water-based stain delivers a sheer wash of long-lasting colour to cheeks and lips. The water-resistant formula blends easily and can be layered for a deeper colour. I personally wouldn't use this on the cheeks as I find I don't work quick enough to blend before it dries, but I do really like it on the lips for everyday wear. It also smells and tastes like sweets, so double win!

There are a few other products in the range available at Cult Beauty, and I especially love the look of the Créme Gel Eyeliner, which I swatched at the event. These can be used as cream eyeshadows too which is pure genius!

I have also put up a first impressions video on my YouTube if you want to watch!

*this post contains PR samples*

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